Open Call for Participants: American Arts Incubator — Kosovo

The National Museum of Kosovo, in collaboration ZERO1, U.S. Embassy Pristina, and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is pleased to announce the open call for participants in American Arts Incubator — Kosovo.

 

American Arts Incubator (AAI) is a creative exchange program that utilizes community-driven digital and new media art projects to instigate dialogue, build communities, bolster local economies, and further social innovation. Each incubator addresses a relevant social or environmental challenge such as economic equity, youth empowerment, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.

 

AAI — Kosovo consists of a series of art and technology workshops taught by visiting American artist Lori Hepner focused on addressing youth empowerment, the development of collaborative team project prototypes, and an open house to share participant creations with the public. Participation in the incubator is free of charge. Participant teams will receive small grant funding to develop their collaborative project prototypes. The program will be held at the National Museum of Kosovo from March 6 - 29, 2020.

 

Lori Hepner is a Pittsburgh-based new media artist working primarily in performative light painting, fine art photography, and community centered public art projects. She holds degrees in Digital Media and Photography from Rhode Island School of Design and Rochester Institute of Technology. She is currently a Professor of Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University.                                              

 

                                  Learn more about Lori at https://www.lorihepner.com/

 

We are looking for participants with:

  • An interest in technology, new media, and/or digital art; experience in the arts is a plus

  • An interest in exploring youth empowerment

  • A desire to learn from new perspectives and new tools

  • A willingness to work and create in a collaborative environment

  • Age 18+ (participants under 18 can apply but must be partnered with adults on projects)

  • Youth, women, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply

  • Resident of Pristina or surrounding areas

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Tracing Pathways: Youth Movement, Light, and Wearable Technology

 

Lori Hepner will be leading workshops with the framework of Inspire, Inquire, Observe, Learn, Transform, and Collaborate. This will occur through a different set of activities where participants will have opportunities to expand their skill sets, brainstorm concepts related to youth empowerment, and pushed to explore ideas that increase collaboration within themselves, but also in ways that connect to their communities. 

 

Potential techniques to be explored include: Basic electronic device construction through soldering and prototyping with microcontrollers; Soft circuit design and sewing techniques for wearable technologies; Microcontroller programming; LED array construction; Moving the body through space with designed intention; Real-time projection techniques for light painting and other interactive performances.

  • Artist talk: March 6, 2020

  • Workshops: March 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 2020

  • Project development: March 15 - 26, 2020

    • After the workshops, participants will be divided into teams and provided small grants to develop project prototypes. Lori will lead teams through the process of developing a proposal, prototyping, and preparing to share their work with the public.

  • Open house and panel review: March 27 - 28, 2020

    • Teams will share their prototypes with the public in an open house, and present their creations to a panel who will provide feedback to support their future sustainability. The open house will be held at the National Museum of Kosovo.

 

To apply, please fill in the online application form. 

 

Submissions will be accepted until February 14, 2020.

 

For more information, please contact:

Alisa Gojani Berisha (alisa.gojani@rks-gov.net)

Dafina Morina  (dafina.morina@rks-gov.net)

Alban Bakija (abakija@gmail.com)

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