New Media Fellowship

Open Signal's New Media Fellowship will support four Portland-based artists in the deep exploration of the artistic, technical and social implications of immersive technologies such as 360 degree video, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR).

New Media Fellowship

Open Signal's New Media Fellowship will support four Portland-based artists in the deep exploration of the artistic, technical and social implications of immersive technologies such as 360 degree video, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR).

This career-altering and socially impactful residency includes an intensive four-month mentorship with local media arts innovators, as well as full access to the resources at Open Signal, including a large technology library, immersive production studios, dedicated workspace and staff support. Collectively, the fellows' experimental work will set new rules of engagement for immersive media at Open Signal and beyond.

Exploring the Social Implications of VR

The New Media Fellowship is a rare opportunity for social exploration and deep career development at Open Signal. It will allow four local digital artists to work in residence at Open Signal, experimenting with immersive media tools, to better understand their creative and social potential. Through meaningful interaction with the Open Signal community, the fellows will lay the groundwork and incite conversation around ethical standards for ongoing immersive media work in our public media space.

Benefits of the Program 

  • $2,000 stipend and $500 material budget
  • An advocate to critique work and share resources for 10 hours
  • Access to the Immersive Studio, including HTC Vive virtual reality system, VR-ready PC, 360-degree camera, Unity game engine, VR and 360 post-production software
  • Free training on equipment from Open Signal’s equipment library including 3D modeling & animation, experimental and analog video, camera operation, lighting, editing, studio production, and more 
  • Support from Open Signal's technical and artistic staff
  • Paid trip to New Mexico to exhibit your work as part of the CURRENTS Santa Fe International New Media Festival

Please note, Open Signal does not provide room and board for New Media Fellows.

Community Engagement 

  • The Hive Mind discussion group, which gathers community members and industry leaders to discuss how immersive media is informing the present and shaping our physical and virtual futures 
  • The Perception group exhibition on the exterior of Open Signal, as part of the Portland Winter Light Festival on February 8, 2020 from 6-8pm.
  • Contributions to a metafesto/blog that will become a living code of conduct for immersive media tools in our space and in the greater community
  • A 2-month solo exhibition on-site at Open Signal
  • Group exhibition at the Institute for American Indian Arts Digital Dome during CURRENTS 2020

Fellowship Dates

Fall Session: September 1, 2019 - December 20, 2019

Spring Term: February 10, 2020 - May 31, 2020 

See work from our current New Media Fellows 

Visit our exhibition space during public hours on the following dates to see work from our 2019-2020 New Media Fellows 

  • Portland Winter Light Festival: Perception, February 8
  • Jessica Mehta, March 10 - May 2
  • Laura Medina, May 12 - July 11
  • Sam Mendoza, August 11 - October 3 
  • Myles de Bastion, October 13 - December 5

Application Process

Applications for the fall 2020 session running September 7 through December 18 will open on May 1, 2020.

Contact:

Open Signal Program Coordinator, Daniela Serna via email daniela@opensignalpdx.org or phone (503) 288–1515 x931 

The 2019-20 New Media Fellowship is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jackson Foundation.