Welcome to the Participation/Extensions Project at The Unstitute. Opportunities to participate are listed below. We look forward to your applications.

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VIDIOT (Eyes)

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The Unstitute is an Evolving Interactive Environment which extends its territory and adapts its nature according to the activities of its workers. Workers are anybody who participates in The Unstitute’s programme of open-submission projects.

The Unstitute wants you, whoever and wherever you are, to participate in a new online project entitled ‘Vidiot’; a word-blend accidentally created by one of our manifesto-writing machines of ‘vidi’ & ‘idiot’, possibly meaning ‘simple video’.

The Unstitute would like to ask you to send us your eyes. You don’t need to cut them out of your face though. Just video both of your eyes for 1 minute on your cell phone and upload it to vimeo.com, and send us the link. The Unstitute is going to construct itself a new wing out of your eyes, built on the architecture of watching. It will be a unique place you can go when you want everyone to look at you, or when you want to feel you are being watched - a sort of vulgar Panopticon for the internet.

Just send an email to theunstitute@gmail.com containing the link to your eyes, and write ‘participant’ in the subject header. Then we’ll know it’s you.

If you don’t want to share your eyes with us, but would still like to be informed about developments and  opportunities at The Unstitute, just send a blank email to theunstitute@gmail.com and write ‘subscribe’ in the subject header.

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PROJECT: [dis]Corporate Bodies
(Undermining the Institution)

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Introduction

The Unstitute is offering an opportunity for practitioners to contribute towards a radical new form of interactive archive which aims to subvert the notion of 'The Institution'.

Proposal

The Unstitute proposes to forge new connections in anti-establishment thought and practise in its new interactive archive: [dis]Corporate Bodies. Individuals and groups are invited to create new works or select existing works which respond to the theme 'Under-Mining the Institution' - an activity which could involve plans, excavations, extractions, subversions, criticisms - by selecting an institution and actively mining the fabric upon which its 'institutional' structure rests. This could take the form of creating a subversive 'clone' of the target institution, a direct attack against an institution, an institutional satire or critique - the brief is only limited by the imagination and interest of the participants. Works can be of any kind - photographs, drawings, texts, plans, maps, audio, videos, diagrams, stories, games - so long as they can be presented in a HTML webpage.

Upon receipt of these responses to the brief, archivists at The Unstitute will piece-together these deterritorialised fragments into an interactive labyrinth which can be navigated and explored by visitors, deep in the underground recesses of The Unstitute's burrow-like structure.

How to apply

To take part in this experiment, please send a brief description of how your work responds to the brief and send works/links to works to theunstitute@gmail.com. This is an ongoing open call with no closing date, and applicants may submit as many works as they wish. The selection criteria will be defined by your contributions, and will only come into being as the archive develops. If selected, your contribution will be credited and will form part of a rhizomatic structure embedded inside The Unstitute and promoted as part of our ongoing activity.

The Unstitute offers no financial support to contributors. The edifice exists only in temporary, dynamic structures which cluster, shift and concentrate according to the drive of contributors to experiment with establishment ideas. It exists as a defensive stronghold within the Internet.

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Residency Phase II: Spatio-Mnemonic

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Introduction

The Unstitute's unique virtual residency programme is a series of developmental projects which engage with and disengage from the mobile, shifting web-architecture of The Unstitute itself. Participants do not 'question the boundaries', (as per the rhetoric of the Art Institution,) but are instead encouraged to create boundaries, objections and impasses and furthermore affirm the movements afforded by this activity. The Unstitute is a memory palace.

Phase I of the ongoing residency project consisted in a series of artists' projects which responded to the central triads of this dynamic: [active-reactive-passive] - [thought-speech-text] - [force-resistance-vector]. The conclusion of each 3-month residency term resulted in the erasure of all works produced. Artist Nick Middleton, whose project was subtitled 'Nostalgia is a Weapon', photographed himself pressing the delete key on his entire project and then deleted that photograph. These efforts were disposed of as freely as they were given, thus challenging 'the labour of the negative'.

Proposal

The second phase of residencies inverts the former. Residents are invited via open submission to create permanent extensions and installations within the web-architecture of The Unstitute, all of which deal with the recovery of things best forgot. In making permanent and evident that which we prefer to erase, censor, repress, deny or otherwise negate, the dynamic processes of memory become architectonic, functional and incorporate.

How to apply

To make an application, please send a description/outline/drawing of your project and how you intend to carry it out and how you feel it relates to the criteria outlined above. Work can be of any nature, (i.e. writing, images, video, sculpture, net-art, audio, flash-animation,) but must be presented on html web-pages of your own design.  Please also include a link to your previous projects.

If you have any technical or other queries about the programme, please contact theunstitute@gmail.com

Applications are free of charge.

If your application is successful, you will be allotted a residency period in which to create your project and a launch date. After this period, the project will remain on continuous display at The Unstitute for the foreseeable future. Your extension will be announced during construction and upon completion will be promoted via e-newsletters and various online mailing lists. The Unstitute is a self-supporting architecture built upon the activity of participants; as such we are unable to offer financial assistance to residents.

The Unstitute reserves the right to amend or remove pages as it sees fit, though participants will always be consulted in this eventuality.

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