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OPEN CALL: Futureless - QueerFeminist Group Exhibition

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For the upcoming Futureless group exhibition, taking place between April 1 and 9 at SomoS Berlin, the SomoS curatorial team is calling for ephemeral installations, durational art pieces, performative lectures/projects as well as discourse-based work and other art forms that deal with topics related to queer/feminist* futures, including:

  • The role of imagination, fantasy, fiction and speculation in shaping alternative futures.
  • Digitization, technological and scientific development.
  • Earthly, ecological and environmental precarity.
  • Ecosexuality and the relationships between humans and the rest of nature.

Deadline: January 26, 2020, midnight

Application fee: none

Eligibility: international artists working in any medium

From their political root, queer/feminist identities, ideas and actions offer alternative perspectives on how society can be continuously shaped and reshaped differently. With the capitalist dream of progress fading, the Futureless group exhibition recognises an important history of queer/feminist futurism that generates possibility through imagination; the writing of Samuel R. Delany and Octavia Butler, films such as Lizzy Borden’s Born in Flames, Shu Lea Chang’s Fluido and the cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as the art of Juliana Huxtable and Rebecca Belmore, all come to mind to name just some examples.

The loss of a future once thought by some as great and bright leaves us in a futureless state. Such a state may feel at once empty and ominous, yet also appear as a vast and promising site for speculative fiction and fantasy. In this futureless void, queer/feminist answers become not only increasingly relevant, but also more articulate. What does it mean for queer/feminist thought and art that the future is missing? How can we dream of and interpret the present as seen from the future? 

Artists may respond to some of the following questions:

  • Which mythological, fantastical or other-worldly perspectives or examples are beneficial for life on a precarious planet? 
  • What does a queer/feminist utopia look like? In contrast, what does a queer/feminist dystopia look like?
  • What is the future of gender?
  • How can we foster a queer/feminist ecosystem?
  • To what extent is ecological struggle the struggle for universal emancipation?
  • How may we perform rituals to recognise the loss of the future?
  • What are the connections between queer/feminist perspectives on future and others that are formed out of minority positions or resistance, e.g. Afrofuturism, indigenous futurism, decolonization, Trans Futurism, among others?

Both existing works as well as new works are eligible for participation.

Submissions to the exhibition should include a detailed description of the artwork or project. We will look at any proposal with great interest and an open mind, but are especially eager to include installation based pieces, works that are durational, participative and/or interactive, for example, performances, and other works that take shape over time, works that are built in situ before or during the exhibition, works that create their own environment or that involve building an environment that is the backdrop to a performance as well as works that invoke all these forms and incorporate discourse into them through lecture, text etc.

Selected artists/performers will be invited to participate in a group exhibition at SomoS Art House in Berlin that will take place from 01.04.2020-09.04-2020.

*Please note: Considering the common questions of gender and sexuality, we included both queer and feminist perspectives in this Open Call. We encourage submissions that are both queer and feminist, as well as other submissions that lean towards one term or the other. We aimed to express this through the formulation of queer/feminist throughout the Open Call.

Please visit our website below to find out more and to submit your proposal.

Deadline: 
01/26/2020

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Free.
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Urban Challenges - Take part in a photography exhibition in Berlin

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As the urban population is growing steadily, cities are increasingly facing new important challenges - let them be social, environmental or economical. Our urban experience keeps on transforming and new questions arise every day. How to share the space? How should we build? Is there enough space for sports, health and culture? Where do people work? What is the role of the public institutions? Which places are left for the communities? How to integrate the digital world and improve mobility? Which are the alternatives to the cars? How can cities become a responsible actor when climate change is concerned? Which sustainable options do we have? How to create connections? If the issues raised are numerous, they may as well open up new perspectives to enhance the quality of life of citizens. Either documenting the reality or imagining future transformations, we would like to discover the work of photographers embracing this topic.

The selected artists will take part in a collective exhibition at the gallery of B-Part in Berlin in February 2020.

Deadline: January 5, 2020

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Deadline: 
01/05/2020

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Open Call for Artist in Residence« in the context of 11. Darmstadt Photography Days

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»Artist in Residence«

in the context of »11. Darmstadt Photography Days«

on Rosenhöhe, Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1, Darmstadt (DE)

On the occasion of »11. Darmstadt Photography Days« (24 April to 03 May, 2020), the festival’s organizers and the society of »Kultur einer Digitalstadt« (»Culture of a Digitalized City») provide an opportunity to international artists to apply for a three-month artist’s residence at Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1 on Rosenhöhe in Darmstadt, Germany. Emanating from this year’s topic of »11. Darmstadt Photography Days«, the residence is supposed to enable the artist(s) to escape from everyday life, with the aim of finishing or devoloping an art project.

The results of the residence will be exhibited in the Atelierhaus during the festival.As a precondition, artists have to give up a short personal statement (preferably via their social media profiles) explaining why exactly they deserve to receive the possibility of escaping their everyday life with the residence.

The programme — This is what you can expect:

Time Period: 03 February to 03 May, 2020

The Possibility to live and work at an inspiring space (resort + artists’ colony), expenses of the residence to be beared by the programme (no participation fee for the artist(s))

Preparation and realization of a solo-exhibition, vernissage in line with the opening of »11. Darmstadt Photography Days« on 24 April, 2020

Artist talk/ public presentation to an audience in April 2020

The programme’s benefits:

Living in a fully furnished three-room apartment house on Rosenhöhe (built in the 1960s, recently renovated in 2018)

Artist’s fee of 1,500 EUR per month (three months in total)

Your own working space, in close proximity to the adjacent Atelierhaus, equipped with a kitchenette and desk

The Atelierhaus at your disposal for the exhibition

Travel allowance for your travel to/ from Rosenhöhe from/to your current place of residence; necessary research travels during the residence within the Rhine-Main-area supported by the programme

Joint conception, assumption of production costs (up to 2,000 EUR) as well as support during the installation of the solo-exhibition in the context of »11. Darmstadt Photography Days«

Promotion of the production process of your project via the means of communication of »11. Darmstadt Photography Days« and the society of »Kultur einer Digitalstadt«, ideally throughout the production process; documentation of the whole project

Curatorial and professional supervision by the project management provided to the artist(s) in residence, as well as interesting meetings, exhibitions and events within the art scene of Darmstadt

Research support 

Bike, Wifi, a DIN A4 b/w printer as well as information material about Darmstadt will be provided

 

Personal contribution and responsibilities of the artist(s):

Towels and bed linen have to be brought along

Subsistence costs

Insurances and, if necessary, costs for a visum have to be organized and paid for in full by the artist(s)

A deterrent fee of 500 EUR as part of the total costs of production for material/ production of the work and solo-exhibition is expected to be paid by the artist(s). The work realized within the period of the residence will become the artist’s property 

Organization of the artist(s)’ travel to/ from the residence and necessary transports have to be organized by the artist(s); refund of costs through the programme only possible after previous consultation with the organizers

Equipment, technology, media (computer, phone, camera etc.) to be brought along, and if necessary insured by the artist(s) for the period of the residence

The artist(s)in residence agree to the gratuitous and temporally unlimited supply and use of photo- and information material of their works within the context of »11. Darmstadt Photography Days« as well as publications by the society of »Kultur einer Digitalstadt«

A high willingness to cooperate towards the festivals’ and society’s team in preparations of the solo-exhibition is expected from the artist(s)

 

Background information about the residence’s location

At the end of the 19th century, an artists’ colony was founded in Darmstadt, as it was common in other places in Germany at the same time as well. Between 1899 and 1914, several renowned artists of the art nouveau lived and worked on Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt. In the 1960s, the city of Darmstadt established a new colony for artists. For this, seven studio- and residential houses, planned by Rolf Prange, Rudolf Kramer, Bert Seidel, Heribert Hausmann and Reinhold Kargel, were errected at the Park Rosenhöhe (adjacent to Mathildenhöhe) from 1965 to 1967. Among others, writer Heinrich Schirmbeck, poet Karl Krolow, art historian Hans Maria Wingler and sculptor Wilhelm Loth lived and worked here.

In 2018, the house previously owned by Family Hensel was completely furnished with financial means of the city and has since been in use of the society of »Kultur einer Digitalstadt«. The society’s aim is to try out different ways of events and support for both artists, researchers and experts within various and interdisciplinary fields of practice, in the Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1. The studio- and residential houses combined constitute an architectural ensemble. The other six identical building complexes on Rosenhöhe are partially occupied by artists. An open garden connects the settlement’s houses with each other. Through the adjacent Mathildenhöhe, the historical artists’ colony and the neighbouring Hochschule Darmstadt/ Faculty of Design, Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1 additionally becomes a place with special importance for the contemporary artists living there for a limited period of time.

»Bizarre Escapes — Humour in Photography«

About this year’s topic of »11. Darmstadt Photography Days«

Humour and photography share more common aspects than is superficially apparent. Both of them probe the status quo, exaggerate events and process experiences from a specifically selected viewpoint. With pointed precision, photography employs odd perspectives in order to visualize, in concentrated moments or by means of unconventional staging, the world in which we live. Only through captivated contemplation can we gain new insights. Humour charmingly takes a look at the everyday, sketching its opposite with a slightly displaced gaze, playing with superficial associations – and causing things below the surface to flare up. Humour or satire in the image are able to visualize comical situations, surprising turns and unexpected contradictions. 

The distanced or displaced mode of contemplation conveys new perspectives to us – and ideally, societal action can be derived from the unexpected findings. At all events, these findings make the gravity of life more bearable and query our attitudes, values and prejudices.

 

A jury, consisting of the following members, will chose one or more suitable candidates for the residence:

Lukas Einsele (CEO of the society of »Kultur einer Digitalstadt«)

Julia Reichelt (Director of Kunstforum of TU Darmstadt)

Alexandra Lechner (photographer/ founding member of »Darmstadt Photography Days«/ RAY-Curator)

Gregor Schuster (photographer/ founding member of »Darmstadt Photography Days«)

Deadline: 
12/15/2019
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LAST MINUTE OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS April - June 2020

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"PILOTENKUECHE" is an international art program based in Europe's boomtown Leipzig, Germany. The independent project is organized by artists with a transdisciplinary background between art, theory & sciences with the aim to support and boost artistic experience.

 

The project invites within the “International Residency Program” selected artists from around the world to come and work in the 465m² communally used, fully remodeled space for a period of three months, with 24h studio access. Each accepted artist is offered a partial stipend. We maintain engagements with several partners, and by introducing our artists to these, make it possible for participants to cooperate with and exhibit in other venues. Our concept encourages experimental strategies and embraces a trans-disciplinary ethos, aiming to provide our participants with the experience of accomplishing something collectively. In a group of around twelve international artists working in the space and two local participants participating on our program activities, a stimulating dialogue becomes vital in fostering an independent position in one's work while binding the individuals temporarily within the group, which leads to a long-term network that exists even after the program is over.

 

Participants receive all documentation necessary to apply for funding and the visa process. If required, the project can assist with additional individual reference letters. One of our accepted artists is not able to come and and we’re looking for artists to participate on our program in the 43rd round from April – June 2020 until 15.01.20.

 

TERM: April – June 2020

DEADLINE: 31.01.20

WHAT WE PROVIDE

Our “International Residence Program” fuses the use of studio space with internal and external program activities. The Studio space consists of:

 

  • one furnished up to 36m² large space per artist in our 465m² large communal loft hall including wifi and all side costs (water, heating, energy, kitchen, toilet etc.)
  • approximately twelfe artists per month working in the space
  • furnished shared used tea kitchen
  • costs / participation fee: 1400 EUR* / 3 months, per artist including a
  • prior payment: 450,00 EUR per artist to hold the place in the program, not refundable, refundable by cancellation (3 months before the residency starts)
  • the fee covers the studio & the participation cost
  • travel costs, art materials & living accommodation are additional The project offers one shared apartment which hosts two artists.
  • Living accomodation is additional. The project offers one shared apartment which hosts two artists.

We will benefit the last minute decision of the selected artist financialy to reduce the costs.

we also hava a place free in our flat! Last minute discount 300EUR**

*The fee includes the partial-stipend of 1400,00 EUR from “PILOTENKUECHE”, with directly subsidizes the full program fee of 3200,00 EUR. A further last minute discount about 400,00 EUR because of the short time is already considered.

** a room in our flat can be offered for1100EUR per 3 monthes instead of 1400 EUR.

 

The Program activities consists of

  • studio visits,
  • contact to the local art szene,
  • organized museum tours,
  • scheduled art critiques,
  • two group exhibitions in interesting venues.

 

EXPECTATIONS

Participating artists are expected to participate with the program objectives, to contribute to a collective enterprise, and be open to work with others.

 

Prizes Details: 

costs / participation fee: 1400 EUR* / 3 months, per artist including a

prior payment: 450,00 EUR per artist to hold the place in the program, not refundable, refundable by cancellation (3 months before the residency starts)

Deadline: 
01/31/2020

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
1400,00EUR
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Fantastic Beings: Body Sculpting & Assemblage Workshop

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In the Fantastic Beings workshop, Spanish multidisciplinary artist Iria Do Castelo will teach you how to build a human-like sculpture using plaster bandages, homemade paper mache, clay and found objects. The workshop is designed to give an opportunity to participants to improve their creative process and explore new paths of sculpture and assemblage together with an established artist.

The workshop is suitable for anyone, artist or not, from 18 and above. All materials will be provided, but participants are also encouraged to bring along curious objects that they may wish to incorporate into their sculptures. Registration is required.

SomoS presents the Fantastic Beings workshop that is held by Iria do Castelo as a way to highlight the imaginative opportunities that are possible when sculpture, assemblage and the body come together. Inspired by Gothic art, eroticism, dreams and the dark depths of the human psyche, in her own work, do Castelo creates perverse and disruptive settings in which sculpture draws on emotion rather than formal rules. What often emerges from do Castelo’s creative process are fantastical creatures that bear resemblance to human figures. With do Castelo as a guide and teacher, participants of the Fantastic Beings workshop will be led to replicate their own bodies, transforming their moulds into new non-human, biomorphic compositions with the aid of assemblage techniques.
The possibilities are infinite.

Fantastic Beings workshop
Saturday-Sunday, December 7-8, 10am-6pm
60 euros for both days, including material (can bring additional objects)
Language : English

The workshop is open to anyone, artist or not, from 18 years and above. Please register by sending an email to somos@somos-arts.org

Deadline December 1st

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LAST MINUTE OPENCALL FOR ARTISTS

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LAST MINUTE OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS

PILOTENKUECHE, Leipzig / Germany

January – March 2020

"PILOTENKUECHE" is an international art program based in Europe's boomtown Leipzig, Germany. The independent project is organized by artists with a transdisciplinary background between art, theory & diverse sciences with the aim to support and boost artistic experience.

 

The project invites within the “International Residency Program” selected artists from around the world to come and work in the 465m² communally used, fully remodeled space for a period of three months, with 24h studio access. Each accepted artist is offered a partial stipend. We maintain engagements with several partners, and by introducing our artists to these, make it possible for participants to cooperate with and exhibit in other venues. Our concept encourages experimental strategies and embraces a trans-disciplinary ethos, aiming to provide our participants with the experience of accomplishing something collectively. In a group of around twelve international artists working in the space and two local participants participating on our program activities, a stimulating dialogue becomes vital in fostering an independent position in one's work while binding the individuals temporarily within the group, which leads to a long-term network that exists even after the program is over.

 

Participants receive all documentation necessary to apply for funding and the visa process. If required, the project can assist with additional individual reference letters. One of our accepted artists is not able to come and and we’re looking for artists to participate on our program in the 42th round during from January – March 2020 until 30.11.19.

 

We will benefit the last minute decision of the selected artist financialy to reduce the costs.

we also hava a place free in our flat! Last minute discount 300EUR*

 

TERM: January – March 2020

DEADLINE: 30.11.19

 

ALL OTHER DEADLINES

Round July – Sept.: 2020: 30.09.19

Round Oct. – Dec. 2020: 30.11.19

Round Jan. – March 2021: 30.01.20

Round April – June 2021: 30.03.20

 

*flat can be offered for1100EUR per 3 monthes instead of 1400 EUR.

 

WHAT WE PROVIDE

Our “International Residence Program” fuses the use of studio space with internal and external program activities. The Studio space consists of:

 

one furnished up to 36m² large space per artist in our 465m² large communal loft hall including wifi and all side costs (water, heating, energy, kitchen, toilet etc.)

approximately twelfe artists per month working in the space

furnished shared used tea kitchen

costs / participation fee: 1400 EUR* / 3 months, per artist including a

prior payment: 450,00 EUR per artist to hold the place in the program, not refundable, refundable by cancellation (3 months before the residency starts)

the fee covers the studio & the participation cost

travel costs, art materials & living accommodation are additional The project offers one shared apartment which hosts two artists.

 

We will benefit the last minute decision of the selected artist financialy to reduce the costs.

 

*The fee includes the partial-stipend of 1400,00 EUR from “PILOTENKUECHE”, with directly subsidizes the full program fee of 3200,00 EUR. A further last minute discount about 400,00 EUR because of the short time is already considered.

 

Living accomodation is additional. The project offers one shared apartment which hosts two artists.

 

The Program activities consists of

studio visits,

contact to the local art szene,

organized museum tours,

scheduled art critiques,

two group exhibitions in interesting venues.

 

EXPECTATIONS

Participating artists are expected to participate with the program objectives, to contribute to a collective enterprise, and be open to work with others.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Who can apply?

Artists from all artistic disciplines (installation, videoart, sculpture, electronic music, painting, drawing, performance, photography, net art etc.) are invited to send us an application.

Prizes Details: 

1400EUR per 3 months, living cost are additional

Deadline: 
11/30/2019

Entry Fee:

Contact & Links: 

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