Open Call for Roots & Seeds XXI. Biodiversity Crisis and Plant Resistance (France, Austria)

Ars Electronica, Leonardo/Olats, University of Barcelona, Quo Artis

Roots & Seeds XXI. Biodiversity Crisis and Plant Resistance is an international cooperation project developed by Ars Electronica, Leonardo/Olats, University of Barcelona and Quo Artis as lead partner.

Roots & Seeds XXI aims to promote sustainable habits through the use of Art & Science’s approaches and practices. The project wants to encourage audiences to take better care of the environment, and more particularly of plants. It understands the botanical world from a non-anthropocentric perspective, and aims to present it as a model for a more sustainable future.

The project has issued an open call that will support:

  • Two Artwork Productions: Aimed at international sciart artists or artist collectives, both established and emerging, living in Europe and working with any kind of media and formats. One grant will be for €12,500 or less, the other for €5,500 or less.
  • One Research Residency: Aimed at international sciart artists or curators living in Europe, to start, pursue or close a research related to the biodiversity crisis and plant resistance, without an obligation of production or predetermined outcome. The residency will take place at Malina’s House in Paris during April 2022. The selected proposal will receive a grant of 1.400€ and coverage of travel costs.

Applicants in both categories must address the biodiversity crisis focused on the botanical world. Their projects have to be developed in direct collaboration with scientific professionals and/or institutions.

In addition to the production of the artworks and the residency, the authors of the three selected projects will benefit from participating in some of Roots & Seeds XXI’s international training and exchange of knowledge events (LASER Paris meetings, Multidisciplinary Garden Cartographies and Art-Sci Forum, among others). All the travel costs related to the participation in these activities will be covered by the Roots and Seeds XXI Consortium.

The two produced artworks and the result of the research residency will be presented and exhibited at Ars Electronica Festival (Linz) in 2022. The transport of the artworks and the artists to Ars Electronica will be covered by Quo Artis. In the residency’s case, the format of presentation will be agreed between the project representative and Root & Seeds XXI’s partners.

The call is open to applicants of any nationality, but based in Europe, including non-EU countries.

Deadline: 15 February 2021

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