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5 March 2021

Announcing: AMPLIFY D.A.I Collaboration Grants

by Bruno Destombes

We are excited to announce 11 projects that will receive funding to develop new collaborative work through the AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative (D.A.I) Collaborations fund in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts.

The AMPLIFY D.A.I Collaborations fund was launched in October 2020 to encourage creative collaboration between the 80 cohort members of the AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative from Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Peru, UK and Venezuela. 

Tapping into the rich and varied vein of talent and contemporary artistic ideation that powers the AMPLIFY network of creators, the final selection of projects include VR and mixed reality audiovisual environments; voice, hypnosis and quantum physics; 3D video installation; social and political explorations of marginalized identities through sound, to research on the meanings and manifestations of volume. 

Each team will be paired with a mentor to provide guidance and advice related to process and the realization and presentation of project.

This fund, as part of AMPLIFT D.A.I, contributes to our corporate goals of developing creative connections and professional networks to the UK, whilst promoting gender equity in the creative sector. 

by Bruno Destombes

AMPLIFY Digital Arts Initiative Collaboration Fund Projects:

Stephanie Castonguay (Canada) + Mercedes Invernizzi Oviedo & Laura Fuchs / Prifma (Argentina)

Becoming Immanence

Combines Castonguay’s DIY electronics approach with the analogue-digital hybrid installation and live projection visual signatures of Prifma, in order to explore new devices and new audiovisual possibilities.

Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin (Canada) + Sol Rezza (Argentina) + Analucia Roeder (Peru)

Does Loudness Equal Power?

Research around the question: does loudness equal power? that will result in papers and presentations on the topic of volume and ways to consider power dynamics from social, political and aesthetic angles. 

Tatiana Heuman /qeei (Argentina) + Alejandra Cárdenas /Ale Hop (Peru)

Near and Remote Memory Reactivation Practices

Composition of sculptural musical notations inspired by the manipulation of biodegradable materials, which will guide the development of an audiovisual performance.

Robin Buckley /rkss (UK/Denmark) + Andrea Ludovic (Venezuela) + Veron Xio x/o (Canada)


Three experimental producers undertake a cross-cultural musical collaboration exploring time, identity and synchronicity, culminating in a live performance.

Erin Gee (Canada) + Libby Heaney (UK)

Q/oral : Quantum tongues

An online collaboration centered upon posthumanist materialism exploring vocalization, hypnosis, visual symbols, musical scores and quantum physics through audio/video artwork.

Frances Adair Mckenzie (Canada) + GLOR1A (UK)

Seeing God(dess)

Live electronic vocal performance by GLOR1A using AR visuals and animation by Frances Adair; a visceral multi-layered live experience with a psychedelic post-performance augmented installation. 

Vicky Clarke (UK) + Joaquina S. (Argentina)

Artefacts of Clay and Information

Sound artist Clarke meets new media and visual artist Salgado in an XR collaborative research project exploring the limits of material representation between the analogue-digital world and the impact on human perception. 

Jennitza (Argentina) + Frances Adair Mckenzie (Canada)

Space Portrait - Retrato Espacial

Live electronic performance and multi-screen stereoscopic video installation; spatialized sound by Jennitza and animated visuals by Frances Adair Mckenzie.

Erin Gee (Canada) + Magdalena Molinari (Argentina)

Sensitive Superpositions

A residency period for developing collaborative immersive work online using VR technology, architectural principles, and music.

Edy Fung /Quantum Foam (UK) + Florencia Alonso /Flor de Fuego (Argentina)

Meteorological Cartomancer

An experimental audiovisual performance based on the aesthetics of chance and chaos—derived from producing a speculative tarot-style website as a methodology to generate ‘future prediction readings’ for mass internet users, with visual and sound art appeals inspired by different weather forms

Mimi Allard (Canada) + Feli Cabrera López /Efe Ce Ele (Argentina)

Our Space Between

A live A/V performance utilizing theories of embodiment, programming and machine learning, as a space of investigation, reappropriation and recovery.

AMPLIFY D.A.I Collaboration Grants are funded by British Council and Canada Council for the Arts. More information about AMPLIFY D.A.I. and the artists can be found here