Developed in partnership with Shape Arts, Open Screen is arebyte’s yearly open call for digital artists to be part of of arebyte on Screen, an expanded and innovative online platform for digital animations, videos, web-based interactive experiences and curatorial interventions. arebyte welcomes artists who are working with technology to their advantage, or overcoming barriers, criticising matters of inclusivity within technology, and everything in between.
Open Screen is actively aiming to address an area of underrepresentation in the art industry with proposals exploring the role of digital technologies and the new opportunities it creates or hinders; from experiments in augmented, virtual and mixed reality, to fake news, online bots, social media, darknet and deep fakes.
The call is open to artists aged 18 and above anywhere in the world who identify as ‘disabled’ under the Social Model of Disability, regardless of impairment. Proposals are sought for the development of new work within the realm of digital art, emerging technologies, and new media which respond to arebyte’s 2021 theme ‘Realities’.
A panel of judges will select two proposals that will each receive an £850 artist fee to be developed by the shortlisted artists, with curatorial support from arebyte. Work should be finalised by the end of July 2021. There is a small budget which is dedicated to ensuring artists can access the programme. These access costs are for those who may need it or haven’t had access to such funds before.