[rohrpost] CaLL FOR APPLiCATiONS - workshop at 5533 artspace
lenab at hgb-leipzig.de
Fre Jan 4 21:53:09 CET 2013
CaLL FOR APPLiCATiONS
Open to all visual artists and researchers living in Turkey or Germany
who are working on the topic of site-specificity
Workshop at 5533 art space, istanbul (TR) exhibition at D21 art space,
april 18, 2013 – May 03, 2013
The «taking site!» project will consist of a workshop with
participants at 5533 art space in istanbul between april 18 and May
03, 2013, with the results and processes being simultane- ously
exhibited at D21 kunstraum in Leipzig.
The meaning of the term site-specificity in the field of art has
changed essentially within the last decades. emerging in the 1960s as
a renunciation of a self-contained, transportable, therefore
commodity-like artwork, site-specificity allowed the artwork to relate
to its environment. influences of institutional critique transformed
this definition of site-specific art. eventually, the site was de-
fined not only by the physical environment of the space, but also by
the social communities with their hierarchies and economic situations.
The community, often understood as the marginalized and
underprivileged, became the new focus of site-specific artworks.
Concomitantly, the appear- ance of the artworks changed from aesthetic
objects into predominantly process focused events that were merely
temporary in the space.
Our current concepts of society, nation and city rely on
sedentariness, but today’s increasing mobility challenges these
concepts. Tourists and migrants are generally relieved from rights and
duties of a governmental politic. indeed, this de-territorialization
does have liberating effects. Miwon kwon notes in «One place after
another» that the limitations of an identity, which is determined and
normalized by a site, can be replaced by the production of multiple
identities, flexible bonds and meanings. However, as the site-specific
bonds are released, the status as a political subject also vanishes.
The working conditions of artists are nowadays nomadic and
project-related. Residency programs support and demand mobility and
simultaneously an examination of the site, where the artists so- journ
temporarily. What can artists understand about a site where they just
stay only temporarily? are their experiences not always mediatized
with internet research and interaction with on-site institutions?
Faced with the last remnants of differences in cities – how can the
artist refrain from reproducing an image of the exotic other and avoid
forcing a fixed identity on the community?
a status as a political subject – can this issue be raised, claimed
and transferred to others, by artists and their work at an «alien»
place? What could be site-specificity today?
please send your submission in english via e-mail by FeBRUaRY 2nd,
2013 to office at d21-leipzig.de including:
pre-existing works related to the theme with a short statement
(artistic or scientific); some examples of current works; and a short
curriculum vitae including name and contact information.
please send all documents as pdfs contained in one zip-file.
The jury consists of members of D21, 5533 and independent artists.
eight artists/researchers will be chosen in the middle of February
2013. The selected participants will be informed immediately following
the jury meeting. artists/researchers not chosen for the exhibition
will be notified per email shortly thereafter.
We are working on financing travel costs and accomodations for the
travelling participants. pro- duction costs of artworks during the
workshop/ exhibition will be covered. The secure financial
circumstances will be announced in March 2013.
«Taking site!» is a cooperation between 5533 art space istanbul and
D21 kunstraum Leipzig.
D21 kunstraum was founded in 2006 to show an international program of
contemporary art, es- pecially new media, installation and performance
in Leipzig. The space is run by members of the D21 association.
5533 was opened in 2008 by nancy atakan and Volkan aslan as an
experimental non-profit art space. The main aims are hosting
international projects and interactive events involving exhibi- tions,
artist talks, workshops and round table discussions; conducting art
related research, materializing projects, and sharing these with the
neighbors, the art community, and the general public.
Supported by kulturstiftung des Freistaates sachsen and kulturamt der