Vtape Call for Proposals

The Curatorial Incubator, v.13 – The Job Of Life


Work used to be a place we went to; now it is just as likely to come to us. This year, The Curatorial Incubator, v.13 – The Job Of Life seeks curatorial approaches that will help us see labour itself with fresh eyes. Banal or exhilarating, fully public or deeply domestic, work is all around us. Craft a program that reveals your take on The Job Of Life.

Participants in The Curatorial Incubator, v.13 will have an opportunity to hone their curatorial skills in the media arts in a number of important ways: attending specialized workshops conducted by arts professionals; conducting independent research using the rich resources available through Vtape; writing a curatorial essay for their program of selected titles, with invaluable editorial assistance provided by an arts professional; and, finally, presenting their curated program to the public.

If your proposal is selected for production, you will receive fees for both curating and writing and a budget to cover the screening fees for the titles that are included in your program.

 Research phase (July - August) includes:
*workshops conducted by established curators, artists and arts professionals specializing in media arts,
*free access to the vast research facilities on site at Vtape, with over 4000 titles by 800+ artists and over 2500 articles on video art, and
*extensive access to the Vtape on-line preview resource available only to curators and     authorized researchers.

Presentation phase (January – March 2016) includes:
*an exhibition of all the curated programs with an introduction by the curator, and
*a fully illustrated catalogue of all the programs with curatorial essays.


Proposals must include:
>>an up-to-date c.v.;
>>a statement of intention (1 page in total) that outlines your interest in video and media artwork and why you want to be part of The Curatorial Incubator, v.13 – The Job of Life.
>>NOTE: your statement of intention does NOT have to include a list of titles you would include. Rather it should try to clarify your overall area of interest. You will have lots of time to do your research to find the titles you want to include if you are selected for this program.
>>examples of critical writing your have done (published or non-published)
>>examples of any curatorial or organizational work you have done

>>indicate your availability for workshops August 6 (evening) and/or August 9-10, 2014, (days)
>>NOTE: If you are from outside of Toronto, please indicate how you would cover the costs of your travel to the workshops (to be held over 1 weekend) and some additional time for on-site research at Vtape.

And don’t worry; you won’t be held to your original proposal but keep in mind that the jury will need to get an idea of what kind of work you are going to be searching for. Surprises are to be expected along the way. That’s what research is all about.
Send applications to:

Lisa Steele, Creative Director, Vtape
401 Richmond St. West, #452, Toronto, ON  M5V 3A8


No phone inquiries please.

(image above) Sam Sheepdog and Ralph E. Wolf punching the time clock, lunch pails in hand, in Chuck Jones’ 1962 cartoon
A Sheep In the Deep (thanks to Deirdre Logue for her inspirational memory of this early Looney Tune.)