Instructions for Initial Conditions

  • Deadline:
    Nov. 3, 2010, midnight
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Instructions for Initial Conditions
Deadline: November 3, 2010
Exhibition: November 5 - 29, 2010

Drift Station Gallery and Parallax Space are pleased to announce a call for artworks for their upcoming exhibition “Instructions for Initial Conditions”. The show will consist of instructions exhibited as artworks, either to be carried out by the audience or realized in their minds. The audience may participate or not; directions can be towards present actions, future gestures, thoughts of past events, or impossible actions; participation can be individual or group.

In Chaos Theory, the initial condition refers to a simple starting point that, when the system is set into motion, is radically transformed into an unpredictable result. Works for this exhibition should describe the initial condition by which an artwork can be made or enacted. The work may use traditional or non-traditional materials, be performative or socially integrated, be text- or sound-based, be purely poetic and only to be realized mentally, or in another unforeseen form. The pieces need not be actually realizable; in other words, they can be impossible or purely conceptual.

Guidelines: - Fit on an 8.5 x 11” sheet of paper with at least 1/4” margins; larger images will be scaled down
- Instructions will be printed in black and white on a high-quality laser printer
- You may include your name on your score if desired; a key to the participating artists will be created so signing your work is not required
- Files must be in PDF, Word, Adobe Illustrator, or image file (png, jpg, gif, etc) formats
- Resolution should be high enough to print; files that are too low quality will not be included

Email your instructions to

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Started by Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson in the summer of 2010, Drift Station acts as a non-traditional curatorial platform for innovative exhibitions, art, music, and performance based in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Parallax Space, started by Marissa Vigneault and Bill Graham in August 2010, is an exhibition space in Lincoln, Nebraska, devoted to thematic presentations of contemporary artistic production in a variety of media.