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[CALL] Spring/Summer 2012 Eyebeam Residencies

Spring/Summer 2012 Residencies
Research group: Game Design, Sound, Education, Open Culture, Sustainability, Urban Research
Call Type:  Residency
Start Date:  03/01/2012
On-site:  On Site
APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be received via online application by 12:00PM (noon), November 30, 2011. All applicants will be informed of their application status by January 19, 2012.
CONTEXT: Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the USA. Our unique collaborative environment fosters fellowships and residencies, research, education, public programming and a vital web space, We are located in the heart of NYC’s Chelsea art district in a resource rich 15,000 sq.ft. space. Please see the Residents and Projects sections of our web site for information on current and previous work developed at Eyebeam.
OVERVIEW: Acceptance into the residency program is based on the quality and visionary potential of a project proposal. Residents are granted a $5,000 stipend and 24/7 access to Eyebeam’s design and fabrication studios at our Chelsea facility to realize the project.
Up to six Residents will be selected for the upcoming 5-month cycle, which will run from March 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012.
SUPPORT: Eyebeam residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives querying art, technology and culture. The residency is a period of concentration and immersion in artistic investigation, research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects. It is a chance to use the time, space and tools at Eyebeam to reach the next stage of your practice. Check out what our current and past residents have been doing on our website.
International applicants are welcome to apply, although we do not have the resources to provide travel or accommodation. We are happy to work with selected applicants, where required, to help them to secure funds to cover these expenses. International Residents are responsible for securing their own visas for the Residency period. We are happy to provide necessary paperwork and advice to help expedite the process.
NOTE: International applicants are encouraged to apply for the cycle prior to their intended start date, to ensure ample time to prepare travel and visa.
The ideal resident will both contribute to and benefit from the shared environment at Eyebeam, and will thrive in the group dedication to openness across the organization.
PARTICIPATION: Residents are expected to participate in public events including workshops, Open Office Hours (Tuesdays, 2 – 4), demonstrations of research in progress, panel discussions, and online releases, in addition to Open Studios (two-day events, held once during the residency period).
The program term is from beginning of March to the end of July. Residents will be selected from an open call, based on the quality of the work being proposed, the applicability of Eyebeam’s tools and resources in realizing and supporting the work, and in consideration of the overarching research themes and activities of the organization.
Core to Eyebeam’s methodology is the brokering of relationships between artists, hackers, coders, engineers and other creative technologists in the context of an open and shared culture of investigation and critique. We foster and facilitate relationships whereby technologists and artists come together to germinate and incubate their ideas, develop new processes, and create new works through a period of immersion in a social and professional context which is rich in technology, expertise and ideas. Collaborative relationships at Eyebeam will be fostered though group critiques, discussions and projects; and between other Eyebeam Fellows, Residents, and Staff.
RESEARCH GROUPS: Residents will have the opportunity to collaborate within our Research Groups. Research Groups bring together creative practitioners working at Eyebeam as well as expert individual participants and external partners. Initiatives led by Eyebeam Research Groups have included public outcomes such as seminars, workshops, publications and exhibitions.
Eyebeam’s current research interests include Sustainability, Education, Open Culture, Sound, Game Design, and Urban Research. For more information on each of these Research Groups, including descriptions, related projects, and participants, please see the Research section of our web site. Within each of these Research Groups, Eyebeam is looking for applicants with specific interest in and crossover with their own work in the following inquiry threads:
Education in Practice: Engagement with artists working in community-based and collaborative projects with youth, peers, or other targeted audiences. We favor ideas over skills and formative experiments over fixed curricula. (Education)
Design for Social Change: Investigation into collaborative design process and methodology as it relates to creative intervention, activism, and tactical media; expanding our perspective on “open source” to include the built environment, urban development, and public policy. (Open Culture and Urban Research)
Food in the City: Investigation into NYC as a locus for media artists to embrace technological innovation and environmental, sustainable, regenerative concerns in synch with green and open source initiatives. The intention is to gather biologists, environmentalists, food activists and media artists to consider urban agriculture, bio-generative art and other strategies. (Sustainability)
Sound: Theory+Practice – Sound art is still relatively marginalized in comparison to visual arts. The intent of this group is to tackle, discuss, debate, and create new ways of thinking about presentation and creation of sound work, from tech/hardware/software to theory.  (Sound)
Game Design: Explores the intersection between Games, Technology and Art, and includes independent games designers in and outside of Eyebeam, academics, as well as game enthusiasts. (Game Design)
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are only accepted via our online application system. Applications received after the deadline of noon, 12:00 (EST) PM, November 30, 2011, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made. You can create a user/password during the application process and log back into the server to update your application before the final deadline.
Complete applications must include the following information:
• Contact Information
• Resume or CV (.rtf, .pdf, .doc)
• Work samples in the form of URLs. Include a project description with your work sample that explains your contribution to the piece, how it is meant to be viewed and how it relates to your proposed project(s)/research.
• Concise responses to all application questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Equipment Inventory List
FAQ for applicants
STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY: Eyebeam is committed to building a diverse creative environment and therefore welcomes applications from people of diverse backgrounds. We recognize diversity as encompassing personal style, age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, physical ability, religion, and family.