Competition for Cultural Scholarships of the Pilecki Institute Berlin


Competition for Cultural Scholarships of the Pilecki Institute Berlin

The Witold Pilecki Institute of Solidarity and Valor acting pursuant to the provisions of Article 15 of the Act of 9 November 2017 on the Witold Pilecki Institute of Solidarity and Valor (Journal of Laws, Item 2303 with subsequent amendments) and of §4, Subparagraph 1 of the Regulation of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, dated 13 December 2018, on scholarships supporting scientific research and educational and cultural projects falling within the scope of activities of the Witold Pilecki Institute of Solidarity and Valor (Journal of Laws of 2019, Item 23), hereby announces a competition for cultural scholarships under the project:

The Exercising Modernity Cultural Scholarship

The subject of the competition are four cultural scholarships, each totaling 750,00 EUR gross per month, which will be awarded for a period of six months. Implementation of the scholarship program has been planned for the period from March 2022 to August 2022.

The third edition of the Exercising Modernity Academy, a Polish-German-Israeli cooperation fostering intellectual and artistic exchange, was devoted to the ways in which modernities across the world have envisioned the future — with its new man and woman, its new society, new ways of life and a new everyday order.

By rejecting the burden of the past, modernity has often emphasized an openness to the future. The “new” was imagined to bring peace to society, and the idea of historical progress fueled the hope for the ever-greater prosperity of ever greater parts of humanity. The ways in which societies might be organized and life might be regulated were a subject of interest for many modernization strategies, as well as for modernist projects across the globe. The struggles for new forms were closely linked with an idea to bridge the gap between technological progress and private life, as well as with a faith in the new political and social order. Housing and city planning played a key role in this process. The belief in their emancipatory potential and their role in changing the rhythms of every-day life created a growing interest in how objects became tools for building a state identity and how the constructed and designed environment became an expression of certain biopolitics.

This process can be seen, however, as taking place in an ambivalent way.

Organized in the midst of a pandemic and in the context of the climate change and global political crises, when questions of possible scenarios for the future are at the center of public debate, the third edition of the Exercising Modernity Academy has proposed to look back on some of the ideas that fueled the belief in the future a century ago. Exploring the intersections of humanities, architecture, design, art history, social and political sciences, we invited our lecturers and participants to look at what modernisms and 20th-century modernisation practices have to offer us today. What kind of new world can art, design and architecture promise us today and help us to achieve? What can we learn from the experiments of the 20th century today? Can a critical revision of their ideas serve as an inspiration for the solutions we now urgently need?

Based on the core topics presented during the Academy Exercising Modernity 2021 we consider the following specific subtopics to be of particular interest for the scholarship proposals:

❏ new ideas for living spaces, new ways of living (kibbutzim, common spaces in community housing estates, etc.), and city planning,

❏ experiments with institutions of collective life (e.g. childcare homes, care institutions),

❏ “green” modernity,

❏ biopolitics and regulation as tools of modernity,

❏ bright and dark sides of modernity,

❏ pedagogy, children and childhood in modern society,

❏ educational concepts and social ideas based on the vision of a new man/woman

❏ transnational networks, migration

❏ the struggle for freedom, identity (national and individual) and human rights and the formation of modern communities around values

❏ challenges of the modern community/society: violence and surveillance in the world of new media in the beginning of 20th century and in a digital world of 21st century, question of power in the digital world

❏ the struggle for freedom, identity (national and individual) and human rights and the formation of modern communities around values

❏ challenges of the modern community: violence and surveillance in the digital world, question of power in the digital world

Scholarships are granted for projects which:

1. focus on the issue of modernity,

2. touch upon a selected topical area with reference to the 20 th-century history, art and/or culture of Poland and additionally reference at least one of the two of the countries that were of key importance for the 2021 edition of the Academy: Germany or Israel,

3. conjoin artistic and research components – regardless of whether the proposed project is artistic, curatorial or other in nature, it is important for it to be rooted in research, in the current state of knowledge, or in the applicant’s own exploration of his/her chosen subject (projects may be based on art as research, practice as research, etc.),

4. are interdisciplinary in nature,

5. harness the modernist tradition to seek points of contact with contemporaneity and modern-day challenges,

6. seek to disclose connections between all three countries (i.e. Poland, Germany, Israel),

7. propose attractive forms of presentation of their effects/results (public presentation after the scholarship period is mandatory for all the scholarship holders).

Scholarships are awarded for the process of creation of the concept and its development, which includes in particular intellectual or conceptual work, research and preliminary research, and the gathering of materials. It is not required to complete any final effect/work (e.g. print a book or stage a performance) during the scholarship period.

The scholarship offer is addressed to artists, thinkers, and/or scholars of the humanities who took part in the Exercising Modernity Academy organized by the Pilecki Institute in 2021.

Competition applications may be submitted individually only.

Only a single scholarship project may be submitted under one application (i.e. by one applicant).

Development of the project will be supervised by the curators of the Exercising Modernity program, acting in consultation with the program team of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and The Liebling Haus – White City Center.

When the scholarship comes to an end, selected scholarship projects will have a chance of obtaining additional financing intended for their production (e.g. in the form of an exhibition, a book, an artistic work). Works created by scholarship holders have then a chance of being presented within a framework of events organized by Pilecki Institute Berlin or by the partner institutions of the Pilecki Institute Berlin.

Information about the scholarship:

∙ The scholarship will be awarded in the sum of 750,00 EUR gross per month for a period of 6 months (which may be extended for a further 2 months in justified instances).

∙ Projects are to be executed between March 2022 and August 2022. ∙ At maximum 4 scholarships will be awarded.

∙ Scholarship holders are not obliged to remain in Warsaw or Berlin throughout the scholarship period.

∙ Scholarship holders are obliged to attend substantive consultations (at minimum two consultation sessions) with the participation of persons responsible for the scholarship program on the part of the Pilecki Institute in Berlin, of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and of The Liebling House – White City Center in Tel Aviv, duly indicated by the organizers during the scholarship period (dates will be agreed on jointly by all parties).

∙ Scholarship holders are obliged to present the results of their work to a wider audience during an event summarizing the scholarship program, at the latest within 3 months of the end of the scholarship period (the exact date, form of presentation and venue will be determined jointly by individual scholarship holders and the project supervisor during the final month of the scholarship program).

∙ Each scholarship holder may additionally hold 12 hours of consultations with an expert (at maximum 2 persons) indicated by the scholarship holder, the remuneration of whom shall be paid by the Pilecki Institute.

∙ Scholarships will be paid out as monthly instalments.

● Scholarship holders may apply for a refund (up to 400.00 EUR gross) of costs of travel and/or accommodation arising in connection with preliminary research and/or artistic research necessary for execution of the project

● The method of presentation of results of the scholarship project shall be determined individually with each scholarship holder towards the end of the scholarship period.

Products of the scholarship may include:

∙ an artwork (in a final or draft version) made using all available mediums and encompassing all fields of creative practice, in a form which allows its presentation before an audience,

∙ a concept of an exhibition,

∙ a scholarly article or a research report,

∙ a draft of a publication accompanied by summaries of individual sections or chapters,

∙ documentation concerning a social intervention, together with a description of its objectives and a summary.


Candidates are invited to submit their applications in English via e-mail to the following address: by 20 December 2021, 23:59 hours. Applications submitted after the deadline shall not be considered. Please write in the title: “The Exercising Modernity Cultural Scholarship”. A complete application should include:

1. CV and/or portfolio Please attach the following clause: I hereby consent to the processing of my personal data by the Witold Pilecki Institute of Solidarity and Valor with its seat in Warsaw for the purposes of the competition for cultural scholarships under the “Exercising Modernity” project.

2. A description of the cultural/research project (10,000 to 15,000 characters with spaces), the scholarship holder’s preliminary choice of persons (not more than 2) with whom the scholarship holder wishes to consult his/her research and artistic research, and an indication of the locations at which he/she intends to conduct his/her preliminary research/artistic research.

3. The scholarship schedule, which shall also include information about planned study tours and preliminary research.

4. Scan of two recommendations from scientific, research or cultural institutions (domestic or foreign), or private individuals.

5. Scan of a declaration concerning the controller of personal data

6. Scan of a declaration of consent to the processing of personal data. If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to the address:

Review process:

The competition will be settled by 15 January 2022, and the results will be published in the Public Information Bulletin of the Institute and on the website Persons who are awarded a scholarship will also be notified via e-mail. The Institute is not obligated to substantiate the decisions of the Competition Committee. No appeal procedure has been provided for


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