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SPAM New Media Festival

October 2024

Open Call for Creative Work Submissions

SPAM New Media Festival invites artists and practitioners working with digital, experimental and emerging artforms to submit work for the 2024 Festival. Following last year’s inaugural festival which presented the work of University of Washington postgraduate researchers and collaborators, we are looking to expand the scope of the festival to include a broader community of artists operating from a post-digital perspective. We, therefore, seek proposals for creative work to be presented at participating venues throughout Seattle. Potential submissions include, but are not limited to, interactive and immersive works and installations, video and projection mapping, audio and music installations and live performances, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, and screenings.

For this year’s festival, rather than organizing under a single theme, we have created a map of terms, key ideas, themes and areas of exploration that arose in last year’s festival. While for some the points of research and practice focus on the map may be of use in situating their submission within the ethos of the festival, applicants are not limited to the themes and ideas plotted in there. We are asking for artist contributions which will help us to expand our critical dialogue with new media art, digital culture and technology-driven work—growing our map and opening up new avenues of knowledge. In proposing this constellation of nodes as a structure for the Open Call, we hope to augment and build it with the festival, cultivating its messy, but networked, patchy and tentacular intention.


To apply for inclusion in SPAM New Media Festival 2024, please send us an email with a 2-4 page submission proposal and a CV/portfolio (no page limit) to We ask that both are in PDF format and named accordingly. Links to online portfolios may be provided within an uploaded PDF.

Proposals should include:
  • Artist Statement (up to 300 words)
  • Explanation of creative work, to be used for the selection process only (500-800 words)
  • Images which will help festival organizers to best understand and visualize your proposed creative work
  • Technical requirements, including installation or any other needs specific to your work
  • Relevant links to documentation of previous and/or proposed work

Artist Compensation

SPAM New Media Festival functions as a grassroot community of art workers and depends on the in-kind donation of venues and other resources from our supporters. We are, therefore, unable to cover travel or transport expenses for participating artists. While compensating artists is an important value of the festival,  we are still working hard to fundraise for the 2024 festival, so do not yet know the scale of compensation we can offer artists this year. 


Submissions for creative works will close at Midnight on Friday May 31st PST.

Submitting authors will be notified of the status of their submission in late June.


Please contact us via with any questions regarding the submission process.