bloc // December 14, 2010

Virtual bloc ⁄⁄

Date: Deadline 24th February 2011

Call for ideas: this is a fantastic opportunity for artists and/or creative technologists to create new work for bloc.

bloc is inviting innovative, experimental and compact ideas for three new online commissions that explore connectivity, networks, communication and culture within coastal, rural and virtual environments.

We are looking for artists or creative technologists to propose energetic, memorable and playful ideas that can be realised by April 2011 in response to the virtual bloc rulebase.


The virtual bloc rulebase:

All ideas must:
• Start and/or finish online
• Be compact, neat and well formed
• Be achievable yet thrilling
• Be experimental, energetic, playful and memorable
• Celebrate the coast/the edge
• Develop a dialogue and engagement with online users
• Use technology creatively

All applicants must:
• Explain their idea in under 1000 characters providing a url to examples of past work
• Deliver the project by April 2011
• Participate in an online interview with bloc
• Engage in bloc`s social networks

£400 artist stipend is available on agreement of a full proposal

Eligibility Criteria:
• Creative practitioners from all disciplines are eligible to apply as long as they are working with technology
• Ideas are welcome from artists from across the UK and abroad, those working as an individual or as a collective
• Applicants are eligible to submit more than one idea. Please make an application for each idea.

Virtual bloc aims:
To commission new online work that tests the potential of online participation and production to engage, inspire and rethink possibilities for online cultural engagement.
To encourage a dialogue between bloc`s commissioned works and its artists/audiences/members.
To seed fund inspiring ideas for online engagement and intervention.
To commission new work that has the power to reach local, national and international audiences through viral activity.
To commission new online work that has the potential to connect with, respond to, play with social networks and media.
To create great quality, exciting and experiential online work.
To build bloc`s online programme,audiences and engagement.
To see what artists/creative technologists can achieve online within a short time frame.

Selection Panel:

Kathryn Lambert, Project Leader, bloc
Emma Posey, Founder and Chair, bloc

Paul Granjon, Artist and bloc board member
Mathilde Lopez, Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales and bloc board member
Beth Charlesworth, Co Director, Little Bird Told Me, Social Media Sorcerers

How to Apply:
Only online submissions will be accepted via the online ideas generator Get Ping.
To apply visit and sign up.
All ideas submitted to Get Ping are private, they will not appear in public and will only be seen by bloc.

Please fill out all required fields and ensure all submitted information is correct, as you will not be able to edit anything once uploaded. A confirmation email will be automatically sent out in response to your submission.

Incomplete or late entries will not be considered.

All copyright will remain with the artist.
For further information or to join bloc online:
Follow blocuk on Twitter
Find bloc on facebook
Email Kathryn Lambert, bloc Project Leader at

Supported by Arts Council of Wales / Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

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