ARTS X TECH LAB 2021

Arts x Tech Lab 2021 Open Call - Apply now to take your innovative ideas to the next level!


1. WHAT IS THE LAB ABOUT?

The Arts x Tech Lab 2021 is the National Arts Council (NAC)’s inaugural innovation lab that will foster collaboration between the arts and technology sectors.

 

The Lab has been designed to empower creatives, artists and technologists to engage in innovative experiments and collaborations. In addition, it aims to build capabilities, co-drive innovation and support changemakers from within the arts and technology sectors.

 

Together with Technology Partner Keio-NUS CUTE Center, the Lab is led by NAC-commissioned project management team in the wild and Mok Cui Yin.


2. APPLICATION DEADLINE & NETWORKING AND BRIEFING SESSIONS

Application starts on 15 February 2021 and closes on 15 March 2021, 2359hrs (SGT).

 

Join us at the Open Space networking sessions to discuss, learn about and explore the intersections and possibilities of arts and technology. Sign up for one of the sessions to connect with like-minded practitioners, and meet with artists, technologists, creative practitioners and potential collaborators.  

The sessions will utilise Open Space Technology, a participant-driven event format, which allows for attendees to actively participate in a range of free and open discussions. Each session will include a short briefing and Q&A segment about the Lab and the Open Call.

 

  • Open Call: 15 February to 15 March 2021

 

  • Apply for one of the networking and briefing sessions that will take place on Zoom.  Networking and briefing sessions are not compulsory, but we encourage you to attend them if you are interested to meet like-minded practitioners and find out more about the Lab.

27 February 2021, 12.30pm to 6.00pm (session completed)

 

6 March 2021, 12.30pm to 6.00pm (session completed)


3. WHAT IS THE LAB’S FOCUS?

The Lab will focus on supporting arts-technology ideas and proposals across two tracks. Interested applicants should submit proposals to address one of following six challenge statements.

 

Track 1 – Open

  1. With the current pandemic forcing artists to think about delivering arts to audiences, how will technology help you reimagine your practice and find new ways to reach audiences both in live and virtual settings?
  2. What creative solutions can art and technology offer to connect people from different generations, cultures, abilities or languages?
  3. What is the art/performance space of the future? How can this be integrated to enhance or re-imagine the experience of a space, or even a city?

 

Track 2 – National Museum of Singapore

  1. How can new digital media and technology be employed to blend artistic experiences and heritage?
  2. How can technology offer audiences and visitors new perspectives in experiencing the National Collection? Click this link for access to the collection: https://www.roots.gov.sg/filter/collectionresearch?collection=National%20Museum%20of%20Singapore
  3. How can technology and the arts enhance museum-based learning and discussions?

4. HOW DOES THE LAB WORK AND WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED DELIVERABLES FOR PARTICIPANTS?

Selected applicants who have applied through the Open Call will meet with a selection panel comprising both arts and technology experts to share their proposals. If selected, participants will undergo an eight-month lab, scheduled from May 2021 across two phases, and culminating in industry sharing planned for December 2021 (final date to be confirmed).

 

Each phase will be shaped according to the level of readiness of the participants and customised with consideration towards the participants’ proposals. Consultation, feedback and guidance will be offered to all participants as needed. Between each phase, participants will share the progress of their ideas at a mid-point sharing and receive feedback from the same expert panel. In the second phase, participants will develop a prototype, proof of concept, work-in-progress experience or minimum viable product, which will be shared as part of an industry sharing. Funding support will be provided in each phase as well. Please refer to the Open Call Guidelines for more details.

 

Throughout the Lab, group activities will be conducted where experts introduce critical topics and themes to support the participants’ learning and knowledge-building. Regular check-ins and progress updates, report submissions and documentation will be required for all participants as part of their involvement in the Lab.


5. WHAT WILL THE LAB OFFER POTENTIAL PARTICIPANTS?

The Lab will offer the following to all participants:

 

  • Consultation on your project proposal
  • Networking opportunities with potential collaborators
  • Workshops by experts in topics such as production development, tools for art creation, accessibility and inclusivity, and user experience.
  • Peer learning opportunities to learn from like-minded artists and technologists
  • Feedback from an expert arts and technology panel
  • Access to external resources and technologies
  • Funding support

6. WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Interested artists, creatives and technologists can apply and submit their ideas for art and technology projects, as a team or an individual looking to form a team.

 

 The Lab is open to:

  1. individuals who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PR);
  2. organisations that are either registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (including non-profit/ non-government/ community-based organisations/ sole proprietorship/ limited liability partnership (LLP)/ company limited by guarantee (CLG)), or a society with the Registry of Societies at the time of application;
  3. informal groups or collectives of which the majority of members are Singapore Citizens or PR;
  4. Major Companies and Seed Grant recipients, as long as the prototype or work-in-progress developed is not already part of their programmes supported under the Major Company scheme or Seed Grant.

 

Proposals that involve collaborations with foreigners are eligible, as long as the lead applicant (who plays a key role in the project team) and at least half the team are Singaporeans or PRs.


7. HOW TO APPLY

The Open Call Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be downloaded below. Please read these two documents before applying.

 

Please fill up your application via this link: https://go.gov.sg/apply-artsxtechlab, no later than 15 March 2021, 23:59 (SGT). [Note: due to maintenance, form.gov.sg will be unavailable from 24 Feb 11pm – 25 Feb 2am, for 3 hours and 3 Mar 11pm - 4 Mar 4am, for 5 hours. During these times, visitors to the online form will see a maintenance page informing them to come back later.]

 

We are committed to ensuring that this programme is accessible to as many people as possible, and this includes persons with disabilities. Please contact Catherine Tan (catherine_tan@nac.gov.sg) should you require any accessibility arrangements.

 

Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.


8. CONTACT DETAILS

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

Abdul Hamid bin Roslan

abdul_hamid_roslan@nac.gov.sg

 

Catherine Tan

catherine_tan@nac.gov.sg 


JOIN THE COMMUNITY!

Join a community of like-mind practitioners to discuss, learn and explore the possibilities of arts and technology.

 

Use the following link to join the online Slack community: 

https://join.slack.com/t/artsxtechlab/shared_invite/zt-m6flsxoh-Xa32NtO0i4EqnvGkuiJyhg