Wild Bits Open Call 2023

Art installation by Epp Kubu in a forest.
Courtesy of Maajaam

Wild Bits Open Call 2023

The project Wild Bits is an exhibition concept that proposes a temporary art park in the wilderness. Deadline: Jan 27, 2023.

The project Wild Bits is an exhibition concept that proposes a temporary art park in the wilderness. The exhibition looks for points of contact between people, technology and nature. The technological art installations consisting of sounds, lights, texts, sculptures or their online counterparts are placed in natural spaces like forests, fields, swamps and lakes.

With this open call Maajaam is seeking proposals for installations, interventions or processes to be installed in landscapes spread out around Maajaam that explore the human condition in a contemporary technological society. The artworks should withstand outdoor conditions. They encourage artists to think of solutions that are energy sustainable: use alternative sources (e.g. solar panels) and be as economical as possible.

The residency will take place between June and August of 2023. The residency lasts for approximately 3 weeks, depending on your production plan. The produced works will remain in Maajaam until 2025. By participating in this open call, the artist agrees that their works can be also displayed in satellite exhibits in Latvia (partner Savvala) and Estonia.

In total they will select three to five projects for the 2023 residency period. They are open to all artists from around the world. Selected projects receive an artist fee of €2000 (per project) and a travel grant. The total maximum production budget per project can be up to €5000 (please submit a preliminary budget). The production will be assisted by organizers by providing some production facilities, tools (see the list here), specialized know-how and a smoke sauna experience.

Main selection criteria:

  • suitability of the idea considering the assignment
  • feasibility of the production plan
  • environmental impact of the project
  • project’s ability to relate to the surrounding landscape

Residency production camp will take place between June and August 2023 in Maajaam. As an exception we can organize one or two individual residencies on other dates.

The selected works for this call are partly funded by Tartu 2024 European Capital of Culture.

The artworks will be presented in 2024 at Maajaam open air art park in South Estonia and remain accessible for the audience for around 4 months (with a possibility to extend to 2025). Some selected artworks will also be premiered to Latvian audiences in summer of 2023 in Savvala, North Latvia, Vidzeme.

Find the application form here.

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