FOR WOMXN AND ARTISTS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS
Artist honorarium: $200
Deadline: 20th of January, 2023
VR Art Camp is a 3 month-long social VR residency for womxn and underrepresented artists to explore digital belonging and the possibilities of creating and inhabiting a virtual communal place with care. VR Art Camp is a bridge for those, whose practice is not rooted in digital media and for a diverse community with different voices and approaches, as it is accessible both on a browser and in virtual reality.
The organically growing, feminine social VR art residency program accumulates in public Show & Tell events, when artists guide visitors through their VR studio spaces. The experience of being the part of an art piece together with the artists generates new kinds of “studio visit” discussions. Our mission is to co-create educational social VR events, learning together how to use this layer of our social fabric based on radical inclusion, cyber-intentionality and to elevate the shift of our upscaling digital existence.
VR Art Camp connects various realms: it helps artists to translate their (mainly not digital) art practices into social VR and thus, gain an easily accessible online meeting platform to show their work in an international setting, focused on the Bay Area and Central Europe. Our in person gatherings balance moving in-between on- and offline spaces. IRL Art Camp camping facilitates the integration and exchange of the impact of our digitally lived experiences.
Our social VR residency hosts three artists in three cohorts in 2023:
1. Cohort: February - April
2. Cohort: June - August
3. Cohort: October - December
The core of the three months long residencies consist of 5 online meetings. It requires time to get familiar with Mozilla Hubs (with the help of VR Art Camp), build a social VR space / activations, potentially host additional events and most importantly, plant the seeds and grow further collaborations in the community.
Online meetings are approximately 1.5 hours each:
- 3 group meetings
- 1 optional one on one meeting with Judit Navratil
- Public Show & Tell
- Work in Mozilla Hubs
- Optionally facilitate additional events to activate social VR spaces multiple times, allowing more intimate and deeper conversations
The structure of a decentralized curatorium and VR Art Camp is being shaped by all resident artists, who also nurture these spaces together with our guests and visitors. We connect through these public online events and physically in our annual camping, the IRL Art Camp. We are looking for residents - womxn and artists from underrepresented groups - who have capacity and enthusiasm to build this nest together.
Art Camp is a facilitating platform for art sharing, critique, collaboration, and experimental performance that maintains digital mental care for our “art family” and beyond. It accumulates in a Show & Tell when the artists guide visitors through their VR studios, co-creating an immersive, participatory activation, a “compossible space”. All events are NOTAFLOF; donations are deeply appreciated and are split between the participating artists as an addition to their honorarium.
The 9 resident artists of 2023 receive a $200 honorarium on the last day of their residency. Artist fees are possible as VR Art Camp is an Alternative Exposure Grantee in Round 16. Thank you Southern Exposure! You can also support VR Art Camp by becoming a member on withfriends.
Application period: 20 December 2022 - 20 January 2023
We welcome womxn and artists from underserved groups working in all mediums, from anywhere in the world, with access to a computer and internet to apply! To apply, please prepare the listed required material and fill out the application form.
A brief proposal that includes why you would like to participate in the residency program, what you plan to make, and themes of research for the duration of the program.
A short biographical statement that includes information about your background and your practice.
What type of activations / participatory workshops / prompts would you like to use to co-create a meaningful, collaborative social VR space?
5 artworks for social media
Selected artists will be announced and contacted via email on the 31st of January.
This call is for womxn and artists from underserved communities.
Each resident is expected to treat the program like any other on-site residencies, please be prepared to spend dedicated time each day on researching, creating, or thinking about your digital studio practice.
Each resident has the option to host additional social VR events after the Show & Tell that allows further experiments. The most exciting aspect of this residency is the potential of collaborations and co-creation of compossible spaces.
Each resident is expected to deliver work in progress material for and help with social media promotion at least once a week.
Residents may create whatever they like as their social VR “studio”, but any kind of hate speech and discriminatory contents will not be allowed (for details, see our Code of Conduct).
Residents who wish to include adult contents should have a warning of some kind before users enter the site.
As Mozilla Hubs evolves, they may limit free accounts in the future. In this case, artists have to pay additional Mozilla fees according to their needs.
VR Art Camp “studios” are connected and linked with Art Camp Commons. Residents have to include this link in their space, although it can appear however they wish (transparency included).
We are proud and happy to introduce our co-jury, Wednesday!
Wednesday Kim is an interdisciplinary artist and a co-founder of De:Formal. She is from Seoul, South Korea and is currently based out of California. Kim works with a mixture of analog and digital media including 3D animation, video, performance, installation, print, and sculpture with clusterfuck aesthetics. Her work is informed by personal experiences and human psychology; she derives imagery from nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and childhood trauma. Furthermore, she portrays the absurdity of information-saturated contemporary life in a surrealist fashion through wordplay, Wikipedia, voyeurism, and witticism.
VR Art Camp is an Alternative Exposure Grantee in their 16th Round! It is a great honor to join the list of incredible artists and art projects, thank you, Southern Exposure, for supporting us!
This grant affords a modest honorarium of $200 for each resident artist. Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure (AltEx) grant program supports the independent, self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area arts community. AltEx provides monetary awards to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible, and open to the public.
Judit Navratil is the mother of VR Art Camp, founded it in response to social distancing in 2020 August. VR Art Camp is the part of Judit’s larger, a VR plattenbau called the Szívküldi Lakótelep (growing since 2018), that is the base of her artistic Phd research at the Angewandte Vienna.
Navratil’s practice is multivalent, engaging performance, social practices, drawing, as well as video and extended realities. Her projects are as much affective mappings of what it means to continuously oscillate between analog and digital, past and present; an immigrant’s attempt to construct “home.” Navratil uses her body-device to keep balance through her compass-meditation: the Long Distance Somersault career. Rolling as far as she can helps her seeking higher alternatives and to gaze in the Eye of the Hurricane.
Judit earned an MFA in Painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2008 and an MFA at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2019. She is currently a Phd Candidate at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.