AIR

Artist-in-Residence Program at LACI
Call for Applications
Issued Thursday, January 17, 2019 (noon PST)

Closing Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 10:59PM PST.

Please read information below for full details and eligibility criteria before applying.

Applications are accepted via CaFÉ. Apply here.

See the Application Process section below for application requirements.

Click here for (audio-only) documentation of the AIR Panel Discussion and Artist Q&A held at LACI on Thursday January 17th.

Vision

AIR, the Artist-in-Residence Program at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), empowers innovation by uniting the creative and cleantech communities in the shared aim of addressing global environmental problems.

Introduction to AIR

AIR at LACI is a one-of-a-kind residency program inviting research-led Los Angeles based fine artists to work alongside innovators and thought leaders addressing issues of climate change, sustainability and related themes.

Situated in the heart of Los Angeles’ Arts District, AIR completes LACI’s innovation community by introducing fine artists to a thriving environment where entrepreneurs, engineers, environmental organizations and policy makers collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies.

AIR supports Los Angeles based artists whose work addresses ideas of agriculture, environment, energy, transportation, waste, water and related themes.  In bringing together thought leaders from various disciplines, we align expertise, experience, creativity and innovation to address global environmental problems.

Three artists will be chosen from the open call by an independent selection committee.

Benefits of the 6-month residency are multitiered and include:
— $13,000 total stipend to research and develop artwork centered around climate change, sustainability and related themes
—  Access to leading minds working in agriculture, environment, energy, transportation, waste, water and related themes
— Training and access to over $10M of prototyping equipment in the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC)

Mission and Goals

  1. AIR, the Artist-in-Residence Program at Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), empowers innovation by uniting the creative and cleantech communities in the shared aim of addressing global environmental problems and empowering underrepresented communities through outreach and professional development programming.
  2. AIR provides Los Angeles based artists with access to new tools, technologies, and subject matter experts in the fields of climate change, sustainability and related themes.
  3. AIR sparks new collaborations between artists and LACI’s Portfolio Companies and Resident Experts working across diverse disciplines (i.e. agriculture, environment, energy, transportation, waste, water and related themes).
  4. AIR encourages dialogue and community engagement at the interplay of technology, sustainability, and the arts across Los Angeles and beyond.

Origin of AIR

In fall 2016, Debra Scacco, an artist making work about water and the built environment, took a public tour of LACI at the La Kretz Innovation Campus. Upon seeing the APC and reflecting on the Arts District location, she immediately suggested becoming the first LACI Artist-in-Residence. In conversation with LACI SVP Ben Stapleton, the two recognized the potential to grow this idea. Scacco would lead the development of a robust, one-of-a-kind program merging the creative community with the intellectual and mechanical resources at LACI.

The Ideal Candidate

The genesis of AIR is rooted in collaboration, generosity and the vision to pursue what we know to be possible.

The ideal Resident Artist (RA) will encompass the following:

  1. Have the capacity to work in a multidisciplinary form: instinctively rotating between researcher (in collaboration with LACI’s portfolio of clean technology startup companies), student (when learning new mechanical techniques in the APC), studio artist (when ideas and process integrate into the artist’s wider Los Angeles based studio practice) and communicator (when discussing their work and learning with the public).
  2. Willingness to collaborate with campus members to challenge ways of thinking and expand practices across all disciplines.
  3. Instigate discussion around sustainability related issues in a way other disciplines simply cannot.
  4. Be a strategic thinker, challenger of ideas, interdisciplinary collaborator and entrepreneur in their own right.
  5. Seek to plant intellectual seeds and grow relationships that will have tangible impact in Los Angeles and beyond.

Program Details

Professional artists from all backgrounds and of all disciplines are invited to apply.

Please see Eligibility Criteria for further information.

AIR offers Resident Artists (RA):

  1. Full access to a professional prototyping facility within a clean technology startup environment.
  2. Full training for equipment in the APC. (No previous experience is necessary. Artists new to prototyping are actively encouraged to apply.) Further details about the APC can be found here.
  3. A cash stipend of $11,000 over 6 months.
  4. A one-time materials stipend of $1,000.
  5. A consumables bank of up to $1,000 for services rendered in the APC.
  6. Access to LACI’s network of entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders.

Responsibilities of RA:

  1. Presence on campus 12 hours per week or more. LACI and the APC are open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 7 PM. Weekend access to the APC is currently unavailable.
  2. RA must maintain their studio or home workspace throughout the residency.
  3. RA may be requested to host studio visits with AIR Committee members, community members and key supporters.
  4. RA will create a limited edition work using APC equipment at some stage of the process. Half of the edition will be retained by the artist; half of the edition will be donated to LACI. Minimum edition size is 12 + APs. Artists retain copyright of their work at all times.
  5. RA will participate in a Work-in-Progress exhibition and group panel discussion (both free and open to the public) to discuss their experience of inter-disciplinary collaboration and learning.
  6. RA will be requested to attend monthly status meetings
  7. RA will take part in a 5-day full-time APC training. Training is required even if artists have previous experience with similar equipment.
  8. AIR is planting seeds to enable the development and creation of far-reaching artwork about climate change, sustainability and related themes. We would like the ability to check in with RA periodically after the residency period has ended, in order to see where the seeds we have planted may grow.

About the Limited Edition

The creation and sharing of a limited edition work using APC equipment is an important part of AIR.

Artists’ generosity in participating in the shared limited edition will achieve the following:

  1. Provide LACI with a clear way to tell the story of AIR.
  2. Build a collection of artworks about climate change, sustainability and related themes that can be shared with the public.
  3. Build a collection of works to be loaned to exhibitions, museums, institutions, etc. in order to raise awareness and instigate discussion around climate change, sustainability and related themes.

Artists retain full copyright of their work at all times.

Eligibility

  1. Preference will be given to artists who have been resident in the LA area for a minimum of three years.
  2. Artists must have completed education a minimum of five (5) years prior to applying, or display equivalent professional experience through submitted portfolio and/or CV. Higher education and/or gallery representation are not required. Current students and recent graduates are not eligible for AIR.
  3. Artists must continue to maintain their studio or home workspace throughout the residency period. AIR does not provide dedicated artist studio space.
  4. AIR is for individual artists only. We regret that we cannot currently accommodate artist teams or artists’ assistants.
  5. Artists must be available during LACI business hours and regularly on-site for the entirety of the six (6) month residency. Artists are requested to be present on campus 12 hours or more per week. LACI/APC hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm.
  6. Artists’ work must have the capacity to raise awareness around climate change, sustainability and related themes.

LACI does not discriminate against qualified applicants based upon any protected group status, including but not limited to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or medical condition as defined by applicable equal opportunity laws. Artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We encourage all artists considering applying to the program to attend a public tour of the facility. Tours take place every Friday at 12pm. Register online for a public tour here. Please note: This is not an AIR-specific tour, but will provide an overview of the work done at LACI and the capability of the APC.

Learn more about LACI and the APC on our website.

Selection Criteria

The ideal Resident Artist will have the capacity to work in a multidisciplinary form: instinctively rotating between researcher (in collaboration with LACI’s network of innovators and thought leaders), student (when learning new mechanical techniques in the APC), studio artist (when ideas and process integrate into the artist’s studio practice) and communicator (when discussing their work and learnings with the public).

Each application will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Potential of the proposed project to benefit from the technical and intellectual capital that LACI has to offer. Strong proposals will make reference to the specific tools of the Advanced Prototyping Center and to LACI’s network of professionals and/or areas of specialization (energy, transportation, waste, water, air quality, agriculture and related themes).
  2. Potential of the proposed project to stimulate dialogue around ideas of climate change, sustainability and related themes. Related, but not limited, to energy, transportation, waste, water, air quality, environment and related themes.
  3. Potential of the proposed project to engage a collaborative environment and contribute to interdisciplinary conversations, with a particular focus on climate change, sustainability and related themes.
  4. Applicant’s commitment to an ongoing creative practice as evidenced in an artist’s portfolio and experience.
  5. Applicant’s potential for growth within a research-led environment.
  6. Applicant’s ability to articulate ideas clearly and concisely.

Application Process

AIR aims to reflect the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of Los Angeles. Artists of all cultural and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. No fee is required to apply.

Only one (1) proposal per applicant is allowed.

Application components are as follows:

  1. Artist Statement (1,000 characters maximum)
    Please provide a brief summary of your practice. You may discuss this in both conceptual and material terms. Feel free to reference previous projects that you feel may be relevant to your application.
  2. Project Proposal (3,000 characters maximum)

Please provide a brief proposal indicating your interest in AIR. Please specify:

  1. Area(s) of interest (energy, transportation, waste, water, air quality, agriculture and related themes)
  2. How you would benefit from becoming a Resident Artist
  3. The capacity of the work to raise awareness of climate change, sustainability and related themes.
  4. Ways in which you may utilize LACI’s network of innovators and thought leaders (particular research ideas, collaborative opportunities, etc). You will find a list of LACI Portfolio Companies here.
  5. Artist CV/Resume (max. 15,000 characters maximum)
    Please note: formatting will not be retained in the application form.
  6. Three (3) professional references with contact information.
    Please note: references will only be contacted for short-listed applicants. Formal letters of recommendation are not required at this time.
  7. Portfolio: Ten (10) images including descriptions of up to 300 characters per work. Please utilize this space to share the ideas behind the work, including any relevant research or production methods.

Image specifications
– JPEG format
– Mac and PC compatible
– Maximum 1920 pixels on the longest side
– Title each image with [last name][first name][image number]. For example, SmithAlex01.jpg
– Do not insert multiple photos into one image

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does it cost anything to submit an application?

No. Applying to AIR is free.

  1. I have been a practicing artist for many years, but have no formal training. Am I eligible?

Yes, you are eligible and invited to apply. No formal training is required.

  1. Does AIR provide studio space?

No. AIR provides access to a state-of-the-art prototyping facility during working hours only. Artists are required to maintain their existing creative workspace through the course of the residency.

  1. My studio is in my home. Am I still eligible?

Yes.

  1. Why Los Angeles area artists only?

AIR plants seeds that take time to grow, and builds community while doing so. AIR supports the Los Angeles creative community by providing access to networks and resources that will flourish with local knowledge and time. This is why AIR is most suited to a creative practice rooted in the Los Angeles area.

  1. What constitutes the Los Angeles area?

Los Angeles County and surrounding areas.

  1. I’ve been a Los Angeles resident for less than three years. Am I still eligible?

Preference will be given to artists who have been resident in the Los Angeles area for a minimum of three years.

  1. What do you mean by ‘research-led artist’?

‘Research-led artist’ refers to an artist whose work involves periods of information gathering and/or research, which is then reflected back in the resulting work.

  1. Who owns the copyright to my work?

You do. LACI will request permission to use images of works in relation to the program, but artists retain copyright of their work at all times.

  1. How will LACI utilize the limited edition?

LACI will utilize the limited edition in order to disseminate the message of AIR. This may include (but is not limited to): loaning works for external exhibition, displaying works at future AIR exhibitions, supporting future or additional AIR programming, gifting works to donors.

We will do our utmost to keep participating artists informed of all loan and collections activity.

  1. I’ve never used prototyping equipment before. Am I eligible?

Yes. Full equipment training is provided. Artists from all backgrounds and all experience levels with prototyping technologies are encouraged to apply.

  1. I am part of an artist collective. Can we apply together?

No. AIR can accommodate only individual artists at this time.

  1. I work with assistants. If I am accepted, will they also have access to the APC?

No. AIR can accommodate only individual artists at this time.

If you have a question not answered in the FAQ’s above, please email: AIR@laincubator.org with “AIR Application Query” in the subject line. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Selection Process

Our interdisciplinary selection committee will review applications and recommend up to eight shortlisted candidates for interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to LACI to discuss proposals with key stakeholders. In 2019, LACI will award three residencies from the open call process.

The selection committee evaluates applications based on the aforementioned selection criteria.

The 2019 Selection Committee will be announced in the coming weeks.

Expected Timeline

1/17/19 — Launch public call for artists

2/27/19 — Public call for artists close

2/28/19 – 3/20/19 — Application review, Artist interviews, Final Artist Selection

5/20/19 — Residency commence with week of artist training and orientation sessions

12/19/19 — Work-in-progress exhibition / panel discussion

2019 Jan-Dec — Public programming including Artists’ Talks and Professional Development Workshops

Timeline is estimated and subject to change.

AIR is building a community of creative thinkers who are researching, increasing awareness, and working towards solutions for our most pressing environmental issues.

We sincerely hope you will participate in the program; whether through applying, attending an artists’ talk, participating in a professional development workshop, or all of the above. Thank you for considering applying for AIR.