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Call for Submissions - in attendance

Friday, February 9, 2018

Deadline: March 25th at 5:00pm

Call For Submissions – in attendance Katie Lyle & Shelby Wright Finising Lines Forest City Gallery 2016 Forest City is accepting submissions for a series of events inspired by recurring themes and ideas of performance and/or “the performative” in emergent artistic practices. Traditional ideas of performance art often involve duration, able-bodiedness, physical presentness, and body-centricity. Within the gallery setting, performance art has the opportunity to question and reflect on the agency of bodies confined inside the white cube. How do artists push against or respond to the constraining domination of traditional modes and systems that drive so much contemporary art? How can we collaborate to re-interpret and re-model accepted modes of thinking, and dissolve social structures that aim to subjugate bodies within the gallery setting? Considering this potential relationship between activism/rebellion/critique and performance agency, FCG seeks artists who are concerned with - or identify their work/practice within - the following concepts: ●      presence or presentness in a contemporary moment of digital/mediated modes of being and working; ●      resisting ideas of efficiency and transparency-as-product via what Hito Steyerl calls an “economy of presence” [1]; ●      contextualizing performance within personal and self-determined ways of being and relating; ●      performance as shared knowledge-production; ●      performative gestures which honour and respect a broader spectrum of bodies; ●      social practice-based approaches and critiques within performance and “the performative” In addition to artists who utilize live performance in their practices, FCG also seeks artists, writers, filmmakers, cultural producers, etc. who address the idea of performance whether via cross-disciplinary approaches or alternative modes and gestures of “the performative”. This can include new media, video, talks, lectures, writings, reading groups, workshops, sound, live/durational performance, or alternative means. The exhibition aims to be event-based, consisting of multiple events carried out over a 6-week period. [1] Steyerl, Hito. “The Terror of Total Dasein: Economies of Presence in the Art Field.” Dis magazine, 24 November 2015. Web. 4 January 2018. Artists are paid in accordance to CARFAC fees. All submissions must be emailed to Submissions must include: A completed application form (Application form found on Please describe your project within the allocated space (i.e performance, talk, workshop, screening, lecture, etc.) and duration. Artist CV Press Examples (Optional) Above documents should be merged into a single PDF Maximum 15 images of existing and/or proposed work Vimeo links for video works are preferred. Please use “Performance Call - Your Name” in subject line of application followed by your full name Submissions (excluding images) should be merged into a single PDF. Paper/mailed submissions will no longer be accepted. Notification can be expected approximately 1 month following the jury date, by email. Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have any questions concern the application process, contact us at Submission deadline: March 25 at 5pm


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