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THE MAN AND THE MACHINE Call for Exhibition

Accepted media: Photography, Digital Visual Design

International Group Exhibition in Rome or Milan city. November 2020

Since the first complex and automated technological inventions (starting from the experimental science of the sixteenth century up to the current electronic and digital machines) the relationship between man and machine has characterized every evolutionary development of civilization.
Each new invention indelibly marks not only the course of technical development, but also the same vision of the world of man. A distinctive sign in the man-machine relationship is precisely the determined will of the individual and his mental structure to accept the instant modification of his habits by virtue of a new technological discovery. Today the dependence on intelligent machines is made manifest in every field concerning human activity. Especially since the 19th century, art has represented an important cultural field through which we may reflect on the relationship between man and machine, starting from the futurist experiences in the pictorial field, passing through the film productions of Fritz Lang with Metropolis and Ridley Scott with Blade Runner, up to the contemporary images of Thomas Struth in the photographic field. This call invites photographers and visual designers to propose works capable of offering a vision of the current historical and social context and responding to the theme of the relationship between man and machine.

Deadline 7th July 2020

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07/07/2020

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2020
Venice | May 21 – June 19, 2020
Deadline: March 13, 2020

Venice International Art Fair is a contemporary art fair that presents collective and solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. The 12th edition will represent a forum for direct exchange of ideas and contacts between collectors, artists, photographers, designers and art professionals. The art fair features paintings, sculptures, photography art, installations, video art and live performance.

Venice International Art Fair, organized by ITSLIQUID Group in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, will be held in Venice, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space from May 21 to June 19, 2020, at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi from May 22 to June 19, 2020 and in other prestigious venues and historical buildings.

Venice International Art Fair provides artists and exhibitors with the unique opportunity to present their works to an international audience of professionals as curators, gallerists, collectors, editors and publishers who seek to acquire, publish and encourage the best contemporary art talents.

Venice International Art Fair 2020 analyzes the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban settings in contemporary time, through two main sections: LIQUID ROOMS and FUTURE LANDSCAPES.

LIQUID ROOMS analyzes the hidden parts of our identities, through an immersive experience inside the fascinating universe of the complex labyrinths of our consciousness. The human body is a changing system that connects us with other bodies and spaces to perceive the surrounding reality; a strong communication system with its own language and infinite ways of expression.

FUTURE LANDSCAPES are abstract, infinite and conceptual, associated with a sense of freedom and infinite extension. Primarily experienced with the mind, spaces redefining their limits and borders, transforming surfaces in open flow of pure ideas. This section focuses on the concept of the borders and the structures between body, mind and soul, the human identity and the city, the space and the ground.

Deadline for applications is March 13, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

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03/13/2020

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BORDERS - ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival

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CALL FOR ARTISTS
BORDERS | Venice July-Nov 2020 
ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival
Deadline: June 18, 2020

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to announce the open call for BORDERS – ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival.

BORDERS, curated by Arch. Luca Curci, will be presented in Venice at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and in other prestigious venues between July 23 and November 29, 2020 in the same period of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale “How will we live together?”, chaired by Paolo Baratta and curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis.

The festival focuses on the concept of “borders”, between the soul and the body, the man and the city, the city and the ground. The festival analyzes the idea of human and urban borders, how people live them and how they are modified in contemporary society. Every human being lives in a world in which the limits, the borders, shape their attitudes and behaviors, limiting the freedom and creating a sense of alienation. The man reacts breaking the limits and finding a new way of life. We imagine a world of “liquid cities”, where differences create new possibilities and exchange possibilities, instead of being social barriers.

BORDERS Festival consists of 3 main events:

– BODIES+CITIES SKIN from July 23 to August 21, 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and from July 24 to August 21, 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi 
Deadline for applications is June 18, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

– FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES from September 03 to October 02, 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and from September 04 to October 02, 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Deadline for applications is August 02, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

– FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the Experimental Festival Exhibitions and the Venice Architecture Academy, from October 15 to November 29, 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and from October 16 to November 29, 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Deadline for applications is September 03, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

 

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06/18/2020

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Festival Opera Prima

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This call for entries is opened to italian and international groups or artists that practice experimental theatre.
EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE is the proposal of a work that really experiments with the dramaturgy (interpreted as scenic composition), the actor, the spectator and the scenic space.
In other words, experimental theatre is all that unconventional theatre pursuing:
the autonomy of scenic language from a written play; the redefinition of the scenic space; the  reformulation of the role and the gaze of the spectator; an original actors' training; a deep connection between the actors, the company and its poetic.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

The call is opened to Italian and international individuals or groups working professionally in the field of professional theatre and performing arts, structured in any legal form that allows them to fulfill the administrative and bureaucratic practices necessary to realize their performance.
Only artistic projects that realize an experimentation with scenic languages, according to the points mentioned above, are eligible for selection. Amateur works, drama theater and performances of entertainment won’t be taken in account. The Festival commission selects both original works that have not been yet performed, as well as works that have already debut, but which have not had an adequate circulation and / or visibility. The festival is normally not programming performances longer than 60 minutes.

The selected performances are going to be included in the 2020 edition of Festival Opera Prima.
All expenses and practices concerning organization, communication, staff, promotion of the event will be in charge of the organization of the Festival.
At each selected company will be paid, after the presentation of an invoice, a fee that has to be agreed and will be guaranteed the possibility of lodging at an affiliated guest house (just for the people working in the performance).

CALENDAR AND PLACE OF PERFORMANCE

All the performances are going to be realized in Rovigo inside the spaces used by the Festival from the 10th to the 13th September 2020. It is possible to realize performances also in unconventional locations and outdoor. The artistic direction can ask to the selected company to realize more replies of the performance.

Deadline: 
03/31/2020

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: BORDERS | Venice May-Nov 2020

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BORDERS | Venice May-Nov 2020
ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival
Deadline: April 19, 2020

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to announce the open call for BORDERS – ITSLIQUID International Art and Architecture Festival.

BORDERS, curated by Arch. Luca Curci, will be presented in Venice at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and in other prestigious venues between May 28 and November 27, 2020 in the same period of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale “How will we live together?”, chaired by Paolo Baratta and curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis.

The festival focuses on the concept of “borders”, between the soul and the body, the man and the city, the city and the ground. The festival analyzes the idea of human and urban borders, how people live them and how they are modified in contemporary society. Every human being lives in a world in which the limits, the borders, shape their attitudes and behaviors, limiting the freedom and creating a sense of alienation. The man reacts breaking the limits and finding a new way of life. We imagine a world of “liquid cities”, where differences create new possibilities and exchange possibilities, instead of being social barriers.

BORDERS Festival consists of 3 main events:

– BODIES+CITIES SKIN from May 28 to July 10, 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and from May 29 to July 10, 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Deadline for applications is April 19, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

– FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES from July 23 to September 11, 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and from July 24 to September 11, 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Deadline for applications is June 21, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

– FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the Experimental Festival Exhibitions and the Venice Architecture Academy, from September 24 to November 27, 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and from September 25 to November 27, 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Deadline for applications is August 23, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the Experimental Festival Exhibitions and the Venice Architecture Academy, from September 24 to November 27, 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and from September 25 to November 27, 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Deadline for applications is August 23, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

The participation includes the following services:
– exhibition space dedicated to the artist’s works
– assisting with customs formalities, international shipping and local transport
– assisting in finding accommodation for artist
– the design and the printing of invitation cards, posters
– the global and local press office, publicity, press, banners, totem, etc.
– the realization of the exhibition website and dedicated press releases
– mounting and dismounting of the exhibition
– exhibitions opening event with drinks and food
– a one day dedicated presentation, talk or workshop focusing on the artist’s career
– a dedicated interview published on ITSLIQUID website and spread on our social networks
– providing services and drinks for small meetings at the exhibition places for invited guests
– a printed catalogue that will include all the participants

Artists interested in taking part in our shows, are free to be sponsored and supported by institutions, organizations, governments and their representers; the logos of their sponsors will be included in all the communication (digital and print) of the events. Artists are free to take part in one or more events.

The festival also aims to discover the interpretations of borders between built and unbuilt geographical contexts, the complex spatial mechanisms within contemporary cities and territories, to understand these underlying cultural philosophical, political and aesthetic value systems that influence the production of architectural form. The investigation concerns not just territories’ borders: the festival focuses on the design and the construction strategies applied to the contemporary “skin and bones” architecture, on the thin surface that divides and connects the inner places with the outer spaces, from the single buildings to the huge metropolis’ borderline.

Deadline for applications April 19, 2020 (11.59 PM of your local time)

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Entry fee always depends on the number and dimensions of the artworks selected.

Deadline: 
04/19/2020

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PLACE, PEOPLE AND TIME: situation becomes subject

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Residency dates:Sun 23 – Sat 29 August 2020.
Apply by: midnight Wednesday 15 April 2020.

This group residency has been devised by The Museum of Loss and Renewal in partnership with artconnexion, Lille. The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s curators are Agents of Change / Agents de Changement with artconnexion in 2020-2021, working with the organisation to stimulate its evolution through key concerns such as a renewed dialogue between artists, citizens and society. The Group Residency is a means to collectively investigate and reflect on a site and to present its conditions and possible futures, resulting in public exposition. 

The residency is offered for creative practitioners working in all creative disciplines and for those who have a strong interest in the investigation of site. Applications from other fields where site is used to develop, document, explore, explain, interrogate, plan and propose such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, geography, geology, geotechnology, history, landscape design and writing are welcomed. 

FOCAL POINTS OF THE RESIDENCY

- Creative practices
- Interdisciplinarity
- Technologies
- Co-learning
- Individual practice
- Collective platform for encounters
- Experimentation
- Site in flux
- Future 
- Humanity and nature
- Exhibition and seminar outcomes
- Outcomes presented internationally

APPROACH

The group residency will provide a partially-structured and hands-on programme to enable residents to develop their skills and understanding of how to investigate site as part of a creative practice and for public presentation. The residency experience is designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and experimentation through production, research, co-learning and presentation. Residents will work collectively and individually. The residency is devised around the idea of ‘people, place and time’ and the programme will be situated in and around the municipal community of Filignano, Italy. Structured around a set of innovative co-learning modes, participants will investigate the location that comprises of a cluster of contemporary villages, residing amidst Samnite and Roman settlements, all accessible by foot. 

In addition to each resident’s individual work, there will be a final outcome in the form of an exhibition at artconnexion, Lille curated by The Museum of Loss and Renewal, with a related thematic seminar at the University of Lille, France in 2021.

The aim of this residency is to investigate the site collectively, focussing on issues including history, humanity and nature, land-use, labour, economy, the socio-political and climate crisis in order to imagine its future role. A central concern is how creative practices can present new ways of imaging and shaping our future worlds in the face of multiple crises, whether ecological or existential. Of immense historical importance since pre-Samnite times, the area and its people has been defined by two world wars and waves of migration caused by economic poverty. The landscape presents the evidence of this activity, as contemporary citizens attempt to reinvigorate their community while experiencing the effects of an aging population, the introduction of new community members due to international refugee and migrant crises, increasing depopulation in the region resulting from lack of employment and the subsequent re-wilding of the terraced landscape, and climate crisis.

Alongside individual practice, the residency will have a focus on co-learning and knowledge exchange, creating opportunities to learn from each other. An emphasis will be placed on ‘banking’ knowledge, with participants contributing to an emergent, guided situation based on a number of operating principles. A series of group sessions supported by specific co-learning models will enable you, without hierarchies, to explore your own practice and the residency’s focus: ‘Counter-mapping’ (guided on-foot exploration of territory), ‘Slow Siting’ (24 hour clock replaced by a new method of sharing and understanding site), ‘Micro-Macro’ (close-looking at resources to interpret nature and man’s impact) and ‘Storytelling’ (custodian of local museum, architectural historian) will focus on attention to detail and the residency location’s place in and relation to the wider world. Value will be given to the individual knowledge and experience of each resident in sessions that gather and ‘think-with’ modes of working in contemporary practices. By producing collectively the residency will investigate why it is necessary to identify, activate and actualise diverse publics for contemporary art locally, regionally and internationally. The Residency Programme will be facilitated by Amanda Crabtree (cultural producer and researcher, director of artconnexion) and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen (artists, educators and curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal; residents of Collemacchia). 

By presenting and discussing key subjects such as experimentation (focused and embracing possibilities of failure), analogue-digital relationships, methods and approaches for investigating site, and modes of public presentation, we aim to facilitate an ongoing creative dialogue between making and being while immersed in the stunning environment of Collemacchia’s mountain landscape itself.

Opportunities for participants to share work in progress will happen throughout the residency, enabling conversations and peer support. Surrounding this loose structure, there will be time to develop your own work and to experience the local environment.

LOCATION

The residency is located in Collemacchia, a small village within Italy’s National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, a protected area of exceptional significance and beauty. Engagement with the natural world begins on the doorstep and the mountainous landscape offers an excellent environment for reflective practice. The ancient, undisturbed and extensive terrain holds a rich and complex history visible in the area’s architecture, customs, agricultural lands and forests. The area is sparsely populated by villages that are largely trilingual Italian-French-English due to the large community of emigrants who continually move between European nations, stemming from economic migration dating from approx. 1850. The village has been home to Tracy Mackenna’s family for centuries and the curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal foster strong links with the local community which is highly supportive of the Residency Programme.

FACILITIES

Residents are accommodated in two recently renovated, comfortable houses situated a couple of minutes walk from each other. Houses have fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, sitting rooms etc. A variety of bedrooms are available. Central heating. Internet throughout. Cleaning is included in cost. Group Residencies are fully catered by our wonderful cook, with an emphasis on local produce.

Studio space is located in two buildings, situated a couple of minutes walk from each other; recently renovated, and include indoor and outdoor making spaces, and desk space. Internet throughout.

FACILITATORS

The residency will be lead by Amanda Crabtree and Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen.

Amanda Crabtree co-founded artconnexion in 1994, an international organisation based in Lille, France which has produced an extremely diverse and highly influential series of contemporary art and educational projects. With its credo ‘only connect’, the organisation has a unique interest in creating connections between artists and their audiences. artconnexion produces citizen-lead commissions based on a protocol designed to enable those confronted by questions that society raises, or local development issues to take the initiative of associating with an artist via the commissioning of an artwork. The organisation has implemented over thirty major commissions in various domains such as heritage, social, medical, education and environment. Amanda also directs the Master's programme 'Art & Society' (University of Lille) which focuses on the production of contemporary art works within the museum context or as part of the public realm. 
https://www.artconnexion.org

Tracy Mackenna (Prof Emerita; SCO-IT) & Edwin Janssen (Dr; NL) are the founders and co-curators of The Museum of Loss and Renewal. Their collaborative art practice is a creative and discursive site where production, presentation, exchange, co-learning and research meet. The Museum of Loss and Renewal’s key areas of focus are social relationships, the way places are inhabited and how personal objects reflect who we are. Tracy & Edwin work with international partners to devise and present multifaceted exhibition projects that address issues of societal concern such as well-being, aging, end of life and sustainability. Tracy and Edwin are highly experienced, award winning educators who have devised and lead multiple group learning projects situated within the international museum and gallery sector, and higher education.

RESIDENCY FEE

The Residency Programme is operated on a non- commercial cost covering basis, and is financially supported by The Museum of Loss and Renewal in order to keep fees low. The residency fee is €930 (Euro), to be paid by the artist. This fee includes accommodation in a variety of spacious rooms with full board (3 meals each day). Ingredients are mainly locally sourced and meals are prepared by our excellent cook, Alessandra. Special diets can be catered for.

A deposit of €310 (Euro) will be required within three weeks of accepting a place on the residency. The remaining balance of €620 (Euro) is payable six weeks in advance of the residency start date.

You will be responsible for funding and organising your own travel, your own insurances and any visa requirements particular to your country of origin. Detailed travel information will be supplied (closest airports Naples, Rome), and collection/drop-off at a local train station will be arranged.

We do not have external funding for this project, so regret that we are unable to offer assistance with fees, flights, production costs or other subsistence. Typically, successful applicants source funding by applying to their national arts funding bodies, personal fundraising, or through academic institutional support. Formal letters of invitation can be provided to assist in this process.

Deadline: 
04/15/2020
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