<synthesis> Open call: VR Arts / Curatorial Residency MUSEUM WITHOUT WALLS (deadline MAR 29)

Gabriel Menotti gabriel.menotti at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 22:52:01 CET 2021

Hey folks!

This might be of interest to some. Sorry for cross-posting!


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> Virtual Reality Arts / Curatorial Residency Program
> Open call - deadline March 29
> For more info, access museusemparedes.com

Museums Without Walls is seeking proposals for its virtual reality
residency program. Residencies will take place through April and May in
different versions of the Espírito Santo Art Museum – MAES hosted in the
Mozilla Hubs platform. Four participants will be selected to occupy and
recreate this environment based on their artistic and/or curatorial
visions. The selected proposals will receive specialized mentorship and a
development fee of CAD $ 600. The residency outcomes will be presented in
the Museum Without Walls program in late May.

MAES is situated in the Southeast coast of Brazil. Museum Without Walls
takes inspiration from its recent reopening, after a long reform which
recuperated elements of the museum’s original architecture while making the
exhibition space much more susceptible to its surroundings. Amidst the
global pandemic, the project invites us to examine how art institutions
operate, both within and without their physical buildings, as systems for
representation and discourse.

Virtual Reality technologies provide new opportunities to reconfigure the
terms of relationship between artwork and space – experience and object –
public and institution. These technologies may pluralize the access to
conventional artforms, cultivate digitally-native poetics, and accomplish
other distributions of the sensible. We are looking for proposals that
creatively engage with technological contingencies and exercise virtuality
as a potential for reimagining the museum.

Mozilla Hubs is a multi-user virtual reality platform with a fairly low
learning curve. On top of that, it is compatible with both regular browsers
and the last-generation VR headsets. The choice to host this residency in
Hubs is meant not only to amplify possibilities of participation, but also
to emphasize the social dimensions of the museum as a public
infrastructure. Proponents are encouraged to get acquainted with the
platform and visit some of the exhibitions made in it before submitting
their proposals.

Apply by sending the following documents to info at museusemparedes.com by
March 29:

- CV (text format – docx / rtf)
- Illustrated PDF portfolio and/or website link
- Artistic or curatorial proposal (500 words description, followed by a
list of links to relevant references, such as participating works/artists
and concept sketches)

The Museum Without Walls residency program is committed to the diversity of
publics as well as to free and open methodologies. The project is funded by
the Espírito Santo State Cultural Offices and by the Canadian Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and counts with the support of
the Agnes Etherington Art Center, Canada.
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