Call for artists to collaborate on joint research projects with companies and organisations located in the Basque country, Spain.

DISONANCIAS is pleased to announce the call for proposals from international artists who wish to participate in its third annual edition.

DISONANCIAS is a platform that promotes relationships between artists and companies, research centres or public organisations in order to foster innovation in all its aspects and transmit to society the importance of developing creative environments.

Artists are asked to develop, in collaboration with a team, a prototype, procedure or idea based on a framework predefined by one of the participating entities: either companies (BULTZAKI, EZARRI, PROIEK, SEGUROS LAGUN ARO), public organisations (Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, EiTB) or universities (Tecnologico Fundacion Deusto, Mondragon Unibertsitatea).

The concepts they wish to investigate can be grouped within three main fields:

  • investigations related to urban dynamics: social and commercial dynamics for the city centre (Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council), an encounter point based on urban furniture and on the concept of urbanotics (PROIEK), and new uses for a branch network (SEGUROS LAGUN ARO).
  • related to the development of creative environments, in this case for the different users of a Faculty of Engineering (Mondragon Unibertsitatea).
  • investigations related to technological or material application/developments: visualisation of Artificial Intelligence techniques (Tecnologico Fundacion Deusto – S3Lab), new applications for recycled glass or glass mosaics (EZARRI), new applications for wire and metal tube (BULTZAKI).

In the special case of EiTB (Basque Radio and Television), the artist(s) is requested to research into the documentary format using documentation reflecting the processes developed within the collaboration projects.

The submitted proposals will be examined by a jury including Jorge Luis Marzo and Juan Freire. The pre-selected artists will be informed in mid-July, and will get a chance to defend their project during a conference call with the hosting organisation. The final decision will be taken by the hosting entities and will be communicated at the end of August 2008.

DISONANCIAS gives priority to the involvement of artists who: are committed to their environment; feel that art can be a factor of social transformation; are interested in stimulating interaction between different cultural and social systems; and who can contribute to collective work.

The call is open to artists working with any type of medium and in any discipline, either individually or as a group. There is no limit on age, nationality or place of residence.

The selected artists or group of artists will each receive a minimum amount of 10,000 euros – up to 12,000 euros, depending on their geographical origin – as a fee for the work carried out and for their travel and accommodation costs. Costs that may be generated in the development of the research work and associated with external companies and suppliers should not exceed 6,000 euros + VAT, and they should be previously approved by the hosting entity.

Full information regarding the participating organisations, the teams that will be involved, the concepts they wish to investigate, and the rules for participation is available at www.disonancias.com.

Deadline for applications: 7 July 2008, 9 am (local time).
Collaboration period: from 15 October 2008 to 15 July 2009 (9 months).
Fields of research: mainly associated with urban dynamics, creative environments, technologies (data visualisation) and materials (glass, wire).

DISONANCIAS is sponsored mainly by the Basque Government (Industry, Trade and Tourism Department), is supported by Innobasque, and is promoted by Grupo Xabide.