The Curatorial Incubator, v.16: Living In Hope “We live in hope of deliverance from the darkness that surrounds...

The Curatorial Incubator, v.16: Living In Hope

“We live in hope of deliverance from the darkness that surrounds us.” – P. McCartney

The darkness. We each have our own and then there’s the shared sense of despair that bubbles up when we consider the degradation of our Mother Earth through our own polluting ways, the never ending wars that sweep refugees towards borders that close in their faces, the stories that are told, the lies that circulate. There is no end.

And yet we move on. Not in the way the so-called Enlightenment projected – towards greater and more perfect perfection. But just moving: towards love, towards caring, towards hope. At Vtape, we felt that we needed some of this spirit, so we propose that the current Curatorial Incubator look through our holdings to find those works that best exemplify hope. Happy hunting!

Participants in The Curatorial Incubator, v.16: Living In Hope will have an opportunity to hone their curatorial skills in the media arts in a number of important ways: attending specialized workshops conducted by arts professionals; conducting independent research using the rich resources available through Vtape; writing a curatorial essay for their program of selected titles, with invaluable editorial assistance provided by arts professionals; and, finally, presenting their curated program to the public.

If your proposal is selected you will receive fees for both curating and writing and a budget to cover the screening fees for the titles that are included in your program.

Research phase (April – July 2020) includes:

  • workshops conducted by professionals specializing in media arts,
  • free access to the vast research facilities on site at Vtape, with over 6000 titles by
    900+ artists and over 2500 articles on video art, and
  • extensive access to the Vtape on-line preview resource available only to curators and authorized researchers.

Presentation phase (December 2020) includes:

  • an exhibition of all the curated programs with an introduction by the curator, and
  • a fully illustrated catalogue of all the programs with curatorial essays.


Proposals must include:

  • an up-to-date c.v.;
  • a statement of intention (1 page in total) that outlines your interest in video and media artwork and why you want to be part of The Curatorial Incubator, v.16 – Living In Hope
    NOTE: your statement of intention does NOT have to include a list of titles you would include. Rather it should try to clarify your overall area of interest. You will have lots of time to do your research to find the titles you want to include if you are selected for this program.
  • examples of critical writing your have done (published or non-published)
  • examples of any curatorial or organizational work you have done

Other Required Information to Accompany Proposals:

  • indicate your availability for workshops on May 2-3, 2020 (days)
    NOTE: If you are from outside of Toronto, please indicate how you would cover the costs of your travel to the workshops (to be held over 1 weekend) and some additional time for on-site research at Vtape.

And don’t worry; you won’t be held to your original proposal but keep in mind that the jury will need to get an idea of what kind of work you are going to be searching for. Surprises are to be expected along the way. That’s what research is all about.

Send applications to:

Lisa Steele, Creative Director, Vtape
401 Richmond St. West, #452, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

No phone inquiries please.