BIO
Eastern Bloc is an exhibition and arts production centre - located in Montreal,Québec - dedicated to New Media and interdisciplinary art. The vision at Eastern Bloc is to explore and push the creative boundaries in digital and electronic arts, audio/video installation, multimedia performance and other emerging practices.

The organization’s mandate is to support the work of emerging artists by providing them with an exchange platform with more established artists, allowing them to gain access to a larger body of spectators and to a network of established art organizations and professionals in the milieu.

Founded in 2007 by Eliane Ellbogen and Sandor Poloskei, the organization’s Artisitc Director and past Technical Director, Eastern Bloc fills a void in the professional art milieu in Montreal, as there are currently no other artist-run centres or art spaces that cater specifically to young artists or post-graduates in the first five years of their professional career working in New Media and related disciplines.
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OPPORTUNITY

CALL WINTER 2015 RESIDENCY


Deadline:
Fri Nov 21, 2014 16:00

Location:
Montreal, Canada


WINTER 2015 RESIDENCY

Deadline for submissions: 21 November 2014, 5pm
Production residency: 26 January – 20 March 2015
Public presentation: 26 – 29 March 2015

Eastern Bloc’ media lab is a space for experimenting, learning, theorizing and creating – a place to further develop systems-based, networked, generative and hybrid practices through an artist-led discourse. The lab is a site of convergence for artists (both emerging and established), professionals, students, technicians, theorists and curators – encouraged to work side by side, supporting one another conceptually as well as technically.

Eastern Bloc’s residency program is a chance for artists and audiences to critically engage in the artistic process, with a focus on DIY and open source culture as well as the political discourse surrounding contemporary digital culture, with a special consideration for pedagogy and technological democratization.

For the upcoming Winter residency, artists (or artist collectives) 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.

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 or artist collective will benefit from a 6 week production residency in the Eastern Bloc lab (26 January – 20 March 2015), followed by 4 days to present the completed work or work-in-progress in one of the centre’s gallery spaces (26 – 29 March 2015). The artist or collective 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 (including production, exhibition, workshop and artist talk)
The selected artist or collective is required to give at least one workshop, on a related subject, in the lab (open to Eastern Bloc’s members and the general community, maximum of 15 participants); as well as give an artist talk (open to the general public) about the project created while in residency at Eastern Bloc. The selected artist or collective will receive a total fee of $1500 for the residency (including production, presentation and workshop).

Artists must submit the following:
Artistic statement (max 250 words)
Detailed description of the project including technical requirements (max 500 words)
Bio and up-to-date CV of all collaborators
Support material of current or past works (max. 10 images and/or 2 audio/video excerpts, no more than 20 MB)
All completed submissions must be sent by email to art@easternbloc.ca no later than 5pm on Friday, November 21st, 2014.


OPPORTUNITY

Spring 2014 Residency At EasternBloc


Deadline:
Fri Apr 04, 2014 17:00

Location:
Montréal, Canada

SPRING 2014 RESIDENCY
Deadline for submissions: 4 April 2014, 5pm
Production residency: 5 May – 15 June 2014
Public presentation: 19 – 22 June 2014

Eastern Bloc’ media lab is a space for experimenting, learning, theorizing and creating – a place to further develop systems-based, networked, generative and hybrid practices through an artist-led discourse. The lab is a site of convergence for artists (both emerging and established), professionals, students, technicians, theorists and curators – encouraged to work side by side, supporting one another conceptually as well as technically.

Eastern Bloc’s residency program, with its three residencies per year (Fall, Winter, Spring), is a chance for artists and audiences to critically engage in the artistic process, with a focus on DIY and open source culture as well as and the political discourse surrounding contemporary digital culture, and a special consideration for pedagogy and technological democratization.

For the upcoming Spring residency, artists (or artist collectives) are asked to submit a project in one or more of the following disciplines: Net art, interactive installation/performance, bio art, audio/video installation, audio/video performance, sound performance, public intervention.

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 or artist collective will benefit from a 6 week production residency in the Eastern Bloc lab (5 May – 15 June 2014), followed by 4 days to present the completed work or work-in-progress in one of the centre’s gallery spaces (19 - 22 June 2014). The artist or collective 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 (including production, exhibition, workshop and artist talk)

The selected artist or collective is required to give at least one workshop, on a related subject, in the lab (open to Eastern Bloc’s members and the general community, maximum of 15 participants); as well as give an artist talk (open to the general public) about the project created while in residency at Eastern Bloc. The selected artist or collective will receive a total fee of $1150 for the residency (including production, presentation and workshop).

Artists must submit the following:

Artistic statement (max 250 words)
Detailed description of the project including technical requirements (max 500 words)
Bio and up-to-date CV of all collaborators
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 art@easternbloc.ca no later than 5pm on April 4th, 2014.


OPPORTUNITY

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: WINTER 2014 RESIDENCY


Deadline:
Fri Dec 13, 2013 16:25

Location:
Montréal, Canada

Production residency: 20 January – 2 March 2014
Public presentation: 6 – 9 March 2014

Eastern Bloc’ media lab is a space for experimenting, learning, theorizing and creating – a place to further develop systems-based, networked, generative and hybrid practices through an artist-led discourse. The lab is a site of convergence for artists (both emerging and established), professionals, students, technicians, theorists and curators – encouraged to work side by side, supporting one another conceptually as well as technically.

Eastern Bloc’s residency program, with its three residencies per year (Fall, Winter, Spring), is a chance for artists and audiences to critically engage in the artistic process, with a focus on DIY and open source culture as well as and the political discourse surrounding contemporary digital culture, and a special consideration for pedagogy and technological democratization.

For the upcoming Winter 2014 residency, artists (or artist collectives) are asked to submit a project in one or more of the following disciplines: interactive installation/performance, Net art, bio art, audio/video installation, A/V performance, sound performance, public intervention.

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 or artist collective will benefit from a 6 week production residency in the Eastern Bloc lab (20 January – 2 March 2014), followed by 4 days to present the completed work or work-in-progress in one of the centre’s gallery spaces (6 – 9 March 2014). The artist or collective 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 or collective is required to give at least one workshop, on a related subject, in the lab (open to Eastern Bloc’s members and the general community, maximum of 15 participants); as well as give an artist talk (open to the general public) about the project created while in residency at Eastern Bloc. The selected artist or collective will receive a total fee of $1150 for the residency (including production, presentation and workshop).

Artists must submit the following as attachments to an email:
- Artistic statement (max 250 words)
- Detailed description of the project including technical requirements (max 500 words)
- Bio and up-to-date CV of all collaborators
- Support material of current or past works (max. 10 images and/or 2 audio/video excerpts, no more than 20 MB)

Please do not send any information in the body of the email or via web links. Your submission will not be considered if submission guidelines are not respected.
All completed submissions must be sent by email to art@easternbloc.ca no later than 5pm on Friday, December 13th, 2013.



OPPORTUNITY

MEDELLIN – MONTREAL RESIDENCY EXCHANGE


Deadline:
Fri Oct 25, 2013 17:00

Location:
Montreal, Canada

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)

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


EVENT

Sight & Sound 2013


Dates:
Wed May 08, 2013 12:00 - Wed May 29, 2013

Location:
Montreal, Canada

SIGHT & SOUND – 5th EDITION

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – ART & TECHNOLOGY

MAY 8 – 29 2013

For its 5th edition, the art and technology based festival, Sight & Sound, presents more than 30 local and international artists, 11 performances, 8 installations, 7 workshops, and 2 conferences at New Media Production & Exhibition Centre, Eastern Bloc. This edition of the festival is all the more unique because it is an occasion to celebrate Eastern Bloc’s fifth anniversary, five years in which more than 500 artists’ work have been presented at the centre.

Sight & Sound offers its audience the opportunity to live an intimate and unprecedented experience through a process-driven approach, critical of the fields of art and technology. This year, the festival proposes as its theme the “black market,” with a unique program of performances and installations, most of which are produced specially for the festival or presented as a North American or world premiere.

Artists and collectives featured in this year’s festival:

Jean-Baptiste Bayle (FR/PT), Steve Bates (CA), Jackson 2Bears (CA), Area C (US), Jennifer Chan (CA/US), Vincent Chevalier (CA), Paolo Cirio (IT/US), Melissa F. Clarke (US), Mario de Vega (DE/MX), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US), Thomas Dexter (US), Bill Doran (IE/CA), Constant Dullaart (NL), Future Archaeology (US), Émilie Gervais (CA/FR), Arthur Heist (DK), Garnet Hertz (CA/US), Ted Hiebert (CA), Brendan Howell (US/DE), Ellie Irons (US), Doug Jarvis (CA), Ryan Jordan (UK), Michelle Lacombe (CA), R. Lyon (US), Nicolas Maigret (FR), Victor Mazón Gardoqui (ES/DE), Joseph Moore (US), Noxious Sector Arts Collective (CA), Dan Phiffer (US), Matthew Radune (US), Tasman Richardson (CA), Nat Roe (US), Erin Sexton (CA)

For the full schedule: http://sightandsoundfestival.ca/

Videos from last year's edition:

http://vimeo.com/57302619

http://vimeo.com/57302618

Theme: Black Market

Under the heading “Black Market,” this edition of Sight & Sound seeks to explore the rhizomatic and permeating structures of society’s concealed systems. We ask ourselves how we can demystify the black market and its perceived impenetrability. Whether we can actually succeed in unpacking the mechanisms embedded within global – and localized – clandestine networks. In today’s connected world, does the black market retain its (seemingly) dark aura?

We aim to shed light on these concerns through a carefully curated program of performances, installations, conferences, workshops, as well as on and offline interventions. In doing so, we have chosen to adopt a deconstructive process and applied it to the digital domain, exposing the mechanisms, both visible and invisible, which co-exist and are maintained by dominant economic and political power structures.

The festival:

Sight & Sound is an annual festival that brings together Canadian and international New Media artists. It displays the work of sound and video artists alongside other contemporary methods of digital production, with a focus on audiovisual performance, audiovisual installations and interactive practices. The thirty participating artists and theorists are representative of a new generation of practitioners in digital art.

This fifth edition of Sight & Sound promises to deliver our most exciting and extensive program of work that is not only stunning and engaging on an aesthetic level, but also critical of contemporary digital culture and decisive of our technological future.

Eastern Bloc is 5 years old!

This year, Eastern Bloc celebrates its fifth anniversary during Sight & Sound. Since its establishment, the organisation has presented the work of over 500 emerging and established artists. The centre has encouraged our Quebec-based audience to discover the work of internationally recognized digital artists and has offered innumerable local emerging artists fantastic opportunities to advance their artistic careers. Eastern Bloc is also a unique space that has an important history to contribute to Montreal’s cultural landscape and its industrial heritage. The centre’s building was built in the early 20th century for textile manufacturing, an industry which has now almost disappeared from our local milieu. Over the course of its 5 and half year history, Eastern Bloc has given itself the mandate to re-invest this industrial space with an entirely new life and purpose, all the while conserving its architectural value. Eastern Bloc has therefore been contributing for the past five years to local development as well as to the preservation of Montreal’s industrial heritage and post-industrial future through its innovative cultural and artistic programming.

Since 2007, Eastern Bloc has been at the forefront of New Media and interdisciplinary arts promotion and dissemination in Quebec. The vision at Eastern Bloc is to explore and push the creative boundaries in digital and electronic art, audio/video installation, multimedia performance and other emerging practices.

Photo: Nicolas Maigret, System Introspection