Call: European Cities of Advanced Sound (ECAS) Festival as Lab project

European Cities of Advanced Sound (ECAS)

Call for Entries Deadline:  24 October 2010

To launch the new ECAS European festivals network, a Euro 10,000 Commission is available for a new project responding to the theme Festival as Lab.

This call for proposals seeks projects which take the form of an experiment, a prototype or a trial in a new type of art object, technology or form of participation.

The commissioned project will receive a Euro 5,000 fee, up to Euro 5,000 production costs, plus additional limited staging costs and support.

The deadline for submissions is 24th October 2010.

Proposals which do not win the commission may still be considered for inclusion in the ECAS festivals and will automatically be considered for other sources of support. All will receive full marketing benefits, management and network support.

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In its first year, the theme of the ECAS festival network is Festival as Lab – cultural festivals as experimental spaces or laboratories where we can experiment and play with future art, music and ideas. Festival as Lab was developed over 15 years by one of the ECAS festivals, FutureEverything, which is conceived and designed as a ‘living lab’ for prototyping the future.

We are looking for projects which engage the festival audience and artists in a participatory experiment in creating a new kind of artwork, a new form of participation, new understanding on art or technology, or a new and innovative way of presenting inspirational art. Proposals should experiment with the festival format, transforming the festival environment into a lab or experimental space.


The successful project will be shown at the festivals CTM (Berlin, January 2011), FutureEverything (Manchester, May 2011) and CYNETART (Dresden, November 2011).

Additionally, festivals around the world in the ICAS network including MUTEK will explore the theme of Festival as Lab and may choose to present some of the submitted projects although there is no guarantee they will do so.

CTM will present work-in-progress, FutureEverything will present the full project, and CYNETART will either present the full project or a version of the project.

In your submission please state if it is possible to present the full project at multiple festivals. If not, please provide details of an alternative way of presenting the project at the other festivals (eg. showing documentation).


Submissions must be new works and must respond directly to the Festival as Lab theme.

To be eligible the project must be:

  • An experiment, test, prototype or trial
  • Presenting a new type of art object, technology or form of participation
  • A new project that has not been realized
  • Using the setting of the festival in an inventive way

Projects can work with sound or any other artistic or technical medium.

Examples of anticipated project types:

  • A city-wide participatory art-research project using the digital, physical and human infrastructure of a festival.
  • An open workshop involving experimental cultural activities which simultaneously serves to document and evaluate those activities.


ECAS – Networking Tomorrow’s Art For An Unknown Future

ECAS (European Cities of Advanced Sound)  is a new European festivals network supported by the European Union within the CULTURE PROGRAMME (2007-2013). It features music festivals plus festivals involving music alongside digital and other artforms, and strives to create collaborative partnership between the international festivals.

ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound) is a global network of independent non-profit Organizations dedicated to advancing sound cultures, music and related arts.

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