Open Artist Call – Experience Machines

Posted 18 Dec

MOD. at UniSA

The opportunity – Experience Machines as part of the HEDONISM Exhibition

The first MOD. exhibition for 2019, HEDONISM, asks whether we can design for sustainable pleasure.

This project sits within that context and asks the question:  If hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure – does it matter if the experience that produces it is real or virtual? If we could build machines that could give us endless pleasure, would you want to use one?

MOD is inviting submission from artists, technologists and makers for inclusion within a “pleasure arcade” exhibit.  These may be existing or new works.

In doing so we are inviting you to contribute to a series of speculative pleasure providing products or experiences that you might find in a carnival arcade of the near-future and invite visitors to consider whether they would like to try one.

Preference is given to artworks that facilitate visitor interactions.

Your design outcome can be developed in any medium including working prototypes, print, film, digital, or poster.  Some questions that might provoke your thinking around this include:


The Brief:

Theme: Experience Machine

Media: Communication/Illustration/object design outcome as deemed appropriate by the artist.

Target audience: Young adults aged 15-25

Goal: Design, produce and present a product that contributes to human pleasure/happiness/wellbeing through simulation.



Submission of Proposals

Open from 2 January 2019 to 4 February 2019 (ACDT)

Successful Proposals notified by

14 February 2019

Submission of Artworks need to be received no later than:

4 April 2019

Hedonism Exhibition Dates:

May 2019 – October 2019

Project support of up to $5,000 (excl GST) is offered to successful proposals for production of an exhibition grade design.


Further Information

Please email to receive a copy of the Open Call brief or for further questions.




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