Please answer The call from The Space

Marlene Mee Ahrens
Oct 28, 2014 · 3 min read

Have you ever heard about The Space? I hadn’t until a few days ago when a friend told me about their Open Call for artworks made for mobile devices.

It reminded me of a few years back when augmented reality was the next big thing and everyone wanted to put layers on top of reality. Back then I dreamt of finding an app that could turn my street into a derelict cityscape with vines crawling up the broken bricks of my apartment block.

I never found that app although I am sure it existed because the idea wasn’t really that original. However I am sure there are people out there with truly original ideas. If you are among them you should consider answering the open call from The Space.

You don’t need to be a trained artist in order to participate. Actually you don’t need to be anything except 18 years or above and on your own. There is no limit to what you can do as long as your idea exists on the internet and can be experienced on mobile devices.

Winners will be offered a paid commission of up to £50.000, an online platform to publish their work as well as training and mentoring support to help develop their expertise.

One of last year’s winners Nick Ryan and Cath Le Couteur (“Adrift”)

In order to get a feeling of the variety of projects check out the winners of 2014. Here you’ll find everything from an interactive documentary portraying hackers, activists and subversive bloggers to an audio visual web project that tells the story of hidden space junk and connects audiences live to the thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting above our heads.

Screenshot from The Polyfauna App by Radiohead

I personally love art that’s interactive and available outside the “White Cube”. I have enjoyed immersing myself in the strange and poetic world of Radiohead’s Polyfauna App or travel through space and sound with Björk’s Biophillia App.

But I am still looking for an art experience that will take place out in the streets. In my view this is one of the greatest potentials of mobile art. We bring our mobile devices with us everywhere we go. This gives artists a unique opportunity to create a layered space where reality and art can blend into something that no one has ever seen before.

If you know how to do this then please do answer the call from the Space and do it before the deadline, which is November 14, 2014.


The Space is a not-for-profit public service set up by the BBC and the Arts Council of England for artists and audiences around the world. They do around 50 commissions a year and this is their second Open Call to find new talent with genuinely groundbreaking and original ideas for art.

    Marlene Mee Ahrens

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    Former journalist who still loves to write. Cand.it (DDK) with a passion for social media,new technology and ideas, books,museums,music and much more