CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
TORONTO 8 February 2012 - 26 March 2012
Accepting Public Participants for creation of The Encampment
Thomas+Guinevere (commission by Luminato and City of Toronto)
Announcing the Call for Public Participation for The Encampment
Deadline: March 26, 2012
A Thomas+Guinevere Creation
(Thom Sokoloski & Jenny-Anne McCowan)
A commission by Luminato, the Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity, and City of Toronto, for the War of 1812 Commemoration
Conceived by Thom Sokoloski – Produced by Sherrie Johnson Productions
The Encampment is a large-scale public participatory art installation that proposes the archaeological encampment as its metaphor. A dig for artifacts is replaced by a dig into the collective memory of a public space and its history. This new version of The Encampment will premiere on June 8, 2012 for Luminto and on June 17, 2012, launch War of 1812 Commemoration.
To complete the artwork, artists Thom Sokoloski and Jenny-Anne McCowan are inviting Creative Collaborators to participate. This 2012 version will focus on the civilian history of The War of 1812. The final installation of 200 tents on the grounds of Fort York National Historic Site will be a massive expression of art and history. The deadline to apply is March 26, 2012. Please visit www.thomasandguinevere.com for more information.
The Encampment is created over a four-month Installation Creation Process prior to the artwork's opening on June 8, 2012, in which the artists, Thom Sokoloski and Jenny-Anne McCowan, work with the selected Creative Collaborators. Like archaeologists, they commit to "getting their hands dirty" in unearthing and transposing civilian stories into art installations within each tent for the public to experience. Each installation is meant to evoke the story it represents. For the 2012 version of The Encampment, 200 stories of love, loss, survival and patriotism will be explored, as well as those of collaboration, deception, greed and betrayal.
At its inaugural presentation (then entitled Confinement of the Intellect) commissioned by Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche 2006, and curated by Clara Hargittay, The Encampment looked at the history of mental health on Queen St. West between 1870 and 1940 and was set up in the gully of Trinity Bellwoods Park. In 2007, The Encampment was presented in New York City on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island opposite the United Nations and looked at the island's history of quarantine from 1800 to 1970. In 2008, it was presented in Ottawa in Major Hills Park across from the Parliament and looked at the history of intellectual disability from 1820 to 2008.
Prospective participants are asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact information, a short statement about their background and why they want to participate (no more than 100 words for each). The deadline to apply is March 26, 2012.
In 2006, Thom Sokoloski and Jenny McCowan, built their partnership aimed at developing site-specific public participatory art installations in a studio partnership Thomas+Guinevere. Last year they completed their first stage of Ghost Net in a residency in the Aboriginal community of Mapoon on the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland, Australia and this coming August, they will be at Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC undertaking a development workshop of a new large-scale artwork.
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