Call for Submissions

7th Crystal Ruth Bell Residency - Mediated 调和

China Residencies

N/A, N / A


Feb 09, 2021


Jan 19, 2021

Open Call for the 7th Crystal Ruth Bell Residency - Mediated 调和

In this pandemic year, with travel on hold for everyone’s safety, our residency in our departed co-founder Crystal’s honor is transforming into online fellowship and distributed residency around the theme “Mediated.”


Until we can meet again in person without endangering one another, we stay close thanks to the mediums that connect us. Video chats and voice notes allow us to meet in the middle, face to screens to face. The best dance parties in the cloud. Our revived love for phone calls and postcards is sometimes the only way to sincerely convey our condolences, our fears, our hopes. Our bottomless obsession with content, livestreams, retrospectives, and app-triggered dopamine feedback loops keep us hooked to our devices. We’ll never finish scrolling but maybe some of us have time to sort through our archives, grieving those we’ve lost and the memories we can’t recreate, at least anytime soon. Maybe we’re finding solace in the group texts and mutual aid chats and the new & renewed bonds with neighbors and our current places in the world, organizing for the long-needed change we’ll need to bring about to survive and thrive, together. And maybe, if our part of the world is getting back on its feet, we want to get on with all those projects we started!


While the world is reeling from coronavirus consequences, it’s all too clear that not everyone has been equally affected. Our greatest work right now is continuing to dismantle white supremacy, combating the calcification of xenophobia, racism, and all kinds bigotry, and shifting more of our resources, time, and energy into generating restorative systems. Even and especially within the creative world, it is our duty to vision, in these socially distant recovery times, how we will come together again and thrive in collaboration when we’re ready to gather safety again.


For the seventh edition of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency, we are inviting people who work with all kinds of media to apply for a fully-funded, 6 month remote residency in 2021. We welcome your proposals of media arts and mediated projects: for documentaries, videos, films, journalism, AR/VR/mixed reality, games, websites, interactive installations and projects connected to mainland China, Hong Kong, Chinatowns, and the greater Chinese diaspora worldwide in some way. Films, of any length - fiction - documentary - animation - episodic series - translation - multi-media installation - mediated performances (dance, theater, music, etc) - radio - sound art - podcasts - virtual, augmented & mixed reality - interactive anythings in the cloud

在第七届Crystal Ruth Bell驻地,我们邀请所有类型的艺术家来申请这个将在2021年开始的,全面资助,时长六个月的远程驻地。我们欢迎你们的各式媒体艺术以及媒介艺术的项目投稿:


The Crystal Ruth Bell Mediated Residency covers:

✨USD $6,673.38 stipend {as of 2018, our monthly stipend is pegged to inflation)
✨Up to USD $3,326.62 for production-related expenses
✨Access to Adobe Creative Cloud & Adobe Suite software
✨Remote welcome dinner and monthly optional online gatherings
✨Optional artist talk, workshop & open studio
✨Project support from the China Residencies team

The Crystal Ruth Bell 调和主流项目包括::

✨美元 $6,673.38 补贴 {直到2018年,我们的月度补贴已根据通货膨胀调整)

✨多至美元 $3326.62 的创作基金

✨免费使用 Adobe Creative Cloud & Adobe Suite software




We are calling for individuals and collectives working in all types of creative practices, of all passports, ages, gender-identities, backgrounds, abilities, and interests to send us proposals. Individuals and duos from all nationalities are encouraged to apply, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. This is a wide open call, with no restrictions based on age, medium, educational background, or any other criteria.


We want to support as many projects as possible, and we know that media projects are labor intensive and expensive. While we are still raising funds that will determine how many people we can support, each selected project(s) will receive a total USD $10,000. The residency dates will be flexible and take place between March 2021 and December 2021, with manyopportunities for project feedback and visits with illustrious guests, in-depth workshops on budgeting & fundraising, mentorship and introductions, and help visioning paths completion and new ways to share your project with the world.


We are looking to support your projects of all kinds:
* Especially if this project relates to mainland China, Hong Kong, and the greater Chinese & Asian diasporas worldwide
* Especially if this is your first or second project.
* Especially if you started before the Covid-19 pandemic and experienced serious disruption this year
* Especially if this project started during the pandemic and needs to continue in 2021, but you’re not sure how
* Especially if you are in an area deeply affected by the coronavirus
* Especially if your community is bearing the quintuple brunt of the pandemic because of long standing oppression
* Especially if you’ve been protesting and advocating for and supporting the movements for all Black lives
* Especially if you’ve been furloughed, fired, or lost your sources of livelihood, especially if you’re still waiting on benefits that may or may not arrive, or if where you live has no support for you and your work
* Especially if you’ve lost folks you love, especially if you’re caring for folks, especially if you need care

* 尤其是与中国内地,香港,以及中国与亚洲的流散人群相关的项目
* 尤其如果这是你的第一个或者第二个艺术项目
* 尤其如果你的项目在疫情之前开始,却被疫情严重打乱
* 尤其如果你的项目在疫情前开始,项目需要在2021年继续,但是你不确定如何继续。
* 尤其如果你身处被疫情影响广深的地区
* 尤其如果你的社群因为长久以来的压迫,受到更多疫情的创伤
* 尤其如果你为所有黑人的生命抗议以及支持为黑人争夺更多权力
* 尤其如果你的工作被暂停,你被解雇,或者失去你的生活来源。尤其如果你现在还在等待不确定会不会收到的补贴,或者你所处之地没有对于你或你的工作的补助。
* 尤其如果你失去了你所爱的人,尤其如果你正在照顾别人,或者你需要被照顾。

These times are not as unprecedented as many claim – there have been pandemics before (we wrote an emergency plan five years ago, in case SARS ever came back.) There have been countless rebellions seeking the end of oppression and justice worldwide. And we’ve done residencies for collectives, digital residencies, remote workshops and most of this in some way or another in the past. What we regret is our nations’ and industries’ limited collective capacity to learn from each other, adapt, and prevent repeating prior mistakes, and hope to create a space where we can figure out what to do next together.

We can’t wait for the current institutions to change, but we can come up with ways to be there for each other.

我们所处的时代并不是像很多人所说的史无前例– 疫情在此之前发生过(我们在五年前写过一篇紧急计划,以防万一非典卷土重来)。史上全球有无数为了停止压迫,寻求正义的反抗。我们曾举办过针对于集体,数字化,远程作坊的驻地以及大多数我们现在远程做的项目。我们的遗憾是我们的国家以及行业只有有限的共同学习,改变能力来避免重复以前犯过的错误。我们希望能够共同建立一个空间,让我们能够共同思考如何下一步的方向。