How to become a research resident:
- You are interested to work with Detroit and its many trajectories and histories from an industrial boomtown to a shrinking community to America`s most diverse and creative communities applying resilient ideas of what it means to be a citizens and work and life in a community that has such a rich history and yet is described and researched upon as an urban phenomena.
- You are independent, self-organized and ready to change your perspective and immerse and move in different cultural settings? Please provide a letter of interest with a CV and your motivation why and for what reason you plan to do research in Detroit.
- The residency operates from April until end of October.
- Interested in a residency over the period of 2 weeks up to two month?
FILTER Detroit provides the capacity to host one research resident at a time, or a couple for a minimum period of 2 weeks or maximum 2-3 months, depending on the project you propose. There is a fee for utility and running costs and the ability to contribute with garden and house work. Funding is not provided, but FILTER Detroit is able to write support letters and others.
The research residency is located in a single-family home in Banglatown, a neighborhood in contemporary Detroit bordering North End as well as Hamtramck. Identified as low-income according to census data, but rich in family life as well as creative communities and individuals, who chose to work with the build environment in form of living center, experimental hub or as investment. Most of all Banglatown is part of a Detroit neighborhood that has been shaped by migration through the different decades whether it has been turn of the century European, African American migrating from the South, Polish Immigrants, Arabs as well as more recent an influx of Yemini and Bangladeshi community.
Amenities / Procedure
Living at the FILTER Detroit house means sharing and caring. The invited research resident(s) will have a private bedroom/workroom situation. The garden, kitchen, bathroom as well as communal/living room is shared with the permanent Detroit FILTER resident(s). The permanent resident(s) is able to provide orientation and everyday information - but he/she is not your personal tour guide, just your roommate, which means you are responsible for every day duties such as cleaning up behind your back or securing the house before leaving. The workroom of FILTER allows for research work - it is not a workshop with tools nor a painting studio space. Yet it can be used to sketch out projects or host small presentations.