Eastern Bloc


Deadline for submissions: 27 November 2015, 5pm
Production residency: 18 January – 9 March 2016
Public presentation: 10 – 13 March 2016

Eastern Bloc’ 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 2016 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 (18 January – 9 March 2016), followed by 4 days to present the completed work or work-in-progress in one of the centre’s gallery spaces (10 – 13 March 2016). 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 dev@easternbloc.ca no later than 5pm on Friday, November 13th, 2015.

Deadline for submissions: 4 December 2015

For its sixth consecutive year, the Data : Salon series invites current and potential members of Eastern Bloc to present a recent project or work-in-progress. From September 2015 to June 2016, the seasonal events, informal and open in nature, allow for direct and immediate feedback with the public. Participating artists are given access to the centre’s exhibition space, our technical resources, the team’s expertise and a range of documentation services and marketing tools. Please submit your proposals in the field of New Media (audio/video installation, A/V performance, sound performance, interactive practices) throughout the 2015 – 2016 season.

Participating artists will receive:

  • A free yearly membership to the centre
  • A participation honorarium
  • 4 hours of technical assistance for the installation of the project in gallery
  • An orientation session with one or more members of the administrative team about grants available to emerging artists
  • Photo and video documentation of the project (including a short interview with the artist)

Please send completed applications to dev@easternbloc.ca with the following:
  • Artist statement (max 250 words)
  • Artist bio (max 250 words) and up-to-date CV
  • Project description (max 500 words)
  • List of technical requirements
  • Maximum of 10 images and/or 3 audio/video excerpts