Residencies Programs

Open Source research : Rustines|Lab / Perte de Signal

December 15, 2010

Montréal (Québec) Canada

December 15 :: Open Source research Residency :: Rustines|Lab

Workshop, residency centre, and venue for dissemination, Rustines|Lab is a creative research-creation lab dedicated to supporting digital arts and audio art projects. The lab’s primary purpose is to provide our community with a place to connect with various actors and practitioners in both local and international contemporary art scenes. It is also devoted to providing emerging artists with production spaces, technical resources, and programs for research-creation to assist in the production digital arts projects.


The purpose of this program is to assist in the development of an Open Source or Open Hardware project targeting the digital arts milieu. It is addressed as much to artists as to programmers and electronic engineers, either locally or internationally, who are developing one or more open source tools. The program will financially assist them for a specific duration in development of the project. The residency will conclude with a public presentation of the tool developed, in lecture or workshop form. The artist or programmer will receive a fee, along with access to spaces and equipment at Rustines|Lab.


This program expresses a desire to directly support the development of open source software and hardware (see http://www.fsf.org/about/what-is-free-software). Increasingly, artists are using and developing such tools for their digital arts projects, because it enables them to appropriate and modify the tools and participate in their development through various, often international, communities. While access to commercial software and hardware is supported by professional and academic artistic institutions and their funders though licenses acquisition, open source development is given often very little support. In view of the positive repercussions it can have on users practice and on the community at large, this residency program aims to support the development of open source tools.


To have a digital art practices or/and in computer programmation or/and electronic.

To develop software or hardware tools distributed under Open source licenses.

Selection Criteria;

Relevance of the project for the Open source development for the digital arts community.

The artistic or/and technical merit of the applicant(s).

Application includes;·

A resume and a biography;

An artist statement;

Project description including objectives for the residency;

Audiovisual support material; Website or DVD;

Selected dates for the residency;

A pal for public presentation.

Residencies terms;

The residency lasts from 3 to 6 weeks;

The residency will take place in 2012;

An 1750$ artist fees is provided;

A 300$ production budget is available;

The resident will have full access to the Rustines|Lab;

The resident will have access to the Lab equipment;

For this year, the centre will not participate in the accommodation or transportation of the resident (if, applicable).


Application may be individual or collective

Further information request and submission should be address to



Additional support material should follow by regular mail.

Application may be submitted either in French or English

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