Call for Artists: Artistic Visions in the Future of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

We are looking for artists to create artistic visions of new technologies in health, medicine and wellbeing to visualize possible developments within the next five to ten years. We expect a diversity of artistic, speculative design and exemplary ideas, as well as disruptive out of the box thinking to make such future developments more tangible.
A main question is how technological innovations will influence the life and wellbeing of patients, citizens, doctors and other involved stakeholders, such as industry, policy makers and insurance companies. Applying artists should be interested in creating and building ideas and prototypes that will impressively visualize their visions.
This is a unique opportunity to question, provoke and interrogate this area of research through artistic and scientific discourse. The selected three artists will work at Ars Electronica with futurologists and scientists on the development of their artistic vision on technology in health, medicine and wellbeing.

Topic and Questions

The project examines technology shifts that are realistically attainable within the next 5-10 years and will touch the following areas:

  • How digitalizing and measuring our lives and bodies influences the development in health technology and supervision.
  • How new trends in technology influence holistic wellbeing and mood/behavioral persuasion.
  • How technology enables diverse bio modifications (eg., bio hacking, tissue engineering, organ on a chip).
  • How technology and big data help forecasting problematic regions, preventing epidemics, fighting antibiotics resistance etc.
  • How automation and robotics may influence medicine, health and wellbeing.
  • How technology and scientific developments will enhance the understanding of and intervention on the human body on a genetic and neurological level.

Sparks Touring Exhibition

Sparks is an engagement project on the topic of technology shifts in health, medicine and wellbeing. To raise awareness about this topic an interactive touring exhibition and 230 innovative participatory activities such as science cafés, pop-up science shops, incubation activities and scenario workshops will be organized.
Each selected artist will produce an artwork that is part of the touring exhibition. Moreover, each artist will be featured in a short video to the project explaining his/her visions. They will also take part in a science café at the European Parliament in 2017 that will be organised by Sparks.

Timeframe

The conception phase together with futurologists from the Ars Electronica Futurelab and scientists from the field will take place between October and December 2015.
The production process of the artwork and the identical copies has to be finished by May 2016 as the exhibition process will start in June 2016. The travelling exhibition occupies in total about 100 m²; the artwork’s footprint, if standalone, is expected to be no more than 10 m². Thus, we are looking for artworks that do not use up more floor space than 1.5 x 1.5 m.

How to Apply?

Send the following information to sparks@aec.at

          • A 200 word visionary statement (no more!) in English on personal thoughts about technology shifts in health, medicine and wellbeing; an artistic idea, a metaphorical story, a philosophical or ethical perspective. Let us know why this is part of your work or why you are interested in the topic. Be concise and to the point.
          • A link to a video statement about your motivation and vision for a contribution to SPARKS. The video is supposed to be no longer than 5 min. Upload the video to a video platform or dropbox and include the link into your email.
          • A link to your website including your CV and portfolio
          • Contact information: a phone number, skype contact, email address.
          • In the subject line include the words: Sparks – your name

Application Deadline

Submissions are now being accepted.
The deadline to submit is extended to September 30th, 2015 (23:59 UCT +2).
Ars Electronica will notify the selected applicants within 2 weeks after the closing of the open call.

Fee and Production Budget

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Artist fee, travel and accommodation: € 7,500
Production Budget: € 20,000 for four identical copies of the artwork.

Participants must make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation to and from Linz. We can provide suggestions for hotels in the area, though we are unable to provide bookings.

Further Information

If you have any further questions or queries regarding the Open Call please contact us: sparks@aec.at
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