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Open Calls 2020.

The 1st edition of Art Pluriverse. A community science series will be focusing on textiles, aiming to empower living or documented communities and their work around textiles, in any form, aspect or technique.

By launching 2 open calls, we invite artists, creatives, researchers and all curious minds to collaborate with cultural communities, regionally active groups and underrepresented collectives, by uplifting their local knowledge and intangible heritage practices through research-based art creation, collective learning and creative forms of engagement.

illustration for Art Pluriverse

For communities & artists

Deadline:  Sunday, October 25th 2020, 24h00 (UTC)

In December 2020, the Biennale of Western Balkans will hold a digital event as part of the organisation’s year-round programme, where local, artistic and research communities will have the opportunity to collaborate. BoWB will be launching Textile Month as the first edition of a community science series on intangible culture, aspiring to empower living or documented communities and their work around textiles, through research-based art creation.

We invite communities of practice, regionally active groups and underrepresented collectives, with a focus on the Balkan region, who deal with any technique around textiles, including people from different regions, social backgrounds and age groups, LGBTQ, BIPOC and other ethnic communities as well as diasporic, cross-border and common interest or common needs communities. 

We also invite artists from the local and international scene working with textiles in any form, including e-textiles, digital art or cultural data visualisations, who are interested in approaching the field from diverse perspectives, bringing forth gender, ecological, intercultural and other critical issues.

Artists and communities will have the opportunity to collaborate together, in order to create research-based artworks that explore local knowledge and intangible heritage through contemporary artistic practices. Up to 5 communities and an equal number of artists will be selected by a committee, forming artist-community synergies. Pairs will be able to meet by mid-November, set their course of action and work together within December. Artists will be able to create artworks based on research and collaboration with communities, while being encouraged to document the creative process in any way they see fit (e.g. images, texts, sketches, notes, GIFs), giving the audience the opportunity to follow along.

We aspire to feature the synergies in our website and keep the produced content (final artwork, documented process, community materials) accessible over time in the form of digital community archives. In addition, the 1st Art Pluriverse Community Science Edition will be published as an open-access zine publication, where participants and collaborators can take part and contribute through a day of zine jam.

 


HOW TO APPLY


For communities:
Send us a brief description of your work around textiles (texts, photos, links).
All applying communities and GLAM-represented collections will have the opportunity to be featured in our website, in an encompassing index of textile-related communities.
>>Go to Application Form

For artists:
Send us your statement and a link to your portfolio, along with your idea for a research- and community-based artwork related to textiles that can be gradually co-created in a timespan of 2 weeks. If you are an artist who is already working with a community please let us know. Each selected proposal will be awarded with a honorarium of 300  Euros.
>> Go to Application Form

Deadline:  Sunday, October 25th 2020, 24h00 (UTC)

Selection announcement: mid-November 

Event launch: 3rd December – Event conclusion: 23rd December

For inquiries please send an email at: biennalebowb(at)gmail(dot)com, indicating “Open Call for Communities & Artists” on the subject line.

illustration for Art Pluriverse

For Participants

Deadline: Sunday, October 25th 2020, 24h00 (UTC)

Art Pluriverse: A Community Science Series, will be launched in December 2020, as part of the organisation’s year round programme, starting this year with the Textile Month edition. The programme will include a set of modules that seek to enhance Open GLAM practices and develop cultural data-mindfulness, regarding the collection, documentation and publication of community-based cultural data and intangible heritage content, with hands-on experience in the creation of community-based digital archives following openness standards.

We invite GLAM enthusiasts, students, researchers, curators, educators and cultural professionals from the local and international scene to take part in the 1st Art Pluriverse Community Science Programme for arts and culture. Up to five (5) selected participants will have the opportunity to familiarise with ethical ways for working with cultural communities and uplifting their local knowledge and intangible heritage practices. Each participant will be able to choose one community and follow the distance learning courses that will last approximately two weeks. The goal is to learn how to develop FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) community archives, engaging in a brief outcome along two weeks. We aspire to keep the community archives openly accessible over time and feature the work in our website. In addition, the 1st Art Pluriverse Community Science Edition will be published as an open-access zine publication, where participants and collaborators can take part and contribute through a day of zine jam.

Upon completion of the programme, each participant will receive a certification of training, under the auspices of the History of Art Laboratory, School of Fine Arts, University of Ioannina.

 


HOW TO APPLY


Introduce yourself and express your interest in participating in the upcoming programme. With the generous support of our partners, registration is made free for participants!
>> Go to Application Form


Deadline: Sunday,
October 25th 2020, 24h00 (UTC)

Selection announcement: mid-November

Event launch: 3rd December, 2020 – Event conclusion: 23rd December, 2020

For inquiries please send an email at: biennalebowb(at)gmail(dot)com, indicating “Open Call for Participants” on the subject line.