Call For Entries – The Fuse Factory Annual Juried Exhibition 2016

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Deadline for Applications: October 15th, 2016

The Fuse Factory Art and Technology Lab is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for the Annual Juried Exhibition 2016: ANTHROPOCENE

The Fuse Factory’s annual juried exhibition features work created with technology-based new media, electronic, and digital tools. Our upcoming exhibition will run from Monday, November 7th to Wednesday, December 7th at the Pearl Conard Art Gallery, located on the Ohio State University-Mansfield campus. Accompanying the exhibition is a series of hands-on workshops that will be held at the Ohio State University main campus, the Columbus College Art & Design, and the ROY G BIV Gallery. Documentation of our 2015 juried exhibition can be found here: http://fuse2015.thefusefactory.org/.

EXHIBITION THEME

Since the start of the current epoch - the Holocene - humans have been physically transforming the natural world and, in the process, technologizing nature’s inhabitants and environments to benefit human needs and desires. The human activity engendered by this anthropocentric mindset, while benefiting human health and well-being in a myriad of ways, has also negatively affected a wide range of ecosystems, resulting in ecological destruction, extinction, genetic malformations and abnormalities, and other problematic environmental phenomena. As a result, some scientists have proposed that we are entering a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene, an epoch characterized by the global changes wrought by human actions made possible by technology’s evolution.

The Fuse Factory annual juried exhibition 2016 will explore the theme of ANTHROPOCENE. We seek to include artworks that examine the following:

  • How artists can enable us to view technology, as it is manifested by an anthropocentric mindset, in a more critical manner
  • How artists shape our perception of how technology can and should be used to harness and shape the natural world for the betterment of all
  • How artists can create technological interfaces and forms that mediate rather than dominate, i.e., encourage cohabitation and coexistence between humans and nonhuman living beings, and organisms, and between organic and inorganic systems (systems that are computational, mechanical, programmable, etc.)

ELIGIBILITY

The Fuse Factory Art and Technology Lab encourages all artists, inventors, and scientists working with a wide range of high and low technologies to submit works that fall within the following genres: electronic art; interactive installation and interfaces; robotic art; live performance; 3D modeling and animation; art games; virtual and augmented reality; experimental video and moving images; video mapping; digital imaging; sound art; Internet art; creative coding; biological art; eco-art; and other emerging forms not mentioned here. We will also consider traditional forms of art and film, provided that they also explore the exhibition theme.

Both U.S.-based and international applicants are encouraged to submit entries. If you are an international applicant and your work is composed of physical components and/or physical installations that require an international delivery cost, the jurors will need to take this into consideration when evaluating your artwork for inclusion in the exhibition. While we will do what we can, we cannot guarantee that we can cover your shipping costs if your work is accepted. Please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Alison Colman, at alison@thefusefactory.org if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Artworks that were produced before 2014 will not be considered.
  • Selected artwork must be exhibited during the full month-long exhibition period. However, performative artwork will be scheduled to occur at a specific time and place during the exhibition.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Email your application materials to alison@thefusefactory.org and include “FFE 2016 APPLICATION_your name” in the subject line.
  • 3-5 images (website links only)
  • Video links (3-minutes-or-less video highlights on YouTube or Vimeo. If your application videos exist on private channels, please include passwords so jurors can access your links)
  • Short art statement (300-500 words, .pdf file) describing what you propose to exhibit and how your artwork fits within to the exhibition theme
  • CV
  • One-page (.pdf file) document specifying your installation requirements and dimensions, and other technical requests
  • Contact details (email, phone, website)

TIMELINE

  • Application deadline: Saturday, October 15th
  • Notify artists: Friday, October 21st
  • Announcement for lineup: Monday, October 24th
  • Installation: Thursday, November 3rd – Sunday, November 6th
  • Exhibition duration: Monday, November 7th – Wednesday, December 7th (closed Wednesday November 23 – Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving)
  • Reception: Saturday, November 12th, 6 pm – 9 pm
  • De-installation and Art pick-up: Thursday, December 8th – Friday, December 9th
  • NOTE: The Fuse Factory may be able to partially reimburse a limited number of artists (on a case-by-case basis) for the shipping and traveling costs they incur by participating in the exhibition. Please contact us to discuss about the supports

ENTRY FEES/DONATIONS

  • There is no entry fee, but we will gratefully accept donations.
  • The Fuse Factory is a not-for-profit art 501c3 organization, and all of our programing is made possible by grants, sponsorships, and donations. All donations made toward the exhibition will be used for guest juror honorariums, exhibition workshop materials, and exhibition promotion.
  • PayPal donations can be made to alison@thefusefactory.org

JURYING MEMBERS

  • Victoria Vesna - Ph.D., New media artist/Professor, Department of Design Media Arts, The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI)
  • Matthew Kenyon - New media artist/Associate Professor, The Department of Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Paul Catanese - New media artist/Associate Professor, Art & Art History, Columbia College Chicago
  • Doo-Sung Yoo - New media artist/Adjunct Faculty, Art & Technology, The Ohio State University

OUR SUPPORTERS

Granters

  • Ohio Arts Council
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council

Support

  • Pearl Conard Art Gallery of The Ohio State University at Mansfield
  • Department of Art, The Ohio State University at Columbus
  • Columbus College Art & Design

ROY G BIV Gallery