OPEN CALL for artists to participate in a series of innovative and collaborative two week residencies online, connecting and communicating in pairs through social media to produce individual, yet relational work, which probes the broad theme of ‘dissent’.
Deadline for application: 14th December 2017
Aimed at: Artists of any discipline, at any stage in their career, whose work can be produced as a digital image
Block_Chain >The Power of Two
BLOCK_CHAIN>THE POWER OF TWO borrows it’s terminology from the blockchain, the powerful digital algorithm, originally created for Bitcoin, which dissipates data across the Internet, logging each and every exchange in immutable transparency. In a similar way, this experimental process, where each pairing of artists will serve as a catalyst for the next, will be documented at every point, the process of transaction and exchange of ideas, dissipated online through social media platforms.
Blockchain has been described by writer Hayase Nozomi as ‘a shield for our collective dissent against institutional hierarchies.’ promising a decentralized system removing power from the few to distribute it to the many. Yet it remains, for most, a mysterious phenomenon, belonging to everyone and no-one, it’s illusive founder, or founders, named yet untraceable, the potential of it’s capacity not yet fully appreciated or understood. We must engage to understand.
Chapel Arts Studios is a research-based arts organisation, which centres on the subject of constructive dissent, explored through a collaborative lens. BLOCK_CHAIN >THE POWER OF TWO is a further iteration of this exploration, bringing artists together to interact and respond to the subject of dissent be that political, personal, environmental, societal, material or whatever way artists wish to interpret it.
Prompted by images from previous pairings, artists will interact online for two weeks, working to produce a series of digital images which will then be passed on as a prompt to the next pair. Culminating in a generative and relational collaborative output of digital images and observational writing, this will form the catalyst for a symposium on the theme of ‘Dissent’ at Winchester School of Art in 2018.
HOW TO APPLY Application can either be by individuals or in pairs. You must be familiar with Instagram and social media in general, and have the ability to produce a high res image of your work. Please send a PDF with;
- 3 images of your work,
- A max 250 word statement on how your work might relate to dissent
- and a one page CV to include your contact details.
Name your PDF file , Surname_inital, ie. Smith_J, and email your application to email@example.com with the subject title, ‘Application for Block Chain’.
Please note, we would expect that artists taking part would document their interactions and thought processes throughout the short, virtual residency. This can be anything from ultra brief blog posts to more considered prose, however you wish to engage. High res images will be printed in block form and exhibited during the final symposium at Winchester School of Art, in March 2018, where participants will be invited to attend.
Chapel Arts Studios is an artist led organisation, seeking to to expand beyond the boundaries of the white cube format for exhibitions. It values interaction from artists at all levels in their careers and seeks to build connections and relationships, which will continue on into the future.
Availability to engage with the process – A two week block between 2nd January to 27th February 2018
Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org