This unique residency is a collaborative initiative of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Empiricism and intuition are not mutually exclusive. The goal of the project is to explore and expand how the creativity of scientists and artists are connected.

Deadline to apply: March 15 each year for residencies in the following year

All applications for the  Scientific Delirium Madness (SDM) residency are processed through the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. The following lists important information and milestones in the application process:

  • Deadline for Applications The call for SDM 2021 applications is open! Deadline: 15 March 2020. Apply here.
  • Project Goal Empiricism and intuition are not mutually exclusive. The goal of the SDM program is to explore and expand how the creativity of scientists and artists are connected.
  • Location and Scope SDM is a monthlong residency at Djerassi’s 585-acre retreat in the coastal Santa Cruz mountains, south of San Francisco. This is not a product-based residency. Artists and scientists will be free to work on their own projects. Participants will be expected to be in-residence for the entirety of the session. Accommodations, food and local transportation are provided. Residents will also be expected to interact with colleagues in differing fields, participate in two public forums during their stay and document/share their experiences for both general and academic audiences in the form of blogs and articles in Leonardo published by The MIT Press. 
  • Who Should Apply Scientists must be involved in significant art-related research and/or be practicing a form of art and/or have original ideas on how to integrate aspects of art and science. This includes but is not limited to poetry, playwriting, fiction, creative nonfiction, choreography, music composition, media arts/filmmaking, painting, sculpture, photography and installation art. By the same token artists must have a track record of work driven by the influence of biology, chemistry, physics, math, environmental or agricultural science. A strong sense of play and experimentation is essential.
  • Nominations Scientists, mathematicians and artists will also be proposed via nominators selected by the project’s steering committee.
  • Notifications Invitations for residencies will be sent in September 2020.

Inquiries should be directed to Margot H. Knight, Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program at 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside, CA 94062, or (650) 747-1250; or to Danielle Siembieda, Managing Director of Leonardo/ISAST

For more information, visit the Djerassi Resident Artists Program website or select application guidelines, residency resources or SDM program details.

This program is supported in part by the generous gift from Sonia Sheridan in memory of Steve Wilson. In collaboration with