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Call for proposals for public art

Call for proposals for public art in Webster’s Visualization Studio

Issued by: Concordia University Library
Issued Date: October 17, 2017
Submission Deadline: November 14, 2017 Extended to November 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm
Call to: Members of the Concordia University community and affiliated

Commission and Artist Fees: up to $8,000 CAD

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Announcement: Deadline Extension

The deadline for this call for proposal has been extended to November 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

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The Concordia Library is seeking to commission a content creator or team to create an engaging custom public audio-visual art piece to celebrate the launch of the Visualization Studio and the completion of the Webster Library renovation. The visualization will be displayed on the touch-interactive wall of the Visualization Studio, on the third floor of the Webster Library, and will be visible to all visitors. It will be one of the main visualizations showcasing the new space.

The Concordia Library welcomes artists, creatives, scientists, engineers, interdisciplinary scholars to apply and encourages bold, creative and playful projects.
Applications will be open until November 24, 2017, at 11:59 pm, and can be submitted by email.

Selected works must be operational by March 2017.

Commission and Artist Fees: up to $8,000 CAD
Eligibility Requirements Open to artists, content creators and teams in the Concordia Community or with a Concordia affiliation (alumni, fulltime and part-time students, faculty, staff, etc.)
Submission Deadline: November 14, 2017 Extended to November 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Installation: March 2018

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About the Visualization Studio

The Visualization Studio is a visualization environment; an innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary creative facility for research, teaching and learning, situated in the Webster Library.

The Visualization Studio supports new and experimental modes of research, emerging technologies and interdisciplinary collaborative work; and offers immersive visualizations and visualization analytics.

The studio will open its doors in February 2018.

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Project Description

To celebrate the Library’s recent renovation, the Concordia Library is looking for creative members of the Concordia community -- designers, scientists, engineers, creatives, artist groups, etc. -- to create an audiovisual or visual piece to display on the Visualization Studio’s interactive wall. The commission piece will mark the launch of the Visualization Studio and will be used to showcase the potential of the studio and its interactive wall. The selected work will also be presented to a passing audience.

Artwork on the Visualization Studio’s interactive wall can function as a form of communication to an audience in transit through the Library, with the goal of creating a vibrant and interesting environment.

Successful content submissions must be innovative in design and engaging. Submissions that are interactive, playful and immersive are encouraged.

Selected submissions will be used to showcase the space as one of the main demo pieces in the Visualization Studio, and will be displayed on the interactive wall outside of work hours and when the studio is not in use.

This means that submissions must be first and foremost functional as standalones without any technical supervision, and must run from the graphical workstation, which is the main computer in the Visualization Studio. Pieces can be augmented with VR, interactivity and sensors, but must remain functional as a plug-and-play function so they can be put on display and occupy the whole wall when the studio is locked.

Applicants whose work is selected will be asked to showcase a prototype in January 2018. The final piece must be operational by March 2018.

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Selection Criteria

Submissions to the call will be reviewed and assessment made on the following:
  • Ability of the proposed piece to showcase the potential of the Visualization Studio
  • Ability of the proposed piece to create a sense of wonder and immersion
  • Adherence to timelines as described in the above documentation
  • Merit based on previous work and capacity to deliver
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Art Location Description

The Visualization Studio is 36 ft wide and 25 ft long. There is a 23 ft wide window opposite the interactive wall, which interfaces with the hallway.

The interactive wall display will remain turned on outside of opening hours and will act as a digital space for public exhibits, public art, etc.

Site location and plans Technical Description
  • Interactive wall of 30 x 6 ft, composed of 27x ultra-thin bezel 46” Planar LCD panels, each with a resolution of 1920 x 1080
  • High end graphic workstation with 3 x 4k graphics cards, running Windows 10
  • 2x HTC Vive workstations
  • Technical grid on the ceiling
  • 8 speaker, 4 channel sound system
Technical Schematic
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The selected applicant or team will receive funding of up to $8,000 CAD to produce their proposed work.

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Applicants must be affiliated with Concordia (Faculty, students, staff) or partnered with Concordia members. This invitation is open to creative applicants from all backgrounds and disciplines.

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Application Requirements

To submit a proposal, please prepare the following material (maximum 8 pages):

  • Information Form - Please complete this information form and include it in your proposal.
  • Project approach (750 words and 4 visuals maximum) - Text and visual preliminaries describing your proposed visualization. If needed, you are welcome to use the template of the interactive wall provided below to aid in your mockups. You can also use any other visual means to illustrate your idea.

    Interactive wall template:
    Image [PNG]
    Vector [SVG]
  • Technical approach (2 pages maximum) - Please detail the proposed timeline, budget breakdown, and when applicable, all relevant details regarding the technology, development environment and libraries you will be using. We are particularly interested in dependencies.
  • Digital image work samples - Please include a URL to your online portfolio and links to a maximum of 3 selected representative works. If you are applying as a team, please send portfolio URLs for each of your team members, if applicable, and choose 2 representative works per portfolio. Please include artist name(s), title and year. Demo reels are welcome.
  • CV or Artist statement - for team submissions, please send CVs of all participants.
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The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to November 24, 2017, at 11:59 pm.

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Submission Address

Please send your completed submission by email to tina.salameh@concordia.ca, with the subject line “Vis Studio Project Proposal - Your Name”. Please zip all documents in one folder.

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Selection Process

The successful candidate (or team) will be selected by a jurying process and will be notified by December 12, 2017, at the latest.

Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview.

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Date Event
October 17, 2017 Call for Proposals announced
November 24, 2017 Submission deadline
December 12, 2017 (at the latest)   Successful applicants notified
February 2018 Prototype
March 2018 Work is operational

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Contact Us

If you require further information please contact Tina Salameh by emailing tina.salameh@concordia.ca or calling 514.848.2424 ext 7621.

page last updated on: Wednesday 20 December 2017
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