Sound, Affect, and Digital Networks - Call for proposals

Sound, Affect, and Digital Networks

Call for projects

I am seeking proposals for creative and/or practical projects that combine sound and digital networks (in the most inclusive sense of both terms) to gain fresh purchase on questions of human-technology coupling; projects that experiment with using sound to develop affective sensitivities to algorithmically abstracted data will be given special priority.[1]

A number of small contracts—typically ranging from $300 – $1,500—are available as seed money to support work in this area. Emphatically, the emphasis of this call is not to commission complete works but rather to assist in bringing projects to a beta-stage wherein they can be considered as objects/practices to think with. All you will be responsible for in this contract will be (1) providing web-appropriate documentation of the work for inclusion on and (2) agreeing to discuss your work with me in an informal interview.

Since the contracts are relatively small, the application process is designed to be as lightweight and informal as possible, as follows:

1) Applicant emails a short (i.e. single paragraph) note explaining the project they’d like to develop to with the subject heading “Seed grant opportunity”

2) If the project is appropriate I will forward it to an ad hoc committee and request further materials as needed;

3) If the committee agrees that the project is suitable, we will meet (in person or via Skype) to discuss further details.

This is a rolling deadline, with submissions considered in the order that they’re submitted. The initial criteria for assessment are fit and feasibility with respect to my abiding research considerations. The (subsequent) committee criteria are fit, feasibility, originality, and quality of supporting work.

Please note: if you’ve an existing project that you think may be relevant to this research, please get in touch! I’d love to discuss your work with you and, if appropriate, link to your work and/or share documentation of it as this site grows.

[1] As examples of how I have approached this in my own work—though not examples intended to limit the field of possible submissions—see Exurbia, SRMP, and a talk I gave about Fathead. MATR, created by SPURSE is also apt.