Commiserate Chicago 2020 Open Calls

Commiserate Chicago 2020 invites submissions for exhibition pieces, talks, and workshops. Commiserate Chicago is a Media Arts Festival to be held February 29 & March 1, 2020, at the University of Chicago’s MADD Center.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 20th, 2019, at 11:59PM CDT.

Submission forms can be found at

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Submissions are welcome from all media art and research fields. This can include, but is not limited to, works that are digital, interactive, installations, electronic literature, games, sound, haptic, gustatory, olfactory, machine learning, XR/VR/AR, performance, net art, etc. International artists are welcome to apply with work that does not require physical presence to install (e.g. digital video, exe files, browser-based, etc.). For more elaborate installations, the committee will reach out about setting up.

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and wondered: “Am I at the periphery of new media art?” Are you tired of the pseudo-futuristic technofetishism of major art and tech festivals? Do you feel stranded in scattered art scenes during the Chicago winter? We invite artists and researchers based in and out of Chicago to reflect on the state of media art and the life and survival of media arts in a city remote from any major art market. We are offering the entirety of the University of Chicago’s MADD Center space, which includes ambulatory screens, more than 50 computers, a VR hub, fabrication facilities, and a large video wall among many other resources.

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For more information, please go to If you have questions, feel free to contact