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Big Tech and Counter-Technologies: Open Call for Artistic-Research Projects

Exploring the Impact of Technology on Culture, Space, and Politics

Submission deadline: June 23, 2024, 5pm

The Big Tech and Counter-Technologies initiative is an artistic-research structure and grant that will support projects exploring the impact of technology on shaping material, political, and affective cultures.

The initiative is particularly interested in projects that examine the role of “Big Tech” companies (such as Google, Amazon, Meta, Apple, and Microsoft) in shaping our world. The initiative seeks to generate and form research on counter-practices toward expanded, fundamentally egalitarian tech protocols.

The open call is extended within the context of the EU Horizon project INCA. Selected projects will be provided with financial support, as well as multiple contexts to exhibit their research and findings.

The curatorial team suggests proposals which take on experimental methodologies, with particular attention to collaborative, participatory methods. The works will need to be research-based and adaptable to at least two exhibition formats and exist in a medium that is easily transportable from one location to another.

Projects will be exhibited at least in two curated exhibitions in separate locations, the first of which will take place in Bologna in September 2025–October 2025. The second iteration will take place in February 2026 in Madrid, Spain.

Selected practitioners will be offered an artist fee of 1,200 euros, as well as a production budget between 1,000–3,000 euros to realize their project. Full travel costs and accommodation for the exhibitions, as well as one-week residency, will also be covered.

Application
Submission deadline: June 23, 2024, 5pm CET. The following documents must be sent as PDF documents with a maximum size of 15 MB to incaexhibition [​at​] intotheblackbox.com.

–written proposal (max. one A4 page) in English based on a theoretical perspective or conceptual inputs.
–photos/sketches of potential implementations of the ideas
–budget estimate including foreseen production costs, requirements and needed media equipment (1,000–3,000 euros)
–CV (max. one A4 page).
–Portfolio/CV of previous work

For further information, please contact: incaexhibition [​at​] intotheblackbox.com. The funding for this project is provided by INCA. © Images and visual identity: soju.studio.