Biophony residents' record with a parabolic microphone under the guidance of soundscaper Chad Clifford of Wilderness Rhythms

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Artist Markus Haala wearing a dream machine at the Sleep Research Lab

Researchers at the Pelling Laboritory of Augmented Biology show us new human ears growing on apple scaffolds

Artist Nadya Eidelstein listens to a bark beetle in the bio acoustic lab at Carleton University





































Online sensory studies for artists
Two weeks in November, 2021
Deadline to apply: July 30, 2021

Sensation is an online course for artists to learn about non-human sensory experiences. It will take place over 2 weeks on line in November of 2021. The program will offer daily video chats with research scientists, naturalists and artists around the world on topics that focus on what it's like to be a non-human organism, one tethered international field trip in a location of your choice and many short one-on-one meetings with artists who make art related to sensory perception and communication. Built in to the 2 - 2.5 hours of daily programming are discussions, recommended assignments and show and tell.

This residency will offer opportunities to learn from experts and to develop ideas with other artists. It is designed for artists who want to explore their empathy for living things and the limits of their own sensory perseptions through research and creation. Participants are not expected to make anything for the program.

Ayatana residencies facilitate research that will enrich visual and conceptual artists' practice within a group of kindred creative people. Artists, writers, musicians, film makers and dancers are invited to apply. The jury will select seven international artists based on their portfolio rather than how they fit into any description of an artist.

All activities are subject to change depending on expert availability and other uncontrollable variables.

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Botanical Sensory Perception and Plant Intelligence with the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology at the University of Florence

Mycorrhizal Relationships and Plant/ Fungi Signaling with Kew Gardens

Ultrasonic Insect Communication

What it's like to be a Bat: Echolocation and Night Vision

Migratory Bird Navigation with Cornell University

Sensory Studies in Contemporary Art

Bird Song and Deep Listening

Sensory Prosthetics

Physics of Human Speech and Hearing with the Sound Patterns Laboratory


$550 USD
Residency places are limited to 7 artists.


How to apply 
Send the following material to
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of your work

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.

Disclaimer: Those who do not like to talk about art or wildlife, need not apply.


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