Expired: Open call: KØS: Public Immersion

02.11.21 | Open calls

Inter Arts Center (IAC) and KØS are happy to present the Open Call: Public Immersion

What is public immersion? Immersion is often described as entering a world that excludes your surroundings. Something most of us unconsciously experience on a daily basis through our phones. The public on the other hand is all about people, engaging with other people, the spaces or sites that surround and connect us. So what happens to the public domain when immersion becomes part of it?
Are you an artist and are you intrigued by that question, then you definitely need to apply for this open call. The open call is part of the research-based exhibition project Sites, sounds and screens – new approaches to sites, locality and technology in public art, a collaboration between IAC and KØS which seeks to explore how artists use new technologies when engaging in public spaces and how new technologies change the way we conceive, experience and engage with our surroundings.
For IAC this new open call is part of a greater focus on immersive formats. Alongside the annual call for immersive projects a network and a gathering called Immersive days has been also been established, with its first edition in June 2021. In November next year professional artists, curators, researchers, technicians, teachers and students within a broader field of immersive technologies and artistic practices meet up to share their latest work and challenges, and to exchange ideas and give each other feedback.
This first immersive call aim to investigate, what could be read as a contradiction, public immersion. When we talk about immersion, we tend to imagine an auditive or visual immersion into a world that excludes our surroundings, which is exactly what the public is all about – other people, and the spaces or sites that surrounds and connect us.
We encourage artists whose practice evolve around public space, extended reality, world building and/or immersive technologies to apply for this open call with new bold projects or adaptions of existing works. We are interested in the inherent contradiction of the term public immersion, and in addition to this in the overall question that Sites, sounds and screens raises about immersive technologies.

What we offer:

– The best application receives an artist grant of 3000 EUR. In addition to this the call covers all travel and accommodation, and a basic production budget in line with the proposed project
– A long term residency in a dynamic environment for artistic development and experimentation with the opportunity for both qualified audiences, meetings, discussions and feedback sessions at IAC (the residency can be split up into more than one period) technical resources (equipment and assistance), but also guidance in e.g. Unity (game engine), various tools for 3D graphics, ambisonics and arduino etc.
– A highly professional discursive context and framework for investigating new artistic approaches to art, technology and public space possibilities of presenting a work-in-progress or the finished project at IACs Immersive Days gathering, November 2022, and/or at the concluding exhibition and symposium at KØS in 2024

What we need in your application:

– A motivated application which relates to the open call on public immersion describing either a new work or a suggested adaption of an existing work
– An artist bio/statement and CV (max two pages per application)
– A portfolio presenting your general/overall artistic practice (either as attachment or link)
– Examples of referential works for the proposed project (here we need documentation/samples/excerpts (as attachment or links)
Send the application in a single PDF to info@iac.lu.se
Title in subject field: IMMERSIVE CALL#1 – Public Immersion
For questions about the open call or the project Sites, sounds and screens in general, please contact either Christian Skovbjerg Jensen on christian@iac.lu.se or Ulrikke Neergaard on une@koes.dk.