EOI Space, Network, Memory: Media Art & the Transitional City

Expressions of interest are now open for writers to participate in Space, Network, Memory: Media Art and the Transitional City, an immersive, innovative, collaborative writing event focused on the spatial limitations and possibilities of media art, artists’ engagement with networks of all kinds, and the radical layers of memory-making that characterise lived environments.

Space, Network, Memory will produce a publication that critically addresses a significant body of creative work, interwoven with broader contexts and histories. This will include documentation and discussion of media art practices from around Aotearoa that engage with the interconnected themes of space, network, and memory.

The book will be written by an invited group of people as a 5 day ‘book sprint’. The book sprint is a publication methodology developed by New Zealander Adam Hyde that brings a small group of participants together to collaboratively conceptualise and write a book in an intensive and creative period of work.


While the project is grounded in the specificity of post-quake Christchurch, the book will explore the role of media art in addressing issues and possibilities of Space, Network, and Memory in New Zealand and global transitional urban environments.

Key information:

  • Book Sprint dates: 23 to 28 November 2015
  • Location: the workspace at XCHC, Exchange Christchurch, and other spaces around Christchurch city.
  • Expressions of Interest close at midnight, Tuesday 9 June


  • A book sprint is a collaborative process that develops entirely within the timescale of the event. It involves collaboratively planning, designing and writing a book over 5 days.
  • Participants will be involved in testing and exploring new writing practices in a supportive, analytical and critical context.
  • The Space, Network, Memory sprint will be facilitated by Adam Hyde, the founder of the book sprint methodology, whose role will be to guide the participants through the whole process.
  • It will be a fully immersive experience with authors living and working together for the duration of the sprint. The aim is for the authors to be immersed in the city of Christchurch five years after the defining events of 2010.

What ADA will provide:

  • Contribution to airfares or local travel costs.
  • Shared accommodation.
  • Shared meals throughout the book sprint program.
  • Technical staff and a limited technical kit.
  • Facilitators and production team.
  • Network resources.

Writers need to bring/provide:

  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Willingness to participate in the collaborative process
  • Ideas
  • A willingness to be filmed and photographed as part of the documentation process

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability and interest in working collaboratively with artists and writers from diverse backgrounds and practices.
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary media art practices in urban contexts.
  • Demonstrated writing practice that has a focus on the active generation of texts and ideas.


Applications are encouraged from artists and writers whose work explores any of the following areas:

  • Media technologies in transitional environments
  • Disaster, catastrophe and resilience
  • Field work including walking, orienteering and working site-specifically in urban environments
  • Environmental practice
  • Memory, archive formation, and history
  • media arts practice in Aotearoa
  • urban space, infrastructure and issues
  • networks of all kinds, from interpersonal to infrastructural
  • memory and media


Space, Network, Memory: Media Art and the Transitional City will be a publication that is published via online PDF, print on demand and e-book services at the end of the sprint.

The book sprint will be followed by a launch event on the Saturday following the sprint. A public roundtable discussion will reflect on the content of the book, and the sprint process.

Application process:

Applications must be in the form of a 250 word statement of interest that addresses the selection criteria, accompanied by a 200 word bio, and a 1 page writing excerpt, and received by email to booksprint at ada[dot]net[dot]nz by midnight, Tuesday 9 June.

Applicants will be notified of an outcome by email, in the week of 22 June 2015.

Background and more information available at /projects/booksprint-space-network-memory/

This event is possible with the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa