Residency Open Call: Access

Theme: Access

In the context of our current political discourse, rife with language of exclusion and intolerance, the need for artists to be central to the invention and design of our shared future is urgent. Following on the past two years of Eyebeam Open Calls, focused first on Power, then on Trust, this year’s theme is Access. Eyebeam seeks applications that consider how art and technology can challenge dominant notions of access and how together we can shape a more equitable future.


Eyebeam aims to create a space of enrichment, cross-pollination, and cultivation of ideas through supporting the work of artists, engineers, and designers alike. We are invested in ideas that function as a magnet, rather than a filter, and are interested in responses to the Open Call that focus on access in a myriad of ways including, but not limited to: access to physical space, access to information, access as it relates to disability, gender, race, socioeconomic positions, sexual-orientations, as well as ecosystems and environmental access.


How can artist-initiated projects and new technologies disrupt and refigure legislated and often constricted measures of access? How can we think about access as a process informed through lived experience? How does access construct relationships with the world and with each other? We are interested broadly in projects which increase physical access and access to each other through various forms of communication to create interwoven relationships.  


This year’s Open Call is launched in tandem with a new partnership with REFRESH, a collective platform invested in supporting the work of women and women-identified artists, especially women of color, LGBTQ artists, and disabled artists from around the globe. This partnership will consist of a large-scale exhibition and multi-day symposium in NYC, a prestigious 2-year curatorial fellowship, a new online hub, as well as robust public programming coming out of Eyebeam’s new home in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Deana Haggag (United States Artists)
Simi Linton (Disability/Arts/NYC [DANT])
Nathan “nash” Sheard (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Salome Asega (POWRPLNT, REFRESH, Eyebeam Alum)
Kenyatta Cheese (Know Your Meme, Eyebeam Alum)
Ramsey Nasser (Computer Scientist, Eyebeam Advisory Member)
Alice Sheppard (Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Lead and Founder: Kinetic Light)
Diya Vij (NYC Department of Cultural Affairs)
Xiaoyu Weng (Guggenheim Museum)




The Residency

The Eyebeam Residency is a prestigious award for artists engaged with technology and technologists working in the arts. Residents work in shared Eyebeam studios in Brooklyn for one year on experimental, interdisciplinary projects with a goal towards invention and impact. Residents receive a generous financial stipend as well as access to top-notch facilities and a dynamic far-reaching community. Frequent critiques and mentorship by field leaders in the arts, business, and technology sectors round out the experience.


Work generated by artists during their residency from November 2018 to October 2019—whether art, research, code, or machines—are to be made open source and accessible to the public through means like teaching tools, open events, public repositories and documentation.


A stipend of up to $25,000 is offered to all residents.


Deadline: April 11, 2018, 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time


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