16 December 2020 - 15 February 2021, 23:30


➡ Submission Deadline: February 15 2021

➡ Interviews: by March 1 2021


Eastern Bloc is seeking a guest curator for the 11th edition of its Sight & Sound International Digital Art Festival to be held in Montreal at the end of September 2021. The guest curator position is open to researchers, artists and curators interested in establishing a critical dialogue around pressing issues related to digital culture. The project will be developed in collaboration with the current Eastern Bloc team and will culminate in a two to three day digital arts festival that will include live performances, site-specific installations, workshops, interventions, and/or panels (as COVID measures will allow). Other festival-related activities may also be considered. 


In particular, we are encouraging proposals that work with the centre's desire to integrate - among other media -  performative, web, electronic and sound-based artists. We welcome proposals that challenge generational, social and cultural differences in the professional art world. We will prioritize an artistic vision for the festival that encourages a creative laboratory for the production and presentation of digital art. 


Sight & Sound embodies the intentions and philosophy of the organization at all levels, more than any other exhibition or project mounted by Eastern Bloc. Before submitting a project proposal, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Eastern Bloc mandate and history (


Eastern Bloc encourages Indigenous, racialized, disabled, LGBTQIA+, gender non-binary, and people from working-class or immigrant backgrounds, among others, to submit proposals. Emerging as well as established professionals are encouraged to apply.


*Please specify if you are living outside of Montreal and if you will need any accommodations. Certain restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply. 


Nature of the position :

The curator’s primary responsibilities will include research and selection of participating artists and ongoing contact with selected artists as well as leading the decision-making process regarding the visual and spatial design of the festival. The curator will also write a curatorial text and be involved in festival production and promotional decisions. 


This is a contract-based guest curatorship, roughly estimated at 40-60 hours of work (following a schedule agreed upon by both parties) between February2021 and the festival in September 2021. The curator contract  includes:

  • 3000$ in curator fees

  • Regular consultation meetings with Eastern Bloc’s director and festival staff

  • Ongoing support from the Eastern Bloc team for promotion, logistics, and production of the festival

The selected curator must be available for exhibition tours, press interviews, professional meetings, and other satellite events, as needed.


Submission guidelines: 

Please submit the following to by February 15, 2021, 11:59 PM with the subject heading “2021 Curator Application”:


  • Curriculum vitae in PDF (max. 3 pages)

  • A description of the proposed project, including a general theme for the festival

  • Support material—previous projects as well as pertinent material for Sight and Sound— audio/video/images + list describing your support material (files should be sent via online links, or WeTransfer, labelled as: “LastNameFirstName_Title”)


Please contact us at with any questions.


Territorial acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that Eastern Bloc is located on the traditional and unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations, and is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples today.

16 December 2020 - 15 February 2021, 23:30