The Leonardo Network has funds to develop an artwork that is relevant to the goals of the workshop. This is how to win some of it.
It is likely there will be multiple projects, reflecting the varied interests of the node members. Each project will be undertaken by a group of network members that we are calling a cell. Cells made up of network members can put in bids for funding. There is approximately £10,000 to be divided for use by cells in developing artworks. Additional funds to support visits between network institutions are available so your bid need not include costs for travel.
An eligible cell is made up by people from:
more than one institution;
more than one research discipline.
Artworks will tell a technology story, reflect a concept and simultaneously be interactive ‘artworks’.
Artworks will involve all node partners in some way.
(See also Wibke’s and Ian’s summaries from the first workshop. for inspiration. These are up on the blog.)
The bidding process:
The next Leonardo workshop will begin the process of cell formation and bidding. In addition to artwork cells, we will support research cells. Such cells are eligible for funds to support visits between institutions but will not be eligible to bid for the money set aside for the artwork. Those of you who do not wish to be involved in developing an artwork may wish to form a research cell.
For the next workshop:
Assemble your thoughts and ideas. Make sure that everyone in your node knows about this opportunity and how to form cells. (They should also sign up to the Leonardo-net mailing list at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Talk to other people and look for collaborators that will make you into a cell.
Attend the next workshop. There will be time for discussion of collaboration, so that people can find out what is being mooted and join with others to develop their ideas. Establish your cell and how you are going to collaborate on your proposal. If you cannot attend, watch out for summaries of the ideas to come out of the event on 19th May.
After the workshop, submit your proposal by the deadline (30th June), naming collaborators and their institutions and making the case for the intended artwork, in up to two pages of A4.
Money will be allocated to the successful projects, with the expectation that there will be around five funded. You should know if you are funded by mid July.
Develop your artwork and join in a discussion of the appropriate way of displaying them all.
The book to come out of the network will use the stories of the artworks as a basis for different sections, augmented by commentaries from research cells. You will be involved in writing your project up.
Judging how to allocate money for artworks:
The aim is to support as many projects as possible. If there are five projects approved, each will receive in the region of one fifth of the total amount (i.e. about £2000), unless any cell requests a lower figure. A higher bid will only be considered in its entirety if there are lower bids, so budgets should be prepared accordingly. Nonetheless, there may be differences in the precise amounts awarded to different projects based on their proposals.
It is acceptable to present a proposal that will cost far more than you are likely to receive from the network, explaining your other sources of budget for the shortfall.
It is felt that spreading the money much further than five projects will render the amount available to each project too small to be effective.
The chosen projects will, in preference, be spread across art disciplines, such as multi-media, art, performance, literature, music, architecture, etc. This will ultimately depend on the nature of proposals.
All proposals should include a list of references to contributors’ work or other resources that can be added to the website to give context to the work.
All proposals must adhere to the main principles outlined for the artworks (above) and explain how these will be met.
It is hoped to marry node people up to cells and themes, rather than to reject anything outright. Projects should be planned to be as inclusive as possible, so as to draw other people in.
No one will be shoehorned to work with others. Mergers must emerge.
Intellectual property rights will stay with the collaborators or their institutions. Cells will have to negotiate these details among themselves.
Successful bidders accept that the Leonardo Network will have the right to exhibit first anything produced with funding from the network and is to be acknowledged in any subsequent uses of the artwork.
Images and other representations of the artworks may be used on the Leonardo website and blog without explicit seeking of permission.
The management group will examine the proposals for artworks and decide how to apportion the available money. (Members of the management group can be involved in the bidding process for artwork funding, but each member must bow out for discussion of their own bid.) They will use the following criteria:
If you have any remaining questions about the process, please contact one of the organising committee.