Deadline 11:59 on May 21st, 2018
Radical Gestures is a year-long exhibition endeavor to showcase works that feature performance and will take place throughout the city of Raleigh.
Performance here can be interpreted as any artform that takes the form of action, which encompasses not only theatrical spectacles or musical shows, but performance art and other ways of making meaning through our bodily behaviors or actions. Some questions and considerations related to performance can be: How does performance allow us to imagine alternative ways of being and relating to other? Does it have the potential to change the use, intention, or narrative of a space? Or what is it about performance that brings people together? Performance, unlike a traditional medium of painting or drawing, relates to and relies on space in unique ways. It can push the understanding of what or where an “art space” can be or who a “collaborator” can be. What often draws artists to performance is its flexibility as a medium to create an environment that is incites laughter, teaches a lesson, tests our understandings of difference and humanity, and escapes reality. Thus as an umbrella category, we will accept any works dealing with the more formal aesthetics, such as theatre works, clown performance, musical presentations and sound, performance art, mixed-media works, and dance.
Radical Gestures is a juried exhibition, open to all artists. Artist/s will be responsible for bringing/installing/de-installing any props/sets/backgrounds/equipment at the set location of their performance.
Application must include documentation of either this submitted work or previous work if the proposed project has not been made yet and a written component in either the form of an artist statement or project proposal. Entries must received by 11:59pm on May 21st 2018.
The photo gallery below are just a few examples of performance/s for potential inspiration and inspiration. They include images of public performances, live music, spoken word, participatory/group performance, dance, and theatre and puppetry. Please use these ideas as a starting point to inspire you and feel free to move past these categories or to find your ideas within one of these options!
Links to the featured works:
>House/Full of Black Women, Amara Tabor-Smith.
>There Are Certain Facts That Cannot Be Disputed, Juliana Huxtable.
>Cut Piece, Yoko Ono.
>Ralph Lemon Dance Performance.
>Sound Suits, Nick Cave.
>The Paper Hat Game, Torry Bend.
Jehan Roberson is a writer, educator, and artist using text as the basis for her interdisciplinary art practice. She recently earned her master's degree from NYU's John W. Draper School of Humanities and Social Thought. Currently, she is the Project Manager of the Hemispheric Institute of Politics and Performance Digital Video Library. Her creative and research interests include fiction, history, political and historical geographies, the archive, folklore and mythology. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in MadameNoire, VICE, emisférica, No Sugar No Cream, Kalyani Magazine, and Art-City, among others.
Acceptable submission formats include:
>Links to online video sources such as Youtube and Vimeo (preferred method)
>JPEG. Images or other photographic work
>PDF. or Word Doc. for proposal or artist statement, 1 page text excerpt of spoken-word poetry, theatre script, or performance text
>Jurying will stop at 5 minutes if documentation runs longer.
>All work should be digital submissions.
VAE members - $10 per artwork
Non-members - $15 per artwork
* If this entry fee would pose a financial barrier to entering this exhibition please email Kyle or call 919.256.6856.
* Entry fees are non-refundable. Click here to join VAE!
1st Performance pop-up - June 2018
2nd Performance pop-up - October 2018
3rd Performance pop-up - January 2019
4th Performance pop-up - April 2019
Radical Gestures is open to any living artist. Work must be original and completed in the last 3 years. No copies, mechanical reproductions, molds or kit work will be accepted. VAE reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements. Entries must be hand delivered to the gallery or mailed in a returnable container. Artwork submitted on behalf of an artist requires written and signed authorization from the artist.
We will not exhibit or financially support work that co-opts the story of a community without representation from that community acting in a decision making role.
VAE’s gallery space is fully accessible and we strive to make the submission process accessible as well. We encourage anyone to enter our open call exhibitions. If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter this exhibition or become a VAE member, please email Brandon or call 919.256.6856 for assistance. Visit our accessibility page for more information.
QUESTIONS? Email Kyle!