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September 30, 2022

XR Program: Open Call – Statements of Interest

We are so excited to announce the return of the New Works XR Program. Centering artists with an embodied practice, New Works XR encourages new voices in the development of creative technology. Building on our XR Pilot, this year’s program will support a group of dance and movement based artists interested in integrating extended reality (XR) technologies into their existing movement practices through workshops, mentorship, and residencies. 

XR (extended reality) is an umbrella term encompassing augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed reality technologies. Supported by Mitacs and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, New Works XR is in partnership with New Media Gallery and a team of consulting artists and technologists working at the intersection of performance and XR technologies.

The program provides support for dance makers and embodied practitioners in the early stages of creation involving technologies that fall under the umbrella of XR. The XR Program will resource the development of up to 4 XR projects with skills building workshops, mentorship with senior artists, consultation with technologists, access to gear and studio space, and XR resource sharing.  

The New Works XR Program will place a focus on process, research, and capacity building. Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with the New Works team and XR mentors to develop their project. Participants will engage in one-on-one consultations with New Work’s XR network (including the New Works team, mentors, workshop facilitators and technologists), and learn alongside peer artists. Participants will gain sustainable skills and knowledge over the course of the 8 week residency. 

A final product or presentation is not intended as part of this year’s program, however, there will be the opportunity to share in-progress work with audiences at the culmination of the residency.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022