UKAI Projects' 2023 Carnival of Algorithmic Culture


Call for submission of works-in-progress to be completed for showcase at UKAI Projects’ Carnival of Algorithmic Culture for June 2023

Installation Artist Fee = $1200

Workshop Facilitation: $350

Performance: $350+ (Contact us to discuss fee – dependent on scope and number of performers)

How many works = minimum 6

What is carnival? Carnival is humour and chaos.

Carnival is body, place, and reversal. Carnival has a long history and has evolved a great deal over the centuries. However, the focus of carnival has long been rituals of crowning and a subsequent de-crowning. Join us in June 2023 to crown our new artificially intelligent king and then joyfully tear it down again (at least for a couple of days).

What are we looking for? We are looking for projects and interventions that echo Mikhail Bakhtin’s carnival sense of the world:

  • Free interaction between people, particularly those that are seemingly separated by social and hierarchical barriers.
  • Eccentricity, elevating what is ordinarily unacceptable and giving it expression.
  • Mésalliances, the dissolution of categories and separations, bringing together heaven and hell, the sacred and the profane, the high and the low, the great and the small, the clever and the stupid.
  • Profanation, where ideas of the 'sacred' are stripped of their power for a short time, celebrating rather than condemning the earthly and the body based.

The Carnival of Algorithmic Culture will bring together researchers, artists, activists, technologists, and community members for two days of workshops, talks, exhibitions, and interactive activities at Artscape Daniels Launchpad to explore the impacts of artificial intelligence on the culture we create and the cultural products to which we have access.  Intended to become an annual event, join us for the premiere offering of something that will almost definitely be weird. 


  • Completed or in-progress work that is ready for production and showcase for June 23rd and 24th at Artscape Daniels Launchpad in Toronto
  • Available to meet for 4 sessions (virtually or in-person) with our Prototyping Lead (Kasra Goodarznezhad) to get the work to completion. (Mainly related to installation works production)
  • Work should be related to AI and algorithmic culture and within our Carnival theme: immersive, experimental, eccentric, unifying, punk, subversive, humorous, disorderly, ritual-based, etc.
  • Proposals for talks, performances, and workshops should be from Toronto-based folks or those able to travel to Toronto for the duration of the carnival
  • Installation artists do not need to be Toronto-based as long as their work can be set up by our team with clear instructions. Shipping costs will be artists responsibility.

Submission Requirements:

  • Project Proposal | 500 words or 5-minute video (proposal that clearly describes your project concepts and how it relates to our Carnival theme, and gives us an overview of your talk, performance, installation, or workshop)
  • Anticipated audience and community participation and engagement with the work (how are you planning to break the barrier between audience and presenter and make your work immersive – this could be a question for you to explore with our team as well and you do not need to have an answer for)
  • 200 words or 2-minute video. 
  • Technical needs and/or material list for realizing the project and support needed from the UKAI team (1 page max. or 3-minute video)
  • CV / portfolio - (optional) Anything we didn’t ask that you think is necessary in considering your work within our theme.

For any questions please reach out to "[email protected]". For any links provided in the application, please make sure they are active up until the results announcement date. All applicants will be notified of the results by April 5th, 2023. We acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts to help realize this project.