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2017 (Spring) Chronus Art Center Research and Creation Fellowship: Call for Proposals (DEADLINE EXTENDED)


Call Type: Fellowship (US$10,000)

Start Dates: March 20th 2017 (start dates negotiable within reason).

Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted electronically by 23:59 (Beijing Time), Friday, January 20th , 2017  (Note: Deadline is extended to 23:59 (Beijing Time),   Sunday, February 5th , 2017) via http://fellowship.chronusartcenter.org

Notification of Selection: Applicants will be informed about their application status by the end of February of 2017.



This year Chronus Art Center (CAC) opens its Lab for a 3-month research and creation fellowship. This program is designed to host one international artist and researcher of extraordinary talents in the area of new media art in order to conduct research and creation at Chronus Art Center (CAC), Shanghai. The 2016 Research and Creation Fellowship aims to foster global exchange while advancing the discourse and practice of new media art, and contribute to CAC’s research and educational mission as well as the institution’s future collection.

MEDIATED REALITY: REVISED, opens a conceptual and technical workspace for artists pushing the boundaries which frame conventional VR/AR and motion capture technologies. Since the emergence of ready-to-use home VR headsets, mobile AR technologies and modern gaming, the general understanding of immersion and virtuality has suffered from a conceptual and aesthetic drawback. For this occasion, the LAB is seeking for project proposals which make use of our newly acquired OptiTrack real-time motion capture system (for more info please see: https://www.optitrack.com/). The submitted proposal should utilize this technology and seek to build an experimental immersive experience which exploits the potentials and more unconventional uses of this high end, research level system.

Artist working in the field of virtual reality, augmented reality, immersive experiences, physical computing interfaces, sensory immersion, Mixed reality systems, VR + robotics, interactive spaces, AR/VR and the internet, among other related fields, are welcome to apply.

The technical specifications of the system we offer as a research / creation tool for this 3 months program (A fully functional OptiTrack system / Latest version 2016):

- x8 Prime 13 high speed POE infrared cameras installed on a 4.5m x 5.0m empty and white space with a side control room.

- Oculus ready Asus PC.

- Ethernet hub for realtime camera data stream.

- Motive, professional optical motion capture software.

- NatNet SDK. Networking tool to interface the system with the main programming languages and 3D development environments (C++, python, UNITY 3D, etc.)

- Set of infrared markers and gloves.

- Easy to use calibrating tools.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All project proposals should make use of the OptiTrack system https://www.optitrack.com/

The selected Fellow will be expected to work at CAC’s laboratory with the research and creation team on a range of activities including: active contribution to the larger CAC community, collaborative partnership with other fellows, leading research initiatives, educational programs and public engagement, and developing current or future research areas for the organization. Projects, including prototypes, documentation, and work-in-progress, will be presented to the public at Chronus Art Center.


-This fellowship is open to international artists and researchers of any nationality.

-Applicants should be able to use English as working language.

-Applicants must not be currently enrolled in degree-granting academic programs, with -the exception of PHD candidates who are aiming to develop technical work within the -scope of the fellowship.

-Applicants are expected to show demonstrable success in previous development of related projects at this scale.

-Individuals and collaborative teams are invited to apply. In either case, please detail in your application how technical and creative responsibilities will be met.

Only proposals within the conceptual framework offered by MEDIATED REALITY: REVISED and which make strict use of the optical motion tracking system (described on the overview section of this document) will be considered for eligibility.


This Fellowship is a chance for international artists and researchers to engage and learn from the art, technological and entrepreneurial communities of Shanghai. The selected Fellow will be offered a total amount of USD$10,000 for a 3 month deep-immersion period; including artist fees, living expenses, materials and exhibition production. In addition our lab facilities and tools are available for the fellow’s needs; these include but are not limited to: Laser-cutter, bandsaw, sander-belt, press drills, all sorts of hand tools, a variety of electronic components, arduinos, raspberryPis, an oculus rift DK2 headset, Surface Mount Infrared soldering, soldering irons and other prototyping tools.

For international Fellows, CAC is happy to provide necessary paperwork and advice to help expedite the process of securing his/her visa, travel and accommodation in Shanghai whereas all the expenses will be covered within the amount of the fellowship.

During the 3-month program, CAC will work closely with the selected Fellow to see his/her project realized and offer program support in developing work for performances, events, seminars, exhibitions, or other public and educational programming during the term of the Fellowship. CAC will also facilitate joint presentations alongside community partners, host conversations with the artists and display works in progress; revealing the creative process as it happens.


Please fill out the online application form and submit it with the necessary attachments via http://fellowship.chronusartcenter.org. No email submissions will be taken into account.


Applications will be reviewed and the final decision, including interviews, will be made by CAC’s International Advisory Board comprised of leading scholars, artists and museum professionals.

Acceptance is based on quality and visionary potential, and most importantly, the potential of the project proposal to contribute to CAC_LAB’s broader research scope.Applicants are also expected to show demonstrable success in previous development of related work at this scale. Successful applicants will outline clear goals, milestones and time-lines.


Casey Reas
Reas’ software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is a professor at UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts and he co-founded Processing, an open-source platform for programming within the context of the visual arts, with Ben Fry in 2001.

Chris Chafe
Chris Chafe is a composer, improvisor, and cellist, developing much of his music alongside computer-based research. He is Director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). At IRCAM (Paris) and The Banff Centre (Alberta), he pursued methods for digital synthesis, music performance and real-time internet collaboration. CCRMA’s SoundWIRE project involves live concertizing with musicians the world over. Online collaboration software including jacktrip and research into latency factors continue to evolve. An active performer either on the net or physically present, his music reaches audiences in dozens of countries and sometimes at novel venues. A simultaneous five-country concert was hosted at the United Nations in 2009. Chafe’s works are available from Centaur Records and various online media. Gallery and museum music installations are into their second decade with “musifications” resulting from collaborations with artists, scientists and MD’s. Recent work includes the Brain Stethoscope project, PolarTide for the 2013 Venice Biennale, Tomato Quintet for the translife: International Triennial of New Media Art 2011 at the National Art Musuem of China and Sun Shot played by the horns of large ships in the port of St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Fito Segrera
Fito Segrera is an artist, technologist and Head of Research/Creation at Chronus Art Center, Shanghai. He studied fine arts and audiovisual / Multimedia production at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogotá, Colombia and completed a MFA in Design and Technology with honors at Parsons, The New School, New York, while being a Fulbright Scholar from 2013 until 2015. His current research and creative practice appropriates elements from digital philosophy, artificial intelligence, monism and modern physics while using physical computing, software programming and information/telecommunication technologies to inquiry in fundamental ontological questions regarding the nature of reality and the physicality of the universe. His main exhibitions are: Variations New Media Art Paris 2016, PLUNC Festival Lisbon 2016, West Bund Art Center Shanghai 2015, Chronus Art Center Shanghai 2015, SIGGRAPH 2014 Canada, Collision 20 & 21 at Boston Ciberarts Gallery 2014, Huston International Performance Biennale 2014, SXSW Austin TX 2014, EYEBEAM New York 2013, Agora Collective Center Berlin 2013, Dorkbot NYC 2013, Harvestworks New York 2013.


CAC_LAB is a space dedicated to the inquiry of present-day matters regarding art, design, science, technology and their impact on global contemporary culture and society. Through artistic practice, technological tools and research methodology, we enable creative processes that result in works of art of high production and academic value. <CAC_LAB> is a space of flux which encourages artistic practice as a generator of new knowledge, a territory where art and science converge into a contemporary and experimental field of academic research; free from main stream cultural thought, technological stress and economical diversions.

More info at: http://lab.chronusartcenter.org

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