Wild Bits


Deadline for proposals: 26th of December 2021 (included)
Results of the open call: February 2022
Residency dates: 7th until the 28th of July 2022
Residency location: Estonia

The project Wild Bits is an exhibition concept that proposes a temporary art park in the wilderness. The exhibition looks for points of contact between people, technology and nature. The technological art installations consisting of sounds, lights, texts, sculptures or their online counterparts are placed in natural spaces like forests, fields, swamps and lakes.

With this open call Maajaam is seeking proposals for installations, interventions or processes to be installed/performed in landscapes spread out around Maajaam that explore the human condition in a contemporary technological society. The artworks should withstand outdoor conditions.


Maajaam is situated in an old farmhouse, but is nonetheless operated as a media art experimentation residency. It lies on the frontier of these overlapping normalities, extending an invitation to contemplate, question and explore the aspects of a technological society, its influence on our behaviour, perception and thinking as well as on our surrounding environments.


The residency will take place in the summer of 2022. The residency lasts for 3 weeks. The produced works will remain in Maajaam and will be displayed on satellite exhibitions in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania until 2025. This is the first of multiple open calls to find works for Wild Bits exhibitions during 2022 - 2025.


In total we will select three to five projects for the 2022 residency period. We are open to all artists from around the world. Selected projects receive an artist fee of €2000 and a travel grant. The average budget per project is €5000. The production will be assisted by organizers by providing production facilities, tools, local manufacturing partners, specialized know-how and a smoke sauna experience.


Main selection criteria:

  • suitability of the idea considering the assignment
  • feasibility of the production plan
  • environmental impact of the project
  • project’s ability to relate to the surrounding landscape

The selected works for this call are partly funded by Tartu 2024 European Capital of Culture and Kaunas 2022 European Capital of Culture. One artist will be selected from Lithuania as the residency is co-funded by Kaunas 2022 European Capital of Culture.

The collaborator from Lithuania will be the landscape design festival Magenta, an official partner of Kaunas 2022. The Magenta festival will present three of the selected works to Lithuanian audiences in September 2022.

Residency production camp will take place from the 7th until the 28th of July, 2022 in Maajaam. As an exception we could organize one or two individual residencies on other dates.


Is COVID-19 vaccination required?
We expect the participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a valid certificate of recovery.

Do artworks stay in Maajaam after 2025?
The future of the art works after 2025 will be settled per project basis.

Can I propose an artwork that has been exhibited before?
We would prefer new works that are developed in the residency, but we also accept works done before to be adapted to the new landscape.

What equipment and facilities are provided in the residency?
You can see the residency possiblities on Maajaam website. If Maajaam does not have some specific tool or equipment, we try to rent or find a service locally.

Cover photo by Luisa Greta Vilo and Agnes Müürsepp. Made during light painting workshop in Maajaam.