Open Call | alt.barbican Programme, London

Deadline for applications: 19 March, 12 noon

The Barbican and The Trampery are looking for innovative artists working at the intersection of art, technology and entrepreneurship to take part in a major new project.

Taking inspiration from start-up accelerator models, alt.barbican is a response to the blurring of boundaries between individual art forms and a generation of emergent artists drawing upon multiple disciplines and new technologies to create projects with new expressive possibilities.

The six-month programme for up to five artists, includes an all expenses trip to Montreal and will provide a range of showcase, mentoring, training within an environment in which research and discussion about this emergent field can take place and be shared.

We’re inviting artists to respond to the theme of ‘the subversion of reality’.

Enquiries might include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Digital mimicry – exploring representations of human form and experience, the natural environment, and the uncanny
  • Social interaction, creativity and enterprise – new ways of communicating, making and business in the age of virtual reality
  • Heightening or repressing human senses with technology – innovative techniques for viewer engagement and opportunities for emotional experiences

Practitioners might be employing or interested in working with virtual or augmented reality, projection mapping, ambisonic, binaural or other immersive sound formats.

alt.barbican artists will receive:

  • A bespoke programme of seminars, workshops and meetings supported by leading academics, practitioners and experts.
  • Business tools and training to enable their practice to scale and become self-sustaining.
  • A fully-funded trip to exhibit their work at the 18th edition of MUTEK Festival, the Montreal-based festival of electronic music and digital creativity.
  • Mentorship provided by a wide range of established professionals, including from the National Theatre and their Immersive Storytelling Studio team.
  • The opportunity to apply to an alt.barbican commissioning fund of £7,500 to realise a major piece or body of work in the Barbican’s public spaces.
  • The opportunity to forge international connections through our partnership with the British Council’s Creative Economy Team.
  • Events to showcase research and works-in-progress as part of Interfaces Monthly & Quarterly – a programme of talks and events, delivered across the Barbican and The Trampery’s venues.

Additional support includes:

  • A £1,500 honorarium for participating in the programme
  • Unlimited drop-in access at The Trampery Republic, a new space for creative innovation at East India Dock, where the selected artists will form part of a growing network of creative businesses and start-ups.

International applicants are eligible to apply if they know they will be based in London or the UK for the duration of the programme (which is beginning of April – October 2017). However, alt.barbican will not pay any living or travel expenses should you relocate solely for this project.

For more information see: www.barbican.org.uk/about-barbican/altbarbican

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