Syntopik Research

General information

Brief description of residency program

At their core, artists and scientists are very similar. Both endeavour to solve our greatest mysteries through the power of imagination. Leonardo da Vinci was both artist and inventor. Significant scientific development depends on the overturning of established ideas. Since the 20th century, leading thinkers, from Albert Einstein to Stuart Kauffman, have called for looking beyond the limits of reductive science in order to grapple with the complexities of our present age.
Our objective is to create a new paradigm in research and research methodology, transcending disciplines. The residency facilitates cutting edge research between artists and scientists on a highly creative level of excellence. The radical shift from an additive to a co-creative permeation of the disciplines was named ‘Syntopia’ by the neuroscientist E. Pöppel. Our objective is therefore a ‘syntopik´ paradigm in research and research methodology, transcending disciplines.
A research cluster consists of two or more artist and scientist investigators working on a proposition which is equally motivated by all parties. Artistic and scientific agency comes with great responsibility to humanity. New modes of synergetic investigation are crucial the future of humanity by providing new insight to the environmental, medical and technological dimensions of world problems and the development of human consciousness.
The residency is mediated by artist and scientist ‘diplomats’ who have the ability to simultaneously inhabit multiple epistemic domains, being genuinely sympathetic to different frameworks in the arts, humanities and sciences. They translate between contemplative, technical and theoretical practice, bridging and overlapping these different modi operandi and reflection.

Residencies are offered on a weekly or monthly basis. Research residents are selected solely on the basis of excellence, regardless of age or nationality. Diversity and multiple scales of lived experience and memory are integral. Longer term residencies can be considered with an appropriate research proposition.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Transdisciplinary Research, all Disciplines
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Other

Guests relevant to research project

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


UrbanSea shore

  • Library
Number of studios

between 11 and 16

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Symposium

How to reach

Nearest airport


Contact information

Syntopik Research
Jaffa, Tel Aviv

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