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"Call for Artists: Digital Media Artist in Residence"
2002-09-20 until 2002-10-18
Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey, BC, CA Canada

Do you work with digital photography, video, or sound? Do you use computer hardware in your work? Or use surveillance or robotics technology? Is the Internet integral to your work? The Surrey Art Gallery is currently seeking project proposals from artists or artist teams using digital media, who are interested in becoming artists in residence. Artists will be paid to work in three equal capacities: as artists creating their own work; speaking to Gallery visitors about their work; and assisting the Gallery in the development/presentation of other current or upcoming electronic art programming.

Three projects will be selected. The first one will occur December 2002-March 2003, the second will occur over the summer of 2003, the third in the winter of 2003-4.


The TechLab is the Surrey Art Gallerys new permanent electronic arts facility. This space was designed as an exhibition hall and/or studio for artists to create and present new work using electronic media. The TechLabs program goals include:

- Providing an appropriate, equipped and structured environment and context for artists to develop and present original work and interact with the public;
- Constructing a forum that encourages a wide range and multi-directional exchange of ideas and dialogue on digital media including a network between the Gallery, artists, digital industry and an interested audience;
- Enabling the Gallery to present a range of applications of digital media art forms for visitors to experience


Each residency project will be compensated at approximately $20/hour and artists will be expected to work a regular weekly schedule on site for a period of four months (eg: a minimum of 21 hours/week x 16 weeks). A limited budget will be available for upgrades or additional hardware or software for the lab. A limited budget will be available for production costs for documentation of the project will be published and disseminated (eg. a CD or paper publication). No compensation will be available for artists travel, accommodation or other personal expenses.

Proposal Requirements

Send us your proposal by October 18th, 2002 that answers these questions:

1. Why do you want to be an artist in residence in the TechLab? (Write a cover letter)
2. Who are you? (Attach a current resume, documentation of completed artwork, and description of any similar experience)
3. What artwork do you want to make in the TechLab? (Include a project description)
4. How will you make your work? (Describe whether you plan to do research, or software programming, or editing, or construction on site, or whether you plan to work alone, or need partners or volunteers etc.)
5. What equipment and technology support will you require? (Include a list of your project requirements)
6. How would you prefer to interact with the general public? (Include a list of your ideas and preferences: i.e. welcoming drop in visitors, having set public hours, giving talks, demonstrations, workshops, working with school groups, having your computer screen projected while working etc.)
7. When would you be available to be on site at the Gallery? (Attach a tentative schedule of days/hours that you would prefer - the Gallery is open almost every day)

Technical Resources

Hardware: Three PC workstations with high speed processors, 21 monitors, speakers, graphics, sound and video cards, colour printer, 3D surround sound unit with subwoofer, Jaz drive, CD writer, web camera, slide scanner, battery back up power, two video/data projectors, tabloid size flatbed scanner, two digital video cameras, still digital camera, fume extractor, soldering iron, 60 Mhz oscilloscope. Additional AV support for the lab includes TV monitors, DVD players and VCR units. Additional equipment can be negotiated.

Software: MS Office; Adobe Illustrator; Adobe PageMaker; QuarkXPress; Adobe Photoshop; Macromedia Director; Macromedia Fireworks; MS Access, RealProducer Pro; Macromedia Flash; Netscape Communicator; Internet Explorer, Real Player, Adaptec CD Creator. Additional plugins and software are acquired continually as needed.

Network: The Lab is also equipped with a T1 (fibre optic) connection to the City of Surreys Internet service provider and has an account with an independent service provider and an independent netcasting service provider.

Technical Support and Web site host: The Labs NT workstations and network will have limited technical support and a direct high-speed link to the Internet (some firewall limitations). The Labs web site will be linked to the Gallerys web pages, which are hosted by the Citys server. The Lab is also provided with a telephone, voice mail, and email.

Acknowledgements: This digital media artist in residence opportunity has been made possible through a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Contact information:
Surrey Art Gallery
Attention: Liane Davison, Curator
13750-88th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. Canada V3W 3L1
phone: 604-501-5566, fax 604-501-5581
email artgallery@city.surrey.bc.ca
website: www.arts.city.surrey.bc.ca

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