[Hackathon_may] VR Online Art Residency

Project title: VR Online Artistic Residence

One-liner: purpose: we’ll organize an Artistic Residence to facilitate collaboration between VR developers and non-digital fine artists.

Project DAO: VR-dao

Challenge area: “Propose your own challenge”.

Project members

  • Juliana Matsumura (jmm.near)
  • Sâmia Siqueira (samiasns.near)
  • Frederico Parreira (frnvpr.near)

Project summary

We’d like to create an online artistic residency program which will bring together emerging non-digital artists, art researchers and VR developers to facilitate their collaboration and mutual growth. This online residency program will provide a series of online talks, webinars and workshops about Art + Technology, NFTs, augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR), from the standpoint of visual arts and art research, promoting dialogue and collaboration. One of the main goals of this online art residency is to give opportunity for non-digital artists to create VR art projects in collaboration with VR developers/builders, facilitating the encounter between traditional media art and new-media art. The program will include academic art researchers and professional curators presentations with possible challenges and visions for the future of art (its ecosystem, market, production, institutions).


  • create a platform and community to discuss art + technology (NFTs, VR art, AR art)

  • promote emerging artists

  • push boundaries: create a channel of communication between non-digital artists and VR builders; create a channel between Academic Art Research and blockchain technology.

  • help closing the gap between the traditional/mainstream art channels (museums, art institutions, universities, artists-run projects) and DAOs.

  • implementation of projects and transactions in the NEAR ecosystem.

  • help create NEAR Wallets and introduce the participants to the different platforms in which they can interact with peers.

  • use the NEAR token to reward participants.

  • discuss ideas and possible aesthetic and virtual experience problems and share visions about the future of art.

  • discuss new ways to exhibit artistic work online; currently what exists is the traditional exhibit space being transposed to the metaverse, and we believe there are new and exciting ways to do it.

  • bring more people to the NEAR ecosystem and advance the idea of DeFi and collaborative DAOs.

  • help increasing credibility and critical thought to a rapidly growing field, increasing resilience and long term stability.

  • promote NFT’s among traditional visual arts channels.

Additional sections

Who organizes:

  • Juliana Matsumura: Visual artist born in Sao Paulo, 1993. Lives and works in Lisbon since 2013 collaborating with Arroz Estúdios as Social Media Assistant and Studio Manager. She graduated in Drawing at Ar.Co School and has attended Fashion Degree at University of Sao Paulo. The artist is a member of the art collective Risco Coletivo and she is also part of the contemporary art group Now.Here Lisboa. She’s been exhibiting her work since 2017, having participated in many art residencies, workshops, events and collaborative projects.

Role: Project management, production communication and participation with an art project.

  • Frederico Parreira: Writer born in Lisbon, 1986. Lives and works in Lisbon. He studied Multimedia at Escola Superior de Comunicação Social (Escs), Cinema at Universidade Lusófona and Literature at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In the beginning of his career worked in cinema as a cinematographer and director. His first short-film. Caímos Juntos, was selected for the festivals IndieLisboa 2013 and Curtas de Vila do Conde 2013. Since then has worked primarily as a writer and script-doctor, collaborating both in short and feature films, for example with TerraTreme filmes. In 2017 was awarded a literature scholarship from the CNC-Centro Nacional de Cultura. He is a late but enthusiastic crypto adopter.

Role: Project management, production, talk mediation and communication.

  • Sâmia Siqueira: Sâmia Siqueira holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at ISCTE- IUL and graduated in Museology at Brasília University. Her research is based on the study of possible relationships between new technologies, museums and Art. She has experience in working with museums, with emphasis on cataloguing collections, preventive conservation and setting up exhibitions. She has worked as a museologist in several Brazilian institutions such as Casa da Memória da Arte Brasileira, Galeria de Arte do Banco Central, Museu Vivo da Memória Candanga, among other spaces. Currently she participates in the European project Migrantour with the Associação Renovar a Mouraria and also works with the Coletivo Tarimba. Coletivo Tarimba is an art collective founded in Lisbon, in 2018, by eight women working in the arts and humanities. Tarimba was born from a desire to promote the work of young artists internationally and within the Portuguese contemporary art scene - curators, collectors and researchers. Without their own space, Tarimba works in partnership with alternative and institutional venues to promote exhibitions. Besides that, the collective has a social program to include the local community in their activities.

Role: Project Management, Art Research contribution, Academic connections, talk mediation.


Here’s our visual outline of the project :slight_smile:

excited to talk about this soon :blush:


Anyone who wants to collaborate join us on our discord https://discord.gg/t7kqNvax :building_construction: :building_construction:


Here’s the video presentation>>


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github submission


Hello, discord invitation is invalid, can you update that :slight_smile:

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@dbc here you go! https://discord.gg/EudSvbbD

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This idea sounds like it could be rolled into the VR DAO to encourage more people to participate.

Do you have VR developers lined up to pair with residents?

Would this be a quarterly program? How many people would participate in each residency?



we already have a couple of VR artists confirmed for the workshops and residence, and a developer is almost confirmed, but we’ll need a couple more.

The program will probably be implemented quarterly, but that still has to be decided among the DAO members; i think this next week everything will be decided.

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yes, sounds good.
the next step will be to bring more VR specialists to the project for sure!!
Quarterly or 3 times per year sounds reasonable as we intend to have different phases in each program. Also one of the purposes of the residency is to bring together artists and VR specialist so they can meet each other’s work and promote spontaneous collabs instead of selecting the pairs previoulsy.

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