Telefónica I+D and LABoral are proud to organize NEXT THINGS 2013 – NEXT SPACE, the Second Global Art & Technology Challenge.
NEXT THINGS 2013 – NEXT SPACE is looking for innovative and disruptive ideas on the Internet of Things in the interplay of art, technology and architecture: art that uses connections / smart objects / spaces as a medium, or art that reframes, rethinks and reflects on what the role of the Internet of Things could be(come) in relation with the physical space.
This call, with reference to the public space and its appropriation, is specifically aimed at the generation of artistic proposals related to the goals of "locative media." It seeks to expand the concept of "media" to accommodate new media and technologies, particularly those dealing with the concept of "Internet of Things" and "M2M." Preferably the proposals that use these concepts and technologies will be aimed at the activation of new functions of public space, outlining new possibilities for relationships between citizens in the space, permanently or temporarily.
The call is open to all creators in the space between art and technology. The selected project will be awarded with a six-month artist fellowship, split between LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (through Plataforma Cero, its Research, Production and Resource Centre) in Gijón for two months and Telefónica R&D (Telefonica's technology research and development arm) in Barcelona for four months. The goal of the fellowship is to enable the fellow to bring the chosen idea to life.
The artist will receive twelve thousand euros (12,000 EUR) gross as fees and a grant of up to two thousand euros (2,000 EUR) gross for travel, accommodation and expenses at LABoral.
Please send a one-page idea proposal, a one-page visual description and a CV in PDF format toOP@laboralcentrodearte.org before March 15th, 2013. The proposal should outline the project and describe—on a high level—the building blocks required to make it.
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Telefónica is one of the world leaders of integrated operators in the telecommunication sector, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions, with presence in Europe and Latin America. It operates in 25 countries. As of September 2012, Telefónica's total number of customers amounted to 313.8 million.
Telefónica I+D (R&D) is the research and development company of the Telefónica Group. Founded in 1988, its mission is to contribute to the Group's competitiveness and modernity through technological innovation. To achieve this aim, the company applies new ideas, concepts and practices in addition to developing products and advanced services. It is one of the first private I+D centres in Spain in regard to activity and resources. The main asset of Telefónica I+D is its staff, 97% of which is composed of university graduates from 18 different nationalities.
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is a multidisciplinary space that supports artistic exchange and fosters relations among society, art, science, technology and creative industries. It is an open and dynamic project aimed at all audiences, which brings together the most contemporary artistic expressions and provides educational and training activities. Inaugurated the 30th March 2007, the Centre is located in Gijón (Principality of Asturias), within the framework of Universidad Laboral—today, Ciudad de la Cultura [City of Culture].
Plataforma 0 is the area of production, research and resources at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. It is constituted by a modular and flexible structure, intended for functioning and adapting to different programmes for work groups, individual creators and educators operating in the intersections between science, art, technology, creative industries and society.