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Call for Applications – Artist in Residence 2022-23

The McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto seeks applications for an inaugural Artist in Residence. The theme for our programming in the 2022–23 academic year is “Our Selfies, Our Selves.” The Artist in Residence will engage questions of the “technologized self” or “technologies of the self” in an exhibition of their work at the McLuhan Centre Coach House and will participate in McLuhan Centre programming as detailed below.

A number of such “technologies of the self” have seemed salient in recent years: the selfie and its revolutions in our practices of imaging and self-imaging; our constant presentations of self in everyday life online; the endless online avatars we create, from dating profiles to VR avatars to the advertising profiles platforms collect; the intimate biometric technologies of the “quantified self”; or, simply, the endlessly irritating rectangle in the Brady Bunch grid of a video call that shows us back to ourselves. This year’s theme is dedicated to aesthetic and critical inquiry into the ways different selves and different kinds of selves are gathered together, dissipated, forced into being, shattered, unraveled, stabilized, valorized and monetized, lived through—in an age of an unprecedented technical and mediatic investment of the self. A full statement of the theme is described above.

We seek the perspectives of those for whom structures of extraction and domination have rendered selfhood a problem. As a matter of principle, but also in regards to this year’s theme, we are especially eager to receive proposals from queer, trans, nonbinary, femme, racialized, disabled, or otherwise marginalized artists.

We seek artists working in “media art,” very broadly understood. This might be work that uses digital technologies and electronics as its artistic medium. Or, it may use any means or media to pose questions or draw insights about contemporary technologies. Or, it may be some conjunction of art, technology, and concept that we have not yet imagined.

We welcome projects in progress as well as proposals for new projects. We are happy to host artists working in pairs or teams.

The studio and exhibition space will be the Coach House, a multi-use heritage building that was once McLuhan’s salon on campus. Successful projects will activate the space while respecting the limitations of that space. The exhibition space measures approximately 6.643 x 6.014 meters. Photos of the space are available upon request.

Artist Support

 

The Artist in Residence will have studio, work, and exhibition space at the Coach House, on campus at the University of Toronto, from July 15 through October 15, 2022 (start date flexible), with the expectation that an exhibition will run from September 12 through October 15.

The Residency comes with a stipend of $10,000; a materials budget of $5,000 (CAD); photo and/or video documentation of the exhibition; access to the University of Toronto libraries; research assistance and logistical support; and a vibrant intellectual community dedicated to critical inquiry into media.

In addition to hosting an exhibition, the Centre will also invite three Faculty Fellows (one from the University of Toronto; two from other institutions) to view and engage with the Artist’s work. The Fellows will visit the exhibition while it is mounted, and will return to campus in the Winter Term to deliver public lectures that will be, in part, in conversation with the Artist’s work. We anticipate that Artist’s and Fellows’ lectures will be published, alongside documentation of the exhibition.

The Centre will be happy to help coordinate studio visits with University of Toronto faculty during the residency.

Living and/or moving expenses will not be covered.

Artist Responsibilities

 

Beyond the mounting the exhibition, the Artist in Residence will be expected to make themselves available to host class visits to the exhibition. They will also host the first session of the Centre’s artist-run “Playtime” series (in early October), running a single 3-hour workshop on a topic of their choosing for students and faculty. As well, the Artist will deliver a public artist’s talk or lecture related to the work in January of 2023, and to work with the Director of the Centre to prepare this talk for publication.

Eligibility

 

The Artist must be eligible to work in Canada (e.g., Citizen or Permanent Resident; holders of restricted Work Permits are not eligible). The Artist must not be a current student at the University of Toronto, nor may they hold a full-time staff or academic position at the University (but sessional instructors may apply).

To Apply

 

All inquiries about the program may be sent to mcluhan.centre@utoronto.ca.

To be considered for the residency, please submit the following by email to mcluhan.centre@utoronto.ca not later than May 20, 2022:

  • Cover letter

  • CV

  • Project proposal of approximately 500 words (and not more than 750)

  • Representative portfolio