Published: 22 March 2022
Open Call for arts based production
Deadline: 23:59 (CET) on Friday 29th April 2022.
Biased AI in facial recognition that fails to recognise people of colour, social media platforms that sell your data and your children’s data, digital illiteracy of elderly people, and excluding technologies for people with a disability: the digital divide and lack of inclusivity is a pressing problem in developing digital technologies.
We believe that art and artists can provide critical insights, reflections, interventions, connections, and imaginations in tackling these economic-socio-politico-cultural issues related to the development and use/misuse of digital technologies.
Open call for new artworks
We are calling for new works of art that address three major concerns of the research of Artsformation: the crisis of democracy, privacy and surveillance, and new ways of work.
WHAT KIND OF PROJECT
- We are looking for artists or collectives that explore how the arts provide critical insights, methods, and imaginations for tackling social inequalities, social injustice, unequally distributed digital literacies and resources, and threats to democracy and democratic processes as a consequence of the digital transformation.
- We look for projects that address the themes of algorithmic Control and surveillance, ways of Refusal and resistance, Rebuilding of Trust and rendering Care. A previous event on these four themes can be found here.
- We look for projects that tackle pressing contemporary issues such as disinformation in pandemic and war time.
- To name two examples: we’re currently working with artists Tomo Kihara and Caroline Sinders. Tomo created a playful artwork TheirTube that bursts filter bubbles on Youtube. Caroline has been working on a Feminist Data Set that challenges the biases of AI and interrogates every step of the AI process with intersectional feminist framework.
HOW WE WILL SUPPORT YOUR PROJECT
- Waag will support the production of two selected proposals with an artist fee and production costs of €5.000. This will be paid in two instalments: € 2.500 will be paid when signing the agreement of collaboration, €2.500 when the artwork is delivered.
- The work must be produced by the artist/collective within the established time frame, before 30th September.
- The final project will be exhibited in at least one offline and one online exhibition curated by Waag, during 2022 & 2023. The artworks will belong to the artists and they are free to exhibit them afterwards, with credit to Waag and Artsformation.
- The project and artist(s) will be promoted through Waag’s and Artsformation’s channels.
- This call is open to individuals or groups with diverse backgrounds working across any art forms and/or technologies in Europe. Works that can be shown digitally are also welcome from outside of Europe.
- The proposed project can be online and/or offline.
- Applicants should either have an established background in their respective fields and/or explain how this opportunity will assist the development of a new project.
- We especially welcome proposals for new work. The work should be ready and submitted for exhibition on 30th september 2022.
CRITERIA & RELEVANCE
The Jury of the Artsformation International Advisory Board will select projects according to the following criteria.
- How does the art project address the Artsformation matters of concern and themes?
- What artistic-societal engagements with the audience or participants does the art project want to create?
- With which communities does the artist/collective want to work with in this project? How to engage them?
- Implementation details: Is the plan for your work plausible and feasible?
DEADLINE & HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be received by 23:59 (CET) on Friday 29th April 2022. Complete application must include the following:
- Project Proposal – detailing the project concept, maximum 500 words 2. Support Material – any relevant urls, visuals (data flow, sketches, timeline, schematics, etc.) that will help us better understand the proposal
- Implementation plan- maximum 1 A4 page explaining how to realise the proposal
- CV– including contact information. Maximum 2 A4 pages
- Four examples of previous work. Include note to each work of up to 150 words, including at least “Name of artwork/project/exhibition”, Gallery Name/Exhibition Space/Event, City and Country, Year
- For >5MB attachments, please use file transfer services like Wetransfer or provide a link to your own server space.
Do you want to know if your work is suitable for this call? At 11:00 CET 8th April, we will host an open call Q&A that first explains the project and open call and then allows you to ask questions. Stay tuned and check Waag’s and Artsformation social media!