CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Re-Invent Yourself: Cyborg Futures Technology & Art Collaborations


Open to Artists, Scientists, Designers, Programmers, Engineers, Makers and Technologists

Apply to:
Deadline: December 19, 2016
Location: New York City

How do you create a new sense or augment those that already exist in order to engender new forms of expression, creativity, and understanding? Cyborg Futures is an open call and collaboration between artists, technologists, designers, engineers, makers, and/or scientists to create and develop technologies that expand human capabilities and perception. Inspiration is drawn from the biosphere, where animals and plants relate through infrasound, radiation, sonar, as well as other forms of augmented realities.

Cyborg Futures will team together artists of any discipline with technologists and scientists to help build new senses or expand those that already exist beyond the possibilities of perception. These unique forms of experience are the basis for the creation of a new type of cybernetic art – one that redefines the relationship between technology and the human organism.


Meeting spaces will be provided at New Inc, Parsons/New School, and Pioneer Works. Access to specialized equipment, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and other fabrication tools will be provided on a project-by-project basis. There will be funding available for materials up to $500 per project.

Additionally, the Cyborg Foundation’s Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas, and a network of technologists, artists, and others will provide consultations. Each team will also be assigned student interns from Parsons/New School MFADT program to provide assistance and document their collaborative progress.

All applicants must be consistently available for meetings and collaborations at least once a week through the duration of the workshop, which begins the week of January 23, 2017, and concludes the week of May 8, 2017, most likely on Tuesdays from 7PM – 9:40PM.


To apply, individuals or teams should send their ideas now to Artists of any discipline should propose a project idea that utilizes a new sense, or augments those that already exist. The new sense or form of augmentation does not necessarily need to exist yet. Designers/engineers/makers and others should propose a project idea that explores the conception, design, and fabrication of cybernetic or wearable devices that develop a new sense or augment those that already exist. Individuals or teams can apply as both artists/designers or technologists/engineers/makers/scientists. Describe a project idea you want to try, the technologies you’d like to get into, or the skills you have to contribute.

  • Please include info about your background you would like us to know about
  • If you can program/fabricate, please tell us what languages you work with
  • If you can’t program but are are an artist, let us know what you are thinking about creating
  • If there are social issues you are interested in, and would like to highlight those with tech, let us know
  • Please confirm that you are available for the dates listed above

When we receive your applications, we will match you up with others who have complementary skills. This will help you all achieve something together as a team. This process is quite ad-hoc, and depends entirely on the mix of applications we receive. We group people together around the most compelling ideas. This means your idea may not be selected, but you may be invited to participate nevertheless. Because we prioritize the creation of teams with complementary skills and ideas, sometimes we wont’ be able find the correct match for your skill sets. Those selected will be notified by January 3, 2017.