Call for Submission : Residency 2018

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE : 22 December 2017
  • Residency: 5 February - 5 March 2018
Photo: Mathilde Zabiegala

Eastern Bloc and Media@McGill invite artist or artist collectives to apply for a 4-week production residency in the Eastern Bloc Lab! The theme of the residence is: Media, Art and Politics.

The Eastern Bloc + Media@McGill Residency is an opportunity 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.

Eastern Bloc sincerely thanks Media@McGill for its support as partner of this residency.

Eastern Bloc Lab is a site of convergence for emerging and established artists, professionals, students, technicians, theorists and curators. It is a space for experimenting, learning and creating – a place to further develop systems-based, networked, generative and hybrid practices through an artist-led discourse.


Disciplines allowed // Interactive installation, Performance, Net art, Bio art, Audio/video Installation, A/V Performance, Sound performance, Public intervention.

Preference will be given to applications/projects which addresses the following points:

  • Follows a process of experimentation, exploration, risk-taking
  • Uses the lab’s equipment and tools (see list attached)
  • Presents critical, engaged content
  • Engages with the theme Media, Art and Politics
  • Pushes the material framework and conceptual parameters of the mediums and technologies used
  • Makes use of multiple platforms, systems, network(s), and/or open source technology
  • Explores current trends in digital culture
  • Encourages a reflection on the digital language
  • Seeks to deconstruct or question the normative production and exhibition structures in digital art

The selected artist or artist collective will benefit from:

  • A 4-week production residency (February 5th - March 5th), followed by a public presentation and an artist talk in the gallery space (date to be confirmed).
  • Free access to the research and production lab
  • Technical support during the four weeks of production
  • Access to equipment and tools in the lab
  • A small storage space for personal materials and equipment
  • 10 hours of technical assistance for installation and dismantle of work for public presentation
  • Documentation of residency
  • A total fee of $1500 for the residency (including production, presentation and talk)

Artists must submit the following:

  • Artistic statement (max 250 words)
  • Detailed description of the project including technical requirements (max 500 words)
  • Short statement explaining how the project will benefit from the Lab
  • 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)

Please do not send text or support materials in the body of the email or as hyperlinks. The submission will not be considered if the submission guidelines are not respected.

All completed submissions must be sent by email with documents attached to lab@easternbloc.ca no later than December 22nd, 2017.

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE : 22 December 2017
  • Residency: 5 February - 5 March 2018