Open Call Details

SEEING

SCIENCE GALLERY Dublin
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Open from 
8th December 2015, 12:30pm GMT to 21st January 2016, 5:00pm GMT
Results by 
26th February
Provisional Season Dates 
June to September
Keywords 
Vision
Perception
Aesthetics

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder, or the orbitofrontal cortex? Do artists really look at the world differently, or for that matter does sex, species, or attitude change what you see? How is SEEING more than just looking, and could vision be just one of many ways of seeing? How does the brain interpret what our eyes glimpse, and how will computers, artificial intelligence, and machines further change the way we look at our world?

In summer 2016, Science Gallery Dublin will tackle the complex sensory experience of seeing, understanding, and perception. We'll illuminate optics, perspective, and comprehension while exploring enhanced and augmented ways of seeing, artificial eyes, and radical alternatives to vision.

Is there something special about this dominant sense, or should we only trust half of what we hear and none of what we see?

For our open call we’re especially interested in projects that explore themes and topics such as:

  • Machine vision (e.g. facial recognition)
  • Perception, comprehension, and understanding
  • Perspective (both spatial and contextual)
  • The perception of beauty, especially neuroaesthetics
  • Emotional aspects of seeing - perspective, empathy, 'otherness'
  • Animal vision
  • Artificial Intelligence, especially visual image processing
  • Robot navigation (drones, self-driving cars etc)
  • Use of optics, lenses, and prisms in art and science
  • Visual impairment, augmented vision, and alternatives to vision, including artificial synaesthesia
  • How technology ‘sees’; especially bias, misunderstanding, and similar anthropomorphic ‘fails’
  • SEEING at scale - from deep space and long-range telemetry to tilt-shift and micro-photography
  • Color blindness and colour perception
  • Radar/Sonar/Infrared

What makes a good Science Gallery Dublin open call proposal?

We are especially looking for projects that match Science Gallery Dublin’s three core aims: to Connect, Participate, and Surprise. Some tips for strong proposals:

  • We love works that invite the visitor to participate, create and discuss.
  • Great projects bring together art and science in a creative way. We generally avoid paintings about science or science that is evaluating art.
  • Relevance to our core audience of 15-25 year olds is a factor in curatorial decisions.
  • Defying categories is good (“it’s kind of a hybrid sculpture, event, installation-puzzle, with a crowdsourced edible citizen-science archive, plus a performance component that will portray a speculative future organism…”)
  • We have limited wall space, so we usually have more room for objects/sculptures.
  • A true connection to the theme is a must — avoid shoehorning an unrelated work.
  • Collaborations are great! Are you a cryptographer working with a cellist? Maybe you’re a comic book illustrator artist thinking of submitting a proposal with an immunologist? If you’re a marine geologist looking for a cheesemonger to work with, we might know just the person — get in touch and we might be able to help
  • Ask questions! If you’re unsure about an aspect of your proposal, email aisling.murray@dublin.sciencegallery.com

CURATORS

  • Semir Zeki - Professor of Neuroaesthetics, University College London
  • Kate Coleman - Ophthalmologist and general ophthalmic surgeon
  • Lynn Scarff - Director, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin
  • Gerard Lacey - Professor of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin

BUDGET

We are looking for up to 25 works for the SEEING exhibition. SEEING proposals will be funded up to a maximum budget of €3500. Two outstanding original works may be commissioned with a higher budget of up to €8000. Please note that these are maximum amounts, not targets. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere.​

DATES

Open call launches December 8th, 2015, closes 5pm (Western European Time) January​ 21st, 2016.

SUPPORT 

Science Gallery Dublin is a proud partner of the European Digital Art and Science Network and is delighted to have SEEING part of our key activities in the network. SEEING is kindly supported through the European Digital Art and Science Network and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
 

 

    

Questions

Couple of questions!

  1. When facilitation is required for the interactive elements - is this provided and covered by the Science Gallery or do facilitators need to be provided and costed into the budget?
  2. Is it possible to have a description of the spaces that are available, and the wall space that is available

Thank you.

Hi There!  

Yes when there is facilitation for interactive elements our mediators who work in the space and inform the public about the space will generally facilitate where needed.

We have 3 gallery spaces available. You can have a look at floor plans here:

https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/host-your-event/floor-plan

Or here is a 360 tour on google maps of  one of our previous exhibitions BLOOD: https://goo.gl/maps/QP7Lo

We transform the space for every exhibition so bear in mind in the BLOOD tour that the carpet is part of the exhibition design and the windows have been blacked out with vinyl.

I hope that helps. Any other questions just let us know!

Hi!

I also have a question concerning the spaces: we will apply with an installation that requires a certain degree of intimacy so I wonder if is it possible to use one of the studios or another similar room? Or maybe build a more "protected" box inside one of the open gallery spaces?

And I wonder if the participating projects must be present for the entire duration of the exhibition or it is possible to apply for a limited amount of time within that period? For example if the installation/performance requires the artists (performers or technicians) to be present.

Thanks in advance for your answers! All the best, Paolo

Hi There,

Exhibits are on display for the entire duration of the exhibition or else sometimes we do a one off event. It would probably not be possible to use a studio for the entire exhibition but depending on space we could look at constructing a smaller space.

Thanks! Aisling

Hello.

Tell me please, €3500 is it full budget for all 25 works for the SEEING exhibition? 

The budget includes a transfer for artists?

Thank you.

 

Hi Julia,

Yes that is the full maximum budget to include shipping, travel if necessary, production/printing & artist fee.

Let us know if you've any other questions.

Cheers,

Aisling

Hi,

Just to clarify - is the €3500 budget per artist? Or combined for all of the artists? Likewise, with the higher €8000 budget, is that combined for the two outstanding projects, or is it per each project?

Thank you!

Tal

Hi There, 

Yes, it is per project in both instances.

Let us know if you've any further questions.

Thanks,

Aisling

Thank you, Aisling.

A question about the application process. I had initially planned on uploading a .pdf with some images of my past work, as well as renderings/sketches for the proposal, but it looks as though this is not possible. Is there a limit to the number of images with which I apply? Or is it possible to include a video containing images in addition to the written project descriptions?

Thank you,

Tal

Hi There,

Yes you can submit as many images as you like and you can also include a video containing images. You'll see within the form the area where you can do this.

Thanks,

Aisling

If an application is submitted for a new project, and is not awarded the amount (€3500-8000) then will the project be discounted, or could it be considered for a smaller award and scaled, or match funding sought to cover the budget deficit for development?

In the budget, would you require the full budget including in-kind match support or just a budget breakdown of the money applied for?

Hi Alan,

The budgets of €3,500 & €8,000 are more of guidelines of our maximum budgets rather than targets and so we will always consider projects that also are not for the full amounts, if a project is selected by the curatorial panel but there is not the full budget available for the project we would discuss with the artist alternative options of how we might be able to realize the project. 

A full budget breakdown so we can see all costs is best as that way we can see exactly what needs to be covered and what needs to happen in order for the project to happen.

I hope that helps! Thanks,

Aisling

Do budgets need to include items such as projectors, screens, etc? Were thinking of a sculptural, multi projection mapping installation. Or just specialist equipment and bespoke signage etc?

Best

D

It's great to have everything included in the budget to get a clear idea of what we're looking at. We do have a certain amount of technical equipment in stock that we usually use for exhibitions and mostly hope to cover however if it is a specific type of projector etc it would be best to specify.

I hope that helps! Thanks,

Aisling

I wanted to inquire about other technical equipment -- As in a lap top or ipad for the viewer to view a video on an intimate scale. This could be mounted to a wall or even have presented at a small table with chairs for viewing. 

Headphones could be optional.

Thanks, Carrie 

Hi Carrie,

Can you clarify your question as I'm not sure what your query is? Is it if we have laptops or ipads in stock?

Thanks,

Aisling

Hi Again, How would multiple submissions work, if we submitted an idea which already exists, an idea for a commission as part of a collective and the same individually would this be counter productive. Woudl it be better under different peoples names?

D

Hi Dave, 

Can you clarify is it the same project submitted in 3 different ways? If they are different projects it doesn't matter if they are submitted by the same person or different people as they will be reviewed as individual projects however if the submissions are similar in nature they may be compared as it would be unlikely we would have 3 of the same kind of exhibit. I hope that's a bit more helpful!

Thanks,

Aisling

I would like to know if the final exhibition will be on between the 24th June until 18th September (3 months?) or there will be other dates? 

Best,

 

Pat

The exhibition will run from June 24th - September 18th and we currently do not have other dates. Sometimes an exhibition may tour however it would be the show as featured in Dublin that would go out on the road.

I would like to put text (em pdf) and images, but the unload doesn't accept  the pdf format. 

 

Hi There,

You can upload images as JPEGs but will need to input text into the allocated sections on the application form. Hope that helps. Let me know if you've any other questions.

Thanks,

Aisling 

 

 

Hi Aisling,

We have a question about the budget amount of 3500 euro, is it incl. or excl. VAT?

Kind regards,

AlexP

Hi Alex,

Yes it is including VAT.

Thanks,

Aisling

Hi there,

sorry, one more question, the deadline to apply to the call on your website is January 21, but today we received an email mentioning a deadline of January 20. Which one is correct?

Best regards,

AlexP

Hi Alex,

The correct date is the 21st! Can I ask where you received the email from so I can make sure it is corrected?

Thanks,

Aisling

For itemizing a budget, should I include material and labor costs? What about travel to Dublin for the show?

Hi There,

Yes, please include all costs in your budget breakdown.

Cheers,

Aisling

Hello,

I would like to know if this Open Call is only for proposals to develop new projects, or it is possible to apply with pre-existing work that fits into the guidelines.

Thank you for your attention,

G.

Hi There,

Yes both are accepted. When you click on the form to draft your proposal you'll see you can select whether it is an existing project or new work.

Thanks,

Aisling 

Hello when are people notified if they have been successful? I am working out if there is sufficient time available between notification and installation to create the project!

thanks Veronica

Hi There,

We will contact all artists by 21st February 2016!

Thanks,

Aisling

Hi Aisling,

 

 

A straight-forward technical question: how high are ceilings in the 3 gallery spaces?                 Best,   Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi There,

They are 3 metres.

Thanks,

Aisling

HI

This is another inquiry about the Science Gallery technical equipment available for the exhibit.

Is there a lap top or ipad for the intimate viewing of a video by QuickTime Player. I was thinking the device could be at a table with chairs - possible headphones for audio.

Thanks, Carrie

Hi Carrie,

Yes depending on availability we have a number of laptops or ipads available.

Thanks,

Aisling

Does the gallery have staff to install the work, or is the artist expected to install it?

Hi There,

Yes the gallery have staff to install the work.

Thanks,

Aisling

Just wondering, we were looking to submit three projects, two existing and one new. Is this all possible from a single account or will we need three accounts?

Hi There,

You can submit them all through the one account, just 3 separate proposals.

Thanks,

Aisling

Hi Aisling, 

I've been trying to submit my proposal via open call page but the application still can be edited even I pressed the 'Submit button' Is any solution to submit the proposal?

Thanks, JK 

Hi JK,

We have received your proposal. You can still edit your proposal up until it has been verified. I verified it there so you can no longer edit it. You should have received an email once you submitted and you will have received another email upon verification.

Thanks,

Aisling

I received the email! Thanks! 

Hi there, We just submitted our proposal and got a confirmation email, etc, but it was a few minutes past 5pm GMT - just want to make sure the confirmation email means it will be considered! Thanks so much. Warmest, The Society of False Witnesses

Yes, that's no problem at all. We have received it and will be reviewing! Thanks,

Aisling

Do you contact all entrants with the results of their submission or only those who were successful? (Not heard anything yet post-26 Feb)

Hi Gill,

Thanks for the note, a member of our team has actually been trying to contact you but the emails keep bouncing. Do you have an alternative email? Apologies for the delay!

Thanks,

Aisling

Hi guys,

I've the same question as Gill, above. Are you contacting all applicants, or only the successful ones?

Best,

Tara

Hi Tara,

My colleague had emailed you on the 11th of February but perhaps it did not go through? Could you send me an alternative email address that we could contact you on? - aisling.murray@dublin.sciencegallery.com

Thank you!

Aisling