Urban Screens Toronto call for submissions – 1 March 2010


Call for Interactive Media And Video Art

Explore what is possible with creative access to interactive, locally and globally connected screens; real-time, content-rich experiences on digital screens in our public space.

The exhibition I am here; what can we do? is part of Urban Screens Toronto 2010, an international urban screens conference and exhibition taking place between September 24th-30th; produced in collaboration with the International Urban Screens Association (IUSA).

Urban Screens Toronto 2010 will promote a multifaceted approach to exploring the growing appearance of moving images in urban space and the global transformation of public culture in the context of networked forms of urban screens. It will build on the successful events held in Amsterdam, Manchester, and Melbourne and will be the first international Urban Screens conference held in North America.

Through an integrated program of keynote lectures, panel sessions, workshops, curated screenings and multimedia projects, it will bring together leading Canadian and international artists and curators, architects and urban planners, designers, ad agencies and brand managers, screen operators and content providers, academics, activists, policymakers, technology manufacturers, software developers and public intellectuals.

I am here; what can we do?

Public Call For:

New or existing experimental, interactive artwork suitable for urban screens.

Short-format video works relevant for presentation on urban screens.

Interactive Design & advertising works created for urban screens including past commercial interactive work from advertising agencies and designers.

Student work interactive and video work by students from any institution worldwide.

Themes include, but are not limited to: The meeting point of the real and the virtual; work that incorporates media technology and contemporary building/architectural technology; user-generated content; multi-site, networked projects; work that addresses public spaces and civic engagement.


Submission deadline: MARCH 1 2010

Submission format: Please submit PDF files only, no larger than 3 MB.

Proposals should include:

1) Brief 50-word summary of your artwork

2) Full proposal or description of the project (maximum 2 pages)

3) Maximum 10 images, URL where work can be found online

4) Documentation of this work if it has previously be exhibited, or of another exhibited work by the artist.

3) Detailed list of technical requirements

4) Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages)

Fees: There is no entry fee. Reasonable presentation fees will be paid, for new and existing interactive work and videos. Fees will not be paid for design & advertising work. Students will not receive a fee, but will be automatically considered for a prize. Please note that we cannot fund the creation of new work.

Submit: In the subject line: URBAN SCREENS PROPOSAL

Email to JURY at: urbanscreenstoronto [at] gmail.com

The jury will be comprised of Toronto Urban Screens committee members Michelle Kasprzak, Janine Marchessault, Gabe Sawhney, Suzanne Stein and Sharon Switzer.

Notification: April 1, 2010