XR Program: Open Call – Statements of Interest

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022, 11:59pm

We are excited to announce the return of the New Works XR Program. Centering artists with an embodied practice, New Works XR encourages new voices in the development of creative technology.  Building on our XR Pilot, this year’s program will support a group of dance and movement based artists interested in integrating extended reality (XR) technologies into their existing movement practices through workshops, mentorship, and residencies. 

XR (extended reality) is an umbrella term encompassing augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed reality technologies. Supported by Mitacs and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, New Works XR is in partnership with New Media Gallery and a team of consulting artists and technologists working at the intersection of performance and XR technologies.

The program provides support for dance makers and embodied practitioners in the early stages of creation involving technologies that fall under the umbrella of XR. The XR Program will resource the development of up to 4 XR projects with skills building workshops, mentorship with senior artists, consultation with technologists, access to gear and studio space, and XR resource sharing.  

The New Works XR Program will place a focus on process, research, and capacity building. Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with the New Works team and XR mentors to develop their project. Participants will engage in one-on-one consultations with New Work’s XR network (including the New Works team, mentors, workshop facilitators and technologists), and learn alongside peer artists. Participants will gain sustainable skills and knowledge over the course of the 8 week residency. 

A final product or presentation is not intended as part of this year’s program, however, there will be the opportunity to share in-progress work with audiences at the culmination of the residency.

Learn More About New Works XR Program

An online info session was hosted on September 12 to share more details on the program and answer applicant questions.

Meet the Team

Gemma Crowe (XR Program Director) is a new media artist and recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s full-residency MFA program. Crowe holds a bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance and has ten years of professional experience in filmmaking and video art, which influences how she approaches an audience of viewers and listeners. Her thesis research is concerned with the illusory potential of sound and the sensory apprehension of movement. Crowe received Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council funding for her research into spatial sound and the bodily experience as well as a research award through Emily Carr University. Crowe completed a residency at Lobe Studio working with world-class 4DSOUND spatial sound software and delivered a presentation on embodied sonic design at the 2022 International Seminar on Sonic Design. Crowe will continue her research in embodiment, virtual theory, and audience perception in her role as New Works XR Program Director.

Sierra Megas (XR Program Manager) is an emerging artist and arts administrator living and working on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkwəy̓əm), Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tsleil-Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaɬ) Nations. She has experience with production assistance, front of house management, educational and community programming, administration, and outreach. She is grateful to have worked with Here For Now, Vancouver New Music, The Dance Centre, New Works, Still Moon Arts Society, and EDAM Dance – where she is currently serving as Equity Program Coordinator. Supporting artists is at the centre of her work and brings her great joy.

In the Community

New Works XR Program is championed and supported by an exceptional community of artists and arts organizations.

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

New Media Gallery

Boca del Lupo

PXR Conference 2022

Ian Garrett

Jacob Niedzwiecki

New Works XR Program 2022-23 is supported by: