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October 15, 2021

Open Call for Artists: Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine

Hosted by Tangled Art + Disability

In collaboration with Tangled Art + Disability, the Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine project invites disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, Sick, and chronically ill artists to submit proposals for new commissioned works on the theme of futurity, curative imaginaries, and solid organ transplantation. We are especially interested in proposals from transplant recipients or their support persons. Two artists will be selected for a 6 month artist-in-residence with the Frictions project, and invited to create, construct, deconstruct, and challenge knowledge related to transplantation through their artistic practice.

The Frictions of Futurity Project connects artists, researchers, academics, health care providers, transplant recipients, and their support persons, bringing our varied perspectives together. We aim to understand what possibilities arise when the challenges of heart, liver, and kidney solid organ transplant are reconsidered through a feminist/crip technoscience frame. Some of the questions we ask include: How might lives become more liveable pre- and post-transplant? What are novel ways that technologies in transplantation are cripped by users? How do we understand networks of care, obligation, and issues of justice in light of organ failure, long waitlists and supply-demand issues? What is “risky” and how is risk conceptualized in relation to disability?

The extended application deadline for the first residency is October 4, 2021.

The application deadline for the second residency is April 4, 2022.


We are dedicated to inclusion, access, and openness in the application process. We will accept submissions in the following formats:

  • Zipped folder (no larger than 20 MB) or through a file hosting service (such as WeTransfer, GoogleDrive, or DropBox)
  • PDF file
  • Audiovisual format (maximum 10 minutes and 200 MB)
  • ASL video (maximum 10 minutes and 200 MB)


Tangled Art + Disability

401 Richmond Street West, Studio 122, Toronto, ON, Canada

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists, to cultivate Deaf, Mad and disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.