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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME: CALL FOR APPLICATION

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Christie Digital Systems Canada and CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area have created an Artist in Residence programme. Christie Digital Systems Canada (www.christiedigital.com) is a global visual technologies company that produces products for business, entertainment, and industry. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a reputation as the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and virtual reality, simulation, education, media and government. As a market leader, Christie has installed over 100,000 projection solutions worldwide. Christie's broad range of technologies include DLP Cinema™ projectors, LCD and DLP™ projectors, rear screen projection modules, video walls, and cutting edge projection technologies for 3D, virtual reality and simulation. In 2009, Christie launched the MicroTiles digital display system based on DLP technology with PhlatLight LED illumination. MicroTiles are modular 12h x 16w x 10d-inch rear projection units which can be stacked to form any shape or size.

The CHRISTIE/CAFKA Artist in Residence programme has the following goals:
a) the advancement of research and practice into the creative use of digital media technologies;
b) the use of visualisation and interactive technologies in the visual arts; and
c) the creation of digital media with intelligent projections that may include 3D animations.


Artists selected to participate in the programme will be exposed to a body of technical knowledge enabling them to explore forms, methods of display, and concepts not possible in their own studios as well as new ways of thinking and working in a unique collaborative environment. Christie will provide funding, facilities and technical mentoring to make its visualisation technologies accessible to resident artists.

1. DURATION OF PROGRAMME AND RESIDENCY

The Artist in Residence programme will have a term of two years. It will operate on an annual basis, hosting one artist position for a full year, or the equivalent in short term residencies. Each resident artist will have the opportunity to work from two to twelve months, depending on the size of the project, creating a work of art using Christie's projection systems.

2. FACILITIES AND ARTIST BENEFITS

Each artist will be provided with studio space at Christie's facilities at the Communitech HUB in downtown Kitchener, Ontario. The space is accessible to the resident artist 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. In addition, each resident artist will have access to the following:

a) technical assistance from Christie in developing artwork for use on Christie's projection systems;
b) reimbursement of housing expenses for rent of up to $1,000 per month (the artist may bring family members but the artist will be required to cover any additional costs);
c) a stipend of $1,200 per month to cover food and personal expenses of the artist;
d) reimbursement of travel costs of up to $1,000 for the artist to travel from the artist's residence to Kitchener, Ontario (the artist may bring family members but the artist will be required to cover any additional costs);
e) a workstation/studio at Christie's facility at 809 Wellington Street North, Kitchener, Ontario
f) access to software
g) use of a bicycle supplied by Cycle CAFKA;

An important consideration in the selection of artists will be the extent that an applicant will take advantage of the resources and technical support provided by Christie. Artists will be selected for a residency based on:
a) the quality of past work;
b) the potential impact of the residency on the artist and their work;
c) the ability of the artist to master new technologies; and
d) a demonstrated commitment to working at Christie's Kitchener facilities with their team and resources.

3. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING / OUTREACH

The Christie/CAFKA residency is intended to benefit the cultural life of the City of Kitchener and the Region of Waterloo. As part of the Artist in Residence programme, resident artists will be expected to undertake a selection of the following, to be agreed upon between CAFKA and the artist:
a) public lecture;
b) public workshop;
c) video interviews to be broadcast on CAFKA TV and posted on the CAFKA web site;
d) blog or vlog, to be posted to the CAFKA website; and
e) public exhibition of completed artwork.

4. APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications to the Artist in Residence Programme must include:
a) a cover page including: name, address, city, postal/zip code, country, telephone, email, website, and a maximum one page project proposal;
b) a concise portfolio of previous work;
c) two letters of reference;
d) a curriculum vitae; and
e) an artist statement.

Applications will be administered and reviewed by CAFKA's programming committee with support from staff from Christie who will be called on to assess the project's technical feasibility.

ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE DELIVERED TO:

CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area
141 Whitney Place, Studio #7
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2G 2X8

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email.

Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis.

For more information please contact CAFKA at cafka@cafka.org or 519.744.5123

IMAGE: Jenn E. Norton, Tesseract, 2011. Presented at Christie's 3D imaging HIVE at the Communitech Hub, Kitchener, ON. Photo: K. Jennifer Bedford.