Convergence Residency: Electronic Music + Visual Art

  • The Banff Centre Banff National Park Banff AB Canada


Patti Schmidt

Artistic Director

Jen Mizuik

Artistic Director

Robin Fox

Lead Faculty

Uwe Schmidt

Lead Faculty

Dasha Rush

Guest Artist

Markus Heckmann

Guest Faculty

Keith Fullerton Whitman

Guest Faculty

Alex Burton

Guest Faculty

Timothy Allan

Guest Faculty



We have entered into a post-instrument era in which music and visual art born of technology produce contemporary, dynamic and convergent new forms. Traditional apparatus and techniques are displaced by computer based processes, virtual instruments, electronic hardware and custom machines, stems, patches, waveforms and midi. This inaugural residency welcomes artists working in rhythmic and experimental electronic music realms, digital visual artists, and those pursuing work that creates synergies between sound, music and art.

This residency provides the context for artists to research, conceive, prototype and present new artistic works, tools, techniques and perspectives for electronic music, sound, and visual creation. Under the artistic direction of Patti Schmidt and Jen Mizuik, and led by faculty Robin Fox and Uwe Schmidt with guest faculty who are specialists in their fields, the program will offer sessions and workshops on modular synthesizers, electronic music software and hardware, visual creation software and methods, artistic process and philosophy, and the nature of live performance in these technologically dominated fields. Together artists, peers, and world-renowned faculty will exchange knowledge, discuss ideas, experiment with processes, create, collaborate, perform, and share artistic experiences.

Artists will have the chance to present their works-in-progress throughout the program. The nature of the practices involved will determine the presentation format and may range from a live performance, an informal presentation, an installation, a talk or workshop, or something else entirely. Artists will receive technical and artistic guidance during the development of their projects and research. 

What does the program offer?

Sessions and workshops on related software, equipment, processes, techniques, and project conceptual development.  A personal studio space available 24 hours a day is also provided. Production spaces are shared among all participants in the residency. Participants have the freedom to structure their time around the needs of their projects within a supportive community of their peers, and develop their work through interaction with the Artistic Directors, faculty mentors, and guests, and presentation.

In addition, there is an opportunity for one or more projects to be identified for future commissioning support by The Banff Centre and MUTEK, with a public presentation in Banff and at the MUTEK festival in Montreal. 

Scholarship is available. 

Who should apply?

Open to applicants worldwide, this residency is a call for individual artists and collective groups of musicians, composers, visual and media artists, sound artists, inventors and mavericks that have an established professional practice in one or more relevant fields. Artists should have produced an independent body of work, and received recognition through public presentation in performance or recordings, and from their peers. Projects that demonstrate a transformative and innovative quality and approach will be prioritized.