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Calls for Sound Artists

MAC is pleased to offer the following calls for artists. The following 2 programs are now accepting applications. Please note the themes and deadlines for each program.

Current Call
Theme:  Deep Listening: Paying Tribute to Pauline Oliveros - Deadline February 5th 2017 OPEN

Past Calls
PROJECT: Diverse Voices: Storytelling Through Sound - Deadline: June 5th 2016 CLOSED
Theme: Sound In Context: Field Recording - Deadline: February 21st 2016 CLOSED
Theme: Compostion and Storytelling - Deadline: October 1st 2015 CLOSED
Theme: Paying Homage - Deadline: September 15th 2015 CLOSED


THEME:  DEEP LISTENING: Paying Tribute to Pauline Oliveros
Deadline for Submission of Application: February 5th 2017

"We invite artists to submit proposals to "DEEP LISTENING: Paying Tribute to Pauline Oliveros" for the MAC (Media Arts Committee) Sound Artist-in-Residence and Sound Art Commission programs. We invite proposals that are homage, inspirations, re-creations, or theoretical/technical applications based on her work. Priority will be given to Canadian Artists, specifically those currently located in the Lower Mainland. Application selection will be based on relevance to the theme. We highly recommend familiarizing yourself with her work if you are not already familiar."

Deadline for Completion of Pieces: June 1st 2017
Artist Talk and Listening Event: mid-June 2017

Requirements: The AIR program requires a 4-6 week commitment to in-studio work and practice at the MAC Studio located in Co-op Radio. Artists must be available to be in studio a minimum of 12-15 hours a week and to keep a log that is shared with the Program Co-ordinator. The AIR program is reserved for beginner and emerging sound artists who require access to equipment, technical training, and software. The AIR requires the submission of the final piece, an activity log, completion of training, a description, biography, photographs, maintaining a blog, and to participate in a final event. The Commission is offered to mid and advanced sound artists who have an established CV of completed and presented sound art works. The Commission requires the submission of the final piece, a description, biography, photographs and to participate in a final event where the piece will be shared and discussed.
Artist Fees: AIR - $600, Commission - $250

From Her Website: PAULINE OLIVEROS was a senior figure in contemporary American music.  Her career spanned fifty years of boundary dissolving music making.  In the '50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Recently awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros is Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College.  Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones --her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi.  Pauline Oliveros' life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds.  Since the 1960's she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.  Pauline Oliveros is the founder of "Deep Listening,"  which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics.  Pauline Oliveros describes Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing.  Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one's own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening is my life practice," she explains, simply.  Oliveros is founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation, now the Center For Deep Listening at Rensselaer. http://paulineoliveros.us/

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PREVIOUS CALLS

PROJECT: Diverse Voices: Storytelling Through Sound
Deadline for Submission of Application:
 June 5th 2016

"MAC (Media Arts Committee) and CRES (Community Radio Education Society) present "DIVERSE VOICES: Storytelling Through Sound" with the support of the BC Arts Council. This artist call asks sound artists to propose sound art projects that focus on pieces that represent a story from the artist's unique perspective through the use of sound and aims to increase opportunities for sound artists from marginalized communities, to amplify under-heard stories through the medium of sound art, and to encourage collaboration between artists from diverse backgrounds.

Deadline for Completion of Pieces: September 1st 2016
Artist Talk and Listening Session: Mid-September, Date TBD

Requirements: The project involves peer work, attending Master-Class sound art workshops, and requires a weekly commitment where the artists are available to meet as a group and work on their pieces. The project will conclude with an exhibition of the works produced at a venue in Vancouver including an artist talk. The timeline for the project will be June 1st to September 1st 2016 with a final show taking place in mid-September to showcase the works.

Selection Criteria We are looking for 6 artists for the program, and strongly encourage applications from artists that are underrepresented in the sound art community in Vancouver. The applications will be selected based on the artistic merit of the proposals. We will give preference to artists who are established as sound artists, have their own eqiupment/studios, and who are able to commit and work collaboratively with a group.

Artist Fees: $1000

CLOSED


Theme: Sound in Context: Field Recording
Deadline for Submission of Application:
 February 21st 2016

"Field Recording has been an area of interest for sound artists for decades. While it is most commonly known or recognized for sounds captured in natural environments, or by animals, field recording includes sounds captured in urban landscapes, atmospheric sounds of a space, sounds that may fall outside of our everyday hearing range or sound perception, or actively focusing on specific sounds taken out of their usual context. One of the key features of field recording is the active listening and importance of listening. We are inviting proposals that explore these concepts and that offer new perspectives on this approach. While MAC is a production organization, and we have typically focused on our studio for the creation sound art work, we are encouraging artists to concentrate on the recording and field aspect of producing their works rather than post-production." 

Deadline for Completion of Pieces: April 15th 2016
Artist Talk and Listening Session: April 18th 2016

Requirements: The AIR program requires a 4-6 week commitment to in-studio work and practice at the MAC Studio located in Co-op Radio. Artists must be available to be in studio a minimum of 12-15 hours a week and to keep a log that is shared with the Program Co-ordinator. The AIR program is reserved for beginner and emerging sound artists who require access to equipment, technical training, and software. The AIR requires the submission of the final piece, an activity log, completion of training, a description, biography, photographs, maintaining a blog, and to participate in a short workshop. The Commission is offered to mid and advanced sound artists who have an established CV of completed and presented sound art works. The commission requires the submission of the final piece, a description, biography, photographs and to participate in a short workshop where the piece will be shared and discussed.
Artist Fees: AIR - $600, Commission - $250

CLOSED


Theme: Compostion and Storytelling
Deadline for Submission of Application: 
October 1st 2015

"Composition is an important element of sound art practice, and many artists use sound to tell stories. There are a number of compositional approaches that sound artists may choose when creating their pieces. For this theme, we are looking for an Artist in Residence (AIR) and a commissioned artist to each create a 10-20 minute sound art piece that explores composition and storytelling as a main focus. The pieces will be presented as part of an artist talk/workshop on November 26th 2015 at SFU Harbour Centre."

Deadline for Completion of Pieces: November 15th 2015​

Requirements: The AIR program requires a 4-6 week commitment to in-studio work and practice at the MAC Studio located in Co-op Radio. Artists must be available to be in studio a minimum of 12-15 hours a week and to keep a log that is shared with the Program Co-ordinator. The AIR program is reserved for beginner and emerging sound artists who require access to equipment, technical training, and software. The AIR requires the submission of the final piece, an activity log, completion of training, a description, biography, photographs, maintaining a blog, and to participate in a short workshop. The Commission is offered to mid and advanced sound artists who have an established CV of completed and presented sound art works. The commission requires the submission of the final piece, a description, biography, photographs and to participate in a short workshop where the piece will be shared and discussed.
Artist Fees: AIR - $600, Commission - $250

CLOSED


Theme: Paying Homage
Deadline for Submission of Application:
 September 15th 2015

"Knowing the history of your art form and understanding how your art form has fit contextually in the past is an interesting way to situate yourself as an artist, as well as to practice techniques and skills that have been explored by previous artists. For this theme, we are looking for an Artist in Residence (AIR) and a commissioned artist to each create a 10-20 minute sound art piece that is paying homage to a historical sound art practice, technique, artist, or piece.:

Deadline for Completion of Pieces: October 31st 2015

Requirements: The AIR program requires a 4-6 week commitment to in-studio work and practice at the MAC Studio located in Co-op Radio. Artists must be available to be in studio a minimum of 12-15 hours a week and to keep a log that is shared with the Program Co-ordinator. The AIR program is reserved for beginner and emerging sound artists who require access to equipment, technical training, and software. The AIR requires the submission of the final piece, an activity log, completion of training, a description, biography, photographs, maintaining a blog, and to participate in a short workshop. The Commission is offered to mid and advanced sound artists who have an established CV of completed and presented sound art works. The commission requires the submission of the final piece, a description, biography, photographs and to participate in a short workshop where the piece will be shared and discussed.
Artist Fees: AIR - $600, Commission - $250

CLOSED

"MAC (Media Arts Committee) and CRES (Community Radio Education Society) present "DIVERSE VOICES: Storytelling Through Sound" with the support of the BC Arts Council. This artist call asks sound artists to propose sound art projects that focus on pieces that represent a story from the artist's unique perspective through the use of sound and aims to increase opportunities for sound artists from marginalized communities, to amplify under-heard stories through the medium of sound art, and to encourage collaboration between artists from diverse backgrounds.

Deadline for Completion of Pieces: September 1st 2016
Artist Talk and Listening Session: Mid-September, Date TBD

Requirements: The project involves peer work, attending Master-Class sound art workshops, and requires a weekly commitment where the artists are available to meet as a group and work on their pieces. The project will conclude with an exhibition of the works produced at a venue in Vancouver including an artist talk. The timeline for the project will be June 1st to September 1st 2016 with a final show taking place in mid-September to showcase the works.

Selection Criteria We are looking for 6 artists for the program, and strongly encourage applications from artists that are underrepresented in the sound art community in Vancouver. The applications will be selected based on the artistic merit of the proposals. We will give preference to artists who are established as sound artists, have their own eqiupment/studios, and who are able to commit and work collaboratively with a group.

Artist Fees: $1000

"MAC (Media Arts Committee) and CRES (Community Radio Education Society) present "DIVERSE VOICES: Storytelling Through Sound" with the support of the BC Arts Council. This artist call asks sound artists to propose sound art projects that focus on pieces that represent a story from the artist's unique perspective through the use of sound and aims to increase opportunities for sound artists from marginalized communities, to amplify under-heard stories through the medium of sound art, and to encourage collaboration between artists from diverse backgrounds.

Deadline for Completion of Pieces: September 1st 2016
Artist Talk and Listening Session: Mid-September, Date TBD

Requirements: The project involves peer work, attending Master-Class sound art workshops, and requires a weekly commitment where the artists are available to meet as a group and work on their pieces. The project will conclude with an exhibition of the works produced at a venue in Vancouver including an artist talk. The timeline for the project will be June 1st to September 1st 2016 with a final show taking place in mid-September to showcase the works.

Selection Criteria We are looking for 6 artists for the program, and strongly encourage applications from artists that are underrepresented in the sound art community in Vancouver. The applications will be selected based on the artistic merit of the proposals. We will give preference to artists who are established as sound artists, have their own eqiupment/studios, and who are able to commit and work collaboratively with a group.

Artist Fees: $1000