Call for Applications: 2024/25 Artist-in-Residence at the Centre for Culture and Technology

University of Toronto

Simone Jones, How Media Count. 2023/24 Artist-in-Residence exhibition. Installation view at the Centre for Culture and Technology, September 2023. Photo by Laura Findlay.

Call for Applications – Artist in Residence 2024/25

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024
Residency Period: June 15 – October 1, 2024

About the Residency:

The Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto seeks applications for its third annual Artist in Residence. The theme for our programming in the 2024-25 academic year is “Absent Here, Present There.” The Artist in Residence will engage questions of mediated presence and absence, either contemporary or historical. The artist will mount an exhibition of their work at the Centre for Culture and Technology Coach House and will participate in Centre programming as detailed below.

A full statement of the programming theme is available here on the Centre’s website.

In addition to hosting an exhibition, the Centre will also invite three Faculty Fellows (one from the University of Toronto; two from other institutions) to view and engage with the Artist’s work. The Fellows will visit the exhibition while it is mounted, and will return to campus in the Winter Term to deliver public lectures that will be, in part, in conversation with the Artist’s work. We anticipate that Artist’s and Fellows’ lectures will be published, alongside documentation of the exhibition. The Centre has recently secured an imprint with Punctum Books to publish these lectures.

This year, the Centre’s two external Faculty Fellows will be Kris Paulsen (Ohio State University), author of Here/There: Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface (MIT, 2017), and Hannah Zeavin (UC Berkeley), author of The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy (MIT, 2021).

We are especially eager to receive proposals from queer, trans, nonbinary; women; racialized and/or colonized; disabled; or otherwise marginalized artists.

We seek artists working in “media art,” very broadly understood. This includes work that uses electronics and digital technologies as its artistic medium, or that uses any medium to pose questions or draw insights about contemporary media technologies. Or, it may be some conjunction of art, technology, and concept that we have not yet imagined.

We welcome projects in progress as well as proposals for new projects. We are happy to host artists working in pairs or teams.

The studio and exhibition space will be the Coach House, a multi-use heritage building that was once Marshall McLuhan’s salon on campus. Successful projects will activate the space while respecting the limitations of that space. Photos of the exhibition space are available here.

Francisco Gonzalez, the museum of the copy/pasted identities. 2022/23 Artist-in-Residence exhibition. Installation view at the Centre for Culture and Technology, September 2022. Photo by Laura Findlay.

Artist Support:

The Artist in Residence will have studio, work, and exhibition space at the Coach House, on campus at the University of Toronto, from June 15 through October 1, 2024 (start date flexible), with the expectation that an exhibition will run from August 29 through October 12, 2024.

The Residency comes with:

  • a stipend of $10,000 CAD;
  • a materials budget of $10,000 CAD;
  • gallery, studio, and research assistance;
  • close collaboration with the Centre’s curator;
  • photo and/or video documentation of the exhibition;
  • access to the University of Toronto libraries;
  • access to fabrication facilities, with additional support for specialized fabrication;
  • the opportunity (but not the obligation) to participate in the Centre’s inaugural weeklong summer institute in June, 2024;
  • and a vibrant intellectual community dedicated to critical inquiry into media.

The Centre will be happy to help coordinate studio visits with University of Toronto faculty during the residency.

Please note: living and/or moving expenses will not be covered.

Artist Responsibilities:

Beyond the mounting of the exhibition, the Artist in Residence will:

  • Make themselves available to host class visits to the exhibition during September 2024
  • Run a single 2-hour workshop on a topic of their choosing for students and faculty as a featured speaker at one of the Centre’s famed Monday Night Seminars
  • Deliver a public artist’s talk or lecture related to the work sometime in April 2025, and work with the Director of the Centre to prepare this talk for publication
  • License the Centre to use documentation of the exhibition in Centre publications and publicity

Eligibility:

The Artist must be eligible to work in Canada (e.g., Citizen or Permanent Resident; holders of restricted Work Permits are not eligible). The Artist must not be a current student at the University of Toronto, nor may they hold a full-time staff or academic position at the University (but sessional instructors may apply).

To Apply:

To be considered for the residency, please submit the following by email to cultureandtech@utoronto.ca, no later than March 1, 2024:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Project proposal of approximately 500 words (and not more than 750)
    ◦  Optional: Supplementary material – up to 5 images
  • Representative portfolio
    ◦  Include up to 5 images and up to 2 video links

All inquiries about the program and the application process may be sent to cultureandtech@utoronto.ca.

About the Centre for Culture & Technology:

The Centre for Culture & Technology is dedicated to theoretical, aesthetic, and critical inquiry into the impacts of contemporary media on our interconnected world. This project is informed by the Centre’s location in the Coach House, a multi-use heritage building that was once Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s office and salon on the University of Toronto campus. The Centre draws inspiration from McLuhan’s humanistic intellectual and institutional legacy, continuing his stated goal of “investigation into the psychic and social consequences of technologies”.

The Centre promotes the study of media aesthetics in an expanded sense, examining the ways technological media shape contemporary experience by elaborating its histories, its problems, its infrastructures, and its politics. Offering both a setting and a framework, the Centre provides space and programming for scholars working in humanistic media studies across the three campuses of the University of Toronto and in the GTA. The Centre also supports the production of and conversation about contemporary media art, fostering aesthetic experimentation as a mode of inquiry.

Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto
39A Queens Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5S 3C3
www.cultureandtech.utoronto.ca

Phone: 416.978.7026
Email: cultureandtech@utoronto.ca
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