With an emphasis on envisioning equitable digital relationships, a new project from the art and technology nonprofit Eyebeam asks artists to design new ways of interacting through the internet, with the internet, and with one another. Deadline to apply for a grant is May 30th.
It may not be the kind of open call to artists you would expect in the midst of a health crisis.
But an ambitious project by Eyebeam, the 22-year-old New York-based nonprofit that promotes art on the forefront of technological innovation, is all about tasking artists with imaging new forms of equitable digital engagement.
Through the project, titled Rapid Response a for a Better Digital Future, Eyebeam is asking artists to design “new ways of interacting through the internet,” according to a prompt. Among the proposals that will be considered are those that make the internet more accessible; ones that develop artificial and natural intelligence solutions; and others that help artists develop new and essential skills.
The initiative will unfold in two phases. In the first, the organization will hand out 27 $5,000 grants to artists who apply through the open call, which closes on May 30. In phase two, those artists will be invited to apply for one of five additional $25,000 grants to turn their ideas into reality.