Artists Commission opportunity to design an immersive ‘set’ for exhibition at QUAD

03 May 2016

Glitched! Quest for the Lost MacGuffin

Commission opportunity to design an immersive ‘set’ for exhibition at QUAD

In fiction, a MacGuffin is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The specific nature of a MacGuffin is typically unimportant to the overall plot.

About the Opportunity
QUAD is seeking to commission one artist/ artist group/ designer to collaborate with QUAD curators and digital artists to develop and design a physical ‘set’ that will be built and situated in QUAD Gallery for the exhibition ‘Glitched: Quest for the Lost MacGuffin’.

This exhibition is intended to be a curated game-like journey in which the gallery visitor explores the ‘set’ installation in the gallery space, looking for six fragments of a ‘lost’ MacGuffin. The fragments exist as ‘Augmented Reality’ (AR) - visible only through the screen of a handheld tablet computer; the AR is activated when the tablet camera detects a symbol or marker embedded within the set. Once the gallery visitor has found all six fragments, which will appear in the corner of the tablet screen, the ‘lost’ MacGuffin is revealed. In addition to the six MacGuffin fragments, there will be a series of 10 ‘decoy’ MacGuffins placed around the set, also viewable via AR, as well as a commissioned musical score and sound works.

The Theme
We invite you to submit a proposal that responds aesthetically and materially to the theme of a corruption, glitch or fissure in the everyday/ the world around us – glitches that can encompass a wide range of subjects including technology; the cinematic; time travel; computer games; history, and real/digital landscape. Each AR MacGuffin – real and decoy – will also exhibit glitches (but we are not asking you to design the MacGuffin’s, but your proposal will inform their design); and these glitches will be mirrored in the set on flat screens, or projected large-scale within the set, or physically built within the set.

We are especially seeking proposals that display a united concept, structure and aesthetic so that the visitor will feel immersed in the space. We would like the commissioned artist to consider the relationship and physical/virtual dynamic between the glitch space of the gallery and moments of lucid clarity or further abstraction which can be provided through the AR imagery.

The selected set design will inform the development of the decoy and ‘lost’ MacGuffin – a process that will take place in collaboration with the QUAD curatorial and digital teams. In considering your design for the ‘set’ we ask that you consider the following:

Fee: £1000. There is a budget available to fabricate the selected ‘set’.
Production budget: up to £5000

Deadline for applications: 5:00pm on Tuesday 31 May 2016

To discuss the opportunity, or request a Sketch-up plan of the gallery please call QUAD Senior Curator on 01332 285430, or email: peterb@derbyquad.co.uk  

Or to download an Application Pack, please click here.