Open Call minus20degree - Landscape for contemporary art and architecture 2024

  • Location: Flachau, Austria
  • Deadline: Jan 31 2023 at 11:01PM

minus20degree is a contemporary art and architecture exhibition that takes place every 2 years in Flachau, Austria during winter. The exhibition lasts for 3 days in January.

minus20degree is now accepting proposals
We are looking for artists in the field of sound art, videoart, performance, theater, installation, or dynamic land art for our 2024 edition.
We are especially interested in art that takes and needs space, art that is mobile or makes the audience move. We also look forward to receiving proposals for sound- and videoart that embraces the snowy landscape as an endless projection surface.
minus20degree provides outside space for art that is controversial, provocative, but founded. minus20degree is completely independent, thus does not need to please or go easy on the audience.
All art works need to be conceptualized and produced especially for minus20degree.

the theme “Plateau”
The theme “Plateau” provides the theoretical framework for minus20degree 2024. Your submission does not need to have a direct connection to the theme. Nevertheless, we are interested to read your thoughts on “Plateau”.
What we like about Plateau is its latent ambiguity. As geological formation it is a part of the landscape we are dealing with as exhibition space; simultaneously, as an expression for societal stagnation it might be a valid description of our times.

Q&A (optional)
You can email us your questions at [email protected].
A special Q&A session will also be organised via Zoom on the 21st of December 2022 during which we will also share more information about Flachau as well as pictures of possible locations for your artworks.
The exact time and link will be shared via our website and instagram account before that date.

choosing your location
All sites will be outside and exposed to the elements. Temperatures might be as low as minus 20 degree, you can expect snow, but it also can rain. Therefore, all artworks must be water and temperature resistant. The amount of snow cannot be predicted. Generally, there are 20-60cm in the valley and up to 150cm on the mountains.
Flachau is a village with a large variety of natural and manmade landscapes. It is a highly touristic village with about 2.700 inhabitants that can host over 10.000 tourists. Hotels, ski lifts and ski slopes are very present elements in the landscape as well as barely touched forests, fields, and mountain tops. The entire valley can potentially be used as site for artistic interventions.
For the open call it is not necessary to know the exact location already. Once a project is selected by the jury, the minus20degree team will help the artist(s) to find an ideal spot for the work in the requested landscape or will help to find an alternative setting.
*Please keep in mind that if you choose a very remote location, visitors might not be able to see your artwork live.

minus20degree support
Artist fee € 1.000,-
Production budget: up to € 1600,-
Travel budget: up to €400,-
Up to 6 nights’ accommodation (arrangements for longer stays can be made)
Support from the team throughout m20d24
Professional documentation of the work
*Extra funding is very welcome and will be supported by minus20degree.

how to apply
Application is open to individuals, pairs, or groups at any stage of their career.
Proposals that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered.

Please submit one single pdf to [email protected] before the 31st of January 2023 that contains the following:
- A short description of your artwork (max. 150 words)
- A long description (max. 500 words) that clearly and concisely explains the project you wish to produce incl. a reflection on the theme “Plateau”.
- Clear technical drawing and/or script of execution of the artwork (1 x A4)
- Total production budget of the artwork (including build-up and removal of artwork)
- CV with contact details including name, phone number and links (if existing). (1 x A4)

Please note:
*Stability and security of artwork is a responsibility of the artist.
*Ownership of artwork remains with the artist.

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