Storytelling commission open to bilingual (German-English) digital artists

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We are looking to commission a digital artist for a storytelling commission between April and December 2022 to create a 6-part multimedia diary. This commission is open to artists globally. You must be bilingual (German-English). You can be a solo practitioner or part of a group. We actively encourage artists from working class backgrounds and minority communities to apply. The value of this 9 month commission is €18,000 (inclusive of VAT). 


Between April – December 2022 we’ll introduce you to 14 socially-engaged cultural practitioners across Germany – from theatre to dance, visual arts to music. We want you to document their artistic process in a creative way.

You’ll engage with them virtually on a 1-2-1 basis via a platform of your choice. You may choose to interview them or ask them to send you audio-visual material to share their creative processes with you.


Between April and December 2022 you’ll create a six-part multimedia-diary based on your interactions with these practitioners. You’ll be working with audio, video, images and words (see below). As for tone of voice, we’re looking forward to working with someone who has similar values/traits as us – equal parts idealistic and cynical with GSOH.

For audio: You’ll have support from our in-house electroacoustic artist to create a soundtrack for your audio diary episodes. This can include sounds sent by the practitioners based on your questions or provocations. The audio will be shared online via Soundcloud.  

For video: You’ll create videos that may include footage of your virtual conversations or any material you ask the practitioners to share. The aesthetic of these short videos is entirely up to you. The videos will be shared online on Youtube and through Instagram Reels.

For images: You’ll upload photography, drawings, stills and other images of the process, which may include work-in-progress, moodboards, creative inspiration and material sent by the practitioners. These images will be shared online via Instagram.

For visuals: You’ll work with our in-house comic artist to co-produce a script for them to develop comic strips. These strips will be shared online and may be printed. In print, the reader will be able to access audio and video via AR.

How to apply:

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We know applications can be tedious and time consuming, and we’ve done our best to ensure that is not the case. Your answers should help us get to know you a bit better. We’re looking forward to conversational and relaxed submissions. We will arrange an interview with the shortlisted candidates.

Key dates:

Submission Deadline: November 19, 2021
Interview with shortlisted candidates: December 3, 2021
Successful candidate notified: December 8, 2021

About Digital Identities:

This commission is by Digital Identities. We run projects to develop better models of social impact. Our programmes have run in 13 countries – from Culture Labs in Bilbao (Spain) to engagement projects in Stockholm (Sweden) and storytelling experiments in Mumbai (India). In 2016 Digital Identities set up the Urban Sustainable Development Lab in the UK. Our flagship project, Care View, to help frontline health workers re-engage socially isolated residents, received co-funding from the European Space Agency in 2020.


Please write to Abhay – contact (at) digitalidentities (dot) info
or on Twitter – @gopaldass (open DM)

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