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OPPORTUNITY

Annual Juried Exhibition- Syzygy


Deadline:
Thu Aug 13, 2009 00:00

CALL FOR ENTRIES
Syzygy
Jurors: Misako Inaoka and David Cunningham

Syzygy, from the late Latin (syzygia: conjunction), has slightly different meanings in Astronomy, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, and other fields of inquiry but can generally be defined as a kind of unity achieved through coordination or alignment of two or more things without the loss of identity... in Art, diverse cultures, ideas, media, technologies, and values, are constantly challenged to be “in syzygy”. Artists dealing with multivalent and sometimes oppositional concepts, media, and/or approaches including collaborative and interdisciplinary investigations with artists or professionals in other fields or cultures are invited to present the idea of “syzygy” at the LAB’s annual juried group show. This exhibition is open to work in all media including video, installation, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, sound/audio, performance, social practice projects and hybrid forms. Site specific, virtual (web based) and offsite project proposals are welcome. Collaborative works are strongly encouraged.
Deadline for entries: received by 5PM, Thursday, August 13, 2009.
Notification of acceptance: mid-late August 2009.
Exhibition runs: September 16 - October 10, 2009.
Entry fee: $10 current LAB members; $20 non-members (See information on how to become a LAB member for as little as $25 at http://www.thelab.org/members.htm)
Please send submissions to: Juried Exhibition / The LAB / 2948 16th Street / San Francisco, CA 94103

Work Samples:
--1 page artist statement, including contact information
--1 page CV
--1 page project statement for new work (if applicable)
--1 page image list with: artist name, title of work, size, medium, and year.
--up to five 35mm slides, five jpgs (under 2 MB) on a Mac-compatible CD-ROM, OR video segment(s) not to exceed five minutes long on a DVD per entry of actual work to be exhibited. All materials should be clearly marked with the artist’s name and title of work.

The LAB will make every attempt to safeguard submitted materials, but cannot be responsible for loss or damage. Never send master slides or tapes. Provide a SASE with sufficient postage for the return of materials (optional). Artists will be responsible for the transport and shipping of artworks to and from the gallery unless this is a significant hardship for the artist. In such cases, please indicate in your application what type of financial or other support would be needed to realize the proposed project.

Misako Inaoka, born in Kyoto, Japan, received her BFA in printmaking from RISD and an MFA from Mills College. Inaoka works with mixed media in sculpture and site-specific installation. Her work has been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, de Young Museum, Walter and de Saisset Museum, as well as galleries in New York, Seattle, and Miami, Japan, England, China and Italy. She is a recipient of residencies at the Headlands Center for the Art, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and De Young Museum.

David Cunningham is the founder/director of David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco. Established in 2006, DCP has a special focus on presenting work that is rarely seen in the Bay area, exhibiting new and often site- specific / commissioned work by local, national and international emerging artists in all media, including video and performance. DCP has presented offsite projects at New Langton Arts and in collaboration with Invisible Venue (Oakland). Earlier this year DCP hosted the first installment of an international traveling group show which was co-produced with Airspace Gallery, England and which will make its third stop at Cell Project Space in London later this year. Born in Zambia in 1967, Cunningham received his degree in Architecture from University College


OPPORTUNITY

art.tech at The Lab


Deadline:
Wed Jul 29, 2009 00:00

Location:
United States of America

CALL FOR ENTRIES
art.tech

art.tech is a 5-day festival of art, performance, sound, workshops, demos and lectures. It focuses on cutting-edge artistic experiments created with, related to and about technology. Parties interested in participating can and should propose:
•Workshops
•Demos
•Art installations
•Sound installations
•Performances
•Talks
•Interactive experiences
•Games
•Experimentation is our organizing principle. Please surprise and delight us by suggesting something not listed above.

Expansions of these categories are encouraged. Partnerships with organizations/corporations/collectives are welcome. Open source principles are our guidestar. Ideally over the course of the 5 days the inner workings of every project onsite will be explained and/or demonstrated in some way.

This 5-day exhibition and event series is open to work in all media including: video, installation, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, sound/audio, performance, social practice projects and interventions, games, web-based projects and hybrid forms. Site specific, virtual and offsite project proposals are welcome. Installations can be permanent or temporary. Workshops & demos could potentially take place at any time over the 5 days.

Deadline for entries: Received by 5PM, Wednesday, July 29, 2009.
Notification of acceptance: Early August 2009.
Exhibition runs: September 2 - 6, 2009 (W, Th, Fri - in the evening. Sat & Sun - *all freaking day*)
Please send submissions to: arttech@thelab.org *OR* art.tech / The LAB / 2948 16th Street / San Francisco, CA 94103

Application checklist:
1) Project description (1 page maximum). Must include:
•Type of project (i.e. workshop/demo/lecture/installation/etc. Please list any and all that apply)
•Medium
•Proposed time frame/duration (i.e. one hour, one afternoon/evening, etc)
•Installation requirements (Does your project require power? A projector? A table? Amplification?)

2) CVs of project’s main organizers and participants

3) Bio/Artist statement/Mission statement of individual or art collective applying (1 paragraph maximum).

4) Samples of related work*:
•Up to 5 links to project-specific web pages (please provide guidance as to which pages of the website we should review)
•Up to five jpgs (under 2 MB) on a Mac-compatible CD-ROM
OR
•Video segment(s) not to exceed five minutes long on a DVD (no PAL format, please).

* If possible, please provide images/video of actual work to be displayed. Sketches are acceptable.

The LAB will make every attempt to safeguard submitted materials, but cannot be responsible for loss or damage. Never send master slides or tapes. If you require return of materials, please provide a SASE with sufficient postage. Artists will be responsible for the transport and shipping of artworks to and from the gallery, and for installation/implementation of the project unless this is a significant hardship for the artist. In such cases, please indicate in your application what type of financial or other support would be needed to realize the proposed project.


EVENT

Past Forward: The 25th Anniversary Performance Series


Dates:
Thu Jun 25, 2009 00:00 - Wed Jun 17, 2009

During June and July of 2009, The LAB will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a month-long performance series. Selected musicians, curators, dancers, authors, and performance artists who represent the breadth of The LAB's artistic vision over its 25-year history, as well as the future of the organization and Bay Area arts community will participate. Join us for the kickoff party on June 25!

Dates are as follows:

Thursday, June 25: Strip Mall Seizures, The Rhombus, Pink Canoes, and Maggie Morris, with emcee George Chen

Friday, June 26: Emerging dance and choreography curated by Keith Hennessy, featuring Jesselito Bie + Jennifer Chien, Laura Arrington, Jesse Hewitt + Jorge de Hoyos, and Kegan Marling

Saturday, June 27: Tim Perkis, John Bischoff, Aram Shelton, and Novi-Sad

Thursday, July 2: Chris Brown performs and curates an evening of experimental music featuring Charles Johnson, Chad and Curtis McKinney, Tom Nunn and William Winant

Thursday, July 9: Miya Masaoka, Tomas Phillips

Friday, July 10: Nao Bustamante, Margaret Tedesco, and Cliff Hengst

Saturday, July 11: Donna De La Perriere and Joseph Lease curate a night of literary readings

Sunday, July 12: Foot Village, Death Sentence: Panda!, KIT, Lucky Dragons, and Former Ghosts curated by Club Sandwich

Wednesday, July 15 - Saturday, July 18: Jeff Ray of Mission Creek Music festival curates Collision, including Ann Magnuson, Darwin’s Bitch, Zachary James Watkins, and more.


EVENT

thread | bare


Dates:
Fri Jun 12, 2009 00:00 - Fri May 29, 2009

The LAB presents
thread | bare
The 4th annual striptease auction & trunk show

Runway show and live auction:
Friday, June 12, 2009. 7-10pm, $10-20 sliding scale admission

Trunk show:
Saturday, June 13, 2009. 1-6pm, free admission

The LAB teams up with local indie fashion designers for their most debaucherous event of the year. The runway show is simultaneously parodied and celebrated as the latest in men and women's apparel is auctioned right off the catwalk and given to the highest bidder. Fashion and jewelry designers will also be selling original items in the trunk show. Join the fun and support The LAB and independent local designers.

Featuring: Emcee Rodney O’Neil Austin, Auctioneer Deena Davenport, and DJ Chris Brennan
Designers include: Alexandria von Bromssen, Autie Carlisle, Charlie B, Chelsea Rae Snyder, Cyrus, Distilled, Esther Allison, Estrella Tadeo, GINNE, Gytha Mander, HT Habitus, Miss Velvet Cream, Mission Statement, Mittenmaker, Nomads, Sara Christian, Sarah Zins, Taryn and Mel McCabe, and Turk & Taylor.

Hair by Glama-Rama Hair Salon


EVENT

Gold Rush: Artist as Prospector


Dates:
Fri May 15, 2009 00:00 - Fri May 01, 2009

The LAB

Featuring Patricia Diart, Felipe Dulzaides, Packard Jennings, Pang Hui Lim, Ben Needham, Kate Pocrass, Marija Mojca Pungercar, Alice Shaw, and Lee Walton
Curated by Sonja Hinrichsen & Genevieve Quick

Exhibition runs: May 13 - June 6, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, May 15, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6 PM
This event takes place at The LAB, 2948 16th Street @ Capp, San Francisco

The Gold Rush and dot-com boom urged many opportunistic, desperate, and hopeful Americans to take a gamble and venture west to try their hands at prospecting and entrepreneurship. While some '49ers and dot-commers did accumulate vast amounts of wealth, most did not. These eras live on in our collective memories as Americans hoping to strike it big as a result of luck, perseverance, or gall. The legacies of the Gold Rush and dot-com boom have shaped the general character of the West Coast and informed the practice and strategies of many artists.

While the nine artists in Gold Rush embody the audacity, inventiveness, fortitude, and at times recalcitrance that are part of the Western ethos, our current economic crisis has created a new context that challenges optimism and industriousness. Our current economic crisis, like those of past (e.g., the Dutch Tulip Bubble, the US Great Depression, and the South Sea Bubble) has created a malaise, anxiety, and scrutiny about our expectations, desires, and priorities. In a moment when we are less confident, and some may say less egotistical, the art world is responding in ever more inventive ways.

Gold Rush: Artist as Prospector seeks to address the pioneering spirit and moxie that is mythologized in the American West. This show examines how contemporary artists find, organize, and select materials and experiences to intervene in, or disrupt the banal to mine moments and transform the everyday.