Open Call for Spring/Summer 2014 Residencies

Activity Details
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Start Date: 
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 11, 2013 at 12PM (noon) EST. Applicants will be informed of their application status by January 16, 2014. 

CONTEXT: This residency cycle Eyebeam is looking to support atypical new works that are examining and critically challenging culture's relationship to emergent technologies with priority given to the focus areas listed. Eyebeam will consider proposals that are prepared to positively shift the dialogue in other areas if significant and demonstrable expertise and vision is displayed. Eyebeam will grant up to $5,000 to each selected residency project. The incoming number of residents will be determined by the quality of applications and cumulative financial support awarded.

Groundbreaking initiatives that have grown and benefited from past Eyebeam support include Graffiti Research Lab, F.A.T. Lab, the very first ReBlog system, RGBD Toolkit, littleBits, Windowfarms, Flock House and much more.

NOTE: At some point in 2014, Eyebeam will be moving out of its Chelsea space into a transitional space that will allow for support of residencies as well as limited public engagement and presentation. However, we may partner with other organizations to fully support the residency and there is a possibility that the transition will occur towards the end of this residency period. Please keep this in mind when applying — Eyebeam will favor project proposals that will be least impacted by or may potentially benefit from this move.

RESIDENCY FOCUS AREAS: The resident is expected to clearly respond to at least one of the following inquiries in their project:

1) Information Ownership Inside The Surveillance State —  Privacy has become a luxury,  and society is increasingly becoming divided between those who control information and those whose information is controlled. Eyebeam supports artists and technologists who are working to understand this situation more deeply and offer critique and solutions to the emerging dilemma, with a focus on projects that seek to build awareness around privacy and identity. How can we better understand what data we relinquish on a daily basis and who controls it?  Where do notions of open source take us at this moment?  In what ways can artists actively encourage meaningful dialogue around this topic and what role does anonymity play in actuating empowerment?

2) Sonic Instrument/Installation Design — We are in the midst of a shifting landscape of sound producing objects and their relation to physical space. It is important to identify current trends in their design and the relation of these objects to physical space and audiences. Eyebeam has recently been focusing on presentation of new sonic works, and we are looking to expand this focus to also support the design of new musical and sonic instruments, with an eye towards what the future holds in this realm. This focus area aims to support work that develops novel approaches to the state-of-the-art in materiality and technology and its relation to the public. Please keep in mind that, as mentioned above, there is the possibility of a transition to a new space during this residency call; projects that can be supported without recourse to a large fabrication or testing space may be more feasible during this transition and will be given priority.  

EYEBEAM VALUES: Eyebeam’s core values include a critical questioning of the status quo and a belief in risk-taking as an essential element to achieve progress. This has been demonstrated through over 15 years of experimentation via creative use and misuse of technology. This approach has resulted in the development of creative platforms, tools and exciting works of art. 

Eyebeam believes that the best creative work begins with a commitment to sustainability, equality, diversity, and concern for a better future. Across all areas of inquiry and research, Eyebeam primarily supports projects that have real-world impact -- we maintain that cultural progress is possible, and we encourage work that is paradigm shifting within a large spectrum of genres. Eyebeam will continue to support work that involves community interdependence and resourcefulness, learning, curiosity, and creative exploration.

SUPPORT: Eyebeam Residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of specific projects and initiatives querying art, technology and culture. The 5-month residency is a period of concentrated work on a visionary, experimental project. It is a chance to use the time, space, and tools at Eyebeam to reach the next stage of one’s practice. International applicants are welcome to apply, although Eyebeam does not have the resources to provide travel or accommodation. Eyebeam is happy to work with selected applicants, where required, to help them to secure funds to cover these expenses. International Residents are responsible for securing their own visas for the Residency period. Eyebeam is happy to provide necessary paperwork to help expedite the process.

NOTE: International applicants are encouraged to take into consideration the time required for meeting travel and visa requirements.

PARTICIPATION: Residents are expected to fully document their progress and their projects and to participate in public events including workshops, weekly residents/fellows meetings, monthly "Stop Work" feedback sessions, demonstrations of work in progress, panel discussions, and online releases, in addition to the Eyebeam Annual Showcase (an annual ten-day event presenting the previous year’s work to the public). The ideal Resident will both contribute to and benefit from the shared environment at Eyebeam, and will thrive in the dedication to openness and collaborative process across the organization, including staff, Residents and Fellows.

All residents will be selected from this open call, based on the quality of the work being proposed, the applicability of Eyebeam's tools and resources in realizing and supporting the work, and in relation to the overarching research themes and activities of the organization.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are only accepted via the online application system (link). Applications received after the deadline of 12:00 (EST) PM (noon), December 11, 2013, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made. You can create a user/password during the application process and log back into the server to update your application before the final deadline.

Individuals and collaborative teams are invited to apply. In either case, please detail in your application how technical and creative responsibilities will be met. If applying as a collaborative team, please include information about team members" relevant prior experience and combine CV's into a single document before uploading.  

A full timeline of your project including up to 3 milestones you'll need to achieve for completion of the project is required. Applicants can also request additional time for the residency period, outside the guaranteed 5 months. In both cases, demonstrable need must be indicated.

Complete applications must include the following information:

• Contact Information
• Resume or CV (.rtf, .pdf, .doc) -- combined into a single document if applying as a collaborative.
• Work samples in the form of URLs. Include a project description with your work sample that explains your contribution to the piece, how it is meant to be viewed and how it relates to your proposed project(s)/research.
• Concise responses to all application questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
• Single PDF document containing any visuals (data flow, sketches, timeline, schematics, etc) that will help  reviewers understand the proposal.

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Statement on Diversity: Eyebeam is committed to building a diverse creative environment and therefore welcomes applications from people of diverse backgrounds. We recognize diversity as encompassing personal style, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, physical ability, religion, and family.