Elapse-Sept.16-17, 2006 – Call for Proposals

July 1, 2006

*Call for Proposals*
September 16-17, 2006
Mobius will present Elapse – a 24-hour show of durational work.
The deadline for submissions is August 1

I am currently seeking proposals for work for Elapse – a 24-hour show of durational work. Elapse will primarily showcase live performance, but works in other time-based media that explore duration in a unique way will also be given serious consideration. Proposed works are expected to be between four and twenty-four hours in length.

To give you an idea of what my vision for the show is, I offer these thoughts on durational work:

Several things come to mind when I think about durational work, all of which are marked by a close relationship to time: process, pace, endurance, and transformation.

Duration often coincides with process; and what unfolds during a process can be many things. Over time, materials can begin to inform the artist about his or her process and ideas can grow in unexpected ways. As well, meticulous tasks or obsessive activities have time to emerge into something physical.

Pace is all about time; sometimes marking out time in rhythms and cycles. Often the pace of time-based art plays against subjective notions of pace in everyday life.

Extended periods of time have unexpected consequences on the artist’s body, mind, and working method. Duration is both an opportunity for the artist to explore an idea intensely and an obligation for him or her to follow through with.
In life and in art, we do not often have occasion to watch another person engaged in activities for extended periods of time.  These occasions are cumbersome gifts that may require weathering the tedium in order to witness something quite remarkable.  I intend for elapse to be an opportunity for artists and audience alike to take part in an experiment in time.

-Dirk Adams (Mobius Artist Group)

Submission requirements:
Please submit the following:
Duration of piece. (between 4 & 24 hours)
Project proposal (no more than 500 words) that includes a description of your piece, space requirements, and technical needs (Mobius can provide minimal tech support).
Relevant supporting materials – drawings, photos, etc.
Documentation or samples of past work – video, slides, digital images.
Artist Bio

Send proposals to:
Mobius, Inc.
381 Congress Street, 2nd floor rear
Boston MA 02210

For questions, email Dirk Adams: mrdirky@yahoo.com
(If you want your materials returned to you, don’t forget to include a SASE )

In developing your proposal, keep these things in mind:
The show will run continuously for 24 hours, beginning on a Saturday afternoon and ending the following Sunday. Keep in mind how the time(s) of day might impact your piece and indicate if there is a specific time that you would like to perform.
All the performances will take place in one large open space (it is the space where Mobius has held Artrages for the past 3+ years).
Photos of space below:

Due to fire regulations, you may not use any open flames nor hang large pieces of fabric or paper unless treated with an approved fire retardant.

The deadline for proposals is August 1


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