Open Call

Thoughtworks Arts Wants to Send You to Mars (Mars College).

ThoughtWorks Arts

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Bombay Beach, United States


Artists are invited to apply to develop a project on one of two themes: Theme 1. Speculative Futures - Do It There, Take It Back To The Neighborhood Mars has an ongoing and developing practice of self-sufficiency in a desert environment. --- Mobile living, novel structures or computer-aided constructions The network as place — telepresence Physical computing and DIY Remote work and nomadic lifestyles Decentralization, web3, and online communities Energy efficiency, renewable and smart grids Environment control and data Waste management, trash, recycling, upcycling, grey water, black water Theme 2. Alternative AI Creative Infrastructures - The Sky’s The Limit Mars has a robust community of artists and technologists creating and collaborating over a dedicated Discord server. --- Autonomous creative and economic agents AI / generative models Compute AI + Web3 Telepresence Distributed computing

Number of Participants

Thoughtworks Arts seeks two artists-in-residence for separate but parallel residencies on-site at, an educational program, R&D Lab and off-grid residential community in the desert area of Bombay Beach, California. Mars is geographically remote but digitally connected, cultivating a low-cost, high-tech lifestyle exploring emerging technologies.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 01, 2023 - March 31, 2023


  • $11,000.00 stipend (one-time)


Computer Lab, Co-Working, Desk Space, Fabrication Lab, Individual Studio, Installation Space


Live/Work, Private Housing


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Discussion, Round Tables, Visiting Professionals, Workshops


Activists, Artificial Intelligence, Biotech, Blockchain, Choreography, Conceptual Art, Digital Manufacturing, Documentary, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Mixed Reality, Public Art, Robotics, Social Practice, Sound Art, Tech, Thinkers, Video Art, Virtual Reality, Wearable Technology, Web Development



Program Description

In the new post-lockdown era, what are we on the brink of? Ecological, democratic and social anxieties demand we remake our futures. Do viable alternatives exist to allow us to cohabit the planet with reimagined technologies, renewable resources, rewired communities and low-impact lifestyles? What can be accomplished if it all falls apart? What new horizons can inspire and prepare us? Artists will receive online incubation and project facilitation through Thoughtworks’ global network of technologists, and a stipend of $11,000 to cover all expenses including transportation and living costs. Mandatory dates of the program run from 1 January to 31 March 2023, with arrival required at least a few days before the program commences. The two artists-in-residence will live in RV’s (recreational vehicles) in the desert full-time throughout the program.

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