Open(Art) Call for Proposals


Applications now due on Friday, October 19, 12:00PM EST

Mozilla and Eyebeam Art & Technology Center are pleased to announce the launch of a joint initiative to support creativity at the intersection of art and the open web. 

Open(Art) is a unique opportunity for artists and technologists to collaborate on new work that catalyzes creative participation on a global scale. Interested makers are invited to propose projects that push the boundaries of online or networked culture and address contemporary social challenges, while contributing to the community of practice around creative code.

Three (3) projects will be selected from an open call for proposals. Mozilla and Eyebeam will support Open(Art) Fellows to produce, present and grow the projects over a six-month development process. Each of the three selected project teams will be awarded a $15,000 production budget and resources to develop their work, including desk space and access to design, research, and fabrication studios at Eyebeam’s New York location. Open(Art) Fellows are also invited to participate in Eyebeam's vibrant creative community through regularly scheduled discussions and workshops, benefiting from the collective knowledge of its ongoing fellows and residents program.

At the end of the six-month production period, the resulting works will be shared with the Mozilla and Eyebeam communities and extended by creative technologists everywhere. Open(Art) Fellows will be expected to fully document their progress and projects using the Open(Art) online development platform and publish their code under an appropriate open license (that's up to you, but remember that the goal is to make substantial and extensible contributions to the field).


With the aid of new technology, contemporary artists increasingly create work by building upon existing ideas, remixing, repurposing, and expanding content in order to create new meaning and contexts. The use of the open web as an artistic medium offers the next step in this evolution of culture. As an ecosystem of technologies, practices, and communities that value transparency, decentralization, accessibility, and shared online creation, the open web is an environment to test, critique and advance new conceptions of creativity and cultural participation, blurring the lines between artists and viewers, and expanding collaboration to a global scale.

We are interested to see proposals with intentional social impact and an innovative approach to creative technology. From cinema and gaming to visualization and mapping, artists and technologists are using the open web to push collaborative storytelling and information sharing into exciting new terrain. Whether your goal is to build a platform or tools for collaborative creativity or mobilization, to open up existing data for others, to push the potential of visual aesthetics or interactivity, we welcome you to apply. Please consider how your project might engage diverse global participants in the creative process or social action, as well as how your project builds upon existing work in online creative collaboration, with an emphasis on openness and engagement.

Application Deadline (EXTENDED)

All applications must be received via the online application (link) by 12:00 (EST) PM (noon) on Friday, October 19, 2012. All applicants will be informed of their application status by November 30, 2012.

Application Requirements

Applications are only accepted via the online application system (link). Applications received after the deadline of 12:00 (EST) PM (noon), October 19, 2012, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made. You can create a user/password during the application process and log back into the server to update your application before the final deadline.

Applicants must not be currently enrolled in degree-granting academic programs. Further, applicants are expected to show demonstrable success in previous development of related projects at this scale. Individuals and collaborative teams are invited to apply. In either case, please detail in your application how technical and creative responsibilities will be met. If applying as a collaborative team, please include information about team members' relevant prior experience.

New York residence is not required.

Complete applications must include the following information

• Contact Information 
• Resume or CV (.rtf, .pdf, .doc)
• Work samples in the form of URLs. Include a project description with your work sample that explains your contribution to the piece, how it is meant to be viewed and how it relates to your proposed project(s)/research.
• Concise responses to all application questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants residing outside of New York:

Applicants are not required to reside in New York during the production period. International applicants are welcome to apply, although we do not have the resources to provide accommodation. We are happy to work with selected applicants, when required, to help them to secure funds to cover these expenses. International Fellows are responsible for securing their own visas for the Fellowship period. We are happy to provide necessary paperwork to help expedite the process.

Open(Art) Partners

Mozilla is one of the world's largest social enterprises, best known as the makers of the Firefox web browser. The non-profit, 501(c)3 organization works to build, protect, and improve the open web. Mozilla engages in collaborative efforts that explore the generative capacity and impact of participatory, distributed, and technology-enabled practices in fields such as art, filmmaking, science, and journalism.

Eyebeam, based in NYC, is an internationally recognized, non-profit art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time.

Open(Art) is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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