The Week Ahead: Bloc Party Edition

Events and deadlines that are on our radar this week: 


The fifth annual Sight & Sound festival hits town this week, marking the fifth anniversary of the artist-run new media venue Eastern Bloc.  The lineup features such treats as a workshop and street installation by Paolo Cirio, a panel on networked performance featuring the likes of Jennifer Chan and Emilie Gervais, and a performance by Raphael Lyon and Area C that is about "the ingestion of foreign objects and the history of noise as it relates to Futurism, the sound of thermonuclear detonation, and the universal Turing machine." 

One thought - the festival's theme is described as an exploration of "the rhizomatic and permeating structures of society’s concealed systems." Here at Rhizome, where the word rhizomatic is often on our minds, we tend to think of these concealed systems as being rather un-rhizomatic (at least in the Deleuze/Guattari sense); they are riven with power imbalances and hierarchies. Regardless, les boîtes noires are our bêtes noiresSanté!


May 11: COLLISIONcollective's open call for technology-based artwork to be included in a summer exhibition at Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

May 12: Artists, designers, or developers making artistic apps for smartphone or tablet will want to apply for ZKM's annual AppArtAward, which offers three EUR10,000 awards in various categories.

May 13: Emerging artists living in NY, NJ or New England are eligible to apply to STEP UP, a juried competition for solo exhibitions (with publication) at Real Art Ways in Hartford

May 15: Published authors who are US citizens over the age of 25 can apply for the fantastic Warhol Arts Writers Grant, including a category for new and alternative media. 

May 15: Deadline for Rhizome Commissions (awards of $1,000 to $5,000 for artists in various categories). Toot, toot! That's the sound of our own horn.