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Call for Proposals: Homing Instinct


STORAGE is now calling for short film proposals for an international project which examines the current housing crisis, and the human necessity for housing, shelter, and belonging.

Proposals due: 15 September 2023

Homing Inst
inct is a programme partnership between STORAGE (Bangkok), CIRCUIT, The Physics Room, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space (Aotearoa New Zealand) and Composite (Australia).

is offering one 3000 NZD commission to a Thai artist to make a new short moving image work which will become part of Homing Instinct, and tour to partner venues in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.

When/Where will Homing Instinct show?
It will be initially hosted with public screenings across three international sites: CIRCUIT, The Physics Room, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space (Aotearoa New Zealand), Composite (Australia), and STORAGE (Thailand), with potential to travel subsequently.

Why this project now?
Homing Instinct is a response to living in a time that requires not only redress of housing inequalities, but as part of that, more expansive conceptions of housing-shelter-belonging. In awareness of the social and environmental climates effects which see the increasing displacement of people, the exchange of stories around housing and home is both politically and personally necessary. As a whole, the project intends to foreground empathetic, powerful, visionary discussion about the future of housing, shelter and belonging in our respective contexts, and to assert the importance of embodied, spiritual and psychological elements within any discussion of housing.

What kind of works are sought?
We are seeking proposals that consider the following topics;

Works focused on the physical materiality and effects of built housing structures. This may span socially-oriented architectures, critique of and reflection on urban gentrification processes, renters’ rights, to imagined future housing. These works may register the disjunct between housing as something physical, that we can see, and its status as a human right.


Works that focus on the metaphysical, considering the house or home or built architecture as an extension of the body, and asking what needs and desires are met through the idea of shelter, experientially and psychologically constituted as well as through tangible structures. This notion of home may be expansive, manifesting relationally between people, whenua/land and te tai ao/the environment more broadly.


Works that focus on questions of belonging. These may include how to respond to the question “where are you from?” How are we able to connect and be located as diasporic communities? Are there relational modes of belonging found in care for other living beings—including ancestors and the cosmological beings—that are more-than place based? 


How to apply
To apply, please submit a pr
oposal in English that includes:

- a description of the proposed project (up to 1 page in length)
- a bio of the artist, and details of an
y proposed collaborators
- video links to previous work

Please email your proposal to

[Subject line: Homing Instinct]

About the Project partners

The Physics Room
: Based in central Ōtautahi Christchurch since 1996, The Physics Room is a contemporary art space dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and critical discourse in Aotearoa New Zealand.

CIRCUIT: Founded in 2012, CIRCUIT Artist Moving Image is a non-profit arts agency that supports New Zealand artists working in the moving image.

Composite: is a new space in Melbourne Australia dedicated to supporting experimental cinema.

Enjoy Contemporary Art Space: Established in 2000, Enjoy is a non-profit organisation dedicated to developing contemporary art practice—and the audiences and discussion around contemporary art—through exhibitions, events, publishing, artist residencies and other activities.


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