Science Gallery Network

Bringing science, art, technology and design together, Science Gallery delivers unique, transdisciplinary exhibitions, events and educational programmes that engage millions of inquiring minds every year in connective, participative, and surprising ways. 

The Science Gallery Network is an international collaboration of leading universities dedicated to public engagement through interdisciplinary art-science initiatives. As a Network, we seek to change the world through youth-led perspectives, igniting conversations and collaborations, to support young people to find connection, hope and agency through curiosity and creativity. We will achieve this as a global platform with a critical mass of public venues and digital spaces engaging millions of people.

Open Calls

Each open call runs for 3 - 8 weeks. Ready your submission at least a few days before the deadline to ensure you have no technical difficulties and can have any queries answered in advance. The submission form closes automatically on the last day, and late submissions will not be accepted.

Most Open Calls are run by individual locations in the Network (Atlanta, Bengaluru, Berlin, Dublin, London, Melbourne, Monterrey, and Rotterdam). Be sure to reach out directly to the correct location that has launched the call for any queries about their process. If the call is run by multiple locations simultaneously, a specific contact will be provided on the call page. Contact information for questions can always be found on an individual Open Call page. Review process dates are clearly published, and results are communicated shortly thereafter.

Technical difficulties with the application forms should be addressed to Submittable directly.


Open call closes Monday, 25th March at 23:59 CST/UTC-6 (Monterrey time)

Open Call Results by: May 2024

Exhibition Dates: September 2024

Venue: Science Gallery Monterrey at Técnologico de Monterey, Monterrey, México 

We welcome applications both in Spanish and English

1. BRAVE NEW FUTURE

Science Gallery Monterrey is inviting artists, researchers, community activists and critical thinkers, to submit proposals for existing artistic and research projects to be part of their 2024 inaugural show “Brave New Future.” 

Science Gallery Monterrey is a space where artistic and scientific modes of thinking are brought into a collision course to unbalance and stimulate each other, push the boundaries of knowledge and generate unexpected ideas that offer new perspectives and solutions to current challenges. 

Of all the challenges we face today, perhaps the most pressing is what the future will look like for all of us in the coming years. At a time when the future appears to be a sobering extension of our present, Science Gallery Monterrey asks whether we can still gather the courage to embark on an expedition into better, brighter worlds. Do we still have the determination to imagine a brave new future? 

What is the future, anyway, and who gets to imagine it?

Recent developments in AI engines make us wonder whether we should trust AIs to take over planning and deciding what is best for humanity, in what may be a preview of either a perfectly planned society or a dystopian state.

We can also wonder whether it is the time to reclaim the possibility of future bright worlds that emerge from the power of the imagination, unexpected visions made possible by the playful interaction of intuition and reason. Or whether, invoking the trajectory of avant-garde experimentalists, especially that of the Futurists, artists can embrace new technologies and AIs to visualize new worlds of hope and promise.

Brave New Future is an exhibition that presents different visions of what comes tomorrow, an expedition into different futures foreseeing unknown environments of bright, wonderful societies or of catastrophic singularities, all presented from different perspectives and forms of imaging and imagining.

1.1 Potential subthemes

  • Science fiction or science facts about the future
  • Designing for the future
  • Education for the future and the future of education
  • Eternal recurrence
  • The avant-gardes: Futurism and other movements 
  • Philosophies of the future
  • The post-Anthropocene 
  • Imagination versus algorithm: opposition or complementarity 
  • Artificial intelligence: apocalyptic or international 

2. Application guidelines

Who is your audience?

Our focus is on young people between the ages of 15 and 30, especially young students who want to learn different perspectives and forms of thinking about the issues that are most important to them; for example, how to think about their future. 

70% of our audience will be under 30 years old and Brave New Future will be created with young people in mind. It’s important that you think about how this audience will connect with your work.

What types of projects are accepted?

We look forward to opening up a discussion about the future through finished installations and artefacts that engage both artistic and scientific modes of thinking and creating. We also welcome research projects that already include interactive productions that engage audiences in provocative discussions about the future waiting for us. 

At this time, Science Gallery Monterrey will not fund projects that are in the process of development, nor will it set aside financial resources for the permanent acquisition of any of the selected works. The project you propose should be an existing work that is ready to be exhibited. Science Gallery Monterrey operates in a space of 180 square meters, 3.5 meters high, with doors that open onto a public space. Proposals should consider sharing the total space with six to eight other works. 

We value projects that are simple in their conception, opening the door for complex debate and ongoing enquiry. We especially love projects that are interactive and invite visitors to engage with them. We love humor, provocation, speculation, and irreverent ideas that provoke curiosity in people first and then educate them. 

Will the season include new or existing work? 

Brave New Future will only include pre-existing works of art that directly address the theme of the exhibition, offering provocative ideas about how to think of the future and what form the future might have. Proposals may include works of art that have been presented in previous exhibitions, or that have never been shown to the public.   

Who can apply?

Anybody who takes an interdisciplinary approach and who has something to say about the future waiting for us is welcome to apply. There is no restriction on age, level of education, research background, discipline, cultural group, or identity. We value diverse perspectives from people with different lived experiences. We encourage young people working collaboratively to apply.

What budget is available?

Projects selected via our open call will be funded with up to MXN 200,000 (Mexican pesos). This budget includes all licensing and artist’s fees, freight, insurance, and other related costs. No funds will be allocated for production expenses, including materials, tools or professional services. We ask that you include in your proposal a rough breakdown of the projected cost for licensing your project to Science Gallery Monterrey for six months. Science Gallery Monterrey will not permanently acquire any of the proposals selected through the open call. 

What is the exhibition space like?

The space can be described as an 80 square meter white cube gallery. It has one wide open area with large glass windows opening onto a public plaza on one side, natural light and high ceilings. 

How do you review the applications? 

Applications are reviewed by staff and a curatorial panel of young people. There will be three rounds of review. The first round helps us decide which applications we don’t think will work for the exhibition and which applications we want to look at more in-depth. First impressions matter. The selected applications are then reviewed with the curatorial panel and hotly debated. We then make a shortlist and invite applicants for interviews to find out more. Finally, we undertake the fickle job of curating and making a final selection.

How long will it take for you to let me know if I am successful?

We will notify everyone know the results six weeks after the closing date of the open call. While we won’t have the capacity to give individual feedback, we will provide as much information as possible about how our decisions were made.
Who can I contact if I have a question relating to my application?

Please contact us at international@sciencegallery.com

Other Science Gallery Network-wide Frequently Asked Questions are answered here. https://sciencegallery.org/faqs

About Science Gallery Monterrey 

Science Gallery Monterrey is a new platform at Tecnológico de Monterrey, the newest university member of the acclaimed Science Gallery International Network.

As a leading space for innovation and engagement, Science Gallery Monterrey will create exhibitions and events designed for young adults and feature participative experiences that blend art, science, and technology, providing a place for lively conversations on society's most pressing challenges for local young people, students, artists and faculty. It will be housed in the newly built Expedition Building, part of the emerging Innovation District at Tec de Monterrey.

RE: Request for Proposal (RFP) for Climate Change Exhibit Design: Resilient Earth, Opening August 2024

Science Gallery Atlanta (SGA) is seeking a qualified and experienced exhibit design firm to collaborate on the creation of an engaging and informative exhibition on climate change named Resilient Earth, slated to open in late August 2024. As part of Emory University and the Science Gallery International network, SGA supports the creation of unique installations where science and art collide. Resilient Earth invites visitors on a transformative journey, fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities of climate change and motivating them to contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future.

Scope of Work: The selected exhibition design firm will be responsible for developing a conceptual and design umbrella for 12-15 exhibits proposed by a variety of artists, researchers, and scientists through an open-call process. These final proposals are chosen by a local review panel. Some of these proposals may require little design other than connecting them to the overall theme whereas other proposals may require significant design. The chosen firm will work with SGA staff to develop a design plan for each proposal. 

This exhibition aims to educate and engage visitors on the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to climate change, providing an overall sense of hope that climate change challenges can be resolved, and that the future of our planet is bright. The content should be presented in a visually appealing and interactive manner and focus on our target audience of 15-25-year-old youth.

Approach: One overarching goal of this exhibition is to elicit more sustainable action. The entry point to eliciting this action, however, is not by directly urging visitors to be more sustainable. Rather, Resilient Earth will begin first with a set of key human values as an entryway to sustainable action. These key human values include the following: Caring, Resourcefulness, Empowerment, Openness, Self-fulfillment and Belonging. By encouraging visitors to share their individual stories of these human values through reflection and connection, visitors will learn how these values can lead to a more sustainable future. (Accenture, 2023.) Each individual component should make this connection. 

Key Requirements:

  1. Conceptualization and Design: Develop a creative and visually compelling concept for the exhibition that effectively communicates the complexities of climate change and posed solutions. 
  2. Interactive Elements: Include interactive elements such as touchscreens, augmented reality, or other innovative technologies to enhance visitor engagement.
  3. Educational Content: Ensure that the exhibition provides accurate and up-to-date information on climate change, supported by the scientific researcher connected to each proposal.
  4. Sustainability: Incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly materials and practices in the exhibition design and construction.
  5. Collaboration: Work closely with SGA throughout the design and implementation process, taking into consideration any specific requirements or preferences.

Submission Guidelines: Interested exhibit design firms are invited to submit their proposals by March 1, 2024. Proposals should include the following:

  1. Company Overview: Provide information about your exhibit design firm, including relevant experience in creating exhibits on environmental topics directed at the target audience of 15-25-year-olds.
  2. Portfolio: Share examples of previous exhibition designs, particularly those related to climate change or environmental issues.
  3. Concept Proposal: Outline your proposed concept for the climate change exhibition, including key themes, design elements, and interactive features, and your approach to bringing disparate climate topics into one storyline.
  4. Budget: Provide a detailed budget estimate, including costs for design, materials, construction, and any other relevant expenses.
  5. Timeline: Outline a proposed timeline for the completion of the exhibition, including key milestones, by August 9, 2024.

Selection Process: Proposals will be evaluated based on creativity, experience, budget, and the ability to meet the specified requirements. Shortlisted firms may be invited for an interview or presentation to discuss their proposals in more detail.

Please submit your proposal by March 1, 2024, via submittable. Late submissions will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Alexis R. Faust, Executive Director, Science Gallery Atlanta at alexis.ruth.faust@emory.edu. 

Additional Materials:

· One-page description of Science Gallery Atlanta

· Example proposals by scientists/artists for Resilient Earth

· Photos of Previous SGA Exhibitions

Open call closes Wednesday, 20th March at:

Atlanta time: 07:59 EDT (UTC-45)

London time: 12:59 GMT (UTC 0)

Bengaluru time: 18:29 IST (UTC+5:30)

Melbourne time: 23:59 AEDT (UTC +11)
 

DISTRACTION will plug into the streaming torrent of content and the places our brains go when we want to focus on anything but the thing. You know…that thing you’re supposed to be doing right now. Your distraction of choice could be scrolling through videos, daydreaming or escaping into a digital universe. When we are bouncing around the whirring, flashing pinball machine of existence - is our wayward attention a way of coping with the chaos? 

With a hundred tabs open and endless avenues to explore, we are inviting submissions exploring the playful ways we distract ourselves from the more serious parts of life. We have access to more than we can ever absorb, how do we harness the cacophony of content and find meaning within it?

DISTRACTION will open at Science Gallery Melbourne in 2025.
 

With the aim of keeping it light and avoiding the doomspiral, some potential key perspectives / starting points / sub themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Escapism
  • Play
  • Technology, video games, digital augmented realities
  • Perceptions of time
  • Information overload, memes 
  • Boredom, stimulation, daydreaming
  • Work vs leisure, who gets to decide what is productive?
  • Focus, attention
  • Mindfulness, emotional regulation


Some considerations:

This open call invites you to propose installations and research projects that can operate in a shared-space group exhibition context in a non-traditional gallery environment, where the light and sound conditions are necessarily not constant. Projects selected via our open call are generally funded for up to $8000 AUD (Australian dollars), which includes all fees, materials, freight, and other project costs. Please note that this is a maximum amount, not a target amount. Unfortunately, at this stage, we are not able to include travel costs in this budget. These projects will be open to the public for approximately four months attended by upwards of 30,000+ people, with a focus on 15–30-year olds. We value projects that are simple in their invitation, opening the door for complex debate and ongoing enquiry. We love projects that are iterative, interactive, contribute to genuine research and that are interdisciplinary. We love humour, provocation, speculation, and irreverent ideas that entertain people first and then educate them. The project you propose can be a new idea, in-development or evolved for another presentation or existing works that are ready to go.

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