Deadline for ‘Internet of Growing Things’, Nov 11

15 October 2013

As a source of invention and geo-political conflict, the power and influence of food on the world should not be underestimated. That’s why Nottingham’s Near Now gallery is launching a collaborative commission and six-month residency programme, Internet of Growing Things, for two selected UK-based applicants -working across art, design, writing, ecology, technology and beyond -to develop new work based on “food and future-agriculture”.

Applications close November 11 and the commission aims to analogise these systems of food production and industrial agriculture as part of a complex network of “animals, vegetables, minerals and other unclassifiable typologies”. In recognising the significance of this basic human need, this is a part of Near Now’s ongoing exploration into art, design, technology, food cultures and natural systems.

See the Near Now website for more details.

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Digital Arts residency in Abu Dhabi

29 July 2013

Earlier this year, we went in search of the Dubai art aesthetic in the United Arab Emirates, via Lauren Devine and Emirates airlines. We turned up little by way of transmedia art in the Al Quoz art district of the city, which is why we’re glad to see a Digital Arts residency in UAE capital Abu Dhabi. It’s being offered by the Institut français and the city’s Zayed University, available to all French Nationals and residents and applications close September 2.

The residency runs for two months, from October 20 to December 20, and includes a space for research and discussions with the students and faculty of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, while the exchange may take the form of workshops or projects jointly developed with students and will be presented as part of the International Symposium of Electronic Art 2014, taking place for the first time in the Middle East. There may also be an opportunity for the selected artist to take part in November’s Art Abu Dhabi in November. See the Institut français website for more details. *

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