Call For Proposals : Programming 2016-2017

Deadline for submission: March 15, 2016

In April 2016 Studio XX celebrates its 20th anniversary. To celebrate these two decades we  invite proposals for our 2016-2017 Programming, which will gravitate around one central theme: the Public Space.

By public space we mean “the range of social locations” accessed by actual geographical locations as well as electronic spaces. In other words, our understanding of the public space emcompasses “the palpable tension between place, experienced at all scales in daily life, and the seeming spacelessness of the Internet, popular opinion, and global institutions and economy” (Low and Smith). With the premise that  public spaces are far from homogeneous, equally open to all bodies and fluid practices, we seek proposals that reclaim creative uses of the public space: online and offline.

This focus on the public space has been inspired by a multiplicity of events and movements around the world, remarkably, the protests over missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada, the 2014 uprisings in North America to protest police brutality against men of colour, as well as the legislation and closure of the public space in the name of public safety policies followed events such as September 11, 2001 and the widespread fear of terrorism in the so-called West. Such events and occurrences can (but are not obligated to) provide the framework for how feminism, activism and civil politics has responded to the infringement, violation, and corruption of the public space.

In our exploration of the public space one central inspiration has been the legacies of feminists artists and scholars who have challenged social structures of inequality based on constructs such as gender, geographical specificity, race and sexuality. With the firm idea that feminists perspectives can shape the public space, we invite artists and creative people to explore how can media art infused by feminist perspectives take up the public space online and offline?

We welcome proposals that explore how we use public space, how we move and extend our bodies in spaces where we feel welcome or unwelcome, safe or unsafe. The aforementioned theme can include several definitions of public space, applying both to the tangible, literal world and/or the elusive cyber one (in many cases we invite a bridge between the two!).


Studio XX seeks creative, critical, funny and poetic digital arts projects for our public events and/or workshops that creatively engage with debates around the public space. We seek propositions inspired by (but not limited to) feminism, critical race studies, cyberfeminism, disability and queer studies. We believe feminists practices and methodologies can continue to shed light on the unequal activations of the public space.

Studio XX welcomes project proposals from self-identified women, trans and gender non conforming artists, curators, activists, collectives, and organizations.

Examples of media/formats: net art, audio and electronic art, interactive pieces, radio art, video art, installation, locative media, 3D animation, game art, augmented reality, digital storytelling, short film, bio art, public interventions, open source and community-based practices, performance and interdisciplinary practices, workshops, roundtable discussions, or something so cutting-edge we haven’t even heard of it yet…


Studio XX offers artist fees based on CQAM grid.
Selected projects receive artistic and technical support (* to be defined according to each project and available resources).

* Please note this is not a call for projects that require production support; works submitted must be ready for presentation.

Before submitting a project proposal, applicants are strongly encouraged to consult Studio XX’s mandate, submission guidelines and gallery plans.


To submit a proposal to Studio XX, send the application in a .zip or .pdf file (max. file size 5 MB) to programmation @, by Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, at midnight.
Please download and complete the application form and include the required documents.

Subject line: Proposals programming 2016-2017

Deadline for submission: March 15, 2016

Incomplete or late applications will be not be considered.
All applicants will receive a confirmation of receipt.
Selected participants will be notified by the Programming Committee in April 2016.
For questions and further inquiries, please contact us.