[spectre] call for projects - Magic Circles virtual worlds lab

Gabriel Menotti gabriel.menotti at gmail.com
Mon May 13 09:15:17 CEST 2024

*MAGIC CIRCLES - A laboratory of virtual worlds*
Online, Sep-Nov 2024
CAD$1000 + production support for participating projects

Read the full call and apply by July 1: https://research-practice.com/magicc

Seeking to investigate virtual worlds in all their wealth and diversity,
the Magic Circles laboratory program invites practitioners from different
areas to engage in an eight-week cycle of online discussions, tours, and
experiments. We are looking for projects at any stage of development that
explore the possibilities (and shortcomings) of virtual worlds. The
laboratory is conceived as a sort of horizontal production residence,
through which participants will be encouraged to support and guide each
other in their online spaces of choice. Participating projects will receive
a CAD$1000 stipend. Ad hoc production support may also be available on a
case-by-case basis.


- Surveys of in-world ecosystems, economies, cultures, and communities;

- Development of world-specific interactive content (games, puzzles,
automata, Turing-complete computers, Rube Goldberg machines, etc);

- Creation of in-world artworks and performances of any kind (sculpture,
installation, exhibition, theater, concerts, etc.);

- In-world photography and filmmaking practices (video essays, fiction,
experimental, etc.);

- Pocket and purpose-built worlds in private servers;

- Development or detournement of control/sensorial interfaces
(accessibility hacks, mocap systems, teledildonics, etc.);

- Archaeology of defunct or discontinued platforms (MUDs, Habbo hotel, Club
Penguin, The Palace, etc.).

And some virtual worlds we hope to explore include but are not limited to
Second Life, VR Chat, Cluster, Minecraft, Roblox, Fortnite, World of
Warcraft, EVE Online, Elder Scrolls Online, Red Dead Online, and what have

TO APPLY, please submit 1. a CV and/or portfolio; and 2. a cover letter
outlining the virtual world-related project you are currently developing
(max 500 words) to the address magiccircleslab at gmail.com by July 1. If you
want, you may also submit additional materials about your proposed project
in the form of links in the email body.

Magic Circles is committed to the diversity of publics as well as to free
and open methodologies. The lab is supported by the Canadian Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s *MetaMetaverse* project and the
Zentrum für Netzkunst.
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