OPEN CALL: on-the-fly

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As part of the »on-the-fly« project, the call will award eight grants to develop artistic live coding projects.

»on-the-fly« is a »Creative Europe« project, led by Hangar in partnership with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Ljudmila and Creative Coding Utrecht, committed to support the development of the European live coding practices. Live coding is a performing art and a creative technique, centered on writing and modifying algorithms in real-time, often in the presence of a physical or virtual audience, in such a way that the person writing the algorithms becomes part of the algorithm itself. This is, live coding explores real-time writing of algorithms with creative intentions. The process is shown to the public, thus giving insights on the performer's mind. Strongly tied to mathematics and computer science, live coding is a powerful tool for promoting artistic research, digital creation and technology literacy. It is mainly used to create sound, music, and visuals, but there are examples exploring fields such as poetry, robotics or dance. By its characteristics, live coding engages with diverse unexplored and novel areas in the creative sector (e.g human–computer interaction and programming language design) rendering the practice an ideal platform for both artistic and digital experiments. Following the spirit of the live coding community, the »on-the-fly« project engages with the free culture movement, promotes self-creativity rather than cultural consumption, as well as inclusion and respect.

About the Project: On-the-Fly

The call

The call will award 8 grants to develop artistic productions involving live coding practices. The residencies will be hosted by one of the partner institutions: Hangar, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Creative Coding Utrecht, Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory.

Possible topics (but not limited to)

live coding performance, live coding composition, live coding embodiment, online live coding, live coding collaboration, live coding improvisation, live coding process, perception of live coding, live coding game, esoteric live coding, live coding and artificial intelligence, live coding and machine learning, live coding and body, live coding and dance, live coding and autonomous agents, live coding and tangibility, live coding and digital communities, live coding and domain specific languages, live coding and virtual reality, live coding and electronic diy, live coding and gesture...

The residency offers

  • Artist fee
  • Subsistence costs
  • Roundtrip travel costs
  • Production costs
  • Access to facilities and equipment, peer to peer mentoring

More details on the material conditions of the residency can be found in the attached PDF.

Information about the application

Who can apply?

Researchers, artists, developers and members of collectives of all ages (over 18 years old) and nationalities working in the field of live coding.

»on-the-fly« gives an opportunity to develop artistic projects centered on live coding practices working in Barcelona, Karlsruhe, Ljubljana, Utrecht. The residence has the aim to give the resources, facilities and materials to develop live coding hands-on projects. Residents are expected to present the results in a public presentation at the end of their stay.

Please note that the budget is adjusted to the cost of travel within the European Union. If the amount of your travel is higher than indicated, you should cover the remaining amount or look for other financing possibilities, for example travel grants.


Each residency will last from 15 days to 1 month. The time periods will depend on the needs of the project as well as the place where they are carried out.

  • Hangar: one-month-long residency (2 grants).
  • ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe: one-month-long residency (2 grants).
  • Creative Coding Utrecht: two-weeks-long residency (2 grants).
  • Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory: three-weeks-long residency (2 grants).

Deadline for submission of applications: January 20, 2021 at 11:55pm CET.
Results of the selection process: End of January 2021.
The partners will undergo interviews with pre-selected and results of the open call for residency.

Coronavirus continues to pose a major global risk to travel safety. Because of the pandemic, rapid and unpredictable changes are still possible. The »on-the-fly« consortium will put in place all the measures needed to ensure safety for the residents. Nevertheless, dates might change and formats might be adapted.

How to apply?

Candidates must submit their proposals through this APPLICATION FORM.

Please send information/questions to:

For more details concerning the proposal see the ATTACHED PDF.