Calls For Submissions

Call for Works: IA Current Exhibition

Deadline: September 14, 2019 (11:59PM)
Responding to a technological moment in which social media algorithms privilege politically divisive content, the 2019 IA Current exhibition will address the “invisible" algorithms that govern digital infrastructures. 
This exhibition, co-curated by emerging curators Sophia Oppel & Philip Leonard Ocampo, will highlight the political underpinnings of these communicative apparatuses and consider how power can materialize tangibly. It will examine the seamless aesthetics of consumer technologies and online interfaces that typically go unnoticed, and will question their supposed neutrality. 
The exhibition aims to promote discussion about algorithmic governance and the ease with which global citizens engage with platforms that treat behavioural data as a commodity. By selecting works that manipulate the tools used by surveillance capitalists for insurgent purposes, we hope this exhibition can return some agency back to the user.
The curators welcome submissions from all new media arts disciplines, with an emphasis on digital media relating to surveillance capitalism and the intake of online information (or misinformation).
Behavioural surplus, big data, surveillance capitalism, extraction, coercion, invisibility, control, whistleblowing, infrastructure/architecture, power, algorithmic governance, echo chambers
● Project description and artist statement (2 pages maximum)
● Documentation (maximum five images and one video; please provide a URL)
● Detailed description of technical requirements (please outline materials provided by the artist and materials expected from InterAccess)
● Current CV (3 pages maximum)
● Artist biography (100 words)
Please send your submissions to using the subject line, “IA Current Artwork Submission”.
● The exhibition will take place at InterAccess from November 6 – December 7, 2019.
● Selected artists will be notified in September 2019.
● All artworks must be ready for exhibition by October 31, 2019. The artist must be present for installation unless previous arrangements have been made in writing.
● All participating artists will receive an artist fee.

OAC Exhibition Assistance

Deadlines: Monday, September 23 (6PM) and Monday, January 6 (6PM)

An excellent way for Ontario-based artists to receive assistance with costs related to presenting their work is through the Ontario Arts Council's Exhibition Assistance Program. Exhibition Assistance grants are disbursed by the OAC with guidance from third-party recommenders like us! Eligible expenses for this grant include: audio-visual presentation equipment, technical/installation fees, crating and transportation of the artwork(s), exhibition venue rental, promotional expenses, and insurance. This OAC program is open to Ontario-based professional visual artists and media artists who have a confirmed upcoming public exhibition. 
Artists must apply for the grant through the OAC's online platform, NOVA. In NOVA, recommenders will view and assess submitted applications. 

InterAccess will prioritize applications which demonstrate excellence in the fields of new media, electronic, digital and kinetic art, sound art, computer-driven works, code-based art, bio art, and other emerging art forms.
Support materials (images, video, and web links) must be shared digitally in NOVA. No email submissions or hard-copy deliveries will be accepted.
Note: Please limit support materials to 5 minutes in length.
For more information on eligibility and program guidelines, please visit
InterAccess will review applications after September 23, 2019 and January 6, 2020. Funds can be awarded retroactively provided your application was post-marked or received prior to your exhibition opening.


Programming Policy

InterAccess's programming is determined 12-18 months in advance. Exhibitions and events are developed through curatorial research, which includes submissions we receive. A proposal submission does not guarantee an invitation to exhibit.

Interaccess exhibits original projects from artists, curators, and collectives. Keeping with our mission to expand the cultural space of technology, we support electronic, interactive, and new media works in sculpture, installation, video, software, sound/music, and performance.

Presently, our curatorial focus is on:

Practice-Based Research
InterAccess takes practice-based inquiry as an entry point into not only understanding more closely the way technology inhabits our everyday lives, but also serves as a hub, from which hybrid forms and experimental research encourages innovation both in-studio and in-gallery.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue
Our commitment to interdisciplinary dialogue and transdisciplinary methods encourages an approach that sees the value of heterogeneity and transformation.

Productive Co-production
Our collaborations with local partners allow us to exchange ideas, cultivate new perspectives and further expand the range of media art practice.

International Program
Our collaborations with international partners make InterAccess an important node in the global rhizome of media art outlets.

Submission Guidelines

Applications for exhibition and platform programming are accepted on an ongoing basis. The programming committee is comprised of a staff member, board members who are practicing artists, and an invited artist or curator. Consideration is given to collaboration with local organizations. InterAccess strives for its programming to reflect the diversity of its communities.

Proposals for exhibitions, curatorial projects and special programmes are reviewed on an ongoing basis. InterAccess pays artist fees in accordance with CARFAC and IMAA standards. Please enquire for a gallery floorplan or to receive information about the venue's technical capabilities.

All submissions must be sent digitally.

1. Project Documents
The following should be combined into a single PDF file:

  • A project description
  • A CV
  • A list of support materials (e.g. images, video, audio) with description of content
  • Optional - Maximum 2 samples of press written on your work
  • Optional - Including your support materials inside the PDF 
  • You MUST include the title of the project in the PDF as well as the year of submission. (Example "2014_ProjectName.pdf").

2. Support material
You may submit up to 10 items of support material, including jpegs, urls, videos, and software. InterAccess has only a limited amount of time to review each submission. Please limit video selections to 5 minutes in length (include directions and time-codes in the support materials list) and jpegs to 72 dpi. Please limit total size of support materials to no larger than 100 MB.

Be sure to name each parts of your support material with the submission date and title of your project (for example, "YEAR_ProjectName_jpeg1.pdf) and have them correspond with your list of materials.

3. Sending your submission
You can send your proposal to us in one of the following ways:

  • Email to (recommended for submissions of supporting materials under 10MB)
  • (or other file share) to

Be sure to name the subject line of your email or file transfer with the submission date and project name, (Example "YEAR MONTH_ProjectName_submission").

4. Timelines
Please allow up to 3 months for the complete review of your proposal.



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