“Statements 2018” — Open call for performative pieces

Kunstraum Lakeside invites cultural practitioners and researchers to participate in the 2018 program by submitting their own “Statement.” We are looking for performative pieces that relate to the annual topic while experimenting with modes of representation in the visual arts in the context of an institution at the interface between art, science, and technology.

Kunstraum Lakeside

Kunstraum Lakeside devotes itself each year to a specific theme derived from its special standing as an institution for exhibition, performance, and discourse. The Kunstraum’s integration into a Science and Technology Park, and the linking of its events to the semester program at the University of Klagenfurt, raise questions about how artists today interact with the fundamentals, possibilities, and limits of current knowledge production. Under the curatorial guidance of Franz Thalmair, the planned three-year program will focus on areas of endeavor that can be subsumed under the term “artistic research.” Artistic research, like art in general, allows us to gain aesthetic experience. In addition, however, it also offers artists an opportunity within their respective art practice—i.e., using their own media, formats, and modes of representation—to contemplate the framework conditions that govern their activities. Embedded in social, historical, and cultural interpretation contexts, artistic research therefore enables us to respond to the constantly changing realities of our society.

Annual topic

The 2018 program is devoted to the concept of “research.” As a foundation for an investigative practice designed to generate knowledge and insights, research is usually described as a goal-oriented process of finding information, consisting of the collection, validation, and analysis of data. In contrast to such a linearly organized process, research in an artistic context not only precedes the artistic work but becomes the actual object of the representation. By means of their research, artists bring certain topics and issues to our attention using visual means while also examining the possibilities and alternatives offered by their own visualization practice. Research is thus ultimately inseparable from the art object, and any boundaries drawn between the work and the methods that lead to it become obsolete.

Dates

Three production days are available for the realization of each “Statement.” These three days include both setup and breakdown at Kunstraum Lakeside. The Kunstraum will be open to the public on one of the three days. Please choose the best two dates for you from those available as shown below.

  • Statement I: June 29, 2018 (production dates June 27–29, 2018)
  • Statement II: July 5, 2018 (production dates July 4–6, 2018)
  • Statement III: January 17, 2019 (production dates January 16–18, 2019)
  • Statement IV: January 24, 2019 (production dates January 23–25, 2019)

Application

Applications must be sent by email by midnight on March 31, 2018 to office(at)lakeside-kunstraum(dot)at, to the attention of Nora Leitgeb. The documents should be submitted as a single PDF file with a maximum file size of 10 MB. The entry must be written in either German or English. Only complete entries will be accepted.

Entry

  • Description of the content of the planned project, maximum two A4 pages
  • Description of the technical equipment required (a list of technical equipment available at Kunstraum Lakeside can be downloaded here);
  • Budget (per “Statement” Kunstraum Lakeside provides 1000 euros of production funding including fees, travel and accommodation expenses.);
  • Visualization of the planned project (floor plans and photos of Kunstraum Lakeside can be downloaded here);
  • Summary of the candidates career thus far (artistic or otherwise) as a CV in table form, maximum two A4 pages, along with visual documentation of activities up to now. Video works can be documented via a link to the usual online platforms.

Jury and decision

The jury consists of Christine Wetzlinger-Grundnig (Director, Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt), Eric Kressnig (artist, Vienna and Klagenfurt), Franz Thalmair (curator, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt), and Nora Leitgeb (curatorial assistant, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt). Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision in writing by the end of April 2017.

Competition conditions

With the submission of a “Statement,” the applicant tacitly acknowledges the competition conditions. The jury bears sole responsibility for selecting the artists participating in the 2018 program at Kunstraum Lakeside. The jury’s decision is final.

Contact

Mag. Nora Leitgeb | Curatorial assistant

Kunstraum Lakeside
Lakeside B02
9020 Klagenfurt
Austria

Phone, +43 664 83 99 305
E-mail, office(at)lakeside-kunstraum(dot)at