[spectre] CALL FOR CURATORIAL PROPOSALS - LabforCulture.org

Marieke Istha istha at montevideo.nl
Fri Jun 1 15:10:55 CEST 2007

Deadline July 1, 2007

LabforCulture.org is the essential online tool for everyone involved  in 
arts and culture who creates, collaborates, shares and produces  across 
borders in Europe. This interactive web platform was launched  in 2006 
to encourage dialogue, networking and collaboration across  physical, 
cultural and imaginative borders across 48 countries in the  broader 
Europe. Initiated by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF)  and jointly 
developed and supported by many of Europe's leading  cultural 
organisations, LabforCulture offers a wealth of essential  information, 
debate and research - including all the latest news,  vital funding 
tips, blogs and a vast searchable database of cultural  organisations 
operating from Rome to Reykjavík.

LabforCulture.org will celebrate its first anniversary in the summer  of 
2007 and in this context we are pleased to announce a call for an  
experienced media art curator or curatorial collaboration to  
conceptualise and manage an online presentation of specially  
commissioned artworks, for presentation in early 2008.

Call for proposals
This is an open call to Europe-based curators to propose a creative  
concept for the LabforCulture anniversary project, be responsible for  
the ultimate selection of artworks and critically reflect on the  
project throughout its duration and after its end. The concept and  
commissioned artworks should address, challenge and rethink issues  such 
as cross border dialogue, cultural intersections, crossings or  
networks, in the context of LabforCulture and cultural cooperation in  
the broader Europe. The curatorial proposal will contextualise and  
document the work in relation to the scope, content and technological  
framework of LabforCulture.org.

Curatorial profile
The selected curator/s should:

* have demonstrated experience in either curating Net Art and/or  
artists who use the internet as integral to their practice.
* have a curatorial track record in the field of media art
* have demonstrated cultural project management experience
* demonstrate their ability to write about and critically evaluate the  
presented works

The curator/s will be contracted by the European Cultural Foundation  on 
a freelance basis for the period of August 1, 2007 to May 15, 2008,  and 
will receive a fee of 7000 Euro (excluding 2 required trips to  
Amsterdam for work with the LabforCulture team, but including any  
additional travel required to deliver the proposed project, to be  
discussed with the LabforCulture Director). In addition to the fee, a  
fixed commissions and documentation budget will be provided.


* design a concept and thematic framework for the project
* make the final selection of artists
* maintain an appropriate timeline for agreed outputs
* be the main contact person for the commissioned artists  
(LabforCulture will be responsible for the administration of the  
project in terms of contracts, payments and overall coordination of  the 
* manage the agreed commissions and documentation budget, which will  be 
overseen and administrated by LabforCulture
* write an engaging curatorial statement to be published on  
LabforCulture in November 2007 and a subsequent series of texts to  
accompany the presentations in 2008, introducing and reflecting on the  
selected artists/artworks
* be available to travel to Amsterdam as required, to meet with  
LabforCulture staff over the course of the project
* work in close collaboration with the LabforCulture team in relation  
to the technical framework and requirements of the commissioned artworks
* work with the LabforCulture team to agree and implement an  
appropriate page/section for the project that integrates with the  
current website design and branding
* work with the LabforCulture Communications team to promote the  
project and be available for press interviews
* gather and prepare documentation about the commissioned artists and  
artworks for presentation on LabforCulture.org
* ensure appropriate documentation of the project is undertaken and  
after its end, reflect on the process, challenges and experience of  the 
project in a final text/public discussion forum.

Selection panel
Annet Dekker (Head of Exhibitions and Artlab, Netherlands Media Art  
Institute, Amsterdam, NL) and Kelli Dipple (Webcasting Curator, Tate,  
London, UK) will join the LabforCulture content development team to  
select the curatorial proposal.

Interested curators are asked to submit the following material BY  EMAIL 
ONLY no later than July 1, 2007:

1. Cover letter
2. Curator's CV
3. Proposed title for the project
4. Curatorial concept
5. Examples of artists and/or artworks that demonstrate the curatorial 
6. A proposed timeline for associated landmarks and outputs
7. An estimated budget with preliminary allocations for commissioned  
work, associated travel and documentation activities (broad areas of  
expenditure only)

Proposals should be sent to the attention of:

Angela Plohman
Content Development
angela at labforculture.org

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