Eyebeam > Rapid Response For A Better Digital Future (Online)

Eyebeam (a platform for artists to engage society’s relationship with technology) is acting immediately to invigorate artistic creation of digital futures at this moment of systemic collapse. As economies and everyday routines are disrupted around the world, Eyebeam is taking action to support artists who are imagining a more humane digital realm. They aim to help artists who will create new ways of interacting through the internet, new ways of engaging with each other, and more equitable relationships for sustainable arts practices and creative economies. It is based on the fundamental notion that radical imagination, led by artists, is a key step in building for the long term. The guiding question for this call is: how do we begin to exit surveillance capitalism as the dominating form of digital life and what can replace it?

Eyebeam are asking artists to generate ideas and actionable projects that enact solutions for rebuilding digital systems, and improving the overlap and interplay between them and lived, social experience. For the first time in Eyebeam’s 20 year history, they are pausing our flagship Residency programme. Instead they are launching a new programme, Rapid Response for A Better Digital Future. Grounded in the belief that artists have the most impactful and culture-shaping ideas, this fund is intended to support projects that are most responsive and potentially groundbreaking in building a better digital world. They aim to fuel new means for creating space for deep contemplation and imagination, asking not only what can be built for tomorrow, but what should be built for a sustainable and thriving next 10 or 20 years.

Rapid Response for A Better Digital Future will unfold in two phases. In the first, planning/idea stage, twelve $5,000 grants will be made available for top applications, gathered through a free open call. In the second, project/development phase, three of those recipients will be awarded an additional $20,000 to build their ideas into actionable projects, based on their potential for real-world impact. The twelve participants will form an active cohort of practitioners, encouraged to collaborate between phases. Regular and robust virtual communication, expert consultation, skill sharing, and group critique and conversation will be provided to all of the supported artists, facilitated by Eyebeam.

Eyebeam will prioritise work that addresses the call through the following, interrelated, lenses:

  • New, online public spheres.

  • Ethical or values-driven technology.

  • Health and well-being.

  • Development of public policy.

  • Creating space for imagination.

  • Individual autonomy, borders, and immigration.

  • New and necessary skills for artists.

  • Democratic engagement and fortification.

  • Impacts of Covid-19.

  • Increasing accessibility of online platforms.

  • Artificial and natural intelligence.

International applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply, and you are not required to live or work in the US during the period of the grant.

Deadline (extended): 30 May 2020

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