Call for proposals : Shared Artist in Residence. 5daysoff, Pervasive Media Studio, Kitchen Budapest and NIMk launch an open call for a cross-European residency programme. We’re looking for interesting artists seeking time and space to research, produce and present projects at the intersection of art, mobility and culture involving audience participation. The programme will support early stage ideas that utilise pervasive technologies and free/open source software. This is a valuable opportunity to explore process and develop experimental works within four unique collaborative environments to be presented in public space and/or festival environments.
5daysoff 2011 feature an exhibition that focuses on art works questioning and examining new production methods: projects that were produced using online means for production and creation of content such as crowd sourcing, that challenge the notion of artists as single creator or author of a work and experiment with notions of co-authorship and co-creation by e.g. involving others, knowingly or unconsciously in the development of a work.
In this context, we are particularly interested in projects that deal with the theme of mobility and involve the audience as co-creators in public space in a playful, dynamic or performative way by using mobile, wireless or sensory technologies in innovative and surprising ways. We are looking for projects that trigger individual actions/experiences that lead to a unique collective experience. Communication towards and participation of the audience is crucial. The project is situated in the context of electronic pop culture.
Projects will be developed during the period of December 2010 until May 2011. During this period beta tests will happen at 5daysoff in Amsterdam and at Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. The 5daysoff festival takes place between 2-6 March 2011, and the accompanying exhibition from 18 February to 29 April 2011. The final work will be presented at a public festival.
The residency will be hosted by four European organisations:
Kitchen Budapest, NIMk, 5daysoff/Melkweg and Pervasive Media Studio.
Time will need to be spent at each location and the organizations will provide targeted support (in the form of resources, space, technical support, local context and time) relevant to each stage of project development.
The residency will also offer the opportunity to explore the potential for collaboration and exchange with creative peers across the organisations; and share knowledge as widely as possible through a structured, facilitated programme including:
- Regularly scheduled conceptual and technical critiques
- Online documentation of project process
- Research dissemination through a range of social media
- Scheduled events offering the opportunity for discussion with both peers and public
At the end of the programme, participant(s) will be expected to present and demonstrate their work (location/festival t.b.c.) and produce a research report that considers process, findings and value. Event documentation and reports will be published online and disseminated through the wider networks.
- Residency period at each of the different organisations (time and location will depend on the project) in the period of December 2010 – May 2011. Specific dates at each location will be determined in collaboration with the selected artist.
- A modest artist fee
- Production budget (including support of travel and accommodation, accommodation is not provided for in Amsterdam)
- Public presentation of research at Kitchen Budapest and NIMk, public launch at 5daysoff/Melkweg and public beta testing at Pervasive Media Studio
- Dissemination of the research report
- Proposals are welcome from professional artists worldwide
- The concept should fit within the overall themes as described above
- The work should be created using free/open source software and utilise mobile, wireless or sensory technologies.
The artist must:
- Be willing and able to travel to Amsterdam, Budapest and Bristol for residency periods with dedicated research time at each organization (exact dates and period will be made in accordance with the artist)
- Have an open, rigorous, experimental approach and be keen to work in collaborative settings with people from different disciplines
- Be willing to openly and thoroughly document the artistic process online
- Participate in events, critiques and discussions
- Have a willingness to contribute to the lab communities
- Produce work which is exposed, tested and investigated as it is developed
- Present and demonstrate a work in progress or finalised piece
- Complete an illustrated research report, documenting process, describing findings and considering value
To apply please provide:
- An outline of the concept underlying the work that you wish to develop (300 words max).
- A general outline of the scope of the final work (200 words max – please include visual sketches).
- An outline of the research and development plan for the work (250 words max)
- Motivation for why you would like to work in the context of this particular residency as well as an overview of your interest in the technologies mentioned above (250 words max).
- A technical description and project development plan (including an indication of your planning divided between the organizations, i.e. what would you like to develop where and why)
- A draft budget proposal.
- An up-to-date CV including links to previous work.
Deadline for submission is 12 November 2010.
Please send your submission to call at nimk dot nl
Representatives from the four partner organisations will select the artist. Applicants will be informed by 24 November 2010.
ABOUT THE DIFFERENT PARTNERS
5daysoff (Amsterdam, NL)
5 daysoff is an urban festival for electronic music and related art forms such as audio-visual arts, photography and film. Since 2001, the festival covers a cutting edge music programme, presenting internationally renown names and emerging new talent, ranging from minimal and techno to hiphop, soul, electro and live acts. Besides offering a high quality overview of the international electronic music scene, the annual festival showcases media arts related to popular culture within an exhibition and embedded into the wider festival context. 5daysoff is co-organised by Melkweg, Paradiso, NIMk and Mojo Concerts.
Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam, NL)
The Artist in Residence (AiR) programme at the Netherlands Media Art Institute supports the exploration and development of new work in digital/interactive/network media and technology based arts practice. The residency provides time and resources to artists in a supportive environment to facilitate the creation of new work that is produced from an open source perspective. We encourage a cross disciplinary and experimental approach. This is a practice based residency designed to enable the development and completion of a new work. The Netherlands Media Art Institute offers an open environment with technical assistance and an active advisory board which will give feedback and support in technical, conceptual and presentation issues. There is access to studio and exhibition equipment, technical support from the Institute’s staff and production help from interns. We expect the artist to have knowledge and insight in the technical realisation of the concept.
Pervasive Media Studio (Bristol, UK)
The Pervasive Media Studio is part of Watershed, built on the legacy of Mobile Bristol. Pervasive Media Studio has a formal partnership with UWE’s Digital Cultures Research Centre and support from HP Labs and the South West Regional Development Agency. It is a multi-disciplinary lab exploring and producing pervasive media content, applications and services, working within an inspiring community of artists, creative companies, technologists and academics. Projects include gaming, projections, location-based media, digital displays and new forms of performance – some are commercial, some are cultural. All of them are tested as early as possible and iterate. Pervasive Media Studio has a shared workspace, an open ethos and a can-do attitude.
Kitchen Budapest (HU)
Kitchen Budapest, opened in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams. KIBU offers a research lab space downtown Budapest, a basic grant for a dozen researchers, some equipment, and a dynamic workflow where sharing and helping is essential, and the freedom to capitalize any good idea.
Being sponsored by Magyar Telekom (MT), the leading Hungarian Telco, there is a direct path where ideas and prototypes get reach larger audiences, in case MT and the project group finds ways to do so. Our aim is to build a platform where ideas are materializing and some end up in cultural context, some in the market. Kitchen Budapest regularly organizes exhibitions to present our prototypes, as well as works or projects from related institutions and professionals.