Call for Submissions: Cyber Fellows Digital Peer-Learning Incubator

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YTB Gallery invites emerging visual artists, curators, art writers, critics, administrators and art students to join our international peer-learning incubator. This is a pilot program for teams of emerging arts practitioners to learn from each other, with values of collectivity and collaboration in mind. We provide you with the time, resources, and support to research something – anything! – with a group of your peers, and the tools and platform to share your findings with others.

What are your knowledge gaps? Your pressing questions? What are the things that are vital to the conditions of working and making as an artist today, but are never ever addressed in school? With the help of Pulse Lab, Super Ordinary Lab, Gudskul Ecosystem (Jakarta) and Flux Factory (New York), YTB is invested in working with you to figure this out.

The goals for this platform are:

  • Disrupt the costly, outdated concept that a university degree can teach you all the skills you need to be an art professional.
  • Collaboration instead of competition.
  • Connecting emerging arts professionals internationally, and Canada-wide.

When: March – June 2022
Where: Online, with your team.

What you will be doing:

  • Meeting every two weeks online with all residents for playful relationship-building activities, and questions and discussion about each other’s project.
  • In the intervening weeks, meet with your mentor to discuss questions and issues within your project.
  • Working independently with your peer group to build knowledge of the skill or area of research that is the focus of your project.
  • Figuring how you would like to share your newly realized knowledge or skills with your community.
  • Producing creative, engaging educational resources, if you choose to do so once your project is finished.

What you get:

  • Financial support to research a question, or learn a new skill to help you further your artistic/curatorial/writing/administrative practice.
  • Mentorship in your geographical location to keep asking new questions and keep you pushing forward on your learning program.
  • Relationship-building opportunities with an international peer group of emerging artists/curators/writers/administrators.
  • Support with making educational resources, developing concepts of co-teaching.
  • Paid opportunities to contribute to an archive of educational materials for emerging artists/curators/writers/administrators.
  • A chance to be supported to learn what matters to you, in a way that is meaningful to you, outside of the structures of a post-secondary educational institution.
  • Access to an international network of subject matter experts through the Gudskul lumbung resources and Flux Factory.

What you need to do:

  • Gather a dream team of 2-4 peers who want to learn something together.
  • Develop a strong learning question.
  • Review our application guidelines, and FAQs.
  • Come to our information evening on January 12, from 6 – 7 pm, if you have more questions. Register here.
  • Fill out an application.
  • Submit your application before midnight, on January 31st, 2022.

Fees: $1500 for participation plus a collectively-managed production budget.

About us:

Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) began in 2014 as a DIY response to the exhibition Younger Than Jesus, the New Museum’s first triennial of emerging artists, which problematically defined our generation as consumers rather than producers. YTB supports our peers by providing what we find to be lacking. We believe that emerging artists need paid opportunities that respect our labour as creative producers, and space to support experimental programming.

Partners

The Super Ordinary Lab, based at OCAD University looks at near-to-market or just-in market technologies to understand their social significance and potentialities. Broad-based trends are tracked for the purposes of meaningful innovation in technologies and ethnographic methods are deployed to understand the originating (and exploratory) cultures of production as well as potential users of these technologies.

Pulse Lab, based at McMaster University collaborates to critically unpack and adapt technologies to meet community needs, invent sustainable innovations and create social change.

Gudskul Ecosystem (Jakarta) and Flux Factory (New York) started out as DIY collectives just like YTB, but have grown to become global leaders in collaborative practices founded on the values of community care.