2019 Collisions Festival: Invasive Systems

In the fall of 2019,  Curiosity Collider will host our inaugural Sci-Art Exhibition, the Collisions Festival. This year’s theme will be Invasive Systems. Download this call for submissions in pdf.

Invasive Systems will be a three-day interactive festival that will explore the influences of ecology, technology, infrastructure, and more on our inner and outer lives. We will delve into how we can understand our observations from both scientific and artistic perspectives—are these influences desirable, inevitable, or preventable? The festival will examine the delicate and complicated nature of how living things interact with and influence each other and their environment. The Festival will include an art exhibition, opening event, workshops and a panel discussion consisting of artists and scientists.

Artists submitting to this exhibition are open to interpret and express the “Invasive” theme in whichever way inspires them, and examine the effects on our ecosystems, our societies, and our bodies. Artists may submit artwork that reflects or expresses a connection to any scientific discipline of their choice. This can range from physics to ecology to social sciences, but a clear connection with scientific process or data is imperative. Artwork that goes beyond being inspired by science and includes an expression of data or a ‘deep dive’ into scientific concepts will be favoured. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact the curator Char Hoyt at char@curiositycollider.org.

The Collider is open to working with people from all ethnicities and gender orientations; we welcome all curious people including First Nations, Inuit, and Metis applicants.

The Opportunities for Engagement by Artists

  • Collisions Festival will have an open call to all BC artists working in the sci/art genre. Submission deadline is May 15th, 2019.
  • Our event will feature both individual (7) and collaborative (3) works. A total of ten artworks or installations are to be exhibited.

Individual Artwork

  • We will be accepting proposals for new work or existing artwork created within the past 6 years that incorporates or expresses the theme of “Invasive Systems”
  • All mediums will be considered – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, multimedia, installation, film/video, digital animations etc. Note: extremely large or outdoor works may not be viable.

Collaborative Artwork

  • We are accepting artist proposals for collaborations with a scientist in the artist’s field of interest. We will choose and facilitate (including sourcing the scientists) the three most engaging proposals for new collaborative works.
  • There are many ways to collaborate, and the process and engagement will be driven by the artist and scientist pairs. Collaborative projects function on a spectrum, from the scientist simply helping inform and define the scientific concepts in the piece through email communications, to multiple face to face meetings and hands on co-production of the artwork.
  • The proposals will be for new artwork to be created in the summer/early fall of 2019
  • The submission proposal for collaborative artworks will need to state the;
  1. General idea of artwork to be created; medium, size, scientific discipline(s) expressed and how it relates to the “Invasive” theme.
  2. If you have an existing connection to a scientist with whom you would like to collaborate, include their name in your submission. Otherwise, describe what type of scientist you are looking for, and the CC will look for someone for you to work with. (Note: If the CC cannot find a collaborator for you, your submission will likely not be chosen.)

General Information

  • Artists will produce work in their own studios, and will be supported by Curiosity Collider in the installation of their artworks in the venue.
  • Our board is culturally diverse, and we draw from many experiences to operate with empathy and a co-operative spirit. At every event we take the time to acknowledge local traditional Aboriginal territories. We will endeavour to create a balanced show that reflects diverse points of view and cultural backgrounds.
  • Proposals with content that connects to BC culture and issues will be prioritized.
We pay artists CARFAC rate, plus an additional fee for the new collaborative artworks. All submissions will be reviewed and considered. We will add you to our database of creators and contact you if we feel you are a great fit for any of our events.

Eligibility

  • Your submitted materials must fit within our mandate.
  • Your artwork should go beyond inspiration, and reflect focused study of scientific concepts.
  • We welcome submissions from artists and scientists.
  • Applications accepted from everywhere, however events are held in Vancouver, BC. At this time we are unable to cover travel expenses.

Submission Package Requirement

  • A statement (500 word max) about how your project will express the theme
  • A bio (200 word max)
  • A CV, max 3 pages
  • Submit 5 images of your work, 72 dpi, 1024 pixels on the longest side, no larger than 1 MB each, with an image list, OR
  • Submit a link to a video up to 5 minutes to represent your work
  • A link to your website
  • Your name, address, email, and any other contact information
If you have any questions about this call for submissions, contact us at submissions@curiositycollider.org.

This project is supported by​

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If you’re interested in sponsoring the festival, please visit our Sponsorship page.

Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists

Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists will be a series of artist-created narrative videos in which local women scientists tell us stories of Canadian women who came before them in their field of study.  Through these stories, we will also learn about the narrating scientists themselves. We are looking for several filmmakers to each create one 5 – 6 minute short film that features a mixture of live action, animation, and narration.  Download this call in pdf.  

Each film is a collaboration between a film artist and a scientist.  The final product will be a storytelling artwork rather than a documentary style presentation.  We encourage teams to incorporate unique complementary visuals that will enhance the scientist’s story and bring it to life.   

Filmmakers are submitting an application to work with a scientist, and after being paired with one by Curiosity Collider, the scientist and filmmaker will choose a historical figure and create the content for the film in collaboration.  Filmmakers may indicate a scientific field of interest, or propose their own Canadian woman scientist who would be interested in participating, however overall scientists will be selected with consideration for diversity of subject matter.   Deadline for submission is 25 March 2019. 

Your film will premiere as part of this project at an in-person viewing event in a Vancouver theatre in September 2019.  The event will include an interactive component such as a panel discussion on art, science, and gender.  After the premiere event, the videos will be available through Curiosity Colllider’s social media channels including YouTube and our website(s).  We will also pursue subsequent opportunities as they arise, such as film festivals, University screenings, and Women in Science conferences. We envision this first series as the beginning of a collection that we will promote and grow over several years. This is an opportunity to get involved early, to join our growing community, and to be paid for your work.  

We are expecting concept-driven independent freelancers with experience in directing, cinematography, shooting, editing, and animating of short films.  $1300 is allocated to each film, which must feature live action, animation, and narration. Filmmakers are welcome to propose independent work or collaborative work (as a filmmaking team).   If submitting a proposal as a team, the proposal must clarify team member responsibility and breakdown of fee; a team leader who will be responsible for contract and distribution of funds must be specified.  The fee will be paid out only upon completion of the film. There is no additional funding for equipment rental.

Any animation style will be considered.  The following National Film Board examples show a combination of live action, animation, and narration:  
1.  https://bit.ly/2xJTAwz,  2. https://bit.ly/2DDqvbw.  
And this YouTube example shows another animation style (although it is lacking the narration and should be considered a visual example only):  
3.  https://youtu.be/I62CwxUKuGA?t=54
Animation styles not shown in the examples are welcome.  If you have any questions please contact submissions@curiositycollider.org.

All complete submissions will be reviewed and considered.  We will add you to our database of creators and contact you if we feel you are a great fit for any of our other events.

 Eligibility:

  • Your submitted materials must fit within our mandate.
  • You may submit applications for other Collider projects in addition to this one.  
  • Applications will be accepted from everywhere, however filming will take place in Metro Vancouver, BC.  At this time we are unable to cover travel expenses.

In your submission package (scroll down to access submission form), include:

  1. A statement (500 word max) about how you will approach collaboration with the scientist.  Tell us about your scientific fields of interest, inspirations, and observations. Include information about your team if applicable.
  2. A bio (200 word max)
  3. A CV (3 page max)
  4. Submit a link to a single video or reel of up to 7 minutes total to represent your work
  5. A list of works included in your video submission, and any brief pertinent details (1 page max)
  6. A link to your website
  7. Your name, address, email, and any other contact information.
If you have any questions about this call for submissions, contact us at submissions@curiositycollider.org.
 

This project is funded by:

Interstitial: Science Innovations by Canadian Women

Interstitial: Science Innovations by Canadian Women is an exhibition and events in the first two weeks of June 2018, showcasing 2D work by female artists featuring Canadian women in STEMScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our approach intends to challenge the public as to how they think of women in STEM and their work. What does it take for a woman to be “in” with the science community?  

The importance of storytelling, and using art in the dissemination of scientific information, has grown in the past few years.  The Sci/Art and STEAM movements have rapidly gained momentum.  These point to the tipping point – creative ways are critical to sharing science and stories of science, and to connecting with people on an personal level.  We are hoping to use the proposed exhibition as a unique spring board to establish new connections in the community and to present Canadian women in STEM through a different experience.

This exhibition and associated events will be created by women, will feature women, and will highlight the achievements of Canadian women in STEM.  We seek to encourage girls and young women to see themselves as eligible for the opportunities available in STEAM industries, to connect with them beyond what is written in the books or taught in school.  We present women as capable participants within the STEAM community.  It is important that as women, we tell our own stories, support, and celebrate each other.  

Deadline for submission is the 6th of April, and successful artists will be contacted by the 13th.  Because of the short turnaround, we are expecting work that has already been created, or work that is in progress. We urge any artist who applies with uncreated work to think realistically about whether the project they apply with can be created in 6 weeks.  

Eligibility:

  • Your submitted materials must fit within our mandate.
  • We welcome submissions from artists and scientists.
  • Applications accepted from everywhere, however events are held in Vancouver, BC. At this time we are unable to cover travel expenses.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • We pay artists CARFAC rate
  • You can apply to both the open call and to any specific calls
  • All submissions will be reviewed and considered. We will add you to our database of creators and contact you if we feel you are a great fit for any of our events.

In your submission package, include:

  1. A statement (500 word) about how your project will express the theme
  2. A bio (200 word)
  3. A CV, max 3 pages
  4. Submit 5 – 10 images of your work, 72 dpi, 1024 pixels on the longest side, no larger than 1 MB each, with an image list
  5. A link to your website
  6. Your name, address, email, and any other contact information.
If you have any questions about this call for submissions, contact us at submissions@curiositycollider.org.

This exhibition is funded by:

Formal Vertical

Night Shift: Quantum Futures

Curiosity Collider has the pleasure of curating the April 5th 2018 edition of The Museum of Anthropology’s monthly Nightshift event.  We will present “Quantum: Future Possibilities.”

We will dive deep into the quantum realm, and the implications of potential future breakthroughs in that field.  Through performances and art installations, we will expand our audiences understanding and appreciation of nano-scale physics.

Curiosity Collider is looking for artists and performers who express the wonders of quantum mechanics through their artistic practice.  Performance art, interactive installations, music, dance, new media, and 2D or 3D artists are welcome to apply to present their artwork as part of this showcase event celebrating the quantum realm.  We are looking for performances that are approximately 15 minutes in length.  2D works can be up to approximately 3’ x 3,’ and 3D works can be up to approximately 2’ x 2’ x 2.’  The deadline for this call is Thursday, February 15.

We will accept existing work that fits within the theme, or you may propose new work to be created for this event.  

Eligibility:

  • Your submitted materials must fit within our mandate.
  • Your artwork should go beyond inspiration, and reflect focused study of scientific concepts.
  • We welcome submissions from artists and scientists.
  • Applications accepted from everywhere, however events are held in Vancouver, BC. At this time we are unable to cover travel expenses.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • We pay artists CARFAC rate
  • You can apply to both the open call and to any specific calls
  • All submissions will be reviewed and considered. We will add you to our database of creators and contact you if we feel you are a great fit for any of our events and contact you.

In your submission package, include:

  1. A statement (500 word) about how your project will express the theme
  2. A bio (200 word)
  3. A CV, max 3 pages
  4. Submit 5 – 10 images of your work, 72 dpi, 1024 pixels on the longest side, no larger than 1 MB each, with an image list, OR
    Submit a link to a video up to 5 minutes to represent your work.
  5. A link to your website
  6. Your name, address, email, and any other contact information.
If you have any questions about this call for submissions, contact us at submissions@curiositycollider.org.