This open call will be available from May 7th to May 22nd at 12.00 PM (Chilean time), 2024.

BODIES-MACHINES-PUBLICS: A glocal network for exploring bodies in the age of computer mediated reality

BODIES-MACHINES-PUBLICS brings together a glocal (global and local) network of cultural and research partners in Switzerland, India and Chile that seek to provide time and space for artists to develop space for research and works exploring the sensitive body and technical mediation in relation to public space.

The project is a two-year collaborative initiative between NAVE (Chile), KHOJ Studios (India), Immersive Arts Space/ZHdK (Zurich, Switzerland) and Kornhausforum (Bern, Switzerland) and is supported by the Pro Helvetia Synergies Program. In Chile, the project also counts with the collaboration of Goethe-Institut Chile and Museo Interactivo Mirador. 

We are interested in the contribution of artists who are exploring the relationship between existing power structures using both digital and physical technologies and the possibility of challenging them through artistic-led creation, where the human body lies at the center of the exploration. Proposals for installations, and/or performative interventions indoors and outdoors are particularly welcome. 


In BODIES-MACHINES-PUBLICS we understand public spaces as those where everyday actions take place: the intimate space of a room, a house, a kitchen or a staircase, but also cities and their urban landscapes such as streets, avenues, squares, parks and buildings. We also consider landscapes of the natural environment such as mountains, rivers, meadows, deserts or lakes, among others.

Who can apply?

This call is open to artists from India, South America and Chile. In this first version, 1 artist from each region will be selected for the realization of an artistic residency at NAVE (Chile).

Artistic languages accepted

This open call seeks artists who investigate any artistic discipline that addresses the possible relationships between bodies and machines, such as media arts, visual arts, dance, theater, sound experimentation, performance, music and all imaginable crossovers. We expect innovative proposals for the intervention of public space that centers on interactions between bodies, machines and technology. 

Main requirements

Given the international nature of the call, applications will only be accepted in English through an application form. In this form you must attach an artistic portfolio, a project dossier, link to 3 videos of previous works, a travel document (passport or ID), a photograph of the artist and technical requirements of the project. 

The selected artists must have an intermediate level of English. Incomplete or late applications, applications in Spanish or through another platform such as email or social media will not be accepted.

You find the guidelines for the applications of this open call here.

This open call will be available from May 7th to May 22nd at 12.00 PM (Chilean time), 2024.

Residency dates

The artists selected during this open call will be scheduled for their residencies between September 30th and October 18th in NAVE, Santiago, Chile.

Encuentras la versión en español de este post aquí.