Open call for artists, scholars and activists: “Power Structures and Hidden Borders” (Venice, Italy)

PERSONAL STRUCTURES: Open Borders” is claimed by its creators to be “an open forum for discussion to take place on the different expressions of contemporary art that break away from any ideological, political and geographical barriers”. In “Power Structures and Hidden Borders” the organisers take up this call by creating a platform for other artists, researchers, and activists to question the problematic terms in which “PERSONAL STRUCTURES” frames the discussion itself, as well as unsettling that exhibition’s position within it.

“PERSONAL STRUCTURES” plays on themes of globalization and proposes an idealistic future for its visitors in which they are afforded “the chance to live their lives as free global citizens.” However, it neglects addressing such issues as where this conception of “free global citizens” comes from, who is allowed to live such a life in our world as it is, as well as what hidden relationships of exploitation and subordination it is dependent upon.

Through an investigation of these questions within the exhibition itself the organisers hope to interrogate the colonial power structures constitutive of the process of globalization more broadly. Their aim is to make the hidden borders of this exhibition, and of the (art) world more generally, explicit in order to question them and facilitate their subversion and destruction.

Selected artists and researchers will be invited to build upon existing work in a physically non-invasive way. The media with which this can be achieved includes, but is not limited to, video art projections, digital art, multi-media (augmented reality, light art, internet art), performances, audio art, guided tours, open tables and lectures.

All participants will be informed about the decision before the 5th of October.
Participants will be provided with travel costs, accommodation and technical support while in Venice, and a participation award of 500€ per project*.

Deadline (extended): 8 October 2017

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