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Call for texts and artworks on the topic of power

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arranca! is an activist print magazine based in Berlin, and we just released the open call for our next issue on POWER.
We are looking for texts in German, and images/visuals that tackle issues around power from a sociopolitical, leftist, feminist, queer etc. perspective.
Find our open call (in German) here: https://arranca.org/files/arranca-cfp-55_machtfragen.pdf

Prize summary: 
publication of your work
Deadline: 
08/February/2021

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R.A.R.O. en red. New program 2020/2021 Activism and Resistance.

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This special edition of the virtual follow up program is intended for artists, cultural managers, curators and researchers, who from different languages ​​address issues such as: inclusion, memory, social protest, inequality, gender, institutional violence, human rights violations, social tensions, among other problems in their works and / or projects.

 

 Our goal is to deepen the artists' professionalization

 giving them the opportunity to have a personal feedback on their work.

 

 The program will have the participation of Fátima Pecci, Augusto Zaquetti and Colectivo Etcétera, who will share their theoretical and comprehensive point of view on the participant's work.  The artists will also be provided with the advice of the R.A.R.O. team made up of artists, curators, historians and cultural managers.

Deadline: 
24/November/2020
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ALL IS LEAF: The Phoenix Earthship Residency

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Meet All Is Leaf… A roaming residency program featuring art retreats in novel spaces dedicated to fostering socio-ecological consciousness within the creative practice through deep, meaningful engagement with the earth and others.    

Found among the notes of the poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe is the claim:

“Everything is leaf.”

Through his fascination with plants and an in depth examination of their totality, noting the “morphology” of the natural world, he concluded that every part of a plant is leaf.  On nature, Goethe wrote, “We live within her, yet are foreign to her. Conversing with us endlessly, she never divulges her secret… Nature is even the unnatural. Those who cannot see her everywhere do not see her clearly anywhere.” 

 

All Is Leaf is now accepting submissions for The Phoenix Earthship Residency from April 11-17, 2020. All creative beings seeking dedicated time to contemplate land and earth and who desire participation in sustainable creative acts to change the world are encouraged to apply. If your work advocates awareness, innovation, or revolution towards a better relationship with our earth and each other, we want to hear from you.  Stay in a 5300 square foot earthen complex while making art and interacting with the beautiful New Mexico landscape, flora, and fauna.  This is a one-time residency experience, as All Is Leaf is a nomadic program looking to introduce artists to new ways of making and thinking concerning astute environmental consciousness.

     

The Phoenix is an Earthship.

An Earthship is a brand of passive solar earth shelter that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds.

The Phoenix Earthship is a 5300 square foot earthen complex, a work of sustainable art and an ongoing experiment in sustainable design which was featured in 2014 as one of Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Eco-Stays.  It includes a jungle greenhouse which creates its own microclimate and outer greenhouse features towering banana trees, grape vines, birds, turtles and even a fish pond, an Earthship-inspired chicken coop and run, an outdoor fire pit with seating, BBQ grill and outdoor eating and sitting area. A cozy fireplace with water fountain, free WiFi and TV with Netflix are also available and are all solar-powered. Custom finishes abound in this fantastical Earthship, including stained glass and handmade tile. The outer attached (or second) greenhouse is busy with plants, live birds ~ that fly about freely and a fish and turtle pond. There is a large yard with a fire pit, and propane grill. The property is high mountain desert and is completely off-the-grid.  The sunrises and sunsets are special every day, and the non-existent light pollution makes star gazing one of the favorite activities of visitors and residents alike.

The Earthship is located in the Greater World Community, the world's only Earthship subdivision. Started in 1994, this Earthship subdivision is the only official off-grid subdivision in the world and encompasses 630 acres of rolling sage-covered mesa with a deep gorge and beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Guests have access to the Earthship Visitors Center free of charge to learn all about Earthships. 

     

This residency includes:

7 days, 6 nights in The Phoenix Earthship

Access to the entire Phoenix Earthship complex and the surrounding grounds for contemplation and creation of work

Meals and snacks for the duration of the residency

Application assistance for grants, residencies, jobs, etc

Transportation to local excursions (local airport pickup/dropoff also available)

Optional participation in reading groups and discussions regarding art and ecology

 

Apply as an individual artist or collaborative group.  Applications Due March 1, 2020.  

Artists notified by March 11, 2020.

 

Please submit the following materials here:

Artist Statement

Resume/CV

5 images or 3 writing samples or 3 video or audio samples of your work.

$10 Application fee 

 

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Transportation to Taos NM

Materials during residency
 

Your host…

Stacy Scibelli is an artist and designer originally from New York. Having served as faculty for several academic institutions, including Rutgers University, SUNY, and Parsons: The New School, and as visiting artist at Olin College and RISD, she has worked extensively advising students along their creative pathway and has years of experience generating creativity and accessing the flow state. Stacy’s experience with curricular development and program coordination, as well as having the honor of participating as an Artist in Residence at Mass MOCA, Otis College of Art in Los Angeles, the Boston Center for the Arts, and Intercultural Odysseys in Costa Rica, has generated a vested interest in communal art making and residency programming. Additionally, as an original founding member of The Shirey in Brooklyn, Stacy has cultivated a passion for collective art spaces and the connections made through sharing the sacred space of intentional making and meaningful work.  Stacy travels with students internationally regularly, facilitating service learning through institutions and companies such as Rustic Pathways, sharing her passion for exploration and learning through positive action and responsible education.  She is a recipient of a Mass MOCA Assets for Artists grant, a Franklin Furnace Grant, and a project grant from Possible Futures in Atlanta GA.  Stacy has exhibited at Field Projects, Proof Gallery, Present Company, and The Parlour Bushwick in Brooklyn, the Danforth Art Museum, and the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, in addition to performing at Dixon Place, the Slipper Room, and various other venues.  Stacy was recently Artist in Residence at Arts, Letters, and Numbers (http://www.artslettersandnumbers.com/) in Averill Park NY and at the Vermont Studio Center (https://vermontstudiocenter.org/), and is participating in the Labor Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in 2020 (https://sfai.org/labor-residency/labor-artists/). 

During the residency, Stacy will be available for dialogue and assistance on the art making process and concept development, as well as application consultation.  Stacy will be preparing the meals and arranging all of the excursions, which are totally optional but also open to suggestion and collaboration. 

Please take note: there are no dedicated art facilities at The Phoenix.  This residency is best suited for small works, contemplation, performance, documentation, research, and writing.  You are free to utilize the entire space and the surrounding grounds, but no alterations can be made to the property.  The mission of All Is Leaf is to facilitate access to unique and novel environments that impact the creative process.

Deadline: 
01/March/2020
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Call for Art: Craftivism: The Art of Action

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Exhibition Description: Craftivism is an art-form that fuses art, craft, and action. This broad definition creates endless opportunities for artists to innovative solutions to today’s biggest cultural, structural, and societal issues. At its best, craftivists use their work to build community, give voice, challenge systems of oppression, and demonstrate tangible outcomes. Open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local, national, and international community, Woman Made Gallery is inviting artwork in any media that focuses on the message to engage the broader community with the intend to effect change.

Juror/Curator: Shannon Downey

Shannon Downey better known as Badass Cross Stitch, is a community organizer disguised as a fiber artist and craftivist. She blends her politics, activism, and art into projects that are designed to inspire others to take action, think, discuss, engage with democracy and their community, and find some digital/analog balance.  http://www.badasscrossstitch.com/

Deadline: 
31/July/2020

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$30
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Call for Entries "America Is ..." National Juried Show, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

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Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery, located in a modern street-level space in downtown Washington, DC is seeking entries for "America Is ..." a National Juried Show scheduled for August 2 - 29, 2019. Artists are asked to submit artwork that will Explore, Ask and Answer: What is America today?

Jurors:
- Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE)
- Taylor Bythewood-Porter, Assistant History Curator, California African American Museum (CAAM)
- Jen Mergel, Independent Curator; Vice President, Programs, Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC); Founding Director, Curatorial Network Accelerator of Boston
- Jennifer M. Williams, Public Programs Manager, New Orleans Museum of Art

AWARDS Four artworks will receive Juror's Best in Show Prize of $250

Deadline: 
10/June/2019

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$50
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Art & Activism with Adbusters, Brandalism And Center For Political Beauty

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NESTLED IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES AT 750M ALTITUDE, 10KM FROM THE SPANISH BORDER AND SURROUNDED BY SNOWCAPPED PEAKS, WATERFALLS AND FORESTS, IS THE PICTURESQUE THERMAL TOWN OF AULUS-LES-BAINS. IN THE TOWN, HOUSED IN A BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED 19TH CENTURY HOTEL, IS CAMP - THE FIRST OF A NEW BREED OF ARTS RESIDENCY.  CAMP RUNS A SHORT SERIES OF FIVE-DAY ARTS, MUSIC, WRITING AND ARTS-ACTIVIST SESSIONS. THESE ARE NO ORDINARY COURSES - THEY ARE INTENSE, ARTISTIC CATALYSTS RUN BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PRACTITIONERS; CREATIVE FLASHPOINTS DESIGNED TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF EVERYONE INVOLVED. THE COURSES COMBINE WORK IN OUR WELL EQUIPPED FACILITIES WITH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN THE MOUNTAINS 

Climate change, Trump, Brexit, the rise of the right wing, increasing poverty and the increasingly desperate thrashing of late-stage capitalism - the old debate of the artist as societal mirror or social pioneer is becoming more and more obsolete as the reality becomes clearer - there is no political art, there is no activist art - all art is political, all art is politically active. The only question is - what kind of social statement is the artist making? The production of decorative canvases intended to adorn the walls of the wealthy is an active social statement. The creative hijacking of corporate advertising and communications is another.

This session will examine the responsibility of the artist in our epoque, and the opportunities for protest and social change available to active, creative individuals and collectives. It will be carried out by three of the most dynamic collectives active in the diverse fields of humanitarian / anti-capitalist / anti-corporate art: Adbusters, Brandalism and the Center for Political Beauty.

Brandalism is an international collective of artists that challenge corporate power in public space around the world. Corporate advertising influences every aspect of our modern lives: from how we feel about ourselves; our bodies; our understandings of gender, race and class; through to our perceptions of others and the world we live in. Building resistance and resilience to corporate power is at the heart of the culture wars in the 21st century so with nothing more than high-vis jackets, special keys, and shared creative principles we create the world's largest ad takeovers that hold corporate power to account. Read more about Brandalism here: http://brandalism.ch/manifesto/

Brandalism will share tactics and approaches that allow diverse artists to hack the city, challenge corporate power, and get away clean. Expect a deep dive into a range of forms of critical public art and the socio-political history of each. We'll explore solo vs collective actions, subversive tactics and more. Brandalism will also provide practical (action-led) trainings, ensuring participants have a range of resources that enable all participants to begin hacking the city where they live.

Adbusters is a global network of artists, activists, writers, musicians, designers, poets, philosophers, and punks trying to pull off a radical transformation of the current world order. Our media foundation publishes a bi-monthly magazine and invents cultural campaigns that explore the erosion of the mental and physical environment by commercial forces. 

"To resist evil is the highest achievement of human life." - Chris Hedges

As artists, you hold the power of persuasion and perspective changing. Through visual communication, you influence the way people think, feel, and act. How will you employ your skills for radical good and resist the pull of the corporate consumerist tide? Dayna Mahannah and Maggie McPhee are the campaign and project managers at Adbusters magazine. Their recent campaign, the First Things First Project, zeroes in on the ethics of the design industry and its responsibility to humanity, the economy, and the environment.

Adbusters is keen to express, through this workshop, theoretical and actionable skills inspired by the themes of expectations (and the value of subverting them), non-linear chronology (structural anarchy), and responsibility. Using the FTF Project, as well as historical and contemporary design revolutions, as examples of small scale resistance with huge impacts, you will be accoutred with the knowledge to culture jam any space. Together, we'll examine the effects of design & visual art - both good and bad - and how it exists in and narrates every facet of our lives. Find out more at abillionpeople.org

The Center for Political Beauty (ZPS) is an assault team that establishes moral beauty, political poetry and human greatness while aiming to preserve humanitarianism. The group's basic understanding is that the legacy of the Holocaust is rendered void by political apathy, the rejection of refugees and cowardice. It believes that Germany should not only learn from its History but also take action. For their part in the session, ZPS representatives Gabriela Langholf and Lotta Dorte will work with the group to form new ways to put humanistic ideals into action, looking at the ZPS's past works and intellectual foundations, then taking the results forward to create new concepts and help participants bring their own ideas into action.

Deadline: 
24/July/2019
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