Open Call for Projects

The New York Hall of Science, in conjunction with Northern.Lights.mn, presents ReGeneration, a summer-long exhibition debuting in 2012 with related programming in and around NYSCI. In total, ReGeneration will engage 14 artists or artist groups in creating and presenting work that explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology and science.

Proposals for ReGeneration can be for gallery installations or public projects on the grounds of NYSCI or in surrounding areas for the duration of the exhibition or for one-week modules exploring a particular concept or idea. Six of the projects will be juried based on this open call, three for installations and three for workshop modules. Collaborations are encouraged but should be confirmed with a letter of support in the application.

Resources for installations

This program will commission three installation projects for exhibition during ReGeneration and will provide the following to selected projects:

  • A $9,000 production budget, inclusive of artist fee as well as any travel and related costs. Projects with a higher budget will not be considered unless the additional funding is confirmed. You can show donation of services as part of your budget, if you want, but it will not be part of the selection criteria.
  • Relevant support from NYSCI’s exhibitions and programs departments including:
    • Installation and technical support for build out
    • Limited staff support for engagement on the museum floor
    • Marketing and promotion of the exhibition
    • Inclusion in an exhibition catalogue

Resources for workshop modules

The one-week modules are designed to encourage participatory projects, which may occur just for a weekend or for an entire week, which are assumed to a significant audience participation component. Workshops and performances are examples of projects that would fit into this area.

  • A $1,500 production budget, inclusive of artist fee as well as any travel and related costs. Projects with a higher budget will not be considered unless the additional funding is confirmed. You can show donation of services as part of your budget, if you want, but it will not be part of the selection criteria.
  • Relevant support from NYSCI’s exhibitions and programs departments including:
    • Installation and technical support for build out
    • Limited staff support for engagement on the museum floor
    • Marketing and promotion of the exhibition
    • Inclusion in an exhibition catalogue

Selection criteria

  • Strength of conceptual framework for proposed project
  • Feasibility of project in regards to the practical and technological constraints of exhibiting in a highly trafficked interactive museum environment
  • Potential for public engagement and participation
  • Candidates’ past experiences and likelihood for success

The primary selection criterion is artistic quality. The projects need not be designed to “illustrate” specific scientific concepts, but your proposal should assess how your project relates to the exhibition concepts of:

  • cultural sustainability, the idea of systems that improve the quality of life within a community, (through social indicators such as health, education and security) and preserve a community’s customs (the arts, dress, cuisine) while balancing support for larger environmental systems and concerns.
  • engagement of one or more specific audiences or issues based in Corona, Queens and the surrounding community
  • the intersection of art, technology, and science

Application materials

The application process is online. Applicants are required to submit:

  • Primary contact information and list of primary team members and/or collaborating organizations (with letters of support)
  • Proposal concept including sketches or images if possible
  • Supporting materials including technical specifications
  • Links to previous works
  • A budget that fits within the parameters of the grant and/or clearly identifies and confirms additional resources
  • A brief bio and CV (max 2 pages for each primary participant, pdf)

Jury

The exhibition will be juried by

  • Steve Dietz
  • Eric Siegel
  • Amanda Parkes
  • Larissa Harris
  • Jennifer McGregor
  • David Harvey
  • Anne Barlow.

Selected projects will be announced by June 24, 2011.