Call for proposals: SCANZ

  • Deadline:
    June 19, 2005, 10:59 p.m.

Call for proposals: SCANZ (Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand)


Planned for July 2006, SCANZ follows in the tradition of Solar Circuit and Polar Circuits. These events consisted of the gathering of diverse artists, curators and producers involved in contemporary practice with projects and activities intersecting the environment in some way.

Proposed dates and call for proposals:

The dates for the residency and workshop are 3 July - 16 July 2006. The submission process for projects is a two stage process. Stage one is a call for registration of interest, due Monday 18th July 2005. Stage two is a call for developed projects.

Registration of interest
Artists, curators and producers are invited to submit proposals for possible projects during the two-week workshop and residency. We are seeking projects that enhance a sense of community and/or identity by either:

a) being collaborative projects across hemispheres, between nations or cultures;


b) referencing environmental response - to Taranaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand and Pacific Ocean in terms of human, natural and technological environment.

Download the registration of interest rtf from the web page given above. Fill out the form and email it to:

The registration of interest proposal should include a short general description of the project only (half page preferred, maximum one A4 page). Project specifics can be resolved in the second call. The registration of interest file should be saved and sent as an rtf file.

A CV should also be submitted, which provides information relevant to the proposal. The CV should also be saved as an rtf and include all contact details and url’s.

Up to three web suitable images (jpg or gif) can be submitted with the registration of interest, and video files up to 4Mb. This material should be related to the specific proposal rather than be samples of previous work.

Three themes are central to SCANZ:

1. Fostering a sense of community and translocal media environment by enhancing links between northern and southern hemisphere practitioners.

2. Providing time, space and a unique environment for media artists to workshop, research and collaborate on creative methodologies.

3. To create an opportunity for artists to work together over a given period of time to develop new artistic content exploring the relationship between media and practitioner's response to an environmentally unique location - Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand, South Pacific. Environment here refers to human, natural and technological environments and the integration of these into diverse creative forms.

Taranaki is significant in terms of human environment - it was the site for a peaceful protest movement under the guidance of Te Whiti, and important colonial events and clashes; home to Chew Chong who played an important role in business development regionally and nationally; and is the location of the mountain - Taranaki, part of Maori mythology and the second highest mountain peak in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

For further information, go to the web page.

Ian Clothier
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
New Plymouth
New Zealand Aotearoa