Spatial Sound


The Artist Residency Programme 2021 at the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest, Hungary, calls for creators from a variety of disciplines to submit proposals for the development of new pedagogical approaches that make use of spatial sound technologies and listening-based practices.

Submission Deadline: Closed 


About the Programme

Since its inception in 2015, the Spatial Sound Institute has become a centre for learning, representing a diverse spectrum of individuals and groups, that fuse a broad range of abilities, experiences and information into shared goals. Our activities are a response to cultural and technological shifts that elevate the importance of sound through our listening habits.

Our residency projects centralise the need for interdisciplinary exploration that could construct bridges over the uncharted areas of underexplored topics concerning sound and feature a broad spread of topics and presentation modes that seek to re-examine and to adopt a more critical attitude within the model of what we call the Ecology of Listening.

The Ecology of Listening strives for deeper awareness of the nature and presence of sound through a spatial listening practice that is intuitively available to us if we train our ears, and which can influence the state of our interpersonal, social and environmental fields.

Under this philosophy, we have hosted our previous residency programmes and continue to probe further. Works created by artists, architects, researchers, engineers and developers have showcased several emancipatory forms of participation that provide significant inspiration to address our key areas of study:

Sonic Architecture ︎︎
Human Space Interaction Design ︎
Physiology and Psychology of Listening ︎
Spatial Memetics ︎

Application Profile

In 2021, we move forward to investigate these threads and invite proposals from participants active in different disciplines  

  • Who find sound creation and research vital to their personal development and professional practice 

  • Who want to understand the ecological view and issues surrounding our environment  

  • Who are engaged in scientific, technical, political and cultural studies of sound environments

Participants could be at any stage of their artistic or scientific career from established authors up to those at the beginning of a deeper personal exploration of sound, as well as students. 

Possible Topics

  • Sound, Spaces and Sites;
  • Sound Archaeology/Anthropology/Ethnography;
  • Acoustic Archaeology/Science/Modelling/Design;
  • Historical and Cultural Contexts of Sound;
  • Hearing and Listening;
  • Sound and Healing/Mental & Emotional States;
  • Sound and Physicality;
  • Human Behaviour/Physiology/Psychology/Movement;
  • Human and Non-Human Relationships;
  • Sound Reproduction Technologies;
  • Sound and Environment;
  • Sonic Ecologies/Agencies;
  • Decolonizing Sound; Queer, Anti-gendered, Anti-Racist methods;
  • Sonic Fiction, Storytelling and Performative Narratives;
  • Sonic Surveillance; Sound and Politics;
  • Sound Semiotics and Linguistics

Please note that these topics are not the only feasible ones, they are indicative and do not exclude other points of view, issues and approaches.


We expect co-operation and peer-education among participants of different backgrounds, experiences and interests as a significant source of inspiration and a critical aspect of the Artist Residency Programme.

Although we expect all participants to think of certain outcomes for their residency, we strongly encourage the asking of question(s) as the core driving force of the residency. Interdisciplinary learning has a foundational insight: develop a hypothesis or an approach that is personal, inquisitive and challenging. From previous residencies, the insights that we have drawn is that participants who engaged with this attitude of questioning were more likely to unlock and accomplish more from their projects that would tend not to be realized otherwise.

In this desired view, the residency culminates in a presentation of the project, mutually agreed upon by the participant and the Spatial Sound Institute which can take several forms, including but not limited to live performance, interactive installation, sound sculpture or workshops - as well as a publication, prototype product, methodology, instrument, interface or software module and may be subject to change due to progressive insight during the residency process.

With the aim to promote curatorial research and exhibition planning, this year we would aim to select at least two curatorial proposals to realize a creative project idea in tandem with the Artist Residency programme. The selected curators will be advised by the Spatial Sound Institute Team to plan for the exhibition including installation support if needed. 

There will be a seperate call announcing this curatorial residency. 

Available Infrastructure for Planned Projects

The facilities of the Spatial Sound Institute include a large-scale spatial sound studio, project space, and accommodation for up to ten participants at a time.

4DSOUND Studio

The residency provides dedicated studio working time with a 4DSOUND system in conjunction with various control, monitoring and measuring devices, including:

  • 60-channel omnidirectional speaker configuration and vibro-acoustic floor
  • 4DSOUND processing and control software
  • Various software and hardware control interfaces
  • Various audio equipment for digital and analogue production, performance and recording

Participants are required to bring their personal computers and/or laptops for the development and performance of their work according to this specification. Accordingly, the participant’s computer must fulfil certain technical requirements to be able to connect with the 4DSOUND system. Specifications and a complete list of the technical facilities at the Spatial Sound Institute can be found here. ︎

Participants of the programme will be trained on how to work with the system throughout the residency, including regular lectures and one-on-one mentoring sessions by expert users of the 4DSOUND system. The residency is designed for participants to work on their proposed project in individual studio sessions, while receiving ongoing technical support and regular scheduled guidance on creative development and evaluation.

The Spatial Sound Institute presents, documents and archives the working process and outcomes of the residency in various written and media formats.

Foyer/Exhibition Space/Library

The Spatial Sound Institute comprises two main complementary spaces - the spatial sound studio (approx. 300 m2) and an accompanying foyer (approx. 140 m2) which can facilitate as an exhibition space and includes an open-access library that has been recently made possible through a continuing outreach with dozens of authors, editors and institutions who recognize the need for a wider circulation of educational and pedagogical resources in sound research for the benefit of artists, academics and learners everywhere. 

Explore the Spatial Sound Institute Library.

Both spaces can be utilized for the presentation of the project. The spaces offer materials and are well facilitated with technical equipment, access to office supplies, basic printing, a professional A4 paper cutter, and A3 size laminator.


During the residency, participants live and work at the Spatial Sound Institute, staying in comfortably furnished rooms with a shared living area. A collective daily lunch is provided as well as regular break-out opportunities into the city of Budapest.

More information on the Spatial Sound Institute and its surroundings can be found here.

Costs of the Artist Residency

The costs for the Artist Residency at the Spatial Sound Institute are 1500 EUR p/week. This includes:

  • 25 hours of access to the 4DSOUND studio
  • Ongoing technical support and regular artistic guidance
  • Accommodation and half-board, consisting of daily 2-course vegan lunch, basic groceries, spring water, coffee and tea

Residency Funding and Scholarship

All applicants can apply for the Scholarship Programme of the Spatial Sound Institute. A Scholarship provides for a maximum of 40% matching funding to cover the costs for studio, technical facilities, professional assistance, accommodation and half-board, communication and documentation of the residency.

The Scholarships require matching funding from other institutions or individually obtained support by the applicant. Artist residencies at the Spatial Sound Institute have been supported by diverse international institutions and organizations in the past, a complete list of funding partners can be found here.

The Spatial Sound Institute can assist in mediating with other institutions, foundations and sponsors to match the required budget for the residency and can provide a non-binding letter of intent prior to final selection to further aid applicants for funding of projects. Applicants should clearly indicate whether they would need such a letter in their proposal.

The final selection of applicants will be notified before November 30th 2020.

Before notification, we highly encourage all motivated applicants to apply for prospective funding and give realistic timelines (Primary Cycle: 2021, Secondary Cycle: 2022) for their projects based on secured funding, or funding that could become available in time. 

Primary Cycle: 2021

This is the priority planning cycle of the residency programme 2021. Proposed timelines within this cycle (January 1st 2021 - December 31st 2021) should be as precise as possible with careful attention towards targeted funding sources and indicate expected security of funding in their timeline.

Secondary Cycle: 2022

The secondary cycle is set up in recognition of proposals with a planning that doesn’t allow the residency to commence or required funding to be secured before 2021. Hence, a selected project in 2021 may be scheduled during the first half of 2022 (January 1st 2022 - June 30th 2022). To meet this cycle, we would expect that the circumstance is well-communicated for our understanding and supporting the planning process.

Application Submission  

Application submission can be done through:

1. PDF Submission

Please read carefully through the downlaodable guidelines for submission. Be careful to assign the correct information for each section.


2.  Online Application  

Please choose ONE option for your submission.  

Application Deadline

Proposals for the Artist Residency Programme 2021 must be submitted by August 31st 2020 23:59 PM Central European Time. Submissions delivered after this date and time will not be considered.

Selection Procedure

Submissions that are complete and eligible according to the Application Guidelines are reviewed by the Curatorial Board of the Spatial Sound Institute ︎

Terms & Conditions

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully. By applying, you are deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.

Contact us about the Programme

Please send us any questions or requests for assistance in an e-mail to

On Spatial Sound (2019)

‘On Spatial Sound’ is a 1.5-hour documentary about the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest and the ongoing research with 4DSOUND technology.

The film connects the personal perspective of artist Ana Amorós López, re-discovering her relation to sound and listening, with 14 different projects that took place as part of the Institute’s Artists Residency Programme throughout 2018. The different protagonists in the film evoke an oscillating conversation about the meaning of sound in our world today - and how 4DSOUND technology can change our perception of sound, and relationship with listening.

A film by Ana Amorós López

With: Paul Oomen, Alyssa Miserendino, Sól Ey, Vanessa Li, Tiernan Cross, Pierre Jolivet, Ákos Nagy, Camille Roth, Rebekka Bohse Meyer, Edo Van Breemen, Kate De Lorme, Lisa Greenaway, Csaba Hajnóczy, Lenke Szilágyi, Eric Raynaud, Filip Ruisl, Gábor Pribék, Lukas Rehm, Lisa Charlotte Friederich, Jim Igor Kallenberg, John Connell