Start Date: January, 2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be received by 12PM (noon) on September 13, 2013. Applicants will be informed of their application status by late November, 2013.
RESIDENCY SUMMARY: The 5-month residency will begin in mid January (negotiable start date) of 2014 and run through June of 2014, the first half of the time will be spent at The White Building, London and the second half at Eyebeam, New York. The resident will receive a stipend to be paid out over the course of the residency in connection with the achievement of specific milestones. In addition, travel between London and New York will be covered, and housing will be provided in London. The resident will not receive automatic housing in New York but will receive assistance in locating temporary housing.
OVERVIEW: The SPACE-run art centre, The White Building and Eyebeam are seeking applications from artists, engineers, designers, and creative technologists interested in being the inaugural resident in our joint residency program. The purpose of The White Building/Eyebeam Artist Residency is to support creation of new work that addresses the Focus Areas of this residency call. The new work, and the process of its creation, will be presented both at Eyebeam and The White Building, with opportunities for public presentation and discussion at both organizations.
RESIDENCY FOCUS AREAS: The resident is expected to respond to at least one of the following inquiries in their project:
1.What is the role of authenticity in the current creative situation? Digital technologies are built to reproduce themselves in perfect copies – this is antithetical to notions of single authorship. What is authentic; can there be a single author anymore?
2. What is the place of discussion around aesthetic beauty and form in contemporary technological art? Particularly, how do the formal aspects of work on the internet affect how we ‘appreciate’ and understand art? How are platforms such S[edition] and art.sy re-configuring what is digital and physical practice? Moreover, what do we say to skeptics who argue that native art produced on the internet, does not boast the same social, aesthetic, or political value as traditional forms?
3. What is the relationship of queerness to the internet? Are there implied queer trajectories in what the internet enables?
4. How is storytelling evolving across cinema and ebooks, digital novels, hyperlinked narratives etc? Or is it evolving?
5. What does it mean to collaborate across geographies? What does it mean to be close to people?
PARTICIPATION: There is a single residency available under this program, though it may be shared by more than one person. The resident should be prepared to document, in both London and New York, the learning and development process for the project. This documentation, which may take any number of forms, will further engage the public by increasing understanding of the project itself. This documentation may include public-facing reports and updates designed to engage the public with the project and shed light on the artist's creative and educational process.
The resident is also encouraged to participate in both formal and informal learning opportunities within the The White Building and Eyebeam community.
DETAILS: The selected resident will be expected to start the residency at The White Building's London facilities in January, remaining in regular contact with Eyebeam. In London, the artist will be expected to spend at least 3 days a week developing their project at The White Building residency studio, where they will contribute actively to the culture of The White Building and its public program. After the first two months, the resident will be given working space at Eyebeam's Chelsea, New York City space and have 24/7 access to Eyebeam's facilities and equipment. The resident will also be expected to play an active role in the Eyebeam community by taking part in Eyebeam's weekly residents & fellows meetings, monthly Stop Work critique sessions, and annual Exhibition of artists' work.
In New York, the resident will bring their experience and expertise to Eyebeam where they will finalize the creation of the project(s). Residents are expected to contribute to the Eyebeam community as collaborative partners to other residents and fellows. Eyebeam may offer program support in developing work for public or educational programming within its space during the term of the residency.
ABOUT EYEBEAM: A belief in progress and openness are core values of Eyebeam. This has been demonstrated through 16 years of experimentation via the creative use and misuse of technology with the goal to innovate and develop better relationships between people and tools. Eyebeam believes that all creative work begins with a commitment to sustainability, equality, diversity, and concern for a better future. Across all research initiatives and focus areas, Eyebeam primarily supports projects that have real-world impact – Eyebeam maintains that cultural progress is possible and encourages work that is paradigm shifting within a large spectrum of genres.
ABOUT THE WHITE BUILDING: The White Building is London’s new centre for art, technology and sustainability. An incubator for big ideas and innovation, it serves as a creative lab for artists whose work engages with technology. Run by SPACE, The White Building’s aim is to act as an international beacon for the creative industries in Hackney Wick, as well as a resource and venue for residential and educational communities in the area. The centre is anchored by a residency program that is unique among UK public institutions, offering opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists to produce new work on an international platform. The centre comprises a residency studio, which doubles up as a temporary exhibition space, a flexible event space, studios for creative practitioners.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are only accepted via the online application system at http://apply.eyebeam.org. Applications received after the deadline of 12:00 (EST) PM (noon), September 13, 2013, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made.
Applications 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 CVs into a single document before uploading.
Please read the guidelines carefully, should you still wish to make an enquiry before making an application, then please contact Omar Kholeif, Head of Programming at The White Building, London on firstname.lastname@example.org.