April 17 – 2021

International Online Conference

Digital Art
Mobility 2021

April 17 – 2021

International Online Conference

Digital Art
Mobility 2021

Digital Art Mobility 2021 is an international conference on the exchange of experiences of successful practices of online residencies.

We aim to find out well-worked algorithms, which leverage the synergy of institutions and artists to establish a comfortable environment for mutually profitable collaboration, and, simultaneously, create an alternative for the modern conditions of pandemic and restricted physical mobility.

The environment of art mobility is only beginning to evolve in Ukraine and kick-start the establishment of projects and institutions, which launch the programs of art residencies. And, immediately, all of them face the COVID 19 challenge. Many projects are frozen, while the others are trying to put online formats to the test.

Over recent years discussions about ecological friendliness have been widely held, as well as about the consequences of the global mobility for the planet, particularly in the art concerning the usage of low costs for traveling and utilization of resources for physical programs. This day we are in a difficult position of being permanently seated. In addition, today there are no programs, which have a social impact on the community and on the territories where they are held. We start understanding the reverse problem - the absence of mobility prevents positive changes in society.

For whom it will be useful:

  • Managers and curators of art residency programs
  • Curators of art institutions that plan to implement such programs
  • Artists interested in virtual programs
The Conference aims to exchange experiences and discuss best practices implemented by organizations in different countries and have successful experiences and positive results. In the process, we will create a video guide for inspiration with tools and tips for managers and curators who aim to implement their programs in any condition.


Which role do the online residencies programs perform?
Do the artists only benefit from these programs?
How to use digital communications for engaging communities and territories in online projects?
Which instruments serve as an effective solution for online residencies?
Which mediums are in priority for digital mobility?
We are confident institutions and programs, which have a successful background in the physical dimension, have higher chances to create alternative programs with fewer efforts. The strategies of communications tried and tested before the imposition of quarantine limitations are of immediate importance.
During the conference, we are going to present successful practices implemented by organizations from various countries, which have adapted their programs or were established from the very beginning as online residencies with the advent of the pandemic and long before it.

The conference will take place on 17 April 2021

The official conference language is English
I session

Open ZOOM Conference
Start time
8.00 am (New York, Montreal)
1.00 pm (London)
2.00 pm (Barcelona)
3.00 pm (Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv)
3.00 p.m EEST
Lucy Nychai
Founder, Сurator | NVAIR | Kyiv
Curator of NVAIR - International exchange program of art residence for youth artists. Art director of The Nazar Voitovich Art Residence (Ukraine)
Project Coordinator NGO Congress of Cultural Activists
The organizer of DAM 2021 Conference


Greetings from the Conference organizers and a brief overview of the program.
3.10 p.m EEST
Luigi Galimberti
Board Member | Res Artis | London
Luigi Galimberti is a Board Member of Res Artis, the largest network of artist residencies in the world. He currently manages one of the UK's nine Creative Clusters at the University of the Arts London, having joined from Tate, where he previously held the position of Research Manager. From 2012 to 2016, he was Director of Transnational Dialogues, an exchange program for artists, architects, designers and writers across Brazil, China and several European countries.

3.20 p.m EEST
Odette Brady
Program designer and facilitator | Cel del Nord | Barcelona
Odette Brady is an arts organiser and co-founder of Cel del Nord, a small residency in Catalonia which began in 2018. She is also an author.

Together, Separately is a virtual residency by Cel del Nord. Since March 2020 the program has welcomed 131 artists from 32 countries.

3.50 p.m EEST
Diana Berg
Project leader&coordinator | "Woven network" international digital art-residency by Platform Tu | Mariupol
Diana Berg became an activist in 2014, organizing a protest movement in Donetsk. After relocating to Mariupol, she has become a cultural manager here and started implementing projects in culture and activism with NGO. In 2016 she opened the art platform Tu in Mariupol and became the director and curator here. For almost 5 years now she has been coordinating projects in the socio-culture area, including 2 art residencies for Ukrainian artists "Z.mist" in 2017 and 2018, and an international digital art-residency "Woven network" in 2020.

Platform Tu is the true grassroots initiative that operates in the industrial conservative city, where militarism and radicaism dominate. Mariupol is situated only 10 km away from the war frontline, and most of their efforts and activities are focused on countering propaganda and developing critical thinking through artistic initiatives. Being the most visible art-space in Donbass, Platform Tu has become a true driver of social and cultural changes in this region.

4.20 p.m EEST
Michael Headrick
Founder | CO-RESIDENCY | New York
Michael is a trained Architect who now works in digital product management and business and experience innovation. He has a passion to connect people through unique experiences and democratizing support and resources for artists around the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael (along with his co-founders and team) started the first online/digital residency of its kind. The vision of CO–RESIDENCY is to be a new kind of art residency to connect and create during times of crisis: even beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic.

4.50 p.m EEST
Break till 5.50 EEST
NEXT session
Start time
10.50 am (New York, Montreal)
3.50 pm (London)
4.50 pm (Barcelona)
5.50 pm (Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv)
5.20 p.m EEST
II session

Lucy Nychai
Founder, Сurator | NVAIR | Kyiv
Short overview results of Questionnaire

5.50 p.m EEST
Marie Chaumont
Director | SpeakAIR Online Residency| Montreal
Founded in 2016, SpeakArt has promoted funded artist residency programs and fellowships from across the globe. In 2019, we launched its first residency program SpeakAIR, inviting international artists to conduct their research on the digital platforms. Our mission is to support artists at the various stages in the process of artistic experimentation and to promote digital residency as an alternative space for new visions.

6.00 p.m EEST
Tom Milnes
Director | Digital Artist Residency | London
Tom Milnes is an artist, curator and AHRC Ph.D. researcher at Falmouth University. He has exhibited internationally including at: Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale - Korea, AND/OR - London, The Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia - Gdansk, and W139 - Amsterdam. Milnes has recently exhibited at FORMAT International Photography Festival 2021 and is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Plymouth College of Art. He is the curator and founder of the online platform Digital Artist Residency. DAR is an initiative that provides support for artwork created using digital processes, exploring the boundaries of art and technology.

Milnes' practice explores the materiality of technology, engaging with the cultural impact of media through quirky errors or hidden subcultures. His recent research concentrates on the materiality of the post-photographic; exposed through glitch practices in 3D photogrammetry and online cultures.

6.30 p.m EEST
Vincent Chen
Co-founder | De:Formal | New York
Vincent CY Chen is a New York-based artist, curator, and residency director. He is a co-founder and director of De:Formal, an online-first platform dedicated to promoting artists who work with experimental mediums under-recognized in the conventional gallery system. De:Formal conducts artist interviews, curates online and offline exhibitions, and hosts monthly virtual residencies. Chen works in sculpture and installation. His work explores the tension between shame and desire, especially in the exotic. He explores these ideas in atmospheric, multimedia displays that borrow iconography from queer culture, children's media, and Abrahamic religions. He received his BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, and his MFA in Studio Art at New York University in 2019.

7.00 p.m EEST
Wednesday Kim
Residency Curator | De:Formal Online Gallery | California
Wednesday Kim is an interdisciplinary artist and a co-founder of De:Formal Online Gallery. She is from Seoul, South Korea and is currently based out of California. Kim works with a mixture of analog and digital media including 3D animation, video, performance, installation, print, and sculpture. Her work is informed by personal experiences and human psychology; she derives imagery from nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and childhood trauma. Furthermore, she portrays the absurdity of information-saturated contemporary life in a surrealist fashion through wordplay, Wikipedia, voyeurism, and witticism. Her work has been shown in El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA), Sarean Cultural Center (Bilbao, Spain), Cultura Lanzarote, (Las Palmas, Spain) Bipolar Gallery, (Leipzig, Germany) PULSE / NEW YORK contemporary art fair (New York,USA), The Dock Arts Centre (Leitrim, Ireland), Medrar For Contemporary Art, (Cairo, Egypt), CADAF (Miami, USA), ArtNightLDN 2019 (Walthamstow venue, London,UK), Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (Rome, Italy), Mimosa House gallery (London, UK), and more.
7.20 p.m EEST
Nikita Hudyakov
Media artist, XR diver, Educator, Cultural manager | Kharkiv
I'm a media artist based in Kharkiv (Ukraine) mainly working with XR and AI. Managing VR art festivals, developing art communities (XR Art Ukraine and CryptoArt Ukraine), building virtual galleries in the metaverse. Virtual experience Metacouncil was presented at Ars Electronica 2020 (In Kepler's Gardens). Teaching XR art at Karazin University in Kharkiv, managing and participating in audio-visual jam sessions with electronic music and visual art, curating online exhibitions.

As an artist, I'm focused on topics of ecological issues, mental health, and speculative futures. Passionate about the intersection of arts, social projects, technologies, and futurology. More and more I'm digging into the production of immersive arts and using game engines, virtual drawing, and design tools, DAWs, etc.


7.50 p.m EEST
Lucy Nychai
Curator NVAIR
Thanks and stay in touch!
8.10 p.m EEST
Online residency not only allowed residency operators to support artists amid the pandemic but also created an alternative space for artists to experiment, explore ideas and connect with a wide audience. For instance, for the first SpeakAIR online residency in 2019, we asked artists to use our facebook page as a main platform of their project research and make use of a live-streaming function to engage in discussion with viewers.

Our first resident Bailey Keogh live-streamed her conversation with a crypto/blockchain expert from her studio and shared ideas behind her crypto project with the live audience. The second resident Anlan Huang used a live-streaming as a platform of her performance. Her being in persona and interacting with viewers blurred the boundary between reality and the constructed image. What we witnessed during those two months was a transformation of the social media page to an open-access experimental space that compartmentalized the various functions; studio, gallery, sketchbook, lab, community center. We were thrilled to see how the space became an incubator for new ideas and shared experience and how artists became the center of the program.

Marie Chaumont
SpeakAIR Online Residency
We found a lot of great insights after running the first cohort: the artists actually mentioned that they would be interested in doing this even if they did have access to a physical residency program. The reason is that they do not have to travel/have costs associated with a new country or city. They can remain near friends/family. They can connect to more people from around the world who might not have the “privilege" to attend a residency outside of their country/city.

Michael Headrick
Physical residencies provide an important function, and online residencies shouldn't try to emulate this in exactly the same way. I think it's important that digital residencies use their affordances and put these to best use. By that I mean, they can be accessible globally, 24/7, and create platform for challenging digital works that physical residencies would struggle to do. Online residencies should provide a different sort of opportunity that has been missing to digital artists.

Tom Milnes
Lucy Nychai
Founder & Moderator
Bohdan Svyrydov
Design Director, Artist
Olena Kayinska
Assistant & Translator
In this text, I try to set out my subjective vision and fantasize a bit about the future of art mobility based on dialogues, surveys and observation of the practices of my colleagues in the field of culture and creativity.
Lucy Nychai
May 2021
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