J.E.U.X. is a trans-disciplinary project exploring the concept of games as a theme and/or form: what role do games play in an artistic context? How does the spectator/user interact with them? How does play in art situate itself in relation to playful design and consumer culture? This initiative, presented by Eastern Bloc and Studio 303, will bring together established and emerging professional artists and groups, working in interdisciplinary and inter-media practices, to create a site-specific happening at Eastern Bloc in November 2011.

J.E.U.X. wishes to explore the notions of competition, player-creator relationships, player-player relationships, and whether these relationships are symmetrical, or whether there is an implicit or explicit hierarchy, which could be reconfigured. Games are systems that dictate a set of rules, and what’s critical to consider are the possibilities of experience that emerge from the boundaries of those rules and relationships, from those mechanics and dynamics. J.E.U.X. is an ideal vehicle for the development of experimental and experiential art.

J.E.U.X. will include one week of production time and three open access days (to take place in the gallery and studio spaces at Eastern Bloc) for the selected artists to assemble their works and refine their structure followed by public presentations where the spectator will be invited to interact with the games, view performances and installations, participate in panel discussions and workshops, meet with the artists and participate in the lively atmosphere created by J.E.U.X.

Six to eight projects in the fields of New Media (experimental gaming, interactive installation, electronics & robotics), performance and other interdisciplinary practices will be presented during J.E.U.X. Projects will be chosen that reward creativity, involve teamwork, engage the senses, and inspire critical thinking. Submission guidelines:

Each candidate will have to submit the following documents to the selection committee:

  • CV and additional documents (artistic statement and/or artist bio, max 250 words)
  • Project description (max 500 words)
  • Supporting visual or audio documents (max 10 digital images, jpeg format, and/or 2 video excerpts, Quicktime compatible formats) or a web link (ex: vimeo, youtube, flickr)

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