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OPEN CALL: Micro Commission Opportunity for The 404th Wall

3 - 10 September 2014 ProjectSpace

Deadline: 10 September 5pm GMT

The NewBridge Project, in connection with ISEA2014 Dubai, hosted The 404th Wall: an amazing 10-day experience exploring the possibilities and tensions of technology in defining location. As part of this, we announced a commission opportunity to create your own take on the dreaded 404 Error Code.

Submissions were made on the project’s website.

Project information

What brings us closer potentially tears us apart. This is the underlying theme of The 404-th Wall, an experimental springboard of new platforms for participatory and new media practices. Hosted by The NewBridge Project and spearheaded by artists Alexia Mellor, Anthony Schrag and Dominic Smith, The 404-th Wall is a satellite project of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), taking place in Dubai, 30 October-8 November, 2014. Referencing both Denis Diderot’s term “breaking the fourth wall” in which the boundary between audience and performer is removed, and the dreaded 404 Internet Error Code, The 404-th Wall presents a series of daily live-streamed events between Newcastle and Dubai, and new media interventions in the NewBridge Project Space exploring the connections and tensions created by our ubiquitous screen-based experiences. From Google Hangout Tea Parties, to commissioned new media pieces made visible only when the Internet connection drops, The 404-th Wall investigates our changing modes of communication as our interdependence with our screens increases.

What we want

We are commissioning a number of 404 error pages from artists. This is an open call for more pages. Proposed work can be embedded video, animation, interactive, prose, sound, etc. Anything we can embed in the error page.  It’s a small commission and what we are really looking for is a playful, inventive take on the usual 404 page.

What we are offering

The successful applicant will receive a £200 stipend

The work will be shown both online and in the gallery from 30th October – 8th November whenever things break (that’s what it’s for!) it will remain in use online as one of the website’s 404 pages.

How to apply

Please use the submission form on the project website to apply. Please note, due to time restrictions we can only reply to the successful applicant (which is why we have tried to keep the application process below very simple.)


  • Deadline for Submissions 5pm GMT 10th September
  • Deadline for delivery of work 1st October
  • Successful applicants will be informed by 15th September 5pm.