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Summer Open Call: Bring the Outside In

"Machines that fit the human environment, instead of forcing humans to enter theirs, will make using a computer as refreshing as taking a walk in the woods." - The Computer for the 21st Century


Electric Objects began as an experiment in making the digital feel natural. We wanted to build a screen that can integrate into our environment and create an experience dedicated to viewing digital art.

For this open call, we want artists to explore the intersection of the physical and digital by bringing the outside in. Whether that means bringing the outside world into the home, bringing the process into the final piece, or bringing the handmade into the simulated – the method is up to you.

Some Examples



In Optische Konstruktion, Sandra constructs her own mobiles and captures stop motion animations that retain the handmade feeling of the sets.


Portrait Mode showcases what Lauren has coined as "moving paintings," an expressive hybrid of mediums that combines oil painting with stop motion techniques.



Over the course of one hour, Hateplow slowly breaks down his Greakheads busts to reveal the sculptures' structural mesh, then builds them back up to show how they're made.


Installing virtual sculptures into vacant locations, Birch's Threshold Figure Encounters blurs the line between the physical and the virtual world.

Applicants

This opportunity is competitive –– only 30 artists will be selected through this open call.

We’re looking for rad people who want to join our growing community of artists and those who are interested in exploring the intersection of the digital and physical.

We work with great artists who create some of the most beautiful, weird and amazing things on the internet. You can learn more about all the participating artists here.

What You’ll Make

A series consisting of 5-6 images, animations, videos, or art websites. (More details on specs below)

What You’ll Get

Selected artists will receive an EO1 plus a $500 commission fee, and will be featured and promoted in Art Club.

Deadline

All submissions must be sent by Friday, July 1st, at midnight EST.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we do our best to respond to each one but sometimes it can take a couple of weeks. Thanks for your paintence!

Apply Here

To be considered for this open call you must submit one artwork sample image that demonstrates the direction and style of your series. It can be a work in progress shot, a draft, or a finished version. We understand that the final version will be at a larger size, but for submissions please keep files below 10MB. Feel free to host a larger sample on your site and point to it in your application.

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Specs

Still Images

  • 1080px x 1920 pixels
  • 9:16 aspect ratio
  • PNGs or JPGs
  • 10MB maximum


Video

  • 1080px x 1920px
  • 9:16 aspect ratio (portrait)
  • 100MB max
  • H.264 codec
  • MP4 container
  • Frame rates of 24, 29.97, or 30 will look smoothest on the EO1
  • No audio stream (smaller files and prevents performance errors)
  • Very high bitrates (20K +) may cause video to stutter at loop point. Experiment with lower bit rates if you notice your loops have unsightly gaps.


Art Websites

EO1 is running an embedded chromium. For work that using a JavaScript 3D library, EO1 has a maximum framerate of 14-15 FPS and works best at lower (720p and below) resolutions when using pure WebGL code. We have not tested all Javascript graphics frameworks and we encourage our artists to experiment, but for the best results use pure WebGL.

Art Club Fund

The Electric Objects Art Club Fund is a commitment of $100,000 to commissioning new works of digital art in 2016. That’s $100,000 for JPGs, GIFs, PNGs, MP4s and art websites. Learn more in our Art Club overview.

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