Call for Submissions: Universe In A Glass

Deadline: March 1st, 2017

Co-Presented by TAISSubtle Technologies, and the Gardiner Museum

Curators:  Zach Pearl and Benjamin Edelberg

There is more life in a drop of ocean water than most major cities on Earth. Yet, this awesome reality is invisible to the naked eye and goes largely unnoticed. TAIS, in partnership with the Subtle Technologies Festival and the Gardiner Museum, invites submissions of animated shorts (10 min. and under) that reveal the interconnectedness of all living beings on our planet through water.

In particular, we are seeking pieces that consider the significance of “cycles”, “systems” and the journey from macro to micro as these ideas relate to both the process of animation and the study of ecology. As a practice with a long history of visualizing data, this screening will highlight the power of animation to communicate complex concepts and act as an ambassador for scientific discovery.

Artists who are not primarily animators but wish to explore animation for the sake of this topic are encouraged to apply. Keeping in mind the immense diversity of life that water sustains, this program also welcomes submissions from an equally diverse spectrum of cultural perspectives, aesthetics and media.

Screening Date: May 17, 2017
Screening Location: The Gardiner Museum’s Terrace Room



Interested applicants may submit up to 2 works for the jury’s consideration. Please include the following materials in your application:

• CV (up-to-date, 3 pages or less)

• Artist Statement (that responds to how the proposed works address the theme)

• A completed List of Works form. Download the form HERE.

2 Ways to Send in your Submission:

1) Combine all materials into a single PDF and upload HERE

2) Submit via Film Freeway below or click HERE




We welcome international submissions, but priority will be given to Canadian animators.

We invite submissions from independent artists and collectives—submissions from studios are not eligible.

Only pieces that are 10 minutes or less will be considered.

Works must be recent (2014 to present)



A submission fee of $3.00 CAN is required. Payments can be made online from the Subtle Technologies website through PayPal or through Film Freeway.

All selected artists will receive a fee in accordance with the IMAA fee schedule and CARFAC recommended rates. Fee amounts are based upon the length of the selected work(s). All fees will be remitted in Canadian dollars.

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ABOUT Subtle Technologies


Subtle Technologies is a Toronto-based platform for community building and knowledge sharing at the intersection of art, science and technology. Their annual festival invites a curious public to engage with ideas at the leading-edge of Canadian creativity while acting as a physical node for collaboration and exchange between diverse communities working across disciplines. Through strategic partnerships they program year-round ‘satellite’ events that educate and incubate the next generation of makers and thinkers. Subtle Technologies also provides support and consultation to projects generated by those encounters.

“Universe In A Glass” is part of the 20th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival, EXQUISITE CROPS: Farms, Food & Future Ecologies taking place May 10 to June 25, 2017.

ABOUT the Gardiner Museum


The Gardiner Museum is Canada’s national ceramics museum, and one of the world’s great specialty museums. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection. The Gardiner Museum is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. 

“Universe In A Glass” is presented in connection with the Gardiner Museum’s upcoming exhibition Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary, on display from February 14 through May 21, 2017.


TAIS programming is presented with the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts

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