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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Cyber Social Artist Residency

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The Centre for Art Tapes is accepting submissions for our 2018 – 19 residency, Cyber Social. CFAT invites artists in all stages of their careers to apply. The Cyber Social Artist in Residence will spend six months exploring contemporary art’s relationship to social media. The proposed project should focus on the Internet and the communities that exist within it. Potential projects or research could feature things like live streaming, Youtube, Twitch, Instagram, etc. While the proposed project should be informed by social networks or digital environments, it can take any form or media art – video, installation, completely online, etc. Applicants are welcomed to browse our equipment and facilities online or visit us and ask for a tour to get an idea of the resources that are available to them.

The residency will run from October 2018 to February 2019 in K’jipuktuk (Halifax). Please note that this is a research and creation residency. CFAT aims to give artists the chance to explore and create, so there is no expectation of a finished work. The artist in residence will have 24-hour access to all aspects of the Centre including our electronics lab, full adobe suite, chromate screen, etc. The selected participant will receive a $1,700 honorarium and a $300 fee for conducting an artist presentation or workshop in March 2019. CFAT does not have the ability to pay for travel, accommodations or materials.

Submissions should include:

  • A description of your proposed project – what will be the focus of your experimentation/ research? (Maximum one page)
  • A CV, resume or short bio highlighting your past artistic experience
  • Maximum 10 digital images in jpeg format and/or video/audio clips. Video/audio clips must be under 5 minutes total and sent via URL.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email all materials to

Submissions are due September 16th, 2018 at midnight.

For any questions about the program or application process, please contact Programming Director Tori Fleming at (902) 422-6822 or by email at CFAT is able to provide a limited amount of support in putting an application together, including free access to our laptops for anyone who does not have access to a reliable computer.

CFAT recognizes our participation and complicity with the historic barriers to accessing media art opportunities. All of our programs are developed by a volunteer programming committee, and all applications will be reviewed by a jury of artists from a range of backgrounds. Artists are welcomed to self-identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+, disabled, femme or any other community that is important to their identity. We are in an ongoing process of making our space and programs as welcoming and available to all as possible. If you have specific needs that you would like us to address, or any concerns please reach out or mention them in your application.

CFAT’s facility is wheelchair accessible and has one non-gendered washroom. We do not have automatic doors or push-buttons but our staff are happy to work with artists with disabilities to support them in comfortably and safely using our space. CFAT’s facility is a community-used space, and a number of members have 24-hour access. Participation with CFAT’s programs and use of our space by anyone is governed by our Code of Conduct, which does not tolerate discrimination or acts of violence in any form.

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