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Open call for the BeFantastic Within fellowship

An open call out for artists, performers, creative technologists, filmmakers and photographers interested in incorporating Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning technologies into their practice

Are you curious about how AI and performing arts can come together to amplify the call to climate action? If yes, we have an exciting opportunity! We’re looking for artists to take part in the BeFantastic Fellowship as part of FutureFantastic, an ambitious festival scheduled for March 2023 in Bangalore, India. 

As part of the BeFantastic Within Fellowship program you will be offered:

  • Facetime with Experts in the Field: 

You will have the opportunity to attend workshops offered by 5 mentors representing cutting edge practice from India, UK and Germany. You will also have access to established leaders in their fields through the BeFantastic Dialog Series.

  • Collaborate with a Creative Network: 

You will be part of an invaluable network of up to 25 international professionals from the above mentioned countries with an invitation to collaborate and propose interdisciplinary project ideas

  • Knowledge Sharing (Performance Art, Creative Technologies & Climate Change)

You will have access to lectures, workshops, peer discussions and resource packs dealing with the intricacies of performing arts, the depths and breadth of AI and Art, and the nuances of climate change.

  • An opportunity to pitch for a production grant:

While we are unable to offer participants a fee to attend a 3 week primer session for networking and knowledge sharing, you will have the opportunity to bid for a project idea with international collaborators in response to the curatorial brief.

  • 3 Selected proposals will receive:
    • Close mentorship representing cutting edge practices from various geographies.
    • Funding to develop an AI enabled performance art piece to be showcased at the FutureFantastic Festival that will take place in Bengaluru in March 2023. 

What is FutureFantastic?

FutureFantastic is a festival conceptualized by Jaaga’s BeFantastic (India), in association with FutureEverything. It hopes to communicate the urgency of the climate emergency by leveraging the novelty and, therefore, the public fascination of artwork that is created in collaboration with Artificial Intelligence. It is the outcome of a series of international fellowships fostering creative exchange and collaboration between emerging and seasoned artists and technologists from around the world, each focusing on the thematic focus of climate action, through different forms of artistic practice like interactive installations and performances. In its curation, it hopes to further the discourse around climate consciousness while simultaneously informing its audiences of the possibilities augmented and artificial intelligences have to offer. FutureFantastic will also feature artists and collectives whose practices have been pushing the boundaries of TechArt in recent years. Complementing the exhibition of such artworks, would be various kinds of programmes including dialog sessions and workshops with experts in the domain, that might holistically communicate different aspects of the climate emergency to diverse audiences while proliferating a certain degree of technological literacy.

What is BeFantastic Within?

BeFantastic Within proposes to bring together performing arts practitioners and creative technologists to explore AI technologies and create provocative performance pieces amplified with creative AI. 

This fellowship enables artistic development, creative exchange and collaboration between emerging and seasoned visual and performing artists from around the world, focussing on ideas around interconnectedness, climate emergency and the role of art and digital innovation. It seeks to push the boundaries of these new formats of work by bringing together the practitioners at the forefront of this innovation in India and the UK.

Click HERE to learn more about the fellowship programme and how to apply!

The FutureFantastic festival and its programming is supported by the British Council.