Deadline for Submission: Friday, March 22, 2013
Notification: May 1, 2013
Flux Projects produces exceptional and surprising temporary public art to galvanize Atlanta’s cultural curiosity. The highlight of our year is Flux Night, a one-night event modeled on other international celebrations such as Paris’s Nuit Blanche. Flux Night fills the streets and empty spaces of the Castleberry Hill Arts District with visual art projects, performances, dance, music, sound and light installations, and other forms of multimedia works and public interactions. The event will return to Castleberry on Saturday, October 5, from 7:00 p.m. until midnight.
Flux Night 2013 is being curated by Helena Reckitt. Her theme for the evening is Free Association. Random encounters, chance discoveries, and sensory overload are the hallmarks of Flux Night, now in its fourth year. The 2013 edition, Free Association, builds on this spirit of unexpected juxtapositions and patterns of call-and-response. Free Association explores the ways in which images, information and identities proliferate and mutate, online and off. It points to the strong history of digital art and collective activity within the city. It also looks beyond the visual, to senses and experiences that catch us unaware.
Flux Night 2013 will have two categories of projects: curated projects selected directly by Reckitt and proposed projects selected from this call by a committee that will include Reckitt along with Flux Projects staff and board.
Any artist, artist team, or creative collaborative (referred to collectively as Applicants from here forward) may submit projects. Individual applicants or at least one team member must be 18 years of age.
- Proposed projects can focus on any form of visual art or performance, broadly conceived, including sound installations.
- In general, we are interested in works that are artistically compelling both aesthetically and conceptually, creative in their approach to public space and human interaction, and that address a broad audience.
- We have a strong preference for projects that run continuously throughout the evening, though we will consider shorter projects if they bring something compelling to the event.
- Projects should be appropriate to a one-night event and be able to accommodate a crowd of 15,000 people over the course of the evening.
Flux Projects will make the final selection and secure permission for sites. Applicants who are familiar with Castleberry Hill and have a site in mind, may note this in their proposals. This is not required and will not affect evaluation of submissions.
Flux Projects will award commissions from $500 to $5,000. Decisions will be based upon the quality and viability of submitted projects. Applicants should be mindful that more projects will be funded in the $2,500 range than in the $5,000 range.
The budget is all-inclusive per project, covering design, materials, construction and/or fabrication, transportation, delivery, site preparation, lighting (if applicable), equipment, insurance, consultant fees, installation and de-installation, travel (if applicable) and other costs associated with the project, including artist fees. Flux Projects carries liability insurance for the evening, but our insurance does not cover performers, equipment, or other artist materials. If the proposed budget exceeds the amount requested from Flux Projects, Applicants must detail how the overage will be funded.
- Artistic merit
- Accessibility to a public audience
- Appropriateness for the event
- Feasibility of construction
- Public safety/welfare
Submissions are being accepted through CaFÉ. Applicants must abide by the word limits to the application questions. Applications that do not observe these will not be reviewed for consideration. Apply here.
About the curator:
Helena Reckitt is an independent curator and critic based in London, UK. Formerly Senior Curator of Programs at the Power Plant Toronto, she has held curatorial and programming positions at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and was an associate editor at Routledge publishers. Reckitt was one of three curators for Toronto’s 2012 Nuit Blanche. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions with artists including Yael Bartana, Keren Cytter, Harrell Fletcher, Joachim Koester, Ryan Trecartin, Paul Shambroom, and Carey Young. Her group exhibitions have explored inter-species relations (‘Adaptation’, 2010), memory and re-enactment (‘Not Quite How I Remember It’, 2008), and corporate and academic behavior (‘What Business Are You In?’, 2005). She is currently Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths College, London.