Interdisciplinary exchange program:

Art meets Science

New perspectives on data science: Through innovative exchanges with the Academy for Theater and Digitality, HIDA enables the exploration of data science and artificial intelligence in the performative arts.

Innovative Exchange Program

Are you an artist? Do you work as a technician? Or you work as a coder or programmer and would like to develop creative formats that open up the topic of data science artistically? Then this offer should be just right for you:

Together with the Academy for Theatre and Digitality, HIDA is launching an exchange programme for artists and technicians in 2021.

AI and Arts & Culture

With the joint project, HIDA and the Academy of Theatre and Digitality want to promote the development of formats that open up the topic of data science artistically to the public and make cutting-edge research based on artificial intelligence accessible to the theatre and the cultural scene of tomorrow.

With the exchange programme, we give artists and technicians (e.g. coders, programmers, etc.) the opportunity to carry out a self-organized research project at the Academy for Theatre and Digitality in Dortmund as well as at one of the 18 Helmholtz Centers of the Association.

Academy for Theater and Digitality

Academy for Theater and Digitality

The Academy for Theater and Digitality in Dortmund is committed to reflecting on current developments for the performing arts, especially in terms of technology and the associated consequences, and to offering events for people working in theater and performing arts:


"The world as it presents itself to us has become more complex. (...)  The digitalization of all areas of life has played a not to be underestimated part in all this. The tools it creates are used by people today as a matter of course. And we are now faced with the epochal task of investigating the numerous new connections between the digital and analog worlds, i. e. digitality: phenomenologically, sociologically, philosophically, technically and – as a core discipline of the Academy – artistically." 



Homepage Academy

The Academy for Theater and Digitality was founded in 2019 by the former artistic director of Schauspiel Dortmund, Kay Voges. Its goal is to accompany the theater and the theater professions into a future that will be increasingly shaped by digital technologies.

Current funding projects 2021/22

Projects of the first selection procedure 2021

Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari and Kerstin Ergenzinger: Common Ground: Sounding out arctic warming.

The issue of the climate crisis is so vast and complex that its urgency is often difficult to grasp. The Arctic is currently warming at an unprecedented rate, and terrestrial Arctic landscapes are changing rapidly according to this trend. In the "Common Ground" project, research data from the Arctic will be made audible using sonification techniques and experienced in the context of a performance. The sonified data will be heard through specially created sound bodies and instruments in a walk-in room installation and can be manipulated through interference with the spectators immersing in the sound space. The project will be realized together with Julia Boike from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).


Martin Hennecke: The (Un)Answered Question - A musical data science experimental set-up

Also qualified for a renewed, revised submission is the research project "The (Un)Answered Question". Based on the composition "The Unanswered Question" by the composer Charles Ives, a prototype performance is to be developed in which bio-data of the audience and participants recorded via human-machine interfaces will be processed in video projections and live orchestra remix. In this way, the project attempts to create an immersive live experience using means and techniques from the field of data science. The projections and compositions are to be coupled via artificial intelligence with the audience data and those of the performers, so that each performance becomes a unique event. Two working groups from different Helmholtz centers are collaborating on this project, Thoralf Niendorf from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Andreas Schreiber from the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The project will subsequently be realized through a cooperation with the Saarland State Theater.


We congratulate the fellows and are looking forward to the projects!


Program Structure and Application

In total, the research project comprises 5 months, of which the 1st and 5th month are spent at the Academy in Dortmund and months 2-4 at an individually identifiable Helmholtz Center. HIDA supports the 3-month research stay at a Helmholtz Center with the HIDA Research Scholarship.

Learn more about the new 2022 call

New Call for Proposals 2022/23

The aim of the joint ATD and HIDA call for proposals is to inspire the dialogue between art and science - in particular, to intensify the exchange in the field of digital forms, technologies and applications between digital art and digital science. The fellowship aims to provide a stage for science and technology, to make the enormous possibilities inherent in cutting-edge digital research accessible to the theater of tomorrow, and to support the transfer of new methods, thoughts, and insights.


  • The funding is intended to enable the fellows to concentrate on their research projects (or artistic / artistic-scientific / scientific-artistic work) described in an expressive application, without economic-material constraints. 
  • The fellowships are designed to enable scholars and theater professionals to begin planned research projects, realize designs, and continue or complete work that has already begun.
  • The fellowship teams of two persons should be composed in such a way that the projected (research) work can be realized from within the team. Should additional personnel be required, the applicants should demonstrate how they can realize the successful completion of the fellowship by generating third-party funds.
  • The five-month residential fellowship will be spent for two months at the Academy for Theater and Digitality and for three months at one of the Helmholtz Centers to be individually identified.
  • Research work begins and ends at ATD.
  • The fellows* are obliged to inform both institutions in an appropriate way about the results of their work.
  • The research period is possible from September 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
  • Deadline for submission: May 15, 2022 (11:59 pm).


More info


New Call for Proposals 2022

After the successful pilot phase with two research fellowships (October 2021-June 2022), HIDA and the Academy announce a second fellowship!


  • Two research fellowships will be awarded, each for up to two people, at the intersection of digital art and cutting-edge research. The goal is to inspire dialogue between art and science - in particular, to intensify exchange in the area of digital forms, technologies, and applications between digital art and digital science.
  • The possible research period runs from September 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
  • The call is open to artists and scholars interested in exploring artistic, technical, and scientific issues in the context of digital narratives in theatrical contexts and their practical implementation. Postgraduates (Diplom/Master) with at least three years of professional experience who enjoy researching and working with digital (information) technologies (e.g. motion capturing, coding, XR, MR, AR, VR, actuation / robotics, AI, sensor technology, sound, film, interaction design, etc.) and Helmholtz Association data are eligible to apply.
  • Application deadline: May 15, 2022

Detailed information about the call can be found here. If you have any further questions about the program, please feel free to contact us.


Stefanie Gruber-Sliva
Advisor HIDA Trainee Network


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