Works for a Prepared Library

  • Deadline:
    Feb. 22, 2013, 11:45 p.m.
  • Location:
    Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202, US

The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is seeking submissions & performers for a one-night exhibition of works based on chance operations. This special edition of Experimental Music at the Library will feature experimental music, performances, video art, & other time-based media, as well as a free publication of two-dimensional & text based work.


  • Combining existing ideas is an interesting way of making new ideas. Chance operations are an interesting way of combining things.
  • Libraries are full of existing ideas. Libraries are also a public space.
  • Let's use the library as source material for making & presenting new ideas in a public space![/ul]
  • Experimental Music at the Library is a monthly performance series designed to bring experimental music, performance art, and other time-based media to a wider audience. It has garnered local & national attention & was recently featured in Library Journal. Previous events in the series have included a live circuit-bent soundtrack to W.F. Murnau's Nosferatu & performance art from the Brooklyn-based collective Panoply Performance Laboratory.

    Works for a Prepared Library will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7pm at the Main Library downtown.

    Artists Chris Luessen & Tory Keith are curating a zine to accompany the exhibition. The zine will include both text & images. Submissions should pertain to chance operations & be in black & white or grayscale.

    Using chance operations, create a work that can be shown or performed in 2 minutes & 16 seconds. For purposes of this exhibition, time-based works are defined as art/music performance, video, sound, &/or spoken word.

    Deadline for all submissions is Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:47pm.

    In your submission, please describe how the work(s) use chance operations & will use the library as a source. Free interpretation of "chance operations" and "library" is encouraged.

    There is no limit to the number of works a group or individual artist can submit. Performance works may be submitted as a detailed description along with documentation of past work. Submissions must be in .doc, .pdf, .mov, or .mp3 format. Please title all of your files with your last name & first name followed by the number of the documentation (e.g. lastname_firstname_001.jpg). Each submission should include the following:
  • Cover page with contact information.
  • List of works submitted. Include title, corresponding file name(s), format/media, & a brief description.
  • Work(s) and/or applicable documentation.[/ul]
  • Submissions should be suitable for all ages.

    Important for live performance works: Because this event will take place in the span of an hour and a half & we want to present as many works as possible, preference will be given to performances that entail minimal setup. For sound & experimental music performances, please be prepared to scale your volume to the space.

    Submissions may be submitted online (see link) or dropped off in person to the Popular Library Department c/o Steve Kemple on the first floor of the Main Library.

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