CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Curatorial Incubator, v.10 –
PARTY OF ONE:
Once again, Vtape's award-winning Curatorial Incubator™ invites applications from emerging curators who want to delve deeply into the work of a single video artist.
In 2011, we supported the research of Vancouver-based Allison Collins who put together an exhibition of the work of Susan Britton, one of the original founders of Vtape whose work had been out of distribution and thus out of the public eye for over 15 years. This year Julia Paoli, a recent graduate of the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, assembled a compelling series of installation and single channel works by Berlin-based Canadian artist Aleesa Cohene.
PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (below) CAREFULLY.
The successful applicant will hone curatorial skills in the media arts through workshops, independent research and writing, culminating in a public presentation of their selected programme, accompanied by a fully illustrated publication that takes the form a major (5000 word) monograph on the work of the selected artist.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TUESDAY JUNE 26, 2012, 4:00PM
PARTY OF ONE: going solo is an exciting opportunity for an emerging curator to work directly with an artist, looking at their complete body of work and respond in a variety of possible ways:
>by selecting works that reveal an aspect or an era (not well known) of a senior artist's practice;
>by selecting works that cohere a (seemingly) eclectic practice;
>by selecting works that focus attention onto an (as yet) little known or under-appreciated artist
Research phase (July - August 2012) includes:
*workshops conducted by established curators, artists and arts professionals specializing in media arts;
*free access to the vast research facilities on site at Vtape, with over 4000 tapes by 800+ artists and over 2000 articles on video art; and
*practical instruction from various Vtape professional staff to assist in producing a media arts exhibition.
Presentation phase (January – February 2013) includes:
*an exhibition of all the curated programmes with an introduction by the curator, and, when possible, a public discussion with the artist present; and
*a fully illustrated monograph with a significant (5000 word) essay) about the work of the artist, with editing provided by an arts professional.
Proposals must include:
>>an up-to-date c.v.;
>>a statement of intention (1 page in total) that outlines your interest in video art and why you want to be part of The Curatorial Incubator, v.10 PARTY OF ONE: going solo and what direction your research MIGHT take you in.
Possible artists who you might want to research in order to make a selection for your programme (priority will be given to proposals that focus on Canadian video artists)
Possible themes that would lead your research
>>examples of critical writing your have done (published or non-published); and
>>examples of any curatorial or organizational work you have done.
OTHER REQUIRED INFORMATION TO ACCOMPANY PROPOSALS:
>>indicate your availability for workshops during July 2012 (July 21-22, July 28-29);
>>NOTE: If you are from outside of Toronto, please indicate how you would cover the costs of your travel to the workshops (to be held over 1 weekend) and research at Vtape (minimum 1 wk. later in the summer.)
And don't worry; you won't be held to your original proposal but keep in mind that the jury will need to get an idea of what kind of work you are going to be searching for. Surprises are to be expected along the way. That's what research is all about. Send applications to:
Lisa Steele, Creative Director, Vtape
401 Richmond St. West, #452, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
No phone inquiries please.
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The Curatorial Incubator
In 2011, we inaugurated a new programme associated with The Curatorial Incubator™. When the jury confers a Vtape Fellowship Award on an applicant, she/he receives a range of services in addition to a fee for the use of their essay. These services, include access to professional development workshops, full research support from Vtape staff as well as the benefit of editing advice from the media arts professional she/he is paired with for the preparation of their essay. These essays are then hosted on the Vtape website.
The 2011 Vtape Fellowship Award recipients were:
ANANYA OHRI wrote about the work of artist JAMES DIAMOND; her essay was edited by Erik Martinson, artist and Vtape Submissions and Outreach Coordinator,
HENRJETA MECE addressed the work of artist LUIS JACOB; her essay was edited by Jean Paul Kelly, artist and Programming Director at Trinity Square Video.
JOSHUA THORSON examined the narrative work of LISA STEELE and his essay was edited by Peggy Gale, independent curator and writer.
All of their essays can be found on the Vtape website at: www.vtape.org. Click on the name and the essay will download as a printable PDF.
The 2012 Vtape Fellowship Award recipients were:
ULYSSES CASTELLANOS has researched the work of FAME FAME (Jubal Brown and Tasman Richardson) and artist Luis Jacob is editing this essay for publication.
ALVIS CHOI has delved into the work of artist RODNEY WERDEN; her essay will be edited by Steve Reinke, artist and professor who has also written extensively on Werden's work.
EBONY HAYNES has examined the work of WENDELL BRUNO from the early 1990s; her essay is being edited by Andrea Fatona.
These essays will be available for download on the Vtape website early in the fall 2012.