Theme of the program
Physicaldigital-digitalphysical-physicaldigital-[…] is an exploration of the boundary between the physical and digital realms. Although the digital world exists in a space that is not directly accessible to our senses, it plays an increasingly important role in our lives. The use of metaphors and translations can greatly contribute to understanding, democratising and facilitating access to these realms.
Artists are particularly skilled at bridging and interconnecting these worlds. By creating immersive, interactive, and shared experiences, new ways of thinking about technology and its impact can be developed. Our goal is to invite people from different backgrounds, expertises and life experiences to gather, explore and navigate the core of our theme: the possibilities and challenges of art as an interface between the digital and the physical.
As an organisation that aims at being a hub for exploration and discovery, we have a strong preference for works that can be experienced together, in the physical world.
We are interested in works that incorporate one or more of the following themes:
- Creative use of contemporary technology
- A close connection with the theme of the program.
- Works that embody the interface(s) between physical and digital spaces.
- Site-specific works that engage with the space (or themes) of the former forensic psychiatric observation clinic.
- Critical reflection on modern society and present dilemma’s.
Uncloud is a non profit contemporary art & music organisation based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Uncloud organises a yearly event that coherently blends multiple genres and artistic disciplines in its program, with a focus on innovation and interdisciplinary art and installations. In addition to being a festival, Uncloud is a platform for young and emerging artists and is deeply committed to creating a sustainable and inclusive artistic ecosystem in which there is room for experimentation, research and interdisciplinary.
Uncloud’s residency program fosters collaboration and co-creation among artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. With coaching, support, and equipment, Uncloud aims to create an environment where artists can exchange ideas and push the boundaries of their practice. The former prison location provides a unique backdrop for artistic exploration and inspiration.
The aim of this year’s theme is to catalyse new ways of thinking about technology and its role in our lives by creating shared immersive experiences. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a space where artists, technologists, and audiences can come together to genuinely meet, reflect, discover, explore, and speculate.
The former Pieter Baan Centre, located in Utrecht, Netherlands, is a historic building that has been repurposed as a creative space for artists and innovators. Originally built as a prison in the early 20th century, the building has undergone extensive renovations to transform it into a unique and inspiring location for artistic exploration.
The former prison is an imposing structure with a rich history. It was named after Pieter Baan, a Dutch psychiatrist who developed a method for diagnosing criminal behaviour. The building was used as a forensic psychiatric hospital until 2008, when it was decommissioned. Since then, it has been used for a variety of purposes, including as a location for film and television productions.
- The open call is open for submissions until September 1st 2023, 23:59 CET. Selections will begin from the moment the open call opens, so its best to submit sooner rather than later.
- The program will be held during the month October 2023
- The buildup period of the exhibition for installation or physical work will approximately take place in the second half of September. Exact dates will yet be determined.
- Performance dates are yet to be determined.
- An on-site technical support team is available. Our team is capable of building complex technical installation. This opens the possibility for remote installation.
- Uncloud has wide range of technical equipment available for presentations.
Applications are submitted through the form on the next page. In the form, you can fill in your project proposal, a budget indication (artist fee), technical requirements and a short biography for promotional purposes.
Additional attachments are:
- CV & Portfolio
- Technical Rider
- Press Image
For any questions about the open call, please feel free to email us through opencall [at] uncloud [dot] nl.