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Call for artists | XR Creative Residency

CALL FOR ARTISTS
FOR WAPIKONI’S XR CREATIVE RESIDENCY
IN OUR NOMADIC PROJECTION DOME

Wapikoni Mobile is launching a first immersive creative residency for 4 Indigenous artists from various disciplines (visual arts, media/digital arts, cinema, performing arts, etc.) The 4 selected artists will get to experiment with XR creation (virtual and/or augmented reality) and to produce an individual or collective inside Wapikoni’s nomadic projection dome.

During the 12 weeks of residency, the artists will:

-       Receive a $9,000 residency grant ($750 per week);

-       Participate in exploration and professional development workshops with our partners;

-       Receive individual support throughout the residency;

-       Be introduced to the local VR ecosystem (artists, developers, experts, studios, etc.)

-       Participate in physical meetings to develop their creative project with follow residents (travel expenses and accommodation will be covered);

-       Expect the residency to take up to 4 days of their time per week.

After the residency, artists will benefit from distribution and touring services allowing their works to travel across Québec, Canada, and the world. It is worth noting that Wapikoni’s mission is to help break accessibility barriers, for both creators and audiences. It is therefore imperative for the nomadic projection dome to be able to travel to meet Indigenous communities.

The call for artists will be open until May 17, 2021.

The creative residency will take place between June and August and last 12 weeks.

NB: Exploration and professional development workshops will allow artists to familiarize themselves with all available technologies. A meet-up and co-creation session will help the residents determine jointly the type of experience they wish to create during the residency. Throughout this process, technical and creative support will be provided. Wapikoni hopes that this experience will allow artists who are not yet familiar with XR technologies as well as emerging artists to take advantage of this opportunity to develop their professional skills.

Where?

The mobile projection dome will be at the Maison de la culture de Verdun’s Quai 5160 throughout the residency program. Please note that though some meetings might be online, it is important to remember that several workshops will take place on site.

To apply:
Before May 17th, write to recrutement@wapikoni.ca to let us know about your artistic journey (mediums, artistic approach, inspiration, etc.). Please also share with us what motivates you to join this residency program. You’ll also could join two files (CV, portfolio, motivation video, etc.) to support your application. If you have any specific questions about the residency, you can ask us at productions@wapikoni.ca.

Meetings and exchanges between Nations and multidisciplinary collaboration will be part of our grid of analysis. Don’t hesitate to share your background and experience in various artistic fields.

This creative residency is made possible thanks to the support of our partners : 

  • Canada Council for the Arts

  • Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal between the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec

  • Indigenous Screen Office

  • Netflix 

Wapikoni Mobile

Our mission is to promote the expression of Indigenous creative talents through short films, music, and XR projects, to promote their works across Canada and the world, to offer our collective of artists a space for personal, artistic and professional development where they can meet, be inspired, identify and fulfil their potential while also promoting the creation of bridges and spaces that contribute to social and societal transformations.