RESIDENCIES | Call for proposals | SLOW TECH | 2020-2021


Residency dates: Between September 2020 and April 2020
Deadline: Sunday, January 19th, 11:59 PM, Montreal time (EST)

Before submitting a proposal, candidates are strongly encouraged to consult Studio XX’s mandate, equipment list, and previous residency projects.


Studio XX is a feminist artist centre dedicated to the exploration, creation and production in media arts as well as critical reflection on the many changes that digital culture is having on societies*. Despite this well-considered position and these good intentions, the technological equipment inherent to the disciplines within its artistic niche implicates Studio XX in a consumerist plight that is at odds with the current environmental crisis. In light of this observation, Studio XX is imbued with ideas, observations and reflections as well as the transversal values of ecofeminisms. We are inviting artists and members of the community to take a technocritical distance.   

Until 2022, Studio XX will be Slow Tech. More than just a theme, this position will be comprised of three aspects:

— Environment

Ecological footprint; destruction, conservation or ecosystem restoration; relationship to consumption, sustainable development; degrowth; digital sobriety; benefits and pitfalls of science; urban sprawl; mobility, etc.

— Temporalities

In this era of acceleration and diminishing distances: alternatives to the race towards progress and the latest upgrades; obsolescence or durability; revisiting histories/Histories; slowness, the lifespan of technological devices; the imposed rhythms of life and work; the right to time, etc.

— Interactions

Ecology; social anchorage in various environments; creating family, intergenerational or intercultural links; networking; mental and emotional loads; care culture, etc.  

*: By digital culture, we are referring to digital literacy practices that contribute to the development of an informed awareness of the languages and possibilities offered by the use of technologies. These practices are deployed in the interest of democratization, empowerment, and independence that are in opposition to the relationship of consumption and control over populations that technologies and corporate Web giants wield.



Studio XX’s residencies offer artists the opportunity to develop a specific aspect of a project or to create a new work in media arts related to at least one of Slow Tech’s aspects.

We are looking for proposals inspired by feminisms, ecofeminist perspectives, as well as questions linked to gender, race and lineage, among other topics.

For six weeks, Studio XX provides residents with professional media arts resources to support the development of their artistic practice. The center focuses on media arts practices that rely on the use of computer, electronic, digital, audio, interactive or web technologies. Three proposals are selected each year.

Following this call, two proposals from artists based in Greater Montreal will be selected.


– Be an artist who identifies as a woman, queer, trans or gender fluid

– Be engaged in a media arts practice

– Demonstrate autonomy in the use of equipment and technologies needed to carry out the project

– Propose a feasible project based on the technical resources made available by Studio XX (equipment, production budget and workspace)

– Please keep in mind that the space provided is NOT suitable for sound and / or multidisciplinary art projects that require a quiet environment.



– Quality of the candidate’s artistic work

– Relevance of the project in the context of media arts

– Impact of the residency in the development of the artist’s practice

– Relevance with Studio XX’s mandate

– Relevance to the Slow Tech theme

– Special attention will be paid this year to proposals that employ Studio XX’s virtual reality devices and 3D printer.



– A workspace for a duration of 6 weeks

– A residency fee in accordance with the CQAM’s Media Arts Fee Schedule ($ 1 350 CAD)

– A production budget covering professional technical assistance fees and / or supplies directly related to the residency project (up to $ 600 CAD)

– Access to the center’s equipment

– The possibility to take part in training workshops offered by the center

– The possibility to conduct an educational workshop

– A public presentation of the residency project

– An author’s text and a video capsule featuring the artist’s approach and the work produced in residence

– The opportunity to participate in the XX Files radio show on CKUT



– The Studio XX team meets with each selected artist to determine the project’s production and production schedule.

– Exceptionally, this call is only open to artists based in Greater Montreal



The files can be written in French or in English.

Applications can be individual or collective.


In ONE PDF FILE (5 MB max.), provide the following information:

  1. Personal information

Name(s) of the candidate(s)

Preferred pronouns (not mandatory)

If relevant, number of people involved, specifying a representative


Phone number

Email address


  1. Residency project

– Title

– Type of media  (i.e. virtual reality, 3D printing, video, etc.)

– Stage of the project on, post-production, new iteration of an existing piece) at the time of this proposal

– Proposal (500 words max.)

– Relevance to the Slow Tech theme (100 words max.)

– Relevance to the Studio XX mandate (100 words max.)

–Technical requirements (equipment required to produce the work) and assistance required (eg support of a technician or programmer)

– Work plan for the 6 weeks of residence

– Funding (please indicate if you will have a grant for your residence or if you plan to apply for it, if so, indicate in which jurisdiction).

  1. Support material

– CV (3 pages max.)
– Artist Statement (250 words max.)

  1. Visual/Audio Files

Images: 10 max.
URL links to audio/video: up to 5 excerpts of a maximum of three minutes. Be sure to provide passwords if applicable.
Descriptions of the visual/audio files: name, title, media, diffusion context, year.  

Please send your application as A SINGLE PDF FILE (5 MB max.) to:

Email Subject Heading: Proposal | Local residency 2020-2021

Deadline: Sunday, January 19, 2020, 23:59 Montreal time (EST) 

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Only applicants whose proposals are considered will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. Once the selection process is complete, only those applicants whose proposals have been selected will be notified (Spring 2020).