Call for artists to work on joint research projects

DISONANCIAS is pleased to announce the call for proposals from international artists to work on joint research projects with heads of R&D&I in companies and research centres located in the Basque Country (Spain).

DISONANCIAS is a platform that promotes relationships between artists and companies, research centres or public organisations in order to foster innovation in all its aspects and transmit to society the importance of developing creative environments.

Artists are requested to develop a prototype, procedure or idea based on a framework predefined by one of the nine participating entities: DORLET, EiTB, FUNDACI?N IKERTIA, GRUPO SARKIS/LAGUNKETA, IMAR, LANIK, LANTEGI BATUAK, POLO GARAIA and TECNALIA.

The concepts the participating entities want to investigate can be grouped in two main fields:

- concepts dealing with the organisation of territory and ways of interrelating people and resources: sustainable urban environment models (TECNALIA), ways of relating between disabled people integrated into the job market and their social network (LANTEGI BATUAK) or the interrelationship dynamics between the members of a technological park (POLO GARAIA);

- technological or material application/developments: most of the researches in this section deal with architecture and urban issues: domotics (DORLET), interactive urban furniture (IMAR), environmental architecture (GRUPO SARKIS / LAGUNKETA), transformable architecture (LANIK), or health emergency in public spaces (FUNDACION IKERTIA).

In the special case of EiTB (Basque Radio and Television), the artist(s) is requested to research into the documentary format based on the creation of an audiovisual work dealing with all the collaboration projects.

The submitted proposals will be examined by an international jury comprising Cecilia Andersson, Bronac Ferran, Jose Perez de Lama and Juan Mari Uzkudun. The final decision will be taken by the hosting entities and will be communicated at the end of October 2007.

DISONANCIAS gives priority to the involvement of artists:

- interested in working around the interaction between different social and cultural systems and projects that favour group work;

- who use science or technology as a basis for their work, or who reflect upon it.

The call is open to artists working with any type of medium and in any discipline, either individually or as a group. There is no limit on age, nationality or place of residence.

The selected artists or group of artists will each receive the amount of 8,000 net euros as a fee for the work carried out and for their travel and accommodation costs. The costs that may be generated in the development of the research work and associated with external companies and suppliers should not exceed 5,000 euros + VAT, and they should be previously approved by the hosting entity.

Deadline for applications: Wed 3 Oct 2007, 9 am.
Collaboration period: from November 2007 to July 2008 (9 months).
To consult the rules, for further information and to apply on-line, visit the DISONANCIAS website