Mozilla Announces $225,000 for Art and Advocacy Exploring Artificial Intelligence

Specifically, they are seeking projects that explore artificial intelligence and machine learning. In a world where biased algorithms, skewed data sets, and broken recommendation engines can radicalize YouTube userspromote racism, and spread fake news, it’s more important than ever to support artwork and advocacy work that educates and engages internet users.

Deadline: August 1st 2018.

Mozilla Announces $225,000 for Art and Advocacy Exploring Artificial Intelligence

Call No.4 for Web Residencies by Solitude & ZKM

Curated by Tegan Bristow

To read the call in French please go to this link.

>>Ghosted 2018<<

Through colonialism and apartheid, many African cultures were denied participation in the progress of media technologies. Scientific colonialism ensured access to natural resources (the fuel modernism) and the labelling of African cultures as stagnant and stuck in time. These cultures where essentially »ghosted» in time. On this, Delinda Collier states:

»In the case of colonialism in Africa, the ghosting of indigenous media practices was not an unfortunate consequence of colonial rule, as most scholars of the time understood it, but rather an intentional divestment of indigenous populations of power by participation.

The now common knowledge that Europe created the notion of Africa as practicing unchanging traditions – amounted to the limited definition of »medium« in Africa to that of objects and performances as emblems of superstitious practices. (online, 2013)«

Collier uses a part of this argument to identify how in contemporary cultural practices, the histories of technological media are in fact colonial histories, which start to include a power of participation by African’s only much much later. Collier further highlights that »medium« in this frame takes on a slightly altered approach.

My focus in this call, however, expands on the first line of thinking – fast forwarded to 2018.

This is a call for unpacking the place and role of internet culture and the globalized information economy in line with neocolonialism:

What are the consequences of Western technologies on non-Western cultures?

What are scientific or technological colonialisms in 2018?

The term the »digital divide« in the 1990s was about the divide between how nations either did or did not have access to internet connectivity or digital hardware. In 2018 the »digital divide« is no longer about this; it is now about the ability to attain meaningful use from the internet and a globalized information society.

Neil Selwyn states, »[Meaningful] use should be considered to be useful, fruitful, significant and have relevance to the individual,« (Neil Selwyn, 2014) focusing on what an individual can gain not only economically, but also from social and cultural meaning (Ibid.) in this digitized world.

If we unpack these terms: economic capital is not only about access to resources, but furthermore – patterns of use, as economic divisions lead to particular patterns of use when accessing content online. In extension when we explore the role of social or cultural capital, we start seeing how people are influenced by a techno-culture socialization.

This techno-culture socialization is understood (Ibid.) to be linked to obligations and connections of particular networks and the informational power dynamic that exist between cultures, languages, and systems – and content they hold over others.

 

From a nonwestern perspective, engaging meaningful use means engaging and growing networks that don’t emanate from the West, but rather support content and narratives that focus on Southern social and cultural capital.

There is an increasing need in nonwestern cultures for internet use to be intertwined with the importance of self-determination and decolonial thinking. A position evolving from the African continent – but true for many cultures and their development in the presence as non-western knowledges. I therefore ask:

Where are the transformational archives of the South; bringing ghosted cultures to the fore?

Where are the break-up letters for the Western digital world?

The call is addressed to artists, hackers, visual and audio makers, subaltern archivists and southern healers. This call is for creative and artistic practices on non-Western explorations of cultural capital – or the effects of Western cultural capital – via personal or community archives, web performances, web sculpture and various forms of Net art and online interactions that explore meaningful transformation, self-determination, and decolonization, that may include break-up letters.

Text and image by Tegan Bristow

Format
Personal or community archives, web performances, web sculpture and various forms of Net art and online interactions. All types of work are accepted: websites, videos, writing, 3-D objects, music, or applications. If specific software or environments are needed, please contact us in advance.

Application
Submit your project proposal in the form of:
– a headline
– a concept text in English (1,000–1,500 characters with spaces)
– a header image (high resolution, landscape format)
– a short bio in English (500 characters with spaces)
– a portfolio PDF (images, text, links)

Grant
For each call, the curator selects four project proposals, whose creators are rewarded with a four-week residency and 500 USD.

Timeline
Call release: February 21
Applications: until March 26 (midnight)
Jury selection: March 26–31
Web Residencies: April 9 – May 6

Juror
Dr. Tegan Bristow is a Johannesburg based South African artist and developer of interactive digital installations; Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and Director of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival since 2016. In 2017 Bristow completed PhD on Decoloniality and Actional Methodologies in Art and Cultural Practices in African Cultures of Technology, which she wrote with the Planetary Collegium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University in the U.K. In 2015 curated the Post African Futures (http://postafricanfutures.net ) exhibition with the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, in extension of this research. www.teganbristow.co.za for more detail.

Web Residencies

The »Web Residencies« were launched in 2016 by theAkademie Schloss Solitude with the aim of encouraging young talents on the international digital scene and artists from all disciplines dealing with web-based practices. ZKM has been program partner since 2017.
For each call, the curator selects four project proposals, whose creators are rewarded with a four-week residency and 500 USD.

The Web Residencies focus not on the finished art piece, but rather on process. Artists are invited to experiment with digital technologies and new art forms on the surface of digital art and communication, and reflect on the topics set by the curators.

Web Residencies are carried out exclusively online, and the works will be presented on schloss-post.com and web-residencies.zkm.de.

Artists and students of all disciplines as well as former or current Solitude fellows may apply. There is no age limit.

Learn more about the program.

Submit your content under this link. The deadline is March 26 2018 (midnight)

Rave Scholarships support training for curators, restorers, museum technicians and cultural managers from countries in transition & developing countries

Rave Scholarships support further practical training for young curators, restorers, museum technicians and cultural managers from countries in transition and developing countries who have arranged a guest period, a practical training or non-paid work at a museum, at a non-commercial gallery or at a non-commercial cultural institution in Germany.

The Rave Scholarship is a working scholarship and requires the holder’s presence. It includes the following payments:

  • a monthly lump sum of 1,300 € for a scholarship period of three to six months
  • travelling expenses (to and from Germany)
  • health insurance

The application date is 30 July each year. Selections will be made within 3 months.

Conditions

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants

  • who come from a transformation or developing country and are still living there,
  • who did not have the opportunity yet to come for a longer stay or did not have further training or working stay in Germany,
  • who finished their professional training not longer than five years ago and are not yet over 40. Those still studying or training at the time of application will not be considered for selection,
  • who have found a non-commercial partner institution in Germany that has agreed to take care of them or agreed to a joint project,
  • who can provide a positive statement from their own country (reference),
  • Knowledge of one of the three languages German, English or French is a requirement.

Applicants who were rejected once cannot apply again.

Apply

https://www.ifa.de/en/visual-arts/art-funding/rave-scholarships.html

Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology

How might cultural institutions use technology to connect people to the arts?

Technology can radically advance the way people access and participate in the arts, helping cultural institutions reach people where they are, keep pace with audience preferences and create fresh avenues for creative expression. We are launching this open call for ideas to explore digitally-driven approaches that galleries, museums, performing arts centers, theaters, and arts organizations of all genres might use to inspire audiences.

Knight Foundation will run the call through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps people quickly develop and test early-stage ideas. We recognize that no single solution fits all contexts and communities. Our goal is to accelerate technology development in the arts, learn from experiments and share lessons with the field.

Applicants don’t necessarily have to work for an organization. We’re looking for ideas from arts organizations, artists, technologists, designers, educators, researchers and others inside or outside of institutions who are eager to experiment. We’re open to diverse approaches and perspectives on the use of technology to connect people to the arts, and seek to identify projects that have the potential to be replicated by others in the field.

We expect to award a share of up to $1 million with an average grant size of $50,000. In addition to funding, grantees will also benefit from training in innovation methods and opportunities to learn from others in the group. The deadline to submit your idea is 11:59 p.m. EST on March 6, 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2018.

If you have questions, attend our office hours from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Feb. 21. Join here.

Update Feb. 21, 2018: If you missed our office hours session, check out a recording to get your questions answered.

Apply

https://www.knightfoundation.org/challenges/knight-prototype-fund/

U.S. based individuals or organizations (both nonprofit and for-profit) may apply.

Reality Redrawn Mozilla Art prize

Mozilla strives to make the challenges that users face on the internet visible in new ways. Misinformation, echo chambers and filter bubbles are problems that are affecting internet health and users’ ability to differentiate factual information.

How to Participate

Mozilla and The Tech invite artists, universities, accelerators, incubators, developer networks and makers to help us visualize misinformation, echo chambers and filter bubbles this challenge through art.

Submit your proposal here!

This challenge invites digital, mixed media and traditional artists to apply. We would like to see solutions that integrate technology with artistic media including but not limited to VR/AR/MR, projection and interactive experiences that give a hands on experience to an audience that ranges from children to adults.

Mozilla will be awarding grants to the winning applicants and The Tech Museum of Innovation will be showing finished pieces in May 2018.

Finalists will install their works at the Tech Museum of Innovation, the premier cultural institution of Silicon Valley in San Jose, California.

The Tech’s landmark building welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year with 135,000 square feet of hands-on opportunities to explore how technology is changing our lives.

Due to the interactive nature of the museum and its diverse audience, priority will be given to submissions which are participatory and approachable to a wide age range.

Prizes

Mozilla will be awarding $40,000 in grants to make your vision a reality

  • 1st Prize: $15,000
  • 2 Runners Up: $7,500
  • 2 Finalists: $5,000

Timeline

  • December 5th, 2017 – Submission Open
  • January 5th, 2018 – Submission Close
  • January 15th, 2018 – Top ten are contacted to create a 3-5 minute pitch video

Read more

https://challenges.mozilla.community/tech-challenge/ 

Mozilla is Funding Art About Online Privacy and Security

 Mozilla’s Creative Media Grants support art and artists raising awareness about surveillance, tracking, and hacking

 

La convocatoria para solicitudes está disponible en Español aquí

The Mozilla Manifesto states that “Individuals’ security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.”

Today, Mozilla is seeking artists, media producers, and storytellers who share that belief — and who use their art to make a difference.

Mozilla’s Creative Media Grants program is now accepting submissions. The program awards grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 for films, apps, storytelling, and other forms of media that explore topics like mass surveillance and the erosion of online privacy.

What we’re looking for

We seek to support producers creating work on the web, about the web, and for a broad public. Producers should share Mozilla’s concern that the private communications of internet citizens are increasingly being monitored and monetized by state and corporate actors.

As we move to an era of ubiquitous and connected digital technology, Mozilla sees a vital role for media produced in the public interest that advocates for internet citizens being informed, empowered and in control of their digital lives.

Imagine: An open-source browser extension that reveals how much Facebook really knows about you. Or artwork and journalism that examine how women’s personal data is tracked and commodified online.

(These are real projects, created by artists who now receive Mozilla Creative Media grants. Learn more about Data Selfie and Chupadados.)

The audiences for this work should be primarily in Europe and Latin America.

While this does not preclude makers from other regions from applying, content and approach must be relevant to one of these two regions.

How to apply

To apply, download the application guide.

Lee la descripción del proyecto en Español aquí.

All applications must be in English, and applicants are encouraged to read the application guide. Applications will be open until Midnight Pacific time December 31st, 2017. Applications will be reviewed January 2018.

European Media Art Network

The European Media Art Network offers residencies for Media Artists in the fields of digital media, including Internet and computer-based artists, filmmakers, and those working in media based performance, sound, or video. Artists with European residence, or a European passport, can apply for a two-months long residency.

Deadline: July 20th 2017

Students are not permitted, but young artists are encouraged to apply. However, there is no age limit! Can apply: artists with residence in, or an identity card originating within, Europe.

The EMARE placement includes a grant of 2.500 Euros, free accommodation, travel expenses up to 250,- Euros, free access to the technical facilities and media labs within / associated with the host institution, and a professional presentation. Applications should be submitted online and must include a CV, (audio)-visual documentation, and a preliminary plan or sketch of the proposed project to be developed within the EMARE programme.

Read more

www.emare.eu / call.emare.eu

TANDEM Europe

The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.

We observe that our societies in Europe and beyond become more and more fragmented, alienated, radicalised and unjust. Symptoms include the rise of populist and fascist leaders, elites accumulating more power and wealth while many do not benefit from increasing welfare levels, climate change reaching one point-of-no-return after another, scientific facts are labelled ‘fake news’, and meanwhile the arts and cultural practice receive less and less public funding. The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.

We believe that new initiatives are important creators of social good. By connecting them across European borders we support meaningful change.

For one year, 24 cultural organisations and creative initiatives from all 28 EU member states, as well as the Western Balkans, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, will form 12 cross-border collaborative Tandems. In October 2017, up to 40 project managers and/or creative project coordinators will join the Tandem Partner Forum where they can form a European partnership with another Tandem candidate organisation of their choice. After the Partner Forum, a jury will select the 12 most promising Tandem proposals for participation in the main programme phase.

Throughout the following year, selected participants realise a 2-week work placement at their new Tandem partner organisation. During their vocational visit, Tandem participants become directly involved with their partners’ organisational working environment and get hands-on insights into local socio-economic and cultural realities. Spending two mutual placement weeks together on site will provide participants with the necessary shared working time for co-designing, testing and realising their pilot collaboration initiatives. Each Tandem will receive modest start-up funding (€ 5000) for bringing their cultural innovation idea to life.

Read more

Tandem Europe II: application closed

 

European Cultural Foundation – STEP Travel Grant

STEP stands for ‘Supporting Travel for Engaged Partnerships’.

STEP travel grants support creative and critical individual cultural workers who are travelling across Europe and neighbouring countries, to help foster a society with greater solidarity, equality and a stronger sense of social justice.

We support culturally active and engaged individuals for international return travels within Europe or to/from its neighbouring countries to a partner organisation for a professional cultural collaboration that serves a wider community.

The programme is initiated and managed by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) with the generous financial support of Compagnia di San Paolo.

200-600 EUR per travel.

Read more

http://steptravelgrants.eu

Apply: http://ecflabs.org/drupal/sites/www.ecflabs.org/files/step-beyond-grant/STEP_travel_grants_guidelines_2017.pdf