Call for submissions: Recess

Xpace Cultural Centre is seeking work from student and emerging artists and/or designers for the group exhibition tentatively titled Recess, curated by Jaycee Tu. The exhibition will run from April 12 – May 11, 2019.

*If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact ​Geneviève Wallen at [email protected].

If you are an artist in the Deaf or Hard of Hearing spectrum and have questions about the proposal process that you would prefer to discuss in American Sign Language, please contact Jaycee Tu at ​[email protected] or on Glide at @lccwnqq

As a child in school, a typical day would revolve around recess hour- playing games, sports or make-believe with friends. Recess (working title) is an exhibition interested in the concept of play. Play has been theorized as foundational of human culture and as formative of culture and identity. On a social level, play is integral to development and the strengthening of communities- and on a personal level it is used to help cope with the stresses of daily life. Interested in the ways in which play impacts us from childhood to adulthood, Recess will explore how play can be used as a strategy to examine social concerns- by immersing viewers in imaginary worlds or by inviting them to participate in a game of play.

Artists are invited to consider play as a strategy. Play may be used as a strategy to engage with the material or medium of the work, or as a way to interact with the gallery audience. Play can also be examined as a conceptual framework. Artists are also highly encouraged to explore social, political and/or economic issues as they relate to the intersections of play, art and identity.

While this exhibition will prioritize new media works- Recess welcomes and will consider artworks of all media- especially, but not limited to, works that are game-based, multi-sensory, immersive, interactive and/or installation-based.

Key Words: play, new media, game, community, interactivity, participation, reimagining, humour, coping, social development

Works must be ready for exhibition by ​April 1, 2019​. Selected artists will be notified in December 2018. All selected participants will be paid an artist fee for the exhibition.

To apply, you must provide:
1. Artist Statement (250-500 words): The Artist Statement should give a description of your overall practice as it relates to the project you are proposing.
2. Project Description (250-500 words): The project description should give a clear and concrete description of the work you are proposing for installation.
3. Technical Description: a list of all foreseeable technical requirements including equipment and materials necessary for installation within Xpace.
3. Curriculum Vitae (Max 3 pages): Your CV should include education and exhibition history, as well as any relevant experience, reviews, etc.
4. Visual Support Material with accompanying Support Material List (5-10 images and/or minutes of video): Images must be in JPG format. You may provide links to video work/documentation.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2018, 11:59pm

CLICK HERE to apply online.