KAUNAS BIENNIAL, Lithuania
Call for applications
Deadline: September 15th, 2012
Application fee: none
13 09 2013 – 31 12 2013
THE INTENDED VENUES: The M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum, M. Žilinskas Art Gallery (Nepriklausomybės a. 12), Kaunas Picture Gallery (K. Donelaičio g. 16) Kaunas / Lithuania
Invitation to apply
Kaunas biennial is well-known as the cradle of contemporary textile art. It has gradually outgrown the frame of the genre.
Constant changes of the concept determined the event to become a global textile art phenomenon of contemporary art. The phenomenon connects historical and cultural experiences, scientific research and technological achievements, personal stories, social constructs, cooperation strategies, interdisciplinary practices, creative experiences and industries, and weaves those into single continuous network (or cloth, as Roland Barthes the text theory author would say).
In the Biennial exhibitions (since 1997) there were already presented more than 1400 artworks by artist from more than 50 countries. These include the well-known and internationally renowned artists such as Jean Lurcat, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Lia Cook, Reiko Sudo, Janis Jefferies, Osgemeos and etc.
13 09 2013 – 31 12 2013 there will be held the 9th Kaunas biennial UNITEXT. Artists from different creativity fields are very welcome to apply for participation.
Curators of the exhibition together with the artists will pursue a concept that is new and unfamiliar in a cultural context and will consolidate it by presenting practical examples. All the biennial participants will go into the question of a unitext, which is the latest link in work -> text -> intertext -> hypertext -> unitext semiotic chain of a philosophic / art criticism / artistic field.
The suggestion is to perceive unitext in this chain as a universal artistic language, which unifies different experiences and concepts. The exhibition will provide a unique voice for each artwork instead of handling this task to explanatory texts.
Artists are invited to suggest unitexts, which could be experienced through intuition, materiality, spontaneity, feelings, sensations, here and now experiences. Artists are welcome to present works which are based on a direct confrontation with an object / space / semantic field.
Terms and conditions for submission:
- Works submitted for selection must be executed during 2010-2012.
- It is suggested that a cycle, a group of works or an installation is introduced.
- Project ideas are also accepted if complemented with photos of previously implemented pieces of a similar kind. Photos should represent the materiality, scope and impact of the submitted piece.
An application should consist of:
- A form filled by the participant
- PHOTOS (up to 10 pieces.), 360 dpi, of printable quality, from 2 MB to 5 MB in size
- SCHEME of the intended exposition/installation with required space and equipment indications.
Artistic CV (1 page max.).
Applications should be submitted until September 15th, 2012, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: UNITEXT selection.
Selected artists will be notified via e-mail by October 15th, 2012.
For more information (the idea, the conditions for participation and application form) please visit Kaunas Biennial website - www.bienale.lt
Please contact us if you have further questions. Our e-mail: email@example.com
Satellite events: independent projects proposed by individual teams and partnering organizations will be included in the biennial’s program on the basis of application. Proposals (free form) should be submitted until 2013 1 February. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org