INTERNATIONAL CALL

1.0 INTRO

1.1 CONTEXT and PRETEXT

1.2 GOALS and OBJECTIVES

2.0 ARTISTIC PRODUCTIONS

2.1 CATEGORIES

2.1.1 DIGITAL MEDIA PROJECTS

2.1.2 FREE-FORM PRODUCTIONS

3.0 SELECTION

3.1 PROPOSALS SUBMISSION

3.2 TIMELINE

INTERNATIONAL CALL

for ART focusing on
Tensions between Sport
and LGBTQ Realities

Deadline Passed
but proposals are being accepted
for review and inclusion in the platform on monthly basis!

1.0 INTRO


International cluster of organisations working in arts, culture and sport, announces open call for multi-disciplinary art projects focusing on tensions of Sport and LGBTQ* realities,
with the aim of supporting production and presentation of artistic expression that contributes to reflection on the field of Sport in it’s Social, Cultural and Political aspects.

Project is initiated by Željko Blaće of qSPORT (Croatia), Chris Vanja of The Justin Campaign Arts (UK) and Alex Brahim of Digital Bureau of International Art (Spain), supported by Panteres Grouges (Spain), Pride Games (UK) and inQueerzicija (Croatia). List of partners is expanding.
For more info email to
art-call@qsport.info 

*LGBTQ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer

1.1 CONTEXT and PRETEXT


In many ways the field of sport remains one of the most important contexts of forming norms as regulations and conforming expectations. It also generates (strong) identities, be it a continental, national, regional, city, neighborhood or even at street level - a sense of belonging is often expressed in strong dedication to a particular sport or fan group.

Recent increase of commitment in sport for inclusion, diversity and participation through different means includes media campaigns, cultural and social projects. Artistic contributions have been sporadic and when supported - then to often reduced to perpetuation of known and problematic institutional models.  In order to innovate in this field, an independent cluster of arts and sport organisations is informing and coordinating interested parties, enquiring funding, sharing resources, establishing partnerships and alliances, to be able to expand its exciting agenda of supporting new productions and present it internationally.

1.2 GOALS and OBJECTIVES

By bringing together curated collection of art works, performance events and media, we will provide a context to present an expression of new or less voiced positions on sport.
In their differences for developing a variety of strategies ranging from creative provocation to negotiation, from disturbance and participation - we hope to establish a spectra of many possible perspectives rather than to present a single position.

Through the relationship between the field of sport and artistic practice, there is an opportunity for creating innovative methodologies for informing, learning, thinking and debating visions of a better contemporary sport. With the aim to build relationships among sport, social interventions, and creative practices (art, design, architecture, performance, etc.) the project seeks to have an output of different forms and formats accessible to different audiences.

The ultimate goal of these activities is to build a platform for new work and a database of innovative practices as well as to disseminate them in a physical and virtual space. Furthermore to support the creation of new cross-disciplinary experiences arising from the relationship between sport and art practices both as an archive of case studies and an open forum.

2.0 ARTISTIC PRODUCTIONS

2.1 CATEGORIES


Due to potentially big differences in production and presentation models (resources needed), this CALL is open for two distinctive categories: “digital media projects” and “free-form productions”.
Projects and concepts that pursue the production of new or ongoing experimental works should fit one or the other category and (co)authors can propose up to one work in each category.

2.1.1 DIGITAL MEDIA PROJECTS

This call for concepts of new digital media projects includes both digital media as well as live performances streamed via Internet and other variations in networked environments. Selected projects will be part of an online platform within the larger exhibition programme, and be featured in physical exhibitions depending on the curated trajectories of individual exhibitions in Croatia, UK and Spain. Selected projects will be linked to the project website and receive an award of up to 600 Euros from which a maximum of 300 Euros may be used as a fee.

2.1.2 FREE-FORM PRODUCTIONS

Open call for contemporary art projects of all forms and formats, addressing issues related to space, performance, body, social interaction, while questioning gender norms and/or detecting tensions between sport and LGBTQ realities. Experimenting with new ways of production in collaboration with sport organisations, athletes and sport audiences is particularly welcomed. Projects should be ideally realised before June 2012 and not rely on complex logistics and resources (i.e. considering spatial or sonic constrains of group exhibition).  

Selected projects will be featured on the project website and will be awarded up to 1.500 Euros each toward their production from which a maximum of 500 Euros may be used as a fee.  

Selected projects will participate in one or more exhibition programmes depending on the development of curated trajectories.

3.0 SELECTION

Selection committee is comprised of the programme organisers/curators mentioned above in consultation with collaboration/associated project partners.

3.1 SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Proposals should be submitted via email art-call@qsport.info and in two categories:

digital media projects (produced primarily for on-line presentation) and

free-form productions (single or multi-format productions)
Limit on submissions is of one proposal per category for the person and/or group.

Submissions are to be only in digital format using email and in English or Spanish language including following material:

- short biographical info of group and key individuals involved (up to 6.000 characters)

- contact info (names, mobile phones, e-mail, homepage and postal direction)

- concept of the project (from 3.000 to 8.000 characters)

- budget / financial and production plan (type of costs and estimates per item - in time)

- up to 5 images or a short video to visually support the project's content

- technical description on setup, use and modes of presentation (1.000 characters max.)

- all material used should explicitly state authors and copyright holders if any

The works and the projects remain as property of the author or authors, but the project partners reserve the right to present the art work within the specified project period. The project partners will also produce a web accessible documentation generated in and around the process of artistic productions and public presentations.
The agreed contract will allow the project partners the reproduction of artistic material within this online documentation and in further publications related to the project
. 

3.2 TIMELINE

Deadline Passed but proposals are being accepted
for review and inclusion in the platform on monthly basis!

Early submitters will get initial feedback from project organizers on their concepts, financial and production plans. Deadline for final proposals is 28th of March, 2012.
Materials can be submitted after this deadline but financial support for productions cannot be included in grant applications made at that point. If projects are considered for inclusion in 2012 exhibitions and presentations alternative funding will be needed on the side of the authors, if for 2013 - then joint fundraising will still be explored.
All projects should be carried out ideally before June 1st and latest by 15th of September, 2013.