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innovAiR Call for Residency on Malta. Deadline: July 31, 2019

OPEN CALL FOR ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

The Valletta Cultural Agency sustains and strengthens the capital city’s vibrant cultural life through the creation of an annual programme of creative events developed in collaboration with artists and other Public Cultural Organisations.  A legacy of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, the VCA upholds standards of excellence in the coordination and organization of artistic and cultural events in the city.  The Agency also aims to collaborate with the next generation of artists, creatives and cultural practitioners whilst working towards developing greater participation by communities and developing new audiences.

Established in March 2019, the VCA is building its cultural programme on 5 core values, which are:

ABILITY Explore and contribute towards liveability, accessibility and sustainability within Valletta for residents, workers and visitors alike through art and culture, with a focus on the protection, rediscovery and enhancement of common spaces by encouraging users to requalify and reimagine their use.
TRANS/FORM Rethink contemporary and collective identities through transformative experiences and collaborations, turning individuals and communities from audiences into active participants.
DIalogue Chart needs and wants through dialogue and debate that would, in turn, offer a map into potential futures and a better understanding of current realities from the eyes of a varied public.
INNOVATE Develop and implement innovative artistic and creative initiatives that experiment with new practices, technologies, space-time correlations, with a solid grounding in research and documentation.
INHERIT Value and support local traditions as an important part of the contemporary social fabric and as a platform and inspiration for artistic and creative initiatives.

 

The Valletta Cultural Agency is seeking artistic proposals from local and international artist/s to participate in a residency programme, working with local communities and/or local artists and organisations, centred around one or more values of the Agency. At the end of the residency, the artist/s will present the work through a public sharing as part of the VCA’s 2019 Cultural Programme.

 

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2019

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME innovAiR 2019

 

The innovAiR Programme was created to contribute to and enrich the national creative context, with Valletta as both motivator and beneficiary.  Within the boundaries of the city, the residency will foster collaboration and networking between the artist/s and the communities of artists, residents, workers and more; whilst encouraging sharing and the re-invention of different spaces and environments.

 

DURATION OF THE RESIDENCY

 

There will be two residency periods:

  1. 1stto 15thNovember 2019.
  2. 22ndNovember to 6thDecember 2019.

 

WHAT WE OFFER

 

  • Networking: support to integrate into the local context and assistance in establishing artistic and professional connections that best support your work and career. This may also include in assistance with weaving together various disciplines, backgrounds and interests to serve as sources of inspiration.
  • Accommodation: a self-catering fully furnished private room within a communal apartment with well-equipped shared kitchen and bathroom, bed sheets, towels and WIFI connection. Accommodation for an additional member of the family may be requested, but may come at a cost for the artist.
  • Studio Space: a working space that is suitable for the nature of the project may be provided upon request.
  • Travel: economy flights to and from the country of residence and airport transfers from the airport to the accommodation in Malta. Flights for any accompanying family members will not be covered by the Agency.
  • Production support: The Agency may be able to provide material for the project, depending on the material requested and up to a maximum cost of €400, provided that a detailed list is included in the proposal. This may consist of consumable material or equipment that can be rented/provided by the Agency. Logistical support for the final presentation will be provided, if required.

 

WHAT WE DO NOT PROVIDE

 

  • Insurance: travel, personal, health and personal equipment insurance is the artist/s’ responsibility.
  • Visa Arrangements: non-EU Artists will have to secure any Visas and documents required for travelling to, and staying in, Malta for the duration of the residency.
  • Fees: artist fees or allowances.
  • Cleaning services: cleaning arrangements are not provided since the accommodation is self-catering.

 

 

ABOUT VALLETTA

 

A cultural, administrative and commercial hub, Valletta is the capital city of Malta and is itself an entire UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our city is an open-air museum – adorned with Baroque, British and modern architecture – that houses around 5,000 residents, many businesses and institutions. Traditions are deeply rooted in its heart, against the backdrop of everchanging contemporary communities, cultures and identities.

 

A peninsula between two harbours, the city is well connected by water taxis and ferries, and is also a public transport hub. Valletta is also home to the National Library, Parliament, various exhibition sites and performance venues. Packed with a vibrant cultural calendar, the city hosts several prominent festivals and events.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

We’re interested in artists in the following disciplines…

 

  • Animation, illustration and design
  • Art theory, curatorial practice
  • Film
  • Literature and literary translation
  • Music (including composition)
  • New media
  • Photography

 

*Since the residency will be located in a residential area, the proposals submitted need to be sensitive towards the neighbouring communities in terms of sound.

 

Who can apply?

 

  • Artists that have reached 18 years of age at the time of the application;
  • Individual artists or groups of up to two artists working together;
  • Have an artistic concept/idea to develop within the Maltese context with local communities and/or artists and/or other entities;
  • Be able to communicate adequately in English.

 

What your proposal should include…

 

Applicants should send the following material as a pdf via email on opencalls@vca.gov.mt, with “innovAiR” as the subject of the email.

 

  • A project description which clearly states the discipline and elaborates the residency goals and the work to be created during the residency, including:

 

  • timeline of actions
  • list of materials, if required
  • Format and description of the final public sharing (e.g. presentation, lecture, performance, screening, exhibition, etc.)
  • any other document supporting the artistic proposal

 

  • Copy of Artist’s ID Card or passport;
  • Artist professional CV and a short Bio;
  • A portfolio of related works (Visual artists: images or video links; Performing artists: a synopsis of previous works, video links and reviews; Literature: a list of publications and professional acknowledgements);
  • State which residency period is preferred;
  • State if and what kind of entry requirements will be necessary in order to be able to travel to Malta and stay in the country during the residency;
  • State whether a family member will be joining;
  • State if the residency project is getting any third-parties funds, if yes, please indicate the name(s) of the funding partner(s) within your proposal.

 

For any queries, please send us an email on opencalls@vca.gov.mtby 27th June 2019.

 

SELECTION AND T&Cs

 

We are looking for proposals that respond to the one or more of the values of the Agency’s Cultural Programme. Priority will be given to applications which are:

 

  • Innovative
  • Engaging and collaborative, to involve local communities, cultures and artists
  • Interactive and participatory, to turn audiences into participating publics

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

  • Candidates must submit all the requested materials in the Application Section of this Call to be considered eligible.
  • As this is a competitive process, the proposals received will be evaluated by a specifically-appointed panel according to the timeframes indicated below.
  • In case of third-party funding for the residency, candidates should indicate the name(s) of the funding partner(s).

 

TIMEFRAMES

 

  • Call opens on 27thMay 2019.
  • Call closes on 30thJune 2019.
  • Call will be evaluated in the second week of July 2019.
  • The selected applicant/s will be notified by no later than 14thJuly 2019.
  • Residency dates:
    1st to 15th November 2019 and 22nd November to 6th December 2019.

CFP (Media-N): Art & Labor in the Amazon Economy. Deadline: May 1, 2019

Subject: CFP: Special issue of Media-N: Art & Labor in the Amazon Economy

Deadline: May 1, 2019

Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus

Special Thematic Issue: “Humans Are Underrated: Art & Labor in the Amazon Economy”

Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus, invites submissions for a special themed issue on the changing status of art and labor in the digital age. The issue borrows its title from a best-selling managerial tract, Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will, which instructs companies on how to prioritize and reward undervalued forms of human labor as an effective business strategy in an age of increasing automation. Such “underrated” labor forms include storytelling, improvisation, spontaneity, critical and aesthetic judgment, creativity, empathy, authenticity, sincerity, attention, intimacy, care, cheer, and humor. Often referred to as “soft skills,” these “human” capacities are also (and not coincidentally) typically associated with artistic production. By engaging in these activities and behaviors, human workers generate forms of surplus value more effectively and convincingly than their machine counterparts—at least, for the time being. But inasmuch as the notion that “humans are underrated” responds to the substitution of human workers by computerized systems, the underlying question of what will constitute exclusively “human” labor in an increasingly automated future remains in flux.

Spearheading this transformation in the meaning and value of work are major tech corporations like Amazon, which currently ranks second to Walmart as the largest U.S.-based corporate employer in the world. Amazon’s worker base extends beyond its warehouses and corporate offices, and includes employees of subsidiary companies like Whole Foods, the thousands recruited to run its new HQ2 (locations now TBD), and legions more part-time workers who perform deliveries for services like Prime Now. Even more dispersed, and much less visible, are those employed via Amazon’s global microlabor platform Mechanical Turk, described as “an on-demand, scalable, human workforce to complete jobs that humans can do better than computers.” Essentially, mTurk is a marketplace that enables anyone to become a “requester” in order to advertise “Human Intelligence Tasks” (HITs), typically simple assignments like filling out surveys, analyzing receipts, performing online research, transcribing audio or writing captions. The vast majority of these micro-tasks take less than a minute to complete and pay around five to ten cents. While most HITs are used for the purposes of marketing and industry research, in the aggregate, these tasks contribute to the longer-term goal of improving algorithms so that computers can be “trained” to behave more like human beings.

Much criticism has been leveled against Amazon’s workplace culture, from the unsafe conditions, long shifts, and low wages at its warehouses, to the notoriously cutthroat culture of its corporate offices. However, the labor performed by its global workforce of mTurkers remains largely invisible and behind-the-scenes. As a result, the impact of companies like Amazon on the future of human labor, not just in the U.S. but world-wide, has yet to be fully grasped.

This special issue of Media-N seeks submissions that examine the role of art, and specifically new media art, in addressing the ongoing transformation of human labor in an economy dominated by corporate tech behemoths like Amazon, and by extension, how this transformation impacts the meaning and significance of artistic labor. We seek contributions from scholars, critics, artists, designers, scientists, media-makers, and interdisciplinary researchers from across the humanities and sciences who are interested in the relation between digital media and human labor. Individual and collaborative submissions are welcome.

Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus (ISSN: 1942-017X) is a scholarly, invitational, and double blind peer-reviewed journal. The journal provides a forum for scholarly research, artworks and projects, and is open to submissions in the form of papers, reports, and reviews of exhibitions and books on new media art. Media-N is an English language journal, and all submissions must be received in English adhering to the standards set by the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

TIMELINE:
May 1, 2019: Deadline for submission of abstracts.
May 15, 2019: Notification of accepted proposals and invitation to submit paper.
July 30, 2019: Projected deadline for submission of final papers.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES:
Please send your proposal by email with the following information combined into a single document:
-Proposal Title, and a 300-500 word abstract, plus 1-2 images if desired.
-Please include your name, email, and title/affiliation on abstract.
-A condensed CV (no longer than 3 pages).
NOTE: Materials should be submitted in English, as a Word document or PDF.
File should not exceed 5MB.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO:
Johanna Gosse, Executive Editor: johannagosse@gmail.com
Carrie Ida Edinger, Managing Editor: edingercarrie10@gmail.com

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Special issue of Media-N: Art & Labor in the Amazon Economy. In: ArtHist.net, Apr 9, 2019. <https://arthist.net/archive/20580>.

Production Grant in New Media, Spain. Deadline: Jan 30, 2015

Objective of the Call

The objective of this yearly call is to award a production residency for the completion of a project by artists who are either Spanish or legally resident in Spain and who were born in 1975 or later.

This residence will have a maximum duration of two months (between April and June 2015), during which the artist will be provided with accommodation and a work space. The maximum project budget will be €10,000 gross – €2,000 for fees and a production fund of €8,000 – as well as access to all of LABoral’s technical and human resources.

The results from the residency will be brought to fruition in an exhibition at LABoral which will take place at the Galería de exposiciones [Exhibitions Gallery] (See plans and images here) from June to September 2015.

DKV will have the right to acquire the resulting work from the residency, if its committee so decides, for an amount not exceeding 8,000 euros.

DKV Seguros and LABoral will deal with and facilitate the travelling of the exhibit to other spaces in Spain.

Closing Date

The deadline for submission of documentation is 30 January 2015

Documentation should be sent to:

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

Departamento de exposiciones: Beca de producción DKV Seguros – Álvarez Margaride
C/ Los Prados, 121
CP: 33394 Gijón (Asturias)

The results of this open call for proposals will be announced on the LABoral website and by press releases to the media.

The residency period, of up to two months, will take place between April and June 2015. The mounting of the exhibition, set up at least two weeks before the opening, will form part of the residency period.

 

Rules for the call

Annex

Floorplans