Announcing Triple Canopy Commissions at New York Public Library Labs

Apply via the online form by end of July 7, 2015. Commission recipients will be announced September 2015.

For the sixth annual call for proposals, Triple Canopy is pleased to announce a partnership with New York Public Library Labs, which will support two commissions. Triple Canopy invites applicants to propose projects that engage a collection or body of materials, physical or digital, in the NYPL’s holdings. Applicants are asked to consider archival material both critically and imaginatively, in its capacity to evidence past events and practices as well as to form the basis for new creative work. Individuals pursuing research toward an MA or PhD thesis may not apply with a proposal that encompasses or includes their degree-related work. Research collections at the NYPL available for study can be viewed here.

To apply:

Triple Canopy is interested in forging connections between books, manuscripts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, among other forms, and the magazine’s digital publishing practice. The editors invite artists and writers to submit proposals for projects that may or may not find their primary realization on the Web; the following list, by no means exhaustive, enumerates some of the formats such projects might take:

  • Print broadsheet, poster or pamphlet
  • Book or e-book
  • Digital project
  • Software deployed outside of Triple Canopy’s website
  • Public lecture or seminar
  • Performance
  • Reading
  • Screening
  • Exhibition or installation

Triple Canopy is looking for artists and writers with coherent proposals for projects that can be realized in one year or less. Triple Canopy seeks work that makes innovative, persuasive use of its own form and medium. While past publication or experience is not a prerequisite, successful applicants will demonstrate fluency in the field in which they wish to publish. Triple Canopy prioritizes work by emerging artists and writers working in the fields of visual art and literature, broadly defined; the editors appreciate work that takes into account current discussions and debates but is not bound by them, work that is carefully crafted but not fixated on form. Additionally, Triple Canopy encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with the magazine’s online platform, which features a custom system for authoring and presenting digital projects. Read more about that platform here.

Recipients of Triple Canopy Commissions at NYPL Labs receive:

  • Eight to twelve months of artistic, editorial, and technical support;
  • Six months of access to one of the research study rooms at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building;
  • Access to reference librarians for one-on-one consultations;
  • An honorarium of $2,000;
  • The opportunity to present work related to the commission as a public program hosted by the NYPL;
  • Coordination and production of any print publication or live event that results from the recipient’s work;
  • The opportunity for inclusion in Triple Canopy’s annual print anthology, Invalid Format;
  • Archiving of materials and long-term maintenance of any online version of the project by Triple Canopy in partnership with New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections.

About NYPL Labs:

NYPL Labs is an interdisciplinary team working to reformat and reposition the Library’s knowledge for the Internet age. Labs combines core digital library operations (digitization, metadata, permissions, reproductions, etc.) with a publicly engaged tech, design, and outreach team focused on enabling new uses of collections and data, collaborating with users on the creation of digital resources, and applying new technologies to library problem-solving.

Past Triple Canopy projects that engage with archives critically and creatively include: