Spokane Interactive Arts (WA), Call for Applicants: 2019 – 2020 Winter Laboratory Residency for Interactive Artists, with stipend

Spokane Interactive Arts (WA), Call for Applicants: 2019 – 2020 Winter Laboratory Residency for Interactive Artists, with stipend

Deadline: August 30th, 2019

From their call: We’re currently accepting applications for 1 – 2 month winter residencies between December 1st, 2019 and January 31st, 2020, with applications due August 30th 2019. We ask that you put together a two-page proposal consisting of the Core Application and Project Proposal (see website link), and e-mail it to kryston@laboratoryspokane.com. Please submit it as a single attached file, smaller than 10mb or so, since we have to send all of these to our jury.

Laboratory is open to interactive artists looking to spend time working here in Spokane, Washington. We generally consider ‘interactive art’ to be artwork that reacts to people or live data, and we tend to focus on works that directly respond to the viewer, but we’re pretty open to whatever cool ideas you’ve got. We do a lot of projects that don’t involve electronics or programming, but engage viewers in tactile and immersive ways.

Living space:You’ll be getting a room in one of two newly renovated two bedroom apartments a historic building in downtown Spokane. This will be a shared living space with our residency coordinator occupying one room, and the other two rooms by other residents. Make sure to say hi!

You also get tickets to all the shows at the Bartlett, the concert venue on the first floor. Which you should take advantage of, since you’ll be listening to it either way – it’s an old structure, and if the band is loud, the building is loud. But the shows all end at 11, so there’s that, and the space faces an internal courtyard, so street noise isn’t a problem.

Also, although we love pets, our building doesn’t allow for them, so you’ll have to leave your cat/lizard/dolphin at home.

Work space: We have a medium sized studio space on the floor below you, this is a space available to all residents in our program (between 4-5 people at once) most of the time, residents work out of their rooms, or the tables in the apartment. We also have access to a large court yard where you can work on larger projects, weather permitting.

Stipend: Just because you eat, sleep, and breathe art doesn’t mean you don’t actually eat food. You’ll get $200 a month while you’re here to help out with that. However, due to US immigration law, we are unfortunately unable to offer the stipend to international applicants without work authorization visas.

Tools:We’ve got lots of projectors, Kinects, VR goggles, Arduinos, and whatever else lying around. If that’s not enough, we’re often willing to buy new tools if they’ll help you make something awesome and if they’ll be useful for other artists coming through the program. We have a whole list available upon request!

Mentorship: You’ll also have as much one-on-one consulting and help from our Executive Director as you want. Kryston joined our team in June of 2019, she will be here to build you up, and bounce ideas around. She will also be your connection to the community and events in Spokane. We’re also connected to a wide variety of audio engineers, painters, singers, programmers, and if we don’t already know who to talk to about your problem du jour, we’ll find them. One great resource is Chatham. He has been doing interactive art specifically for 3 years, and before that was working in interaction and interface design, with an emphasis on physical computing and novel user interactions. It’s basically having a free engineer on-call to help you figure out the technical details of your work.

Community: Our network in Spokane run deep, and we’d love to connect you with the cool people doing awesome work here. We operate out of the Richmond Art Collective, so you’ll be surrounded by local artists. We also work closely with local universities and community spaces to offer opportunities to give talks and classes. We also currently have three residential slots at any given time, so you’ll also have those artists to work with. In addition to your residency-mates, we’re also trying to build an online community of alumni for the program, and we’ll try and make connections between you and other people doing cool things related to what you do.

Website link: http://residency.laboratoryspokane.com/how-to-apply/

More information: http://residency.laboratoryspokane.com/what-we-offer/

FAQ: http://residency.laboratoryspokane.com/faq/

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