The MDP Summer Design Residency is granted to a creative practitioner or team whose experimental design work engages emerging issues in science, technology, culture, and society. The winning proposal—to be selected by a jury that includes Paola Antonelli, Jimenez Lai, Dr. Elizabeth Chin, and Jesse Kriss—should demonstrate how design/making can be used as a mode of inquiry and critical engagement.
Call for Proposals
This call for proposals welcomes Designers, Filmmakers, Architects, Artists, and Makers to submit a proposal for design-driven research to be conducted in Summer 2017, in residence in the MDP studio. The winning proposal should use Design / Making as a mode of inquiry into emerging issues in Science, Technology, culture, and / or society.
In the MDP, we define “media” broadly (see Tim Durfee’s blog post on this subject). Therefore, the residency is open to a range of disciplinary perspectives and practices. Projects that are the best fit will address network or digital culture; pervasive computing; information and communication technology; screen culture; or social media – as part of the subject or process of the work.
Given the modest budget and time frame, we consider this an opportunity to explore a discrete question as part of a larger investigation and/or an opportunity to test a new idea. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to successfully document and disseminate experimental design and research projects, and to manage a team.
We cannot fund commercial projects – projects for which the researcher is being paid by a client – however we are not averse to projects that have potential commercial applications. The residency is not suitable for the latter stages of a project’s “finish.” To be considered, projects must allow for discovery-through-making during the residency period. The research page of this site shows past residents and faculty research projects that we have supported.
Our jury’s eclecticism reflects the MDP approach and interests. Based on the merits and fit of each proposal, ten finalists are selected, which are then blind reviewed by the jury.
Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture & Design, Director of R&D, MoMA, New York.
Jimenez Lai, Architect, Artist; Founder of Bureau Spectacular, Los Angeles.
Dr. Elizabeth Chin, Anthropologist; Founder, Laboratory for Speculative Ethnology; MDP Core Faculty, Los Angeles.
Jesse Kriss, Senior Software Engineer, Netflix; MDP Thesis Advisor, Los Angeles.
Residents are given project space within the MDP studio. Housed in a former supersonic jet testing facility, the MDP studio is part of a complex called the Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice, which includes the Wind Tunnel Gallery, the Graduate Art MFA studios and galleries, and the Hixon Courtyard, in the heart of Art Center’s south campus in Pasadena, California.
The award includes project space in the MDP studio for up to 14 weeks together with access to the College’s renowned shops and production facilities from letterpress to video editing to large-scale rapid prototyping. The resident will also receive a $5,000 stipend and can submit a project budget for up to $5,000. The resident will also get to work with a project team of 2–5 graduate student research assistants (media designers/design researchers) for 7 weeks.
Residents can have access to the studio and facilities from May 15 – August 18, 2017, during which time they are required to be in residence for a minimum of 7 weeks, from June 26 to August 18. The residency culminates in a small show installed in the Wind Tunnel Gallery from August 17–September 21.
The MDP will provide dedicated project space. The MDP studio is adjacent to the Graduate Art studios and galleries and will be home to at least one other research team, post-graduate research fellows, and MDP research faculty.
Researchers will have access within the studio to a digital shop, desktop and laptop computers, a digital video editing bay, recording equipment, color printers and plotters, projectors and miscellaneous digital devices. Researchers will also have access to the the College Library, the Color, Materials, and Trends Laboratory, and campus workshops for wood, metal, rapid prototyping, letterpress printing, screenprinting, and more.
The South Campus is walking distance to good housing options and shopping. It is adjacent to the MTA Gold Line which provides easy access to Chinatown, Koreatown, and downtown L.A. There is bus service between the South Campus and the main Hillside Campus.
The Research Interns
MDP summer residencies offer our students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience doing research in design. Project Proposals should include plans to engage between 2–5 students as research interns and should include a job description and required skills for each position. The students will receive course credit and are available for 4 days per week for a period of 7 weeks (June 26 to August 18).
Students who are eligible to apply for a research internship will have completed at least one year of graduate school. Our students are media designers from varied backgrounds. Skills/experience may include: communication design, video, motion graphics, environmental media, physical computing prototyping, rapid prototyping, programming, and research and writing. Researchers will have the opportunity to review intern applications and may request interviews before selecting interns.
Deliverables and Calendar
Facilities available: May 15 – August 18, 2017
Student Project team available: June 26 to August 18 (7 weeks)
Project installation: August 17
Public Discussion: August 17
Project work open to public: August 17–Sept. 21
Public Research event: Sept. 21
De-install deadline: Sept. 24
Full documentation due: Sept. 29, 2017
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due electronically by midnight, PST, February 1, 2017
Applicants must submit the entire application as a pdf or link by e-mail by midnight, PST, February 1, 2017. The application should include a cv, project form, and 2-page project proposal.
Individuals who will be students at the time of the residency are not eligible, except for doctoral candidates who are ABD. We encourage recent graduates from Masters Programs to apply. Faculty from Art Center College of Design as well as other colleges and universities are encouraged to apply, as are practitioners. Full-time MDP faculty are not eligible, however part-time faculty are.
Applicants from outside the U.S. are responsible for paying for and procuring the necessary visas. Art Center may be able to assist but any additional legal costs would be deducted from the project budget.
Art Center will not pay for housing, shipping, or travel to/from Art Center. However we can recommend resources to locate short-term housing and transportation. We recommend that researchers traveling from other cities, and particularly from other countries, plan to arrive 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the residency in order to allow enough time to get situated.
For more information:
Kevin Wingate: kevin.wingate (at) artcenter.edu
Graduate Media Design Practices: www.artcenter.edu/mdp
ArtCenter College of Design: www.artcenter.edu