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Artist open call: MozFest / Future Focus: Money and Environment

Inviting artists and art collectives to submit proposals for an online artwork that responds to themes explored in the Future Focus: Money and Environment series

Future Focus is FutureEverything’s online space of critical conversations, talks and debates, as well as cross-sector exchange, networking and collaboration. The programme invites people to reflect and respond to current and ongoing challenges and crises, and the role of arts and culture, exploring ideas for kinder, more considerate future worlds.

The next session (Money and Environment series) will take place in March 2022 as part of Mozilla Festival, a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity and open call for artists/art collectives to develop an online artwork that responds to themes of this programme. The selected artwork will launch at MozFest as part of Future Focus: Money and Environment III.

Money and Environment Series

Money and Environment is a digital debates programme bringing together scholars, artists, economists and other professionals in a creative exchange. Through conversation and networking around topics related to economics, technology and environmental change and exploring how finance impacts on the environment and how finance could be reimagined to contribute to the environmental and social agenda.

From examining the complex and sometimes unknown ways in which money and environment might be related throughout history, to opening up discussions around issues surrounding tax havens and offshore economies, algorithms, labour, opaque markets and climate change, we are investigating ideas and questions including whether money and finance can be green or regulated for environmental change, what strategies we can create for ecological good and what knowledge systems we might need and from/with whom.

Previous sessions focussed on money production and environmental impact (from silver coins production, human labour, colonial mining and extraction of natural resources to crypto currencies), and economy, environment and ethics (possibility / impossibility of a “green” economy, whether money can be ethical or socially responsible to decision making systems that manage finance and knowledge in the context of ecological issues).

Artist Brief

We are inviting artists/art collectives to submit proposals for an online artwork that responds to themes explored in the Money and Environment programme. We are interested in artworks that stimulate alternative ideas and critical thinking about relationships between finance, economies, environmental issues and climate crisis. 

This piece will be submitted and displayed at Mozilla Festival from the 7th of March (when the festival goes live) as a digital piece. The artist should be available on the 9th of March to attend the session, and talk about the work.

The artistic fee is £1,000 inclusive of all development costs, materials, and expenses.  

We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups including artists with disabilities (both seen and unseen), LGBTQ, artists who identify as Black, Asian and from ethnic minority groups. 

Interested applicants should submit (single PDF document, max 1x A4 page):

  • a response to this brief – proposal for the online artwork they are planning to develop
  • reasons for interest in this project e.g. links with existing work/practice 
  • Your timeframe for development and delivery of the proposed artwork
  • links to current artistic practice (portfolio) and relevant work

Please send applications to by 30th January 2022 (5PM GMT). We will notify applicants by 6th February.

Find more info about the next FutureFocus: Money and Environment (taking place on March 9th) below. Download the PDF document for more information about this micro-commission.

UPDATE: Applications for this artist open call are now closed. Visit MozFest, March 7th – 11th to see the winning artwork presented.