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Call for submissions: Artengine’s Digital Economies Lab—Deadline 10.10.19

By Greggory Clark on October 8, 2019


Ottawa’s Artengine is launching a one-of-a-kind program for local and international artists. Beginning this fall, participants in the Digital Economies Lab (DEL) will set out on a year-long exploration of “the wonders and anguish of making art in the 21st century.” The lab focuses on new ways for artists and arts organizations to thrive amidst the astounding volume of digital technologies overtaking our everyday lives; and specifically the domains of art and culture.

A carefully selected group of artists, creators, designers and cultural workers will gather in Ottawa for a series of workshops, and over the course of the program, collaborate to develop early-stage prototypes. Team members will receive training and mentorship by a range of experts, gain access to Artengine facilities and production equipment, as well as a $5,000 fee for their involvement.

“While technical knowledge is helpful, it is more important that you have a passionate position on the state of art and culture… and an openness to new ideas.”

Artengine’s Managing Director, Remco Volmer, emphasizes that “while technical knowledge is helpful, it is more important that you have a passionate position on the state of art and culture… and an openness to new ideas.” Participants will learn about emerging technologies such as blockchain and machine learning; talk, write, draw and design their way through questions about what artists need for prosperity in the 21st century; and try to elaborate “through text, images, models, diagrams, video, code, or something else,” on how these concepts might come to reality.

“We are looking for a broad range of cultural perspectives and creative practises to assemble at this table,” says Volmer. Eligible participants may be based in Canada or the U.S., although Artengine will show some preference to applicants in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Hotel accommodations and per diem is provided for those travelling from out of town.

Visit for details. The application deadline is October 10, 2019.


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🚨 Great opportunity alert! 🚨 . We are excited to announce a partnership with one of our favourite Canadian art orgs, Ottawa’s @artengine! Over the the next twelve months we’ll be collaborating with them on Digital Economies Lab (DEL), a “year-long exploration of the wonders and anguish of making art and culture in the 21st century.” Canadian and U.S. artists, designers, and cultural producers are encouraged to apply now! . DEL participants gather for three workshop, development, and mentorship sessions in Ottawa this fall and next winter/spring to foster the development of prototypes that address artists’ and creatives’ ability to navigate the contemporary digital economy. Participants will create work addressing questions like “how might an artist might multiply themselves so they can get more done?” or “how we might build more creative relationships with monetization?” . Selected participants will receive a $5,000 CAD fee, and the call is open through Oct. 10th. The DEL steering committee includes friends-of-HOLO @jeremybailey & @dinosaurparty, as well—we expect great applicants and ideas to emerge from this venture. . Check out for more details. 💵 🧠 . Kinetic 💲 treatment done in #Processing by @tim_rodenbroeker – thanks Tim! Learn how to create your own with Tim’s generative typography tutorial at _ #artsciencetechnology #artandtechnology #designtechnology #digitalart #digital #computerart #artlife #dailyart #artengine #calls #DEL #itstheeconomystupid

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