Open Call

Digital Diasporas

爻 yáo collaborative

With Funding
Free / No Costs


We want to hear from artists, collectives, and curators who self-identify and find it useful to gather under a "Sino and/or Chinese diaspora" cohort. This is a time for research, exploration and learning. We are looking for openness to collective, intercultural and cross-border development and research. We welcome experimental, digital, and/or research-based practices, and people who feel an alignment with and interest in any or all of the host organizations' networks and programming. We’re especially interested in ideas that explore diasporic cultures and spaces, flows of people, goods and capital, alternative community and kin-making, digital cultures, media arts, philosophies of technology and place-making—and any intersections of these. Digital Diasporas is a spacious opportunity for artists to do deep thinking and form cross-border connections without the pressure of producing a final product.

Number of Participants

Everyone is encouraged to apply, especially if you have never applied to anything in the past. We are particularly interested in applications that resist and interrogate stereotypical or reactionary impulses, instead turning our gaze towards the difficult but necessary conversations, care, and solidarities we might build across borders. Digital Diasporas will host 3 residents: • one person or collective who self-identifies as Chinese and/or Sino diaspora in or from Australia (citizen or permanent resident) • one person or collective who self-identifies as Chinese and/or Sino diaspora in or from Canada (citizen or permanent resident) • one person or collective who self-identifies as Chinese and/or Sino, regardless of what passport they hold or where they reside


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


May 01, 2023 - June 30, 2023


  • $10,000.00 stipend (one-time)




No meals

Public Programs

Discussion, Professional Development, Self-Directed


Activists, Administrators, Arts Administrator, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Design, Digital Media, Documentary, Fiction, Film, Interdiscplinary Arts, Journalism, Literature, Moving Image, Multimedia, Museum Technology, Nonfiction, Pedagogy, Poetry, Public Art, Research, Scholar, Screenwriting, Social Practice, Sound Art, Thinkers, Visual Arts



Program Description

In 2021 we launched the first iteration of the Digital Diasporas, a distributed, remote residency which gave artists the space to research, cultivate their practice, and convene across borders. The remote, six-week-long online residency will be facilitated by three host organizations in May and June. Each resident or collective will primarily work with one host organization and all residents as a cohort will be in dialogue with one another. Hosts: • 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney, Australia / the ancestral lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation) • Gendai (Toronto, Canada / the ancestral territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples) • Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, USA / ancestral homelands of the Lenape peoples)

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