RESIDENCY BEGINS: MID-SEPTEMBER 2013 AND RUNS THROUGH MID-FEBRUARY 2014 (5 MONTHS)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 14, 2013 at 12PM (noon). Applicants will be informed of their application status by August 7, 2013.
CONTEXT: In light of tectonic shifts in the overlap between art, culture and technology in recent years, Eyebeam is throwing open its Residency program to a single line of inquiry: what is most important now? We are asking you -- the digital creators, hacker artists, creative technologists, instigating curators, researchers and cultural producers -- what are the developments that are most in need of support? What are the ground-breaking works that will positively change cultural relationships to new creative technologies? What does technology even mean in 2013 and how can it be creatively used and misused in a way that pushes boundaries and explodes notions of what is possible? What art challenges dominant media narratives and empowers the public? What projects will blow up stale conversations and scale out in gigantic ways? What is the role of beauty within current technological aesthetics? If you are actively solving questions like these and could use Eyebeam’s help, let us know by applying online now!
This residency cycle Eyebeam is looking to support atypical new work that is deeply examining and critically challenging culture’s relationship to technology and will consider all proposals that are prepared to positively shift the dialogue. Eyebeam will grant a minimum of $4,000 to each selected residency project but will consider requests for additional project-based funding up to an additional $10,000 maximum (to be awarded in stages based on mutually agreed on milestones). The incoming number of residents will be determined by the quality of applications and cumulative financial support awarded. However, if no proposals meet the review criteria, no residencies will be awarded this cycle.
Groundbreaking initiatives that have grown and benefited from past Eyebeam support include Graffiti Research Lab, F.A.T. Lab, open hardware (first meetings towards definition were held at Eyebeam as was last year’s Summit), the very first ReBlog system, RGBD Toolkit, littleBits, Windowfarms, Flock House and much more.
EYEBEAM VALUES: Critical questioning of the status quo and a belief in progress and risk-taking are core values of Eyebeam. 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 all 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/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 your 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 and may want to consider applying to the cycle prior to their intended start date.
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 years’ 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 consideration of the overarching research themes and activities of the organization.
Core to Eyebeam’s methodology is the brokering of relationships between artists, hackers, coders, designers, engineers and other creative technologists in the context of an open and shared culture of investigation and critique. Eyebeam fosters and facilitates relationships whereby technologists and artists come together to germinate and incubate their ideas, develop new processes, and create new works through a period of immersion in a social and professional context that is rich in technology, expertise and ideas.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are only accepted via the online application system (link). Applications received after the deadline of 12:00 (EST) PM (noon), June 14, 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.
Applicants must not be currently enrolled in degree-granting academic programs. 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. Additional money, above $4,000, can be requested. 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.
FAQ for applicants
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, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, physical ability, religion, and family.