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Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future

Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future

DEADLINE:21 May 2020

Eyebeam is asking artists to generate ideas and actionable projects that enact solutions for rebuilding digital systems, and improving the overlap and interplay between them and lived, social experience. They aim to fuel new means for creating space for deep contemplation and imagination, asking not only what can be built for tomorrow, but what should be built for a sustainable and thriving next 10 or 20 years.


Eyebeam will prioritize work that addresses the open call through the following, interrelated, lenses:

  • New, online public spheres
  • Ethical or values-driven technology
  • Health and well-being
  • Development of public policy
  • Creating space for imagination
  • Individual autonomy, borders, and immigration
  • New and necessary skills for artists
  • Democratic engagement and fortification
  • Impacts of Covid-19
  • Increasing accessibility of online platforms
  • Artificial and natural intelligence

Individuals and collaborative projects (up to 5 participants) may apply.


In the first, planning/idea stage, twelve $5,000 grants will be made available for top applications, selected by a jury of Eyebeam staff, alumni, and advisors.

In the second, project/development phase, three of those recipients will be awarded up to an additional $20,000 to build their ideas into actionable projects, based on their potential for real-world impact.

The twelve participants will form an active cohort of practitioners, encouraged to collaborate between phases. Regular and robust virtual communication, expert consultation, skill sharing, and group critique and conversation will be provided to all of the supported artists, facilitated by Eyebeam.