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Call for Applications BODIES-MACHINES-PUBLICS
A glocal network exploring bodies in the age of computer mediated reality


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BODIES-MACHINES-PUBLICS brings together a “glocal” (global and local) network of cultural and research partners in Switzerland, India and Chile that seek to provide time and space for artists and creators to develop prototypes and works exploring the sensitive body and technical mediation in relation to public space. The project is a two-year collaborative initiative between NAVE (Chile), Khoj International Artists’ Association (India), and Immersive Arts Space/ZHdK and Kornhausforum (Switzerland) and is supported by the Pro Helvetia Synergies Program. 

People increasingly interact with technologies on an intimate level which successfully blur the lines between the physical and the digital; the body and its interaction with its environment. The human body thus becomes a dynamic human-machine interface that senses and expands our understanding of the physical world surrounding us. At the same time, the involuntary data collection and machine-led decisions that arise from these sensing technologies exacerbates historical inequalities, particularly affecting marginalised groups. Addressing the capture of human motion, thoughts, and experience by way of the body is therefore an ongoing challenge that requires new kinds of creative and imaginative practices.

Technology is not neutral; it carries assumptions about the users and the world it operates in. Lines between fact and fiction are increasingly blurring, producing new categories of truth. This raises fundamental questions about intrinsic biases in technology and the need to address it. How can we mitigate bias in technology design? How can we imbue empathy into the fabric of technology? This line of inquiry is an ongoing one at Khoj. Our earlier explorations have included – new articulations of our algorithmic conditions, aesthetic strategies in our hyper-digital realities, and role of art and artists as witness in technocracy. 

Moving forward, BODIES-MACHINES-PUBLICS aims to explore how new forms of artistic-based research can play a crucial role in expanding critical discourse around the interaction of the body, technology and existing power structures in our contemporary society.

The BODIES-MACHINES-PUBLICS 2024 Residency is an 8-week residency at Khoj Studios between October and December 2024. 

Khoj extends an open call to artists, welcoming applications from a diverse range of creative practices using both digital and physical technologies such as wearable sensors, VR/AR headsets or other data gathering systems and the possibility of challenging them through artistic creation. Artists with a focus on innovative concepts spanning objects, installations, artefacts, performances, screenings, and interventions within the realms of Interactive Art, BioArt, Hybrid Art, AI & Life Sciences, Sound Art, Net Art, Digital Communities, will be encouraged to apply.

Khoj will help the selected artists to get access to media and fabrication labs. 

This application is open to artists from India and Switzerland only. 

Application submission Deadline: 21st July, 2024

Eligibility

  • This application is open to artists from India and Switzerland only.
  • This application is open to a diverse range of creative practices. Artists and creative practitioners with a focus on innovative concepts spanning objects, installations, artefacts, performances, screenings, and interventions within the realms of Interactive Art, BioArt, Hybrid Art, AI & Life Sciences, Sound Art, Net Art, Digital Communities, amongst others, are encouraged to apply.
  • The selected artists must have an intermediate level of English.

Application Requirements

  • A letter of motivation stating your personal drive as well as your expectations from the Khoj residency (maximum 300 words)
  • An artistic proposal that will be developed during the course of the residency (maximum 500 words); this can include links to webpages and drive folders, files and documents etc.
  • An updated CV or Resume
  • A portfolio of 3-6 artistic projects;
  • 2 reference contacts (Name, Relationship to the Applicant, Email, Phone Number)

To submit your application, please fill in this form here.

Application submission deadline:  21 July, 2024
Please note: This application is open to artists from India and Switzerland only

For any queries regarding this opportunity, write to us at applications@khojstudios.org