Turbulence.org Commissions


Up to twenty net art projects are commissioned and presented on Turbulence annually.


You may send proposals throughout the year. Commissions are generally announced twice a year. Upcoming Deadlines:

  • New York Residents: May 31, 2012
  • All Practitioners: June 30, 2012

Commissioned projects must be completed within nine months.


Commissions are available to “emerging” and established practitioners.

How Much

The commissioning fee is generally $2,000 to $4,000.


The completed project will be presented exclusively on the Turbulence web site for three years. The artist retains copyright to the work. The artist grants NRPA the non-exclusive right to archive and present the project in perpetuity.

What We’re Looking For

The goal of these commissions is to support work that creatively explores the Internet as a site of production and transmission. This includes work by individual artists and collaboratives; work that uses the net as a repository and work that explores its possibilities as a conduit. Or both. All artists are encouraged to consider how their project advances creative use of the network.

Selection Process

Different panels of jurors are assembled for each round of commissions.

How to Apply

Send an email with the following information:

  1. In the subject header: “Turbulence Proposal-your name.”
  2. Artist info. including full name, residence address, email address, and short bio with links to online projects..
  3. A description of the intended project, including:
    • project title and description
    • why and/or how you consider it to be network-based art?
    • technical specifications: see server specs. Note: we cannot purchase software for you. Please tell us how much space and bandwidth you envision using.
    • budget

Proposals can be in the form of text in the body of the email, or an attached text file. The assumption is that online examples of work will be sufficient to review. Only emailed proposals will be considered.

Email proposals to: turbulence [at] turbulence.org

Turbulence is a project of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore). Helen Thorington and; Jo-Anne Green are Co-Directors; and Jesse Gilbert is the Systems Administrator (see bios).

All arrangements for the use of Turbulence works should be made through New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.:
Phone: 917.548.7780 or email us at turbulence [at] turbulence.org.

New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. thanks the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the LEF Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, mediaThe foundation inc., the Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Music Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, and The Greenwall Foundation for making this site possible.

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