Open Call: image, scrape, synthesise, collapse

Closing date:

The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery invites proposals for an artist or collective to develop research and create a new digital commission to be presented online and at the Gallery in February 2025

This open call is for artists or collectives to undertake or extend research around generative AI, self-made tools or similar advanced technology. The research will in turn form a new commission to feature on Unthinking Photography and at The Photographers’ Gallery.

Proposals should consider:

  • how the proposed project can be contextualised historically, in relation to photography, wider visual imagery and knowledge production
  • how the practices and processes used within the proposed project might be preserved.

The commission might address ideas (but not exclusively) such as:

  • The networked image
  • Corporate imperialism
  • Synthetic images, as including of generative AI and a part of computational photographic practices
  • The ecological effects of large language models and image generation
  • Alternative and DIY approaches
  • Images as coded data
  • Ecological approaches
  • Human in the loop
  • Materiality of servers and servers as archive
  • Regulatory frameworks for synthetic images

For full information including background context and FAQs, please download the open call overview below.

The commission will be presented on Unthinking Photography and at The Photographers’ Gallery from February – June 2025.

Budget £4,000 artist fee + £5,000 production budget

Deadline 16 June 2024

16 – 18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW

Please apply via Submittable. If you have any accessibility requirements and would like to send an application in any other format, please contact The Photographers’ Gallery.

The commission will be selected by 15 July 2024. The selection panel comprises Sam Mercer (Producer, Digital Programme), Ioanna Zouli (Editor, Unthinking Photography) and the artist, coder and researcher Winnie Soon.

A schedule will be drawn up with the artist(s) with the work expected to be completed by December 2024. The Photographers’ Gallery is not conducting interviews, but if any questions arise during the shortlisting process about your proposal, may be in touch.

Applicants can be based in the UK and internationally.

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