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Realities in Transition: Open call for XR artistic projects

Realities in Transition is calling for creative XR projects that reimagine and expand the notions of XR while following a critical, reflective line of thought and promoting a common, open, sustainable XR at a European level. Seven projects will be invited to take part in a residency program at V2_ Lab in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

About XR 

How we experience digital content is changing rapidly with the emergence of extended reality, or XR. XR brings together virtual, augmented and mixed reality to create a blended reality in which data seamlessly mingles with the physical environment. The impact of this new integrated world is becoming evident across society in domains such as education, health care, industry and culture. Inevitably, the opportunities XR presents also introduce critical issues relating to sustainability, ethics, data privacy, and unequal access to technology, to name a few examples. XR tools offer creatives and artists compelling possibilities for building upon and challenging existing modes of content creation and storytelling while helping to develop original methodologies for producing new artistic media. 

We consider art and design to be the appropriate experimental context for reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of XR. Art and design provide the imaginative scope to assess the impact of technological developments in a social context and investigate radical alternatives.

About the Residency / What do we offer?

During the residency at V2_ Lab in Rotterdam, from 6 March to 5 May 2023, the selected applicants will receive access to the facilities, production and curatorial support, and the opportunity to participate in an XR workshop and receive expert feedback. 

Towards the end of the residency, a public event will be held at which participants will present the resulting work. 

A budget of € 7.300 will be provided to cover fee (€ 2.000), development and production (€ 2.000), accommodation and subsistence (€ 3.000) and travel (€ 300).

Who can apply?

To activate a Creative and Activist European XR community, Realities in Transition aims to support projects that reflect on alternative XR creation and promote the methodologies that are in line with the values driven by the concepts of commons and commoning. 

The call is open to all emerging creatives who are European residents. 

Applicants must be available to travel to Rotterdam for the residency period, which runs from March 6 to May 5, 2023. 

Applicants should have a sufficient level of English proficiency to enable them to take part in the residency program at V2_ in Rotterdam.

The DEADLINE for application is 1 December 2022.

If you have questions or require further information, please contact us at calls[at]v2.nl.

How to apply

Create a video approximately three minutes long in which you explain your project and how you would implement it during the residency. Be sure to clarify how the proposed project meets the goals of the Realities in Transition consortium. 

Upload your video to a service such as YouTube or Vimeo. Note that YouTube allows you to create an unlisted video, and Vimeo allows you to set a password. 

To apply, please visit this link. 

The application should include:  

  • your contact details.

  • a link to your video.

  • a brief description of the project. 

  • the technical requirements of the project.

  • your biography and portfolio. 

Applications should be submitted in English. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Selection criteria 

After an eligibility check, submissions will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality based on aesthetics and originality developed in the proposal. 

  • How the project expands the notions of XR by proposing desirable futures.

  • The feasibility and art-technology congruency of the technical approach.

  • How well the project promotes an inclusive, open, sustainable, respectful and accessible XR environment. 

As part of the final selection process, applicants may be invited to take part in an online interview.

Notification:  mid-January 2023.

Credits

Realities in Transition is co-funded by the European Union. This project aims to explore and support “alternative” XR creation and to experiment and promote new narratives and creative processes.  

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Realities in Transition consists of Seconde Nature (France),L.E.V.(Spain), KONTEJNER (Croatia), Ars Electronica (Austria), Dark Euphoria(France), V2_ Lab (The Netherlands) and iMal (Belgium).

Photograph: pictured is Gokay Atabek with his performance Amplified Fencer Movement I. Picture taken by Fai Hathaway.

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