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THE QUEER ARCHIVE FESTIVAL 2021

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Introduced to the Athenian cultural scene in 2020 by the creative platform The Queer Archive with the support of Onassis Stegi, “The Queer Archive Festival” is looking forward to a strong comeback in May 2021 to celebrate the rich and vibrant queer culture of the city of Athens and beyond.

The second edition of “The Queer Archive Festival” will take place in a variety of traditional and alternative spaces within the centre of the city. In recent years, the Greek capital has grown into a genuine queer arts kernel. This burgeoning queer art scene does not only challenge dominant narratives, but also revels in the margins and the growing popularity of the fringes.

We invite submissions from contemporary artists, creators, scholars and curators working with moving image, performance, installations and any creative medium. Particularly, we seek radical, engaging, provocative, playful and visceral artworks dealing with gender identity in most different ways. The submissions can be of already produced works or original proposals specifically for “The Queer Archive Festival” and have to be created by, for, about, or of interest to queer audiences. We do not suggest a specific theme for our festival editions, so that all applicants feel free to communicate their ideas, no holds barred. Each artist tells a personal story and we wish to provide a free platform for all.

We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 virus guidelines and its impact on the festival circuit. The Queer Archive is bound to comply with any new protective measures against Covid-19 transmission.

Deadline: 
12/20/2020

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Queer Body Horror

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Deriving from the idea of Judith Butler's unfulfilled promise of writing about “the place of sharp machines” and “the technology of the knife in debates about intersexuality and transsexuality alike,” the publication "Queer Body Horror" aims to "force an encounter with the real of the biological body and the difference it introduces into the world, the real of the sexed body, that exceeds the being of the phenomenological lived body and the discursive body, while somehow still being intertwined with these other two bodies...". To "force encounters with real and nonhuman objects and actors that cannot be reduced to correlates of human thought, language, perception, or use but that have to be approached in their own autonomous being to properly be thought": a horrifying thought, so to say. The publication argues and explores the validity of the hypothesis that there is neither Object-oriented Ontology nor Speculative Realism without Queer Theory. As such, the idea of 'Queer Body Horror' that Throne Room would love to see you explore doesn't necessarily describe the state of a body, but rather deals with the conditions it faces. It reflects on the method according to which queer space is being created in normative systems, what performative practices a queer body can and needs to adhere to in order to function therein, or to dream up a utopian or nightmarish scenario about queer bodies and "sharp machines".

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The framework includes a physical book publication with IBAN and a digital issue.

Deadline: 
11/15/2020

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CRUISING DYSTOPIA OPEN CALL

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Nouvel Organon is pleased to invite emerging and established artists, art collectives, group of artists, architects, writers, performers, philosophers, social workers and everyone otherwise involved in contemporary art to submit a project for an opportunity to participate in the exhibition 'Cruising Dystopia' which will take place October 16-19 in Berlin, Germany.

Gay cruising areas, based on utopian ideas of freedom and a sense of finally being oneself, can otherwise turn into dystopian spaces, where one comes face-to-face with the limits and borders of that same society. The act of cruising is defined by a longing for intimacy, precisely in the lack thereof from that other “world” that is so violently exclusionary.

Is the word combination cruising dystopia therefore an oxymoron, or not? With 'Cruising Dystopia' Nouvel Organon invites you to submit work related to the subject from its different viewpoints without limitation to its shape or form.

Artists are invited to submit up to 5 pieces of work, with an artist statement of max. 250 words and a 1-page CV. Projects are selected based on relevance to the theme, quality and artistic integrity. Participation in the exhibition is through a selection process done by Nouvel Organon and a partner jury.

As a non-profit organisation, there is little to no budget for production of new work, but there is for installment of existing work(s). Expenses of shipping work to and from Berlin are for the artists themselves. If work sells, the artist gets the 100 percent—Nouvel Organon takes no commission costs. We also take no entrance fees to at least make participation more democratic.

Deadline: 28 September 2020 on 12am GMT+1

Exhibition: October 16-19
Berlin, Germany

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09/28/2020

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Queer In Exile: Open Call For Submissions

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Exploring what Queer means when we are alone or without conventional social congregation. An online exhibition, and digital book, intended to record how artists and designers have responded to the concept of Queer as performance/presentation (or not) during  times when regular associations are withdrawn.

Submissions welcome from all artists and designers whose work responds to the theme and/or has been created during the current social restrictions. Work should be either 2D (digital files) or 2D (digital files) representations of 3D/performance/film/staged works. Text based work/accompanying text should not exceed 250 words.

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06/05/2020

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Over the Rainbow: LGBTQ Group Show

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Gallery 1202 is soliciting submissions for its 2nd group show,  #OvertheRainbow. The show will be held from May 15-June 26, 2020. Alternative mediums are encouraged, maximum dimensions are 5’x5’x5.’ One artist will be chosen for a solo show in 2021 at Gallery 1202.  The show will be featured online on our website, and on our Artsy page where the works will be for sale, if the artist wishes. 

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We would like to create this as exhibition to be as inclusive as possible to all artists who identify as queer or non-binary, who work in mediums not typically seen as traditional, but who are a master of their materials.   We seek high-quality works of art, from emerging to mid-career artists who are passionate about their subject, whatever it may be. 

Eligibility & Entry Fees

All artists are welcome, regional, national and international.  The entry fee is $25 for up to 5 images. If you'd like to submit more, it's $5 per image.  Please e-mail a SINGLE PDF to info@gallery1202.com with your CV/Resume, Artist Statement and 1-5 high res images.  Fees can be paid on the website - please include your FULL NAME on the payment screen. 

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Shipping instructions will be delivered upon acceptance into the show. Artists are responsible for shipping both ways, and must provide a return shipping label by the end of the show. Work must be shipped in sturdy, reusable containers with appropriate packing material. Work must be received by May 8th at the very latest, drop offs are required by May 12th.  Drop-off/ delivery address is 7363 Monterey Street, Gilroy, CA 95020. E-mail info@gallery1202 BEFORE shipping since the gallery is not opening Saturday-Monday. 

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Gallery1202 will put all works up for sale, with artist dictated prices, unless otherwise specified with a NFS note from the artist.  The works will also be put up in an online exhibition on Artsy, unless otherwise specified by the artist. Artist and Gallery 1202.. Sales proceeds will be forwarded to the artist once Gallery 1202 receives payment, and the artwork is picked up.  All works are to remain in the gallery until the close of the show. 

Dates

Entry Deadline: 4/15/2020

Acceptance Notification: 4/20/2020

Work Drop-Off/Receipt Deadline: 05/08/2020 

Show Dates: 05/15-06/26/2020

Opening Reception: 05/16 7-9pm

Closing Reception: 06/26 6-9pm

Work Pick-Up/Return Shipping: 06/30-07/02

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If your work is accepted into the show, the gallery has copyrights over the images obtained for marketing purposes of the gallery and work installed for the group show.  The gallery can request images of your work for the promotion of the show, but agrees to cease any use of the images after the shows completion aside from previous marketing materials. 

For questions, please call 408.206.0018 or contact us via the web @ info@gallery1202.com . www.gallery1202.com

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One artist will be selected for a solo show in 2021, or representation at a prestigious art fair within the U.S.

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04/15/2020

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$25 per entry up to 5 images, $5 per image over
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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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