ArtBots 2008 Call for Works!
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ArtBots 2008 Call for Works
ArtBots (http://artbots.org) is pleased to announce that the fifth
international ArtBots exhibition for robotic art and art-making robots
will take place at the Trinity College Science Gallery in Dublin,
Ireland on September 19-21, 2008. Creators of talented robots are
invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in the show.
We have no fixed idea of what qualifies as robotic art; if you think
it's a robot and you think it's art, we encourage you to submit your
work. Regardless of whether it’s hi-tech, low-tech, or neg-tech, we’re
interested in the ideas you’re working with, not just the gear.
Proposals for workshops, performances, and other kinds of participation
are also welcome.
Each ArtBots is a bit different; the location changes and we invite new
humans to co-curate the show with us. We hope that by changing the
specifics of the show each year we can keep it accessible to a diverse
range of people, works, and ideas.
This year’s co-curators are:
Warren Ellis: author of novels, comics, video games, and screenplays;
blogger and creator of numerous online forums
Marie Redmond: computer science professor; director of the MSc
Multimedia Systems Course, Trinity College; entrepreneur
Douglas Repetto: artist and teacher; Director of Research at the
Columbia University Computer Music Center, director and founder of
ArtBots, dorkbot, organism, and music-dsp
ArtBots is a hands-on, community-oriented show, run by and for artists.
Participating artists install their own work and are present during the
show to meet one another, maintain their pieces, and talk with visitors.
Each participant is given a 1000 Euro artist fee to help cover the cost
of attending. All costs, including shipping, travel, lodging, meals,
etc., are the responsibility of the artist. While we cannot provide
additional monetary resources, we are happy to provide invitation
letters or other documents that might help artists with local grant
applications, sponsorships, etc.
Deadline for entries: 1 May
Acceptance notifications sent: 2 June
Artists confirm participation by: 16 June
Show load-in and installation: 16-18 September
Show open: 19-21 September
Breakdown and load-out: 22 September
To submit your work for consideration for ArtBots 2008, please fill out
the following form. In addition to the form, please provide
documentation (photos, video, sounds, plans, etc.) and a brief statement
describing the work and your motivation for creating it. Tell us why the
work is interesting, and help us understand how it fits in the context
of the ArtBots show.
We strongly encourage you to create a website with your entry materials
in an easily viewable form. This will allow the three geographically
separated curators to view the materials as you intend them to be viewed.
Email attachments, printed documentation, slides, videotapes, CD-ROMs,
and DVDs are all acceptable as documentation, but will make it more
difficult for the curators to view your work. We regret that we cannot
return submitted materials, so please do not send originals.
Please send your entry form and documentation to:
c/o Douglas Repetto
Columbia University Computer Music Center
632 W 125th St.
318 Prentis Hall
New York, NY
Entries must be received by May 1st, 2008. There is no entry fee. We
will send you confirmation via email when we receive your entry. Have fun!
Curators, ArtBots 2008
ArtBots 2008 is a joint production of The Science Gallery at Trinity
College, ArtBots, and The Columbia University Computer Music Center.
What is the Science Gallery?
The Science Gallery is a new public science centre located in the heart
of Dublin city. A place where ideas meet, the Gallery will bring
together people with diverse interests and backgrounds including
creative thinkers and young innovators, to connect, explore, create,
debate and share ideas on science, technology and the arts, opening up
these fields to new audiences.
The Science Gallery ‘space’ consists of a 144-seater multimedia theatre,
studios, café and stunning open gallery space, providing an ideal
location for new emerging creative talent to be discovered through a
programme of changing exhibitions, events and workshops.
With a target audience of 15 year olds up and an emphasis on creating a
collaborative community, the Science Gallery, which launched in February
2008 with LIGHTWAVE, a nine-day festival exploring the art and science
of controlling light already has over 2000 members. For more information
on the Science Gallery and our past and upcoming programmes visit
ArtBots 2008 Entry Form
Title of work:
Contact email address:
Mailing address and phone number:
Other project members:
What are the physical dimensions of the work and its operating area?
How is your work powered? Does it have any special power needs?
Does your work require access to any resources (other than electrical
power) that you cannot provide yourself (e.g. a sound system, video
projector, net access, special lighting, compressed air, running water,
Is your work particularly loud, bright, or active, or does your work
require extreme quiet, darkness, or other particular sound/light conditions?
How long does it take you to set up your work, and how difficult is it
to set up?
Has the piece traveled before? Do you foresee any problems transporting
How long can your piece run reliably? Can it run continuously for
several hours over the course of several days? Does it need frequent
Is this a completed work, or is it still being designed or built?
If it is still in the planning stages, what is your timeline for
completing the piece?
List any elements of your work that are potentially dangerous or may
cause fire/safety code problems in indoor spaces (gas engine, fire,
hazardous chemicals, projectiles, etc.):
Is there anything else you think we should know about your work?
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