Research vessel Falkor provides a unique platform allowing artists to engage directly with the ocean in a new and challenging way. Artists will be expected to contribute daily reflections in an online blog, and share final art pieces through Schmidt Ocean Institute’s website, as well as potential exhibition spaces. One piece of artists’ choice will be asked to be left aboard Falkor to be shared and enjoyed by those who travel and visit on Falkor in the future. Art instillations could become a part of Falkor with prior consent (e.g. wall mural).
Each artist will be asked to complete a community service or outreach project in line with their talents and passions (e.g. school visit, community presentation, remote connection from Falkor, etc.). Schmidt Ocean Institute will assist the artist before they arrive on Falkor to decide on a community project.
Professional and student artists are invited to apply. Schmidt Ocean Institute is open to all art mediums including animation, bio-art, data, digital, imaging, drawing, installation, painting, printmaking, sculpture, sound, film, writing, wearables, etc. Artists of all nationalities are welcome, however, artists will be responsible for obtaining their own visa (country dependent) applicable to the countries to be visited. Applicants must be over the age of eighteen and have previous work available for review in a digital format (e.g. pictures, website, etc.).
Priority will go to artists who incorporate elements of technology or cutting-edge method into their techniques or medium. Artists interested in the Artist-at-Sea program should be able to make deep and meaningful connections to the science on board, bridging the research conducted at sea with the rest of the world. Our goal is to make people rethink the way marine science is shared and break down the complexities of ocean research. Artists will be asked to work side-by-side with the scientists and Falkor crew to develop art through close and productive collaborations. Artists immersing themselves in day-to-day ship life will be asked to tie these experiences together through conceptualization, data collection, and application.
Funding and Residency
Schmidt Ocean Institute will provide roundtrip economy travel to join Falkor wherever she is located to participate in a selected cruise or transit. When available, one shared berth and work space will be provided to the selected artist at no charge, however, no stipend or funds for materials will be provided. Artists will be expected to bring their own materials and are responsible for their transfer. Meals, airport transfers to/ from the ship, and residence will be included. Duration time aboard Falkor may be up to five weeks at sea.
Application Process and Evaluation
Interested applicants can apply directly via this link. Supplemental material must be submitted via email. Artists will be selected through a committee who will rank applicants based on: application of science, art dissemination, clarity and imagination, community service / outreach plan, desire and passion, experience and justification, online portfolio or digital examples of work, response to online application questions, and use of technology.
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