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— Award for Creative Technology

STRP ACT Award aims to stimulate the production of new artworks, whilst also providing the opportunity to present specific works in our exhibition that resonate with our festival theme. For the 2023 edition of the ACT Award there will be three prizes. Alongside budget, STRP offers productional guidance for the development, production and presentation of new work during STRP Festival, which takes place from April 6 to 9 2023 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Festival Theme: The Art of Listening

How can we revalue and reclaim the art of listening? What would an environment for active and empathic listening look like? For STRP Festival 2023, STRP investigates the turn towards listening as a response to the dominance of visual culture. Whereas sight and seeing have been predominant for ages, over the past years the appreciation of sound has slowly changed. Since social media have become the megaphone for the masses, where everyone can speak their mind at any time, the question who is there to listen takes on a new dimension. Behind rules and tips for learning how to listen, thorough methodologies - like deep listening - become visible. Important aspects of deep listening, such as time, ecological awareness, embodiment, and togetherness, often get lost in popular adaptations. At the same time, these aspects show the potential for deep listening in rethinking our relationship with the world. Other roots of listening dig deep into religious and non-western philosophical traditions, where sound, voice, and their vibrations in the body are important.

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Three prizes

One prize of €10.000 for artists that recently graduated or are still at school.

ACT 2 and 3
Two prizes of €20.000 for professional artists.

All winning projects will be exhibited at STRP Festival 2023.

ACT Winnaar 2022 Sébastien Robert


Entries for the ACT Award should be submitted via act@strp.nl no later than February 4, 2022. A jury will assess the project plans and select the winners.

A complete entry includes:
• A description of the project (max 2 A4) in which you also explain how the project will be executed (both offline and online);
• Two to four photos/illustrations and/or a link to a video that illustrates the project;
• A clear and sufficient budget plan* that fits in the maximum budget. Please note that the budget you are requiring might be smaller than the maximum;
• An up-to-date resume.

Please submit this information in the form of a pdf of maximum 5 pages in English.

*The budget includes fee, research, materials, execution of the work offline and online, (rental) equipment, transport, travel and accommodation

ACT Winner 2022 Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden

The jury

Ali Eslami
Anca Verona Mihulet
Antònia Folguera
Faye Kabali-Kagwa
Nadine Roestenburg
Ton van Gool

Important dates

• Deadline for applications: February 4, 2022
• Announcement of the winners: March 1, 2022
• STRP Festival: April 13-16, 2023

More info

For specific questions you can contact Ton van Gool via ton@strp.nl.