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[ecrea] CFP - "What the F**k?! Video in the Age of Sublime Uncertainty"
Wed Feb 21 17:46:26 GMT 2018
*CALL FOR PROPOSALS*
*The Curatorial Incubator, v.15***
*"What the F**k?! Video in the Age of Sublime Uncertainty"*
Guest Curators Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick
"What the F**k?! Video in the Age of Sublime Uncertainty" invites
curatorial proposals that respond to the psychic and cultural shock
unleashed by the political crisis in democracy. Uttering “What the
F**k?!” signals that the unbelievable has happened, yet the expression
sustains a moment of inquiry. What can art do? As the current era aligns
the sublimity of awe and danger with the mood of urgency and activism,
uncertainty reigns. The affects of anger, denial, alienation and despair
arise and are simultaneously anaesthetized by the promise of pleasure
and beauty. Speaking truth-to-power is enacted by the supposed “fools”
of culture – late-night comedians, artists and other marginalized
agents. This residency seeks to reflect upon video's affective power to
focus attention, forge relations, and invent ways of collective feeling
that reimagine aspiration, consolation and freedom.
Participants in The Curatorial Incubator, v.15 will have an opportunity
to hone their curatorial skills in the media arts in a number of
important ways: attending specialized workshops conducted by arts
professionals; conducting independent research using the rich resources
available through Vtape; writing a curatorial essay for their program of
selected titles, with invaluable editorial assistance provided by arts
professionals; and, finally, presenting their curated program to the public.
If your proposal is selected for production, you will receive fees for
both curating and writing and a budget to cover the screening fees for
the titles that are included in your program.
*Research phase *(April - July 2018) includes:
--workshops conducted by Jennifer Fisher, Jim Drobnick and other
professionals specializing in media arts,
--free access to the vast research facilities on site at Vtape, with
over 4000 titles by 800+ artists and over 2500 articles on video art, and
--extensive access to the Vtape on-line preview resource available only
to curators and authorized researchers.
*Presentation phase* (December 2018) includes:
--an exhibition of all the curated programs with an introduction by the
--and a fully illustrated catalogue of all the programs with curatorial
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018
Proposals must include:
--an up-to-date c.v.
—a statement of intention (1 page total) that outlines your interest in
video and media artwork and why you want to be part of The Curatorial
Incubator, v.15 — “What the F**ck?! Video in the Age of Sublime Uncertainty”
NOTE: your statement of intention does NOT have to include a list of
titles you would include. Rather it should try to clarify your overall
area of interest. You will have lots of time to do your research to find
titles you want to include if you are selected for this program
--examples of critical writing your have done (published or non-published)
--examples of any curatorial or organizational work you have done
*OTHER REQUIRED INFORMATION TO ACCOMPANY PROPOSALS*
--indicate your availability for workshops on April 21-22, 2018 (days)
NOTE: If you are from outside of Toronto, please indicate how you would
cover the costs of your travel to the workshops (to be held over 1
weekend) and some additional time for on-site research at Vtape.
And don’t worry: you won’t be held to your original proposal but keep in
mind that the jury will need to get an idea of what kind of work you are
going to be searching for. Surprises are to be expected along the way.
That’s what research is all about.
Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick form the curatorial collaborative
DisplayCult, a collaborative framework for interdisciplinary studies in
the visual arts. Its main objective is to creatively merge disciplines,
media and communities in order to propose generative prototypes for
display and aesthetic engagement. Fisher and Drobnick have published
widely on contemporary art, post-media practices and curating. They are
the founding editors of the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and their
exhibitions include NIGHTSENSE, MetroSonics, Odor Limits, Listening
Awry, Do Me!, Aural Cultures, Linda Montano, reminiSCENT, Museopathy,
Vital Signs and CounterPoses, among others (www.displaycult.com
Vtape is Canada's leading artist-run, not-for-profit distributor of
video art. Its extensive and diverse collection features works from the
early 1970s to the present. Vtape makes this collection accessible to
curators and programmers, educators, scholars and public audiences
worldwide. In addition to providing a distribution framework for
established and emerging artists, Vtape is committed to establishing
video art preservation and exhibition standards, and strives to support
hybrid practices in an increasingly complex technical milieu.
*Send applications to:*
Lisa Steele, Creative Director, Vtape
401 Richmond St. West, #452, Toronto, ON Canada M5V 3A8
(lisas /at/ vtape.org) <mailto:(lisas /at/ vtape.org)>
No phone inquiries please.
Jennifer Fisher PhD
Professor, Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies
Department of Visual Art and
Art History CFA 252
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
(jefish /at/ yorku.ca) <mailto:(jefish /at/ yorku.ca)>
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