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UnBox 2013: Call for Applications

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Look out for an announcement of the winners in the coming weeks!

@Louise Clements

Would you like to take part in one of India’s most innovative cross-arts festivals and play a key role in a working group challenged with a theme-based project? Read on!

We’re looking for innovative UK-based creative practitioners to participate in the UnBox 2013 Fellowships in Delhi, India over a five week period from Jan – Feb 2013.

The UnBox Festival takes place from 6-10 February 2013.

The winning fellowship applicants will take part in a 3-4 week placement prior to the Festival, working on a theme-based team challenge at one of five host organisations (one fellow per host - see fellowship options below).

Teams will then present their fellowship outcomes and big ideas at the UnBox Conference for a chance to be awarded further booster funding with which to continue their collaborative projects.

UnBox Festival - 'Action at the Intersections'

UnBox aims to further the practice of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration through keynotes, discussions and workshops anchored by leading and emerging practitioners.

It celebrates interdisciplinary processes and experiences that shape contemporary thought and action across a range of domains - Development, Design, Business, Identity, Reform, Culture & Technology -through immersive and multi-sensorial formats. Several exciting events, including performances, exhibitions and installations, will be organized alongside the UnBox Conference.

@ Harsha Vardhan Durugadda

Fellowship options

The fellowships combine all that UnBox is anchored around: interdisciplinary practice, honest and intimate experiences, and the chance to try something 'hands on'. We’re looking to bring a fresh set of interdisciplinary innovations to the Festival with the help of five carefully selected teams - each working on one fellowship scenario.

The placements will take place in the weeks immediately leading up to UnBox Festival (6-10 Feb 2013).

**All successful applicants must be present for the placement and the festival.**

  • Gaming for Social Innovation (unPLAY)

Scope: Educational Game Development, Controller Free Gaming

Host organisation - Quicksand

Who?- Technical expertise in programming (particularly Javascript and C#) is welcome. Graphic Designers familiar with 3D games workflow, Coders, UIX Designers, 3D Texturing Artists, Illustrators, and Animators. Also, Fine Artists with installation experience are welcome to apply!

Location – New Delhi

  • Augmenting Agriculture with New Technologies (unTILL)

Scope: Videography, Community Engagement

Host organisation – Digital Green

Who? - Filmmakers, Editors, Documenters / Writers, Prototype managers, Process auditors, Space designers, Installation artists, Coders, Programmers and those interested in exploring the potential of social networking and rural communities.

Location - Andhra Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh, and New Delhi

  • Film and Digital Media for Open-governance (unVEIL)

Scope: Governance, Law, Animation, Film

Host organisation – PRS Legislative

Who? - Animators, Storytellers, Filmmakers, Coders, Graphic Designers; individuals interested in creating compelling narratives around parliamentary information.

Location - New Delhi (may involve travel to other areas for research)

  • Sustainable Lifestyles (unBUILD)

Scope: Heritage, Conservation, Environmental Engineering, Social Innovation

Host organisation – People Tree

Who? - Industrial Designers to help design/curate the physical space, Graphic Designers, Environmental Science students/ engineers, Coders, Visual artists, Food/space designers.

Location - Goa and New Delhi

  • Culture and Heritage Preservation (unMAP)

Scope: Heritage and Mobile App Development

Host organisation - Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI)

Who? - Applicants can come from any field provided they are passionate about the preservation of culture and heritage. Anyone with interest in programming, art, history, ethnography, music, or event management would find this interesting.

Digital designers, App Developers, Coders, Visual artists, Painters/Illustrators, Writers, Musicians/ Performers.

Location - Punjab and New Delhi

Please check the application form for more details on each placement.

@Paul Drury


Each team will consist of three core members.

Joining the UK creative practitioner, selected by the British Council, will be one AHRC appointed UK researcher and one creative practitioner selected by the host organisations.

The teams will also be supported by one person from each host organisation.

In addition to taking part in the fellowship programme, successful applicants will attend the Festival itself and be able to present their outcomes and learning through workshops, discussions, exhibitions, installations and performances – using interactive media, participatory design and collaborative research methods.

On the final day of the Festival, teams will have the opportunity to bid for research focussed ‘booster funding’.  As part of a larger public symposium, teams will present their pitches to a panel of reviewers in front of a live audience, followed by a written submission to AHRC and other potentially interested partners. Successful teams will be provided with details of eligibility for these additional funds before the fellowship begins, but it is expected that all applicants will be interested in this possibility of engaging in longer term collaboration with their team, remotely or otherwise.


If you are interested in this opportunity please download an application form here.

**Update: The deadline for applications (unTILL, unBUILD, unVEIL, unMAP) is midnight, 30th November 2012. Please email your completed application to with 'UnBox Fellowship 2013' in the title.

'unPLAY' applications close on Mon 3rd December, 10am.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place during the week commencing 3rd December 2012.

For more information on research applications at UnBox please visit the AHRC website here (closing date - 26th November 2012). Indian creative practitioners can apply here (closing date - 30th November 2012).

Find out more about some of last year's projects and participants  -

Ryan Bowman - Digital Governance

Louise Clements - Snapshots of the Future

Elizabeth Laskar - Sustaining Local Fashion

Paul Drury - Unboxing Creativity