01SJ Biennial open calls

For the 2010 01SJ Biennial ZER01 is collaborating with SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films to issue an open call for 5-minute shorts interpreting the theme Build Your Own World that were shot using a cell phone, flip video camcorder, or other mobile media device. You can interpret this theme literally or figuratively, seriously or humorously to envision how mobile technology can contribute to positive social change. Selected films will be featured at both SF Shorts and the 2010 01SJ Biennial and cash prize is available for top selection.

Proposals for the workshops and micro-grants are starting to roll in. The workshop call ends on February 15th, and the micro-grants on March 8th, so you still have time to send in proposals. New calls will be posted soon. See here for more information on  the current 01SJ Biennial open calls.

Franconia Sculpture Park call for proposals

Franconia Sculpture Park is now accepting sculpture/installation proposals for 2010.


Franconia Sculpture Park is an innovative arts organization that provides living and work space to emerging and established artists. A lively schedule of programs and events for art lovers of all ages includes Kids Make Sculpture, Hot Metal Pour, artist-led tours and the Fall Arts Festival. The 20-acre park, with a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures, reflects the creative talents of local, national, and international artists and is free and open to the public 365 days a year. Franconia Sculpture Park is located 45 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities at the intersection of I-8 & I-95

Franconia Sculpture Park is an innovative arts organization that provides living and work space to emerging and established artists. A lively schedule of programs and events for art lovers of all ages includes Kids Make Sculpture, Hot Metal Pour, artist-led tours and the Fall Arts Festival. The 20-acre park, with a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures, reflects the creative talents of local, national, and international artists and is free and open to the public 365 days a year. Franconia Sculpture Park is located 45 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities at the intersection of I-8 & I-95

Open Up workshop

Medialab-Prados digital facade in Madrid (Spain)

Medialab-Prado's digital facade in Madrid (Spain)

Open Up

Plaza de las Letras (Alameda, 15)
28014 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 914 202 754
Contact: Nerea Garcia

Call for projects

Open Up is a workshop for the development of projects for the digital facade in Medialab-Prado’s building. This call is addressed to the presentation of proposals to be developed during the workshop-seminar taking place in Madrid from February 9 through 23, 2010.

Deadline for projects

December 10, 2009

Dates of the workshop

February 9 through 23, 2010

Worskhop tutors

Jordi Claramonte, Chandler McWilliams, Casey Reas, and Víctor Viña. Directed and coordinated by Nerea Calvillo.


Until now, urban screens and digital facades have been greatly developed technically, but its contents, which are usually produced by advertisement agencies and occasionally artists, have been created, in many cases, during closed processes.

Open Up suggests opening the processes of content production and explores collaborative systems of interaction and creation related to the digital facade (and therefore, public space). This production can move among its different levels of intensity and development and can vary between two working environments: the platform for collective creation and its collective activation.

Aiming to create a platform of expression through the screen, the first is oriented towards involving collectives in the elaboration of contents by creating working groups or other participation strategies. The second is centred in producing tools for the collective reception and activation of the contents that appear in the screen. We need to consider that in both cases the participation can be stable, but also instant, invisible, multiple or disperse.

Depending on the cases, chosen projects should include the creation of strategies for participation, the development of the platform, the format for its visualization in the screen and the protocols for its activation. Also, the projects will need to define the context: the Plaza de las Letras, the neighbourhood”s local environment or the city of Madrid. The physical and/or virtual participation will be identified considering all these factors.

Projects presented in this call will have to explore one of the following aspects:

  • Proposals referring to the development of strategies for public participation, during any of the project”s phases.
  • Proposals that encourage ways to activate urban space through the screen.
  • Proposals that favour a stronger public visibility of agents that normally have none.
  • Prosals that visualize public collectives.
  • Proposals that develop new ways to activate and interact with the screen among users and portable devices such as cell phones, videogames, lasers, etc.
  • Proposals that include emerging systems and processes that allows this project to evolve and change through time.

Subtle Technologies

13th Annual Sublte Technologies Festival

13th Annual Sublte Technologies Festival


13th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival -  Call for Submissions
Deadline January 9 2010
Festival Dates: June 3 – 6  2010
Submission via website by January 9 2010

For this year’s Subtle Technologies Festival, we wish to explore sustainability through a critical multidisciplinary lens. We invite investigations of the role that decentralization, diversity and societal power dynamics plays in our attempts at maintaining a sustainable future. Where does the death of languages, cultures and peoples fit into the sustainability discussion? We look forward to critical discussions that explore multiple meanings of sustainability in this state of ecological and global health. We will be discussing the science and technology behind sustainable practices and design as well as the science behind some of the events and circumstances that have driven us to seek sustainable solutions. What role does the artist play in bringing forth new layers of understandings in this discussion?

Artist Opportunity to exhibit outdoors in Wis

Juried Call for Outdoor Public Sculpture

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is accepting submission of sculpture work for their first annual,three-year outdoor sculpture exhibition. A local jury will choose pieces for display from April 15, 2010 through April 15, 2013.

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, located in Central Wisconsin, is a 20-acre, city-owned park with nearly a mile of forested trails that are used year-round by people of all ages for biking, skiing, running and walking. The Park offers a wide variety of trees and geographic features including a pond, wetland and forest. It is a zone 4 growing season (which includes cold winters and hot summers).

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible outdoor venue for sculpture and arts exhibitions, activities, and educational programs by enhancing the cultural life of our community and surrounding region through a diverse program of education, collaboration and experimentation.
The Park is located close to elementary, middle and high schools, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Park’s trails connect to the Stevens Point Green Circle Trail, a nationally recognized 31-mile recreational corridor that encircles the Stevens Point Urban Area (1993 National Park Service Award).

Artist submissions that are selected will receive $750 for a three-year exhibition loan of their piece. Sculpture submissions need to be free standing; foundations or bases are not provided. Delivery, installation, and return of work are the artist’s responsibility (please note in artist’s statement if any special installation needs are expected).

A wide variety of work will be considered, including: site specific work, ephemeral and/or permanent work, work in a variety of scales, art with a performance component, etc. Materials must be appropriate for the environmental location. For more information about the park or visitation requests, please contact Otis McLennon at otism@artsportagecounty.org

Artists may submit up to five pieces for consideration. Submissions must include the following information for each piece submitted:

Artist Name; Address; Phone; Email
Title of piece; Dimensions; Materials/Media
Images – JPEG (1000 pixels on the long side), slides will also be accepted
Artist’s Statement (including any specific installation requirements)

Mail to:
Attn: SPSP Juried Call
Arts Alliance Portage County
PO Box 565
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Or email: otism@artsportagecounty.org

In your submission, please let us know how you heard about this call, to help us better communicate.

All submissions must be received by November 13, 2009.
Electronic and standard mail submissions are accepted.

November 13, 2009 – Submissions due
January 15, 2010 – Notification of works selected (by phone or email with follow-up contract in mail)
January 30, 2010 – Contracts returned by artists
April 15 – May 15, 2010 – Sculpture installations
June 12, 2010 – Park Grand Opening

Public art commissions 01SJ Biennial

Adriene Jenik, SPECFLIC 2.0, part of the 1st 01SJ Biennial, 2006, San Jose Public Library, San Fernando and 4th St.

Adriene Jenik, SPECFLIC 2.0, part of the 1st 01SJ Biennial, 2006, San Jose Public Library, San Fernando and 4th St.

For Artists

San Fernando Corridor Project – Request for Qualifications
San Jose Public Art and ZER01 invite artists to submit qualifications and letters of interest to install temporary artworks on the San Fernando Street corridor in Downtown San Jose. These artworks will be installed in June 2010, be a feature of the 3rd 01SJ Biennial (September 15-19, 2010) and will be continue their display through October 2010.

Background: San Fernando Street
San Fernando Street is a significant east/west corridor through downtown San Jose that connects Diridon Station, the major train, light rail and bus center on the west side of downtown; continues through the sports, retail and cultural district; and defines the north side of San Jose State University at downtown’s east edge. The street passes from the station, beneath State Highway 87 and over the Guadalupe River before entering the downtown core. As such, the street offers a variety of opportunities for the creation of artworks in different media ranging from static to electronic, sound, projection, light-based, interactive and mobile or networked. The artworks will be accessible to anyone who works, lives or visits downtown San Jose.

Background: 2010 3rd 01SJ Biennial
The 3rd 01SJ Biennial will take place September 15-19, 2010, throughout San Jose and Silicon Valley. Its theme, “Build Your Own World,” is about how powerful ideas and innovative individuals from around the world can make a difference and come together to build a unique, city-wide platform for creative solutions and public engagement. It is about the inspiration needed to build a world we want to live in and are able to live with. The 2010 01SJ Biennial is predicated on the notion that as artists, designers, engineers, architects, marketers, corporations and citizens we have the tools to (re)build the world, conceptually and actually, virtually and physically, poorly and better, aesthetically and pragmatically, in both large and small ways.

PROJECT BUDGETS: Vary depending on site

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY: U.S. residents are invited to apply, or those who have a US Social Security or Tax Identification Number by the application deadline.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Submissions (described below) must be received as a complete application in CaFÉ™ by no later than 12 midnight Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on Thursday, October 8, 2009.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All materials will be submitted online, via CaFÉ™ website (www.callforentry.org). There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. To view the application, go to www.callforentry.org, register a username and password, navigate to “Apply to Calls”, and search the list for “City of San Jose – San Fernando Corridor Project”.

For full details and application process read the Request for Qualifications.


Design Contract – Boilerplate (PDF)

Fabrication Contract – Boilerplate (PDF)

City of San Jose Standard Specifications (External)

Open invitation for the Seventh Art Shanty Projects

Seeking visual artists, musicians, composers, media artists, architects, poets, scientists, dancer/choreographers, writers, builders, fisher-people, outdoors-people, naturalists, puppeteers, set designers, vocalists, spoken word artists, craftspeople, storytellers, actors, playwrights, etc. interested in participating in the design and construction of ice fishing shanty-like structures, producing engaging projects, art, events and shows on frozen Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN during January and February 2010.

Application Deadline: October 5, 2009

See Art Shanty Projects 2010 Call for Proposals

Art Shanty, winter 2008

In 2008, Kulture Klub used one of the art shanties to participae in the UnConvention.

Change the habits and inhabitation of public spaces


New media artists working across technology and mobility that can change habits and inhabitation of public spaces.


The Artist in Residence (AiR) programme at the Netherlands Media Art
Institute supports the exploration and development of new work in
digital/interactive/network media and technology based arts practice.
The residency provides time and resources to artists in a supportive
environment to facilitate the creation of new work that is produced
from an open source perspective. We encourage a cross disciplinary and
experimental approach. This is a practice-based residency designed to
enable the development and completion of a new work.The ideal candidate
will have a broad understanding of contemporary art and theory, as well
as media history and visual culture and should have knowledge of
requested software, as well as understanding of programming.The
artist’s intention should be to make a new artwork, to be shown in
exhibitions and to be distributed by the Netherlands Media Art
Institute and others.


Starting dates from January to December 2010 for two to five months.


The AiR budget includes fees, accommodation, transport, production-costs, presentation and publicity.




1 September 2009


Netherlands Media Art Institute / Montevideo Time Based Arts

Public Art 2.0?

This call for what might be termed “Public Art 2.0,” with its emphasis on art as a “means of exchange and shared dialog” is worth quoting in full.

The new art project on the Berlin Underground, U10 – from here to the imaginary and back again, sets a focus on the social and collaborative dimension of public art.

Artists or collaborative groups of artists and non-artists are invited to take part in this call for submissions. Preference will be given to artists who see their work as a means of exchange and shared dialogue and who are interested in reaching new audiences. This may include a readiness to collaborate with, for example, groups of BVG staff or passengers who have little experience of contemporary art. The organisers cannot take part in the call themselves. The U10 project will run for a maximum of 3 years.

The organisers are looking for situation specific and/or participatory projects which focus on the Berlin Underground and its staff and/or users. They can range from being short, interventionistic artistic reactions to specific occurrences on the Underground to being long term collaborations. The competition sees members of staff, passengers, kiosk and snack bar owners, buskers and ticket traders not only as a potential audience but also as potential collaborators on a joint research of the Berlin Underground.

Run by Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NBGK) Berlin, in collaboration with the Berlin Underground Train Network (BVG), financed by Berlin Council’s Department of Culture and supported by Wall AG.

via actuphoto

“See also” call for entries

See Also is an annual program of the Cleveland Public Library in partnership with Cleveland Public Art that invites artists, designers, and other creative professionals to create temporary public art projects in the Eastman Reading Garden. The program commissions innovative, thought-provoking works of art that add to the Library’s already broad range of educational and cultural programming. Each year, one artist or team of artists is selected to exhibit an installation from May until October in this highly visible and beloved space.

via Cleveland Public Library

Photographer-in-Residence: Environmental Services Dept.

The City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Environmental Services Department (ESD) are seeking a “photographer-in-residence” to document the people, places and operations involved in the daily workings of the Environmental Services Department Storm Water, Water Pollution Control and Water Recycling Services.  The photographer-in-residence will spend approximately 20 hours per week documenting the Department’s work over a six month period and will be provided with a work station at the Water Pollution Control Plant, which will act as home base for this project.  At the end of the residency period, the photographer will create a proposal for presenting the photographs (e.g. as a suite of framed photographs, web pages, a publication, etc.) and a separate production contract will be negotiated.

More information: http://www.sanjoseculture.org/?pid=4500
Contact Information: Patricia Walsh, Public Art Program Coordinator, City of San Jose at patricia.walsh@sanjoseca.gov or 408.277.5144 extension 18.

“Photon bombing” call for entries

2009 Call for Entries

a coffee shop in Alys Beach is literally transformed with projection art...

Alys Beach is pleased to invite digital artists to submit original works for the Second Annual “Digital Graffiti” Festival at Alys Beach, a juried digital art competition and display. All works and subject matter will be considered for the competition and display during the 2009 festival, which will be held on Saturday, June 6th.

Prix Ars Electronica submission deadline

For the 23rd time, Prix Ars Electronica, the foremost international   prize for computer-based art, calls for entries.

Online Submission Deadline: March 6, 2009 (Please note a special Submission Deadline for the Media.Art.Research   Award: February 20, 2009)

Categories: Computer Animation / Film / VFX, Digital Musics,   Interactive Art, Hybrid Art, Digital Communities, [the next idea] Grant, Media.Art.Research Award,   u19 – freestyle computing (Austrian only)

Total prize money: 122.500 Euro

All details about the categories and the online submission are   available online at: http://prixars.aec.at

ISIS Arts Research Residencies – Call for applications

Media artists, UK and beyond, are invited to apply for a three-week research residency at ISIS Arts, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK between April to end of July 2009. Deadline for applications is Friday 20th March 2009.

Artists are offered a self-contained city centre studio space, a fee of £1200 (to include travel and accommodation costs) and access to ISIS equipment and technical support. The emphasis for this residency is on research not on finished art work.

ISIS Arts is an artist led, visual and media arts organisation with an international artist residency, commissions, training and research programme. Their programme seeks to address themes of identity and cultural understanding and they engage with artists to produce work that challenges and presents social issues within new contexts.

ISIS has two studio spaces for visiting artists, a media training room, and an inflatable touring venue for sharing media arts with a wider audience. From their Newcastle base ISIS works with over 100 artists a year supporting practice and exchange.

The ISIS Arts Research Residency programme started in 2005 and has included artists such as Joseph DeLappe (US), Mark Vernon (UK), Germaine Koh and Gordon Hicks (Canada), Monica Ross (UK), Kelly Richardson (UK, Canada), Francis Gomila (Germany), Jorn Ebner (Germany, UK).

Selection criteria

The ability to research, interpret and present ideas. Experience of using digital media in the creation of art works. Experience of working on fixed term residencies with deadlines. A professional practice, students not eligible.

To apply please include

Project description Artist Statement and current CV Supporting material/documentation of previous work – can be cd, dvd, jpegs – please include and an SAE with adequate postage for return of materials. Statement about why you want to work with Isis Arts

Please send your application to: ISIS Arts, 1st Floor, 5 Charlotte Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XF. Applications via email will also be accepted. For more information about this opportunity and application process please email isis@isisarts.org.uk or phone 0191 261 44 07. For more information on ISIS Arts please visit: www.isisarts.org.uk.


Friday 20th March 2009.Selection will take place before end of March all applicants will be notified shortly after that.

Equal Opportunities ISIS Arts seek to ensure that no present or potential member of staff or project participant is treated less favourably than another on grounds of age (up to statutory retirement age), class colour, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, political persuasion or sexual orientation. ISIS Arts premises have limited access. However, we aim to ensure that as many of our activities are as accessible as possible. If you have any particular access needs, please contact us.

This information is available in large print or alternative formats on request.

The t-shirt as public art

Dispatch: Cloth, print and the political

Exhibition: February 20th – March 27th, 2009

In conjunction with the Southern Graphics Council Conference, threewalls is hosting an exhibition of political prints on cloth and we’re looking for your DIY election T-shirts!

The T-shirt, arguably considered an American invention, insofar as it is worn as one’s primary garment, and not an undershirt, became a substrate for advertising and political support in the 1950s. Since then it has played an invaluable role in the promotion of politics, sub-culture, music, leisure activities, businesses, sports team, personal slogans and more. The T-shirt is the walking, talking billboard – and probably still the most effective and inexpensive way to get a message out!

Perhaps in concert, printmaking and DIY are experiencing a significant revival. As an inexpensive medium for mass-producing a message or artwork, the hand-pulled print is making a major re-appearance as the most distinct way to promote bands, indie-movies, craft fairs, art events, book releases and rallies. The silk-screened T-shirt shares this appeal. As the election year heated up, the number of small-run T-shirts, printed by individual crafters and print collectives or one-offs by artists, designers or hobbiests ballooned. Nothing could be more American about the T-shirt as a vehicle for rhetoric: casual, commercial and accessible.

Dispatch is an exhibition of grass-roots political efforts, the millennial DIY ethic, micro-capitalism and the intersection between the commercial and craft in print media. As a document of the hundreds of T-shirts that were designed and printed by individuals (for their own use or to sell at craft fairs or raise money for campaigns), Dispatch makes visible, en masse, both the artistry and sheer multitude of designs that were made in support of the 2008 presidential and associated campaigns.

Chicago, both the root of the president-elect Obama’s campaign and a city with a strong grass-roots ethic in both the arts and politics, is a natural host to this exhibition. Dispatch draws on this, celebrating both the artistry and efforts of these makers, while drawing attention to how artwork and micro-industry became both an important form of participation in the millennial political process as well as a highlighting how the 2008 presidential campaign both appealed to and drew on millennial DIY culture.

As a companion to the exhibition and archive of the work, a catalog of the work featured at the gallery, with profiles and stories on a selection of artists about their prints, why they made them, where they wore them and how their garments may have made an impact on their community will be available.

Please submit designs made to support your candidate for office or made as political commentary during the primaries or the general election about the candidates, the election or the policies being discussed. Jpegs should be sent by January 15th, 2009 to Shannon Stratton at shannon@three-walls.org with your contact information and a short description of your T-shirt: where it was made, how many you made, how often you wore it, if you gave away or sold any of the shirts.

threewalls is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to contemporary art practice and discourse. Through the residency program(s), SOLO project and quarterly publication Paper and Carriage, threewalls aims to provide opportunities for experimentation, chance, critical dialogue and context for artists, curators and writers who are at pivotal points in their careers.

Shannon Stratton
Director and Chief Curator of Programs
119 N Peoria 2D
Chicago, IL