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DEMO RESIDENCY: EXISTENZMINIMUM Open call

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Kaunas Artists’ House (KAH, Lithuania) together with Kulturni Centar LAB (Novi Sad, Serbia) are starting to carry out the Reciprocal Residency Programme DeMo (abbreviation of Decoding Modernity). The programme aims to explore the connections between different modernities and to unravel modernity as a phenomenon in the broader sense of time and space and across cultural, scientific, societal and industrial developments.

SUBJECT

The call for the creation of a vast infrastructure of  multi-unit residential buildings, using new construction technologies and standartisation and adhering to principles of sanitation and basic existential needs (Existenzminimum, as it was termed in German), became a cliched catchphrase in the attempt to define the goals of modernist architecture.        

 Vaidas Petrulis in “Architecture of Optimism” (ed. by Marija Drėmaitė, 2018)

In order to expand the notion of modernity, Reciprocal Residency Programme DeMo will be dedicated to the analysis of the modern architectural term EXISTENZMINIMUM and the intensity of its meaning in these fluctuating times. At the same time the theme of the open call is conceptually determined by the current instabilities and pandemic crisis which also define the limits of our existence as well as the restrictions of Western modernity. Besides the very wide meaning of the term EXISTENZMINIMUM is an architectural definition used to maintain the human needs to have comfortable and accessible housing after WWI. The term was coined by German post-war architects of the New Objectivity who were eager to build as much cost-effective housing as possible, partly to address Germany's postwar housing crisis, and partly to fulfill the promise of  Weimar Constitution. What would be our minimum existence demands for living conditions today? How did it change during quarantine? How do we perceive the post-war architectural principles now? 

The artists from Serbia and Lithuania are encouraged to apply with project proposals that would reflect on the historical, urban and social developments in terms of living conditions in between the needs and demands while researching, reflecting on the key technical term of EXISTENZMINIMUM, the space for survival. The artists are expected to develop an interdisciplinary research based project and during the physical residency time to realise it using modernist spaces of Kaunas or Novi Sad.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

In order to provide a broader perspective on modernity or modernities DeMo, a three-year programme (2020-2022) of Kaunas Artists’ House, together with the Derry ~ Londonderry Center for Contemporary Art, the thankyouforcoming residency program in Nice, the Culture Center LAB in Novi Sad, and other partners is inviting artists, curators, cultural field researchers, and multidisciplinary collectives to explore the possible interfaces, overlaps and divergences between the different modernities, their forms and expressions.

More information about the partners and the residents can be found HERE

 

CONDITIONS

The Residency Programme will be divided in two stages:

  1. Introductory part: two months of online research and project development with the guidance of local experts (1st of November – 31st of December), 2020;
  2. Three weeks of physical residency time in Kaunas (for artists from Serbia), in Novi Sad (for artists from Lithuania), 2021(the time will depend on the state of the pandemia);

All interested artists are invited to submit an application by 7th of October 2020, meeting the following criteria:

  • to be professional in architecture, public art or visual arts;
  • to have knowledge of critical urban theories would be an advantage;  
  • to have good English language skills.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Selected artists, 2 from Lithuania and 2 from Serbia, will receive:

  •  artist fee of 800 Euros, 2020;
  •  project guidance and personal online consultations with the local experts for residents’ project development, November - December, 2020;
  •  accommodation and daily allowance for the period of 3 residency weeks in Kaunas and in Novi Sad;
  •  travel* to/from Serbia to/from Kaunas and materials support for the art production in 2021;
  •  access to Kaunas city/Kaunas district (LT) and Novi Sad/Serbia (RS) networks and resources.

*if you are not based in Serbia/Lithuania, please note our travel budget is calculated for travel from/to Serbia/Lithuania.

KAH (Kaunas) and KC LAB (Novi Sad) render itself as disability-friendly institutions however the buildings of KAH and KC LAB currently are inaccessible for persons with wheelchairs. 

Deadline: 
10/07/2020

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International Art Competition Artist's Choice

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Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st "Artist's Choice" Online Art Competition for the month of September 2020. This is the open subject competition. Artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art. All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate. First, second and third place will be largely displayed with an article about the artist and their work. Winning artwork (First place) will be on the poster of the show. $15 for 2 images. You can enter more than once. Deadline: September 24, 2020.

Prize summary: 
All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate, First, second and third place will be largely displayed with an article about the artist and their work. Winning artwork (First place) will be on the poster of the show.
Prizes Details: 

All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate, First, second and third place will be largely displayed with an article  about the artist and  their work. Winning artwork (First place) will be on the poster of the show. Depending on the number and quality of all submissions received, Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards may also be presented.
All accepted works will be displayed with the artist name, title of work, and a link back to their website, or email address if they do not have a website. All Accepted artists will receive extensive online publicity and promotion on our website.

 

Deadline: 
09/24/2020

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Fee Detail: 
$15
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Art on the Campus 2021

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OVERVIEW

The West Des Moines Public Arts Advisory Commission and Parks and Recreation Department invite regional artists (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota) to submit an Artwork Application to participate in the 9th annual Art on the Campus public art exhibit. Art on the Campus is a temporary outdoor exhibit, displayed on the West Des Moines City/School Campus from April to November each year. 

EXHIBIT DETAILS

Selected artists are paid a $2,000 stipend for the use of their artwork. 

A selection panel will choose up to 12 original works of art for installation.

The artist retains ownership of their work and agrees to loan it to the exhibit.  During the exhibit, the artwork will be covered under the City’s insurance for the retail value of the artwork; however, artists must also carry standard liability insurance coverage. Artists are required to provide proof of liability insurance if selected. 

A People’s Choice vote will be taken throughout the duration of the exhibit. When the exhibit is complete, the People’s Choice artwork will be named and shared with the public, and the People’s Choice winner will receive a $500 award.

A recognition event will be held at which members of the community, WDM City Council, WDM Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and featured artists are invited to celebrate 2021 Art on the Campus exhibit.  Invited guests will have the opportunity to view the selected works. Artists are asked to attend and give a brief oral description of their artwork. More details to come.

The Art on the Campus exhibit will be promoted in the local media. Marketing efforts will include but not be limited to:

· An article in WDM Magazine (direct mailed to all WDM households and businesses)

· News and information on the WDM City Web Site (www.wdm.iowa.gov)

· WDM Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts

The Art on the Campus exhibit is a listed feature on the Otocast app, a mobile audio guide. Selected artists are required to work with Otocast staff to record a short narrative about their artwork.

*The City of West Des Moines reserves the right to photograph and reproduce images of the artwork on exhibit for promotional and educational purposes. 

EXHIBIT LOCATION

The West Des Moines City/School Campus is a centrally located area that is home to several facilities utilized by the community including an elementary school, freshmen high school, the WDM City Hall, the WDM Public Library and the WDM School District’s Learning Resource Center and the new Jamie Hurd Amphitheater. A half-mile walking trail encircles the centrally located pond. Selected works will be installed on 4’ x 4’ concrete pads that are located around the pond and adjacent to the walking trail. 

INSTALLATION OF ARTWORK

Artists are responsible for all costs, equipment, and labor necessary for the delivery, installation and removal of their work and assume all risk and damage to their work before and during installation and during and after removal. Work not appropriate for installation onto a 4’x4’ concrete base will not be allowed. Lighting and power will not be provided at the artwork locations. The artist shall affix their artwork to the concrete pad in such a way that non-authorized removal would not be possible. The City of West Des Moines will not provide labor nor equipment for install.     

SALE OF ARTWORK

Each selected piece of artwork must have a pre-determined purchase value or sale price that is set by the artist. If someone desires to purchase one of the displayed artworks, 15% of the sales price will be paid to the City of West Des Moines. These funds will provide future funding of public art in West Des Moines. The $2,000 stipend provided to the artist is not part of any sales transaction. Artwork must remain on display throughout the duration of the exhibition.

ARTWORK CRITERIA

All artwork must be the original work of the artist (in concept, composition, and execution) and suitable for outdoor public display. Works will be selected by a selection panel comprised of WDM Public Arts Advisory Commission members and local citizens, artists, and business representatives. The following criteria will be used in the selection process:

Required Artwork Characteristics

·Artwork that is suitable for public viewing

·Artwork that displays high quality technical skill, imagination, and innovation

·Artwork that is suitable for outdoor display in adverse weather conditions

·Artwork that has soundness of construction, is durable, and is safe for viewing

Desirable Artwork Characteristics

·Artwork that creates a sense of discovery, surprise, and emotional connection

·Artwork that uses kinetic devices, optical effects, dynamic shapes, or bright colors to create a vibrant and interesting exhibit

 

People’s Choice Winner 2020

“The Sacrifice”

 

·Artwork that is participatory

·Artwork that is whimsical, uplifting, and creative

*Decisions by the selection panel are final and not open to negotiation.

ART ON THE CAMPUS 2021 EXHIBIT TIMELINE*

Call for Artists issued                                                                        August 31, 2020

Artwork Applications due                                                                 October 30, 2020

Selection panel deliberations and recommendation               November 2-13, 2020

Notifications of selection to artists                                                By December 15, 2020

Delivery and installation of artwork                                               April 1-14, 2021

Exhibit open to the public                                                                 April 15–November 15, 2021

Removal of artwork                                                                           November 16-30, 2021

*The City of West Des Moines reserves the right to change the project timeline.

ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY. APPLY AT www.wdm.iowa.gov/CallforArtists

Applications due by 5:00pm on October 30, 2020

Contact Allison Ullestad (Arts, Culture, and Enrichment Supervisor) at 515-222-3455 or allison.ullestad@wdm.iowa.gov with questions.  View the current Art on the Campus exhibit at www.wdm.iowa.gov/AOC.

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$500
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$500 for People's Choice Award Winner

Deadline: 
10/30/2020

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Light Valley Junction Public Art Project

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ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY

“Light Valley Junction” Public Art Statement

Historic Valley Junction is the gathering place that is the heart and soul of West Des Moines – a delightful mix of old and new, bridging generations with unique shops, vibrant events and a walkable hometown feel. Historic Valley Junction is West Des Moines’ original main street.

The Light Valley Junction Public Art Work Group wants to celebrate the past, present and future of this unique place through a public work of art. The Work Group wants every person who experiences this specific commissioned artwork to feel a sense of excitement and a connection to the community. The Work Group wants residents and visitors to be enticed to engage with the artwork and feel alive in its presence.

The project will include a permanent commissioned work of art to be sited on public property in a public walkway located on the west side of the 200 block of 5th Street. The work of art may be a single piece or made up of multiple pieces and must include the use of light in its design. The total budget for the project is $50,000. This not-to-exceed total must cover all artist fees, design and engineering including structural and electrical, fabrication, installation, lighting (excluding electrical service), site visits, and other related expenses.

SELECTION & PROJECT CRITERIA

Selection of a finalist or finalists will be based on the following:

Quality of letter of interest

Quality of work samples

Background and prior work experience including community engagement

Demonstration of project understanding and ability to meet project schedule

Consideration of project criteria in conceptual design proposal

The artist’s concept, final proposal, and ultimately the final artwork will need to meet certain criteria. Artwork should:

Fulfill the “Light Valley Junction” Public Art Statement (see above)

Incorporate lighting as an integral part of the artwork

Be colorful and eye-catching; high-impact and engaging

Be low maintenance, durable, and resistant to vandalism; able to withstand extreme weather conditions

Be aesthetically and photographically pleasing; draw people in

Be appealing both day and night and during all seasons

Be able to be installed entirely on City-owned public property

Include a high level of community engagement that is incorporated into the development of a final proposal by the selected artist

May be one or multiple pieces of art

ELIGIBILITY

Artist or artist team:

Must have completed 2 commissioned outdoor public works of art of $25,000 or more. Experience with incorporating lighting elements in public art preferred.

Must show an understanding of the community of West Des Moines and the Historic Valley Junction district; special consideration will be given to those artists who show familiarity with the district in their proposal (no travel costs will be covered for any pre-selection site visits).

Must be a regional artist who currently resides in one of the following states: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota; special consideration will be given to artists with an Iowa connection.

Must be able to participate in a virtual interview, if needed.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are encouraged to apply.

REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS

In digital format only.

Provide the following in a single PDF document (work sample JPEG’s can be sent in separate files):

Contact information for artist / artist team members

One-page letter describing interest in project and approach to design; please include statements addressing eligibility criteria, community engagement, and project criteria

One-page biographical information or resume for lead artist(s) (include one paragraph for each team member if artist-led team)

Three references (contact information only) for recently completed projects of similar scope

Work samples: include 3-5 work samples showing projects completed within the last 5 years with up to 3 digital images of each project. Save all standard JPEG images and label each with applicant’s full name and number in sequence with list of work samples

One-page document listing all work samples. Please provide a brief description and budget for each

No more than 3 pages showing artist’s initial concept for the Light Valley Junction Public Art Project that may include sketches, images, and text

Deadline: 
10/02/2020

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International Art Competition Skies

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Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 2nd "Skies" Online Art Competition for the month of September 2020. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. All entries must include the sky as the primary focus. The gallery seeks artworks with any perspective of the sky, including clouds, night and day sky, dusk and dawn, storms, stars, moon and planets. All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art. $15 entry fee. Deadline: September 10, 2020. 

Prizes Details: 

All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate, First, second and third place will be largely displayed with an article  about the artist and  their work. Winning artwork (First place) will be on the poster of the show. Depending on the number and quality of all submissions received, Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards may also be presented.
All accepted works will be displayed with the artist name, title of work, and a link back to their website, or email address if they do not have a website. All Accepted artists will receive extensive online publicity and promotion on our website.

Deadline: 
09/10/2020

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$15
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Botanicals Art Contest

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Grey Cube Gallery proudly presents the first Botanicals online art contest for the month of September 2020. The gallery invites artists and photographers to share their artistic vision using any work with interpretation of botanical and floral art (flowers, herbs, fruit, leaves, plants and related floral subcjects). All visual art mediums (except video and sound) are allowed. The Best of Show winning artwork will be displayed as the poster of the show. All winning artists (Merit Award & Honorable Mention) will receive a digital award certificate. $16 for 2 images of artwork. You may enter more than once. Deadline: September 3, 2020. 

Prizes Details: 

- All winning artists will receive a digital award certificate.

- Best of Show, first, second and third place will be largely displayed with an article  about the artist and  their work.

- Winning artwork (Best of Show) will be on the poster of the show.

- Depending on the number and quality of all submissions received, Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards may also be presented.

- All accepted works will be displayed with the artist name, title of work, and a link back to their website, or email address if they do not have a website.

- All Accepted artists will receive extensive online publicity and promotion on our website.

Deadline: 
09/03/2020

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Fee Detail: 
$16
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