Workspace Residency

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Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center seeks applications from artists and researchers to apply for a short-term residency exploring the moving image, time-based media, and emergent technologies. The Workspace Residency is a project-based residency for artists and researchers working in media arts hosted by Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY. Available for applicants from Buffalo and across the U.S., the residency connects artists and researchers with resources, time, and studio space to support the creation of new work or to continue  ongoing projects. For the first time, the program is also open to residents of the Kashmir region through a partnership with the Abdul Ahad Guru Scholars Program (see separate application process here). The Spring 2018 residency will take place March 2–March 18, 2018.

Selected applicants will have tailored access to facilities, equipment, technical consultation, from Squeaky Wheel, as well as our Workspace Residency partners Buffalo Game Space, Buffalo Lab, and Silo City. This residency program lends itself to the creation of a wide variety of work including film, video, virtual reality, game development, 3D printing, sonic arts, installation, performance, and more. Participants can mix and match these benefits according to their needs.

Residents will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from notable artists and scholars Shu Lea Cheang, Laura Kraning, and Tina Rivers Ryan (bios below). In addition, residents are provided with public opportunities to share and receive feedback for their work, and will be invited to a variety of site visits and activities exploring Buffalo’s unique communities and histories. We encourage people of color, women, queer, trans and gender non-conforming people to apply. The residency welcomes applications from both emerging and established artists and researchers. Information about previous residents can be found here.


Applicants must submit a completed application form (including a description of your proposed project), CV, and a letter of intent explaining your interest in the residency and what you hope to accomplish. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018, 11:59pm.

  2. APPLICATION FORM (Google Form Link)
  3. Send letter of interest and CV to with the subject line “Workspace Application”. Applicants will be notified no later than February 1, 2018 on the status of their application.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or have a valid U.S. work visa. Full-time students are not eligible to apply.

Questions can be directed to Ekrem Serdar at

Lecturer Bios

As an artist and filmmaker, Shu Lea Cheang has worked with various art mediums and film formats, including installation, performance, net art, public art, video installation, feature length film and mobile web serial. As a net art pioneer, her BRANDON (1998-1999) was the first web art commissioned and collected by the Guggenheim museum New York. She has been crafting her own film genre of new queer cinema, calling them eco-cybenoia (FRESH KILL, 1994), scifi cyberpunk (I.K.U., 2000), scifi cyphepunk (Fluidø, 2017). From homesteading cyberspace in the 90s to her current retreat to BioNet, Cheang takes on viral love, bio hack in her current cycle of works. She is currently developing UKI-cinema interrupted with mobile game intervention; Unborn0x9, a hacking performance with open source ultrasound stethoscope and Mycelium Network Society, an organic living network initiative.

Laura Kraning’s moving image work navigates landscape as a repository for memory, cultural mythology, and the technological sublime. Exploring absence and the fluidity of time, she evokes liminal spaces of neither past, nor present, but a landscape of the imagination. Laura’s work has screened widely at international film festivals, museums, galleries and micro-cinemas, such as the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant-Garde and Projections, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh Film Festival, London Film Festival, Visions du Réel, MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, Art Toronto, Centre Pompidou, National Gallery of Art, and REDCAT Theater, among others. She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation John H. Johnson Film Award, the Leon Speakers Award and Jury Awards at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Film House Award at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, and the Jury Award for Short Film at the Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas Film Festival. She recently relocated from Los Angeles to Buffalo, where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Study at University at Buffalo.

Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is an Assistant Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. She specializes in art from the 1960s to the present, with a focus on the uses of film, video, and digital media technologies. Currently, she is assisting with the planning of the museum’s spring 2018 exhibition Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, for which Squeaky Wheel is a community partner. Previously, she was a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she worked on a half-dozen shows, including the major retrospective Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms​ and the postwar survey Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980. Before joining The Met, she held internships at MoMA PS1, the New Museum, and the ICA Boston, among other institutions. Her writing has been commissioned for catalog essays and research projects by museums including The Met, the Walker Art Center, the Albright-Knox, and the Tate, and her criticism and scholarly work has appeared in venues including Artforum, Even, Document, Art Journal​, and Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media​. In addition to teaching courses on contemporary art at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art, she has lectured on art to academic and public audiences in more than forty cities across North America and Europe. She holds five degrees in art history and visual studies, including a BA from Harvard and a PhD from Columbia, where she wrote her dissertation on the emergence of new media art in the 1960s.

Workspace Residency is supported by generous support by the County of Erie and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, individual members, businesses, and supporters, and in collaboration with the Abdul Ahad Guru Scholars Program. Special thank you to our sponsors at Spot Coffee.

Banner image: Mary Helena Clark, Delphi Falls (2017)