• Deadline:
    Oct. 25, 2013, 5 p.m.
  • Location:
    Eastern Bloc Lab , 7240 Clark, 2nd floor, Montreal, Québec, H2R 2Y3, CA

Deadline for submissions: October 25, 2013, 5pm

Eligibility: Colombian artists who are Colombian citizens currently living in Colombia and artists of other nationalities who have lived in Colombia for at least 9 months each year for the past 5 years.

Residency dates (at Eastern Bloc Lab in Montreal): 21 April – 25 May 2014

For the first time ever, Eastern Bloc is partnering internationally, with Casa Tres Patios in Medellin, Colombia, to offer a residency exchange opportunity to a Colombian artist wishing to travel to Canada to produce work at Eastern Bloc, and eventually for a Canadian artist to travel to Colombia to produce work at C3P.

Artists are asked to submit a project in one or more of the following disciplines: Net art, interactive installation/performance, bio art, audio/video installation, A/V performance, sound performance, public intervention. Applicants are also encouraged to take into consideration the local network of art centers, hacker spaces, media labs, and community organizations (both in Medellin and Montreal) that might feed into the residency process. The host organizations, Eastern Bloc and Casa Tres Patios, will facilitate exchange and dialogue between the resident artist and local networks. Examples of such networks include:

In Medellin: Labsurlab, Co-operaciones, Unloquer, Platohedro
In Montreal: RCAAQ, CQAM, LabàLab, Fablabs QC, Foulab

Please include in the project description how the proposed project responds to the following criteria (the artistic merit of your application will be judged based on these criteria):
Puts forward a process of exploration/risk-taking/experimentation within a public context
Presents critically engaged content
Exploits the material framework and conceptual parameters of the mediums and technologies used
Use of multiple platforms/systems/networks and/or use of open source technologies
Explores current trends in digital culture
Investigates the digital language and its norms and structures
Looks to build upon or challenge the normative structures of New Media art production and exhibition

The selected artist will benefit from a 5-week production residency in the Eastern Bloc Lab (21 April – 25 May 2014), followed by a public presentation of the project completed during the residency. The resident artist will benefit from the following services:
Open access to the research & production lab
Guided technical assistance during the 6 week production period (provided by the Lab Coordinator and/or a lab volunteer)
Access to the lab’s equipment and tools (click here for detailed list of lab equipment and tools)
Access to small storage space for materials and personal equipment
A maximum of 10 hours of in-gallery technical assistance for the installation and dismantle of the project before and after the presentation period
Photo and video documentation of the residency process

The selected artist is required to give one workshop, on a related subject, in the lab (open to Eastern Bloc’s members and the general community); as well as give an artist talk (open to the general public) about the project created while in residency. The selected artist will receive a total fee of up to $3000 CAD for the residency, divided as follows:
$1000 artist fee
Up to $1000 to cover travel expenses to and from Montreal
Up to $1000 to cover accommodation and living expenses during stay in Montreal

Artists must submit the following materials electronically:
Artistic statement (max 250 words)
Detailed description of the proposed project including technical requirements (max 500 words)
Bio and up-to-date CV
Support material of current or past works (max. 10 images and/or 3 audio/video excerpts)

All completed submissions must be sent by email to no later than 5pm on Friday, October 25th, 2013, 5pm.
The selection results will be published on November 8th, 2013.