Les Voyages de Capitaine futur: Open Call for media art proposals

Credits picture: Jospeph Callioni, Les Voyages de Capitaine Futur 

Cinekid, la Gaîté Lyrique, KIKK and WoeLab are issuing an open call for proposals for the creation of three media artworks as part of the European cooperation project “Les Voyages de Capitaine futur". 


The march of technology continues to blur the lines between artistic disciplines. New interactive, tactile and aesthetic possibilities emerge. Grouped under the umbrella term “media art”, these forms are expanding the definition of art to include practices that combine and transform prototypes, relationships, processes and resources. Media art bears witness to the monumental changes underway in contemporary society by harnessing the latest in research and technical advances, experimenting with and subverting technology that is still unstable in order to develop future practices and raise questions about those in use today. Les Voyages de Capitaine futur explores the artistic languages and creative processes that have emerged from media and the digital world. Digital technology is not only a technological tool; it is also a path to emotions, collective narratives, and knowledge.


Three proposals selected from the entries will be produced and presented at several international events, venues and festivals in 2018 and 2019 to an audience of children and families.
Fields of creation
The call for proposals is open to all artistic forms and practices that use, subvert, investigate and experiment with media critically, creatively and in a sensory way, including the fields of artificial intelligence, art & science, robotics, bioart, biohacking, machine learning, smart objects, up/recycling, interactive design and speculative design.
For whom? 
Artists from all countries are welcome to submit proposals.

Theme: “Supernatural: stories of worlds to come”.
The theme invites artists to offer their perspective on the technological, dematerialized, complex environments and ubiquitous machines that have become natural elements in our lives. A host of singular species coexist in this new world: virtual animals, mutant plants, electronic viruses, insatiable computers, memory rocks, tentacular networks, autodidact algorithms, domestic robots, cybernetic forests and more. This organic, composite, living world requires us to rethink how we live, communicate and use our senses. To explore the transformations of our era, we need a plethora of new skills, freshly attuned senses, emotions and forms of thought outside the bounds of rationality.  Is this an intermediary stage of natural evolution or a ‘big bang’ of singularities? What new configurations are in store? What tools must we craft to survive, experience, adjust to and negotiate these new types of coexistence? 
“Supernatural: stories of worlds to come” aims to elicit poetic visions, narrative approaches and fictional tales that recount a land where humans are no longer central and undergo a metamorphosis upon contact with heterogeneous beings. We are entering an era of hybrid ecology: AI as landscape, networks as biotopes, data as organisms and media as humus. Where do we go from here? 


Cinekid is one of the world’s oldest and most renowned annual festivals for children and adolescents, with programming on film, television, digital media and for professionals. The festival’s MediaLab holds a major exhibition of interactive artworks and installations. Cinekid is based in Amsterdam, with a presence across the Netherlands and internationally as part of special projects.

La Gaîté lyrique is cultural institution in Paris that specialises in emerging forms of digital culture and the dialogue between art, technology, research and society. 
KIKK is an annual international festival for digital and creative culture based in Namur, Belgium, which explores the intersections between art, science and technology.
WoeLab is a centre for technological democracy that spearheads a network of local tech hubs in its hometown of Lomé, Togo, and elsewhere in West Africa. The centre promotes the pooling of resources and knowledge, local collective action and technology reuse.


  • Open call launch: 20 June 2017 (online submissions)
  • Deadline for submissions: 6 September 2017 at midnight
  • Selection of three projects (feasibility studies, jury): September 2017
  • Results announcement: October 2017 at the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam
  • Creation of artworks and residencies: October 2017-February 2018. (the selected candidates and the partners will come to an agreement regarding the exact dates)
  • Presentation of the commissioned artworks: April 2018-January 2019


Development period
The artworks will be created between October 2017 and February 2018. The artists and the partners will reach an agreement regarding the exact dates, based on an assessment of the projects submitted. The art installations must be completed by no later than February 2018. The artwork may potentially be created during a residency at one of the partners’ premises, pursuant to discussions between the artist and the partners. Applicants seeking a residency should mention so in their application.
The production budget for each individual work is €15,000, which includes the artist fee for the creation and exhibition of the work at the partners’ premises, as well as all production expenses (technical materials).
The partners will provide technical guidance in line with the needs of each project, along with material and human resources and a limited accommodation and travel budget.
Exhibition of the artworks
The three co-commissioned projects will tour the partner's venues and events:
  • The « Capitaine futur and the Supernature » collective’s exhibition, held at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, France, from April to July 2018.
  • The Cinekid Film, Television and Digital Media Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands, as part of the ten-day MediaLab exhibition in October 2018. 
  • Little.KIKK, an event held in conjunction with the KIKK Festival in Namur, Belgium, for 7 days in November 2018. 
  • One of the 3 projects will be exhibited at WoeLab in Lomé, Togo, in late 2018.



Registration process
Applications must be submitted via the online form on the cooperation project website and will not be accepted if sent by any other means. To be accepted for consideration, the application must include:
  • the completed online form
  • a full presentation of the project in a single file, with the following items: an artist’s statement, visuals/diagrams, technical information, a project timetable indicating the various steps in the process (design, research-creation and production) and a detailed budget with estimates of the resources required
  • each artist’s portfolio and CV
Selection criteria
The projects will be judged based on three main criteria:
  • artistic quality: the artist’s point of view, the explanation provided with the work, the narrative and aesthetic impact of the project, and the visitor experience.
  • the relevance of the project to the theme, “Supernatural: stories from worlds to come”
  • the ability of the applicant to complete the project within the deadline using the allotted resources
Les Voyages de Capitaine futur is produced by Cinekid, La Gaîté Lyrique, KIKK and WoeLab, with the support of Creative Europe.


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