2024 Digital Commissions Open Call - Extended to March 3rd

Locust Projects invites local, national, and international artists to apply for the opportunity to propose ambitious multi-layered digital projects that respond to the hybridity and flexibility of Locust Projects’ physical space and various presenting platforms from onsite, galleries, interior or exterior surfaces, on screens, or online.

These projects can be new proposals, current works-in-progress, or existing works that need support for their evolution or next iteration.

Proposals are reviewed by a rotating panel comprised of local, national and international artists known for working with digital technologies. Locust Projects provides selected artists with curatorial guidance, production budget, artist W.A.G.E. fee, documentation, and a live/work residency opportunity.Fees and production budgets to be determined based upon the final presentation space/format. As a W.A.G.E. certified organization we maintain minimums or above fee standards.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

For 25 years Locust Projects has been committed to supporting the creation and presentation of ambitious new work. Guided by our commitment to experimentation and our Knight Digital Innovation Initiative’s focus on innovation at the intersections of art and technology, the Digital Commissions Open Call embraces both emerging artists working in technology-based practices and established artists seeking to expand their practice in digital media including code-based and AI generated art.

Locust Projects is seeking proposals from artists to help realize new, existing works in progress, or support the next major public presentation stage of multi-layered digital projects. Proposals can be submitted for any physical space at Locust Projects, including (but not limited to) the project room, building interior, building exterior, our Digital Innovation Lab or screen-based and online interactive works. Proposals can be presented as an exhibition, metaverse, performance, or a series of activations (in-person or online) as long as the project stays within given budget parameters. Final projects are realized with support from a collaborative environment and supportive Locust Projects staff.

DIGITAL COMMISSIONS OPEN CALL OPPORTUNITY

DIGITAL COMMISSIONS RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

Fees and production budgets to be determined based upon the final presentation space/format. As a W.A.G.E. certified organization we maintain minimums or above fee standards.

THE SELECTION PROCESS

Proposals are reviewed by a rotating panel of artists and professionals with a background working in art + technology. The following criteria will be used during the review process:

Locust Projects is proud to be W.A.G.E. Certified (Working Artists in the Greater Economy), ensuring that we have and we will continue to compensate artists fairly, at, or above, minimum W.A.G.E. fees For more information on W.A.G.E. certification, click here.

View examples of previous digital projects here* - Jen Clay, Leo Castañeda, Indranil Choudhury and Tara Aliya Kesavan (LAB MFA), and Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy.

*note these projects were commissions for specific galleries, all but Jen Clay were in our previous location This Digital Commission open call is also seeking broader applications, platforms and creative activations of physical and digital spaces.

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Open Call - DIGITAL COMMISSIONS:

The 2024 Digital Commissions Open Call is open through February 5th, 2024 Extended to March 3rd. To submit please send your proposal through Submittable. 

Late submissions will not be accepted. (Please allow time for possible technical difficulties by submitting well before the deadline.)

Please direct questions to submissions@locustprojects.org. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS::

  1. Project description (max. 500 words) 
  2. Drafted /rendering of proposed project
  3. General artist statement (max. 250 words)
  4. Project Impact - Explain how your project embraces experimentation and innovation at the intersections of art and technology,  and is relevant to current artistic practice. (Max 350 words)
  5. Describe any programming or activations that might happen during the course of your project
  6. Production Budget - provide an overview of approximate expenses for any that apply (see description of Production Budget* below)
  7. CV or Resume
  8. Link to website or past online-based projects
  9. Up to five images or links of previous/related work that help illustrate the proposed idea
  10. Image details (title, date, year medium of the submitted work and/or links)  Please be sure to include passwords if videos are private.

Submit all of the above through Submittable. 

*Production Costs may include (but are not limited to): production/fabrication, equipment rental, materials, specialized lighting, professional/technical support, public programs and activations and related participant fees based upon W.A.G.E. fee calculations at $310 per person, additional artist or assistant travel above and beyond that covered by Locust Projects, installation/construction labor above and beyond basic infrastructure of labor provided, assistant fees, shipping, disposal, and any other costs required to realize and de-install the Project beyond basic infrastructure costs (signage, documentation, preparator time for install if applicable) and artist fees and travel expenses provided by Locust Projects

*Please note Locust Projects no longer accepts applications via email or post.
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