Call for entries
Deadline: 6 January 2014

Digital Zoo –
OPEN CALL Furtherfield Commission interactive mobile artwork.

Commission Award: £2,000

Deadline 5pm 6 January 2014

Launch: 11 February 2014

We are commissioning a new interactive mobile artwork to feature in Digital Zoo, an art exhibition that will tour to 6 shopping centres across the UK in 2014.

In this exhibition shoppers will be invited to experience the wonders, delights and fascinations of contemporary life in the “world wild web” – through art installations, projections and workshops.

The commission will be a new or existing work that engages people through their mobile phones – taking the everyday activities and environments of the different shopping centres as their context and playground.

The commissioned work will need to have a distinctive character in each different location.
We are interested in critical and playful works that change shoppers normal experience by connecting them with each other in unusual ways in their natural habitat – momentarily or for ever.

The work may take the form of an app, a game, an interactive sms, a treasure hunt, citizen documentary or choreography, psychogeography or ethology. It should work well across all mobile devices to enable the widest possible participation and would ideally include some interface that makes visible the live interaction.

Why Digital Zoo?
A trip to the zoo is still considered a good day out for all the family- its unique mix of experiences and encounters- surprising, smelly, tragic and beautiful.

By exchanging personal information with increasing frequency in every moment, on the move, we perform our daily digital lives in public for each other, as if in a public zoo. We are the animals and the visitors, the hunters, trackers, observers, naturalists, zoo-keepers, and educators and pundits.

The social effects of this collective public performance are still unknown. Digital Zoo invites everyone to take a few moments out from their shopping to marvel at the new ecology of human and digital behaviours as they come into existence.

Digital Zoo is curated and produced in partnership with CultureCode and Land Securities.
Digital Zoo is supported by Arts Council England through the Strategic Touring Funding Scheme.

More about the Digital Zoo Touring Show

Commission Award: £2,000

Key dates
Deadline for application: Monday 6 January 2014, 5pm
Announcement: Monday 13 January 2014
Production period: 15 January – 10 February 2014
Delivery: 11 February 2014
Launch: 13 February 2014
Public opening: 14 February 2014

The Application Process

Please send an application in the form of a single PDF document to include:
– a project outline (600 words max), describing the artwork you would like to deliver, your approach and how it addresses the touring exhibitions themes.

– a CV with selected links to interactive works and relevant previous experience.
– timeline: briefly describe how you will ensure that the project is delivered on time
– budget: include a breakdown of all expected costs
– maintenance plan/arrangements

Send the application electronically to Alessandra Scapin at by 5pm on Monday 06 January 2014.

Please enter ‘Digital Zoo commission’ in subject header.

If you have any questions please contact Alessandra Scapin by email. Applicants will be notified about the success of their proposal by Monday 13 January 2014. Upon entering your proposal you will receive a confirmation email. Sorry but we will not be able to offer any feedback to unsuccessful applications.