NEW DEADLINE: OCTOBER 10 2019

We are pleased to announce our Call for Entries for our 2019 juried exhibition: TechnoMEME 2. Our juried exhibition will feature work created with technology-based new media, electronic, and digital tools. TechnoMEME 2 will run from Friday, November 1st to Saturday, December 7th at the Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Ohio. 

Exhibition theme
TechnoMEME is the theme of Fuse Factory Annual Exhibitions (FFE) in 2018 and 2019. Following the successful invitational exhibition last year, FFE 2019 continually searches for other artists’ creative interpretations of this theme. Since the concept of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’ ‘Meme’, which considered cultural transmissions and imitations as phenomena of self-replication for being an effective propagator of genes according to his book The Selfish Gene (1976), the ambiguous and metaphorical idea from its theoretical beginning has unintentionally morphed into new viral phenomena, such as the trend of the ‘Internet meme’ within online media culture. For this year’s theme, the Fuse Factory looks back at Dawkins’ original term and reviews the usefulness of a meme’s imitation, transmission, retention, and mutation that can be applied and utilized in contemporary art, technology, and culture.

FFE 2019 is considering how new media art translates the ongoing technological phenomena of replication, imitation, variation, reproduction, and mutation responding to technological evolution at the nexus of digital culture. In addition to being the second season of TechnoMEME, FFE 2019 views artistic possibilities of technological and biological matters and platforms that create cultural and behavioral practice as ‘human-nonhuman-meme’, which can be enabled to transmit and replicate between human scientific endeavors and nature. Here is one of many references, although this case is a very rare type of animal behaviors and abilities responding to human culture. The rhythmic cockatoo Snowball’s spontaneous reactions and humanlike dance would enable us to rethink about human uniqueness and appreciation of nonhuman others.

These artistic explorations can operate as correlative phenomena for intercommunications and interrelationships rather than reinforcing anthropomorphic consciousness and humanized one-way relationships. We seek to include artworks that examine the following:

  • How could we as artists imagine how imitable human consciousness, intelligence, and behavior can connect on par with nonhuman nature and vice versa, or in terms of interspecies?/li>
  • How can we as artists imagine humans as social, cultural, and biological entities, and technological propagators, which can increase understanding of nonhuman others?
  • Moreover, based on the assumption of Dawkins’ claim, the gene-centered view of evolution, how can human genes and memes be transmitted into technological hosts, “surviving machines” and “vehicles”, for leaping from human into hybrids, and surpassing conventional parameters of human nature?
  • How could we sustain humanity?

Here is the list of keywords regarding the theme of FFE2019 – TechnoMEME 2:
- Transmission, imitation, replication, variation, mutation, reproduction, propagator, selfish vs. altruistic, compatibility, co-creation, intercommunication, interrelationship, multispecies, trans-species, interspecies, humanized vs. dehumanized, symbiosis, evolution, technoculture…

Eligibility

The Fuse Factory Art and Technology Lab encourages all artists, inventors, and scientists working with a wide range of high and low technologies to submit works that fall within the following genres: electronic art; interactive installation and interfaces; robotic art; live performance; 3D modeling and animation; art games; virtual and augmented reality; experimental video and moving images; video mapping; digital imaging; sound art; Internet art; creative coding; biological art; eco-art; and other emerging forms not mentioned here. We will also consider traditional forms of art and film, provided that they also explore the exhibition theme.

Both U.S.-based and international applicants are encouraged to submit entries. If you are an international applicant and your work is composed of physical components and/or physical installations that require an international delivery cost, the jurors will need to take this into consideration when evaluating your artwork for inclusion in the exhibition. While we will do what we can, we cannot guarantee that we can cover your shipping costs if your work is accepted. Please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Dr. Alison Colman, at alison@thefusefactory.org if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Artworks that were produced before 2017 will not be considered.
  • Selected artwork must be exhibited during the full month-long exhibition period. However, performative artwork will be scheduled to occur at a specific time and place during the exhibition.

How to Submit

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Email your application materials to alison@thefusefactory.org and include “FFE 2019 APPLICATION_your name” in the subject line
  • 3-5 images (website links only)
  • Video links (3-minutes-or-less video highlights on YouTube or Vimeo. If your application videos exist on private channels, please include passwords so jurors can access your links)
  • Short art statement (300-500 words, .pdf file) describing what you propose to exhibit and how your artwork fits within to the exhibition theme
  • CV
  • One-page (.pdf file) document specifying your installation requirements and dimensions, and other technical requests
  • Contact details (email, phone, website)

Exhibition timeline

  • Application deadline: Thursday, October 10th
  • Jurying process and artist notification: Friday, October 11th – Sunday, October 13th
  • Announcement for lineup: Monday, October 14th
  • Installation: Wednesday, October 30th – Thursday, October 31st
  • Exhibition duration: Friday, November 1st – Saturday, December 7th
  • Opening Reception: Friday, November 8th
  • De-installation and Art pick-up: Saturday, December 7th
  • NOTE: The Fuse Factory may be able to partially reimburse a limited number of artists (on a case-by-case basis) for the shipping costs they incur by participating in the exhibition. Please contact us to discuss support

Entry fees/donations

  • There is no entry fee, but we will gratefully accept donations
  • The Fuse Factory is a not-for-profit art 501c3 organization, and all of our programming is made possible by grants, sponsorships, and donations
  • PayPal donations can be made to alison@thefusefactory.org

Jurying members

  • Tyler Cann – Curator of Contemporary Art at Columbus Museum of Art
  • Amy Youngs – New media artist/Associate professor of Art & Technology, The Ohio State University
  • Doo-Sung Yoo – New media artist/Senior Lecturer of Art & Technology, The Ohio State University

Exhibition supporters

Previous exhibitions

For additional information and questions regarding the exhibition application send an email to alison@thefusefactory.org.

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