Curation process: 'Blind'
A fair & unbiased review process that selects art of the highest quality without compromise.
- 1.Blind Curation — Meaning, submissions are taken at face value and assessed for their artistic merit by a group of curators to reduce any potential bias associated with an artist or their past work.
- 2.Fast and Thorough Feedback — We differentiate ourselves by moving quickly through applications, and we offer clear and concise feedback to artists that are accepted or rejected.
- 3.Push Artistic Limits — As a launchpad, we should always be seeking out artists and art that are pushing the limits in the space.
- 4.Clear Expectations and Feedback — The curation panel sets clear expectations in regards to the timeline for the review process. Feedback is provided to submitting artists in a concise manner to submissions that make it to curation for both go and no-go submissions.
Submissions are first screened by the curation lead for a subjective quality standard. Those submissions that do not meet basic quality standards will not make it to the curation team, and the artist receives a notification from the curation lead with the no-go decision. This is to ensure we are using the curation panel’s time efficiently. Submitters are also subject to a cool-down period at the curation panel’s discretion as we don’t want artists iterating and submitting repeatedly. The cooldown period is set to 3 weeks as a minimum.
Submissions are batch reviewed (up to a maximum of 3). Identifying information about the artist is stripped, leaving the inspiration for the work, outputs, and code. Threads are then created in the curation Discord to begin the review process per each submission. Curators should hold their initial feedback for 24 hours in a draft state within the thread before sending their comments in order for opinions to not influence other curators.
Temperature check via output review is done in each thread, with curation members providing their first thoughts and feedback in spoiler mode. Focusing on aesthetics, vision and evaluating the work relative to the gen art landscape and how it is pushing boundaries. Panellists are encouraged to allow 24 hours for each member to provide their initial feedback.
After 24 hours, each panellist will review each others comments & transition into open discussion. During the open forum discussion, the panellists have the opportunity to defend their thoughts, insights, and critiques about the submission as well as challenge those of other panellists. They may discuss the artistic merit, relevance to the platform theme or concept, technical skill, and overall impact of the works. The open forum discussion allows for a deeper understanding of the submissions and their artistic qualities, as different perspectives and insights are shared. The process encourages open dialogue, critical thinking, and collaborative decision-making. It allows us to curate an exhibition that reflects the collective vision and expertise of all of the panellists.
Votes will be conducted in an anonymous fashion over a 48 hour period.
Once a submission has been moved into the voting stage, the discussion threads will be locked & no further feedback can be provided.
If a panellist believes they have identified the submission artist, they may still vote on the condition that they have no personal relationship or have not been in direct contact with the external artist.
- Option 1: Green light (accepted): A submission is voted 60% in favour and is accepted by the studio. A minimum of 10 vote participants is required.
If the above is not achieved, the option below with the highest number of votes will be selected:
- Option 2: Amber light: A submission is rejected, but is able to resubmit after a period of 4 weeks.
- Option 3: Red light: A submission is rejected outright with no possibility of resubmission (artists may reapply with an entirely new body of work).
If a submission is invited to resubmit (i.e Option 2), a mandatory 4 week cooldown period is enforced.
Upon resubmission, the panel will only be able to choose between option 1 & 3 (accept or reject outright), where a minimum of 60% must be achieved for either outcome.
In the result of a hung jury (votes that do not receive above 60% votes in favour or above 50% against), the curation lead will be invited to cast a deciding vote.