Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance and Protest

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OPEN CALL

Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance and Protest

Description


NiMAC [The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation] in Cyprus, Valand Academy of the Gothenburg University, Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg, Sweden and the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan organise the project Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance and Protest.

Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance and Protest is a two-year research project exploring the affective meanings of drone technologies on photography and human rights. The partnership between the three cities –Gothenburg, Nicosia and Lahore– will result in simultaneous exhibitions that will be held in each of the three participating institutions (Hasselblad Center, NiMAC and Zahour Ul Akhlaq Gallery of the National College of Arts) in Spring 2018, curated by Sarah Tuck and Louise Wolthers, Yiannis Toumazis and Imran Ahmad respectively. The exhibitions will present commissioned photo-based artworks that explore drones as motile cameras and as a new camera consciousness that alters the material assemblages through which protest and warfare take place.

Conceived as a mode of relational experience between the curators, commissioned artists and gallery audiences and as a shared sense of responsibility toward distant others, Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance and Protest is an effort to produce a geography of thinking about drones shaped in part by the proximity and physical distance to drone warfare, the political and ethical implications of the asymmetry of seeing without being seen, and the legal restrictions on civilian drone use within each city and region.

In addition to the commissioned artworks, the view from above the cities of Gothenburg, Nicosia and Lahore will be screened in the galleries Hasselblad Center, NiMAC and Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery as part of the shared inquiry on the geopolitics of vertical space. Moreover, audio material from interdisciplinary talks whichtook place in Gothenburg in 2017, which explored the impact of drone technology on the way we see, will be presented in the three exhibition venues.

The three exhibitions will also be brought together as a stand-alone “pop-up” that will be hosted as a permanent learning resource in each of the three galleries, with all artworks captioned in Swedish, English, Greek and Urdu.

NiMAC extends an open call to artists who wish to participate in the exhibition. The three artists who will be selected must produce photo-based artworks focusing on the following themes:

  • Colonial and counter-colonial uses of drone technology
  • Politics of visibility
  • Vertical geographies of power and assistance
  • Public vs private
  • Proximity vs distance

Criteria of assessment

  • Artistic merit of the project
  • Processes or methods to be used
  • Quality of idea and research
  • Relevance to the geopolitics of the southeastern Mediterranean region (including photographic history of region)

The selected artists will receive up to €3,000 each, which should cover all aspects of research and production of the commissioned work.

The organizers reserve the right to not commission from this call in the event that the applications received do not meet the criteria or artistic merit.

Important Dates

Open Call announcement: 5 October 2017

Deadline for submission of applications: 4 December 2017

Announcement of selected participants: 18 December 2017

 

Proposals should be submitted in Word document or/and PDF format to info@nimac.org.cy

Application


APPLICATION

Important Dates

Open Call announcement: 5 October 2017

Deadline for submission of applications: 4 December 2017

Announcement of selected participants: 18 December 2017

 

Proposals should be submitted in Word document or/and PDF format to info@nimac.org.cy

The relevant information may be submitted either in Greek or English. In case you choose to submit your application by hand, please ensure your texts are legible. It is necessary to give weight to the texts relating to the research, the rationale and the objectives of the work. Please note that commissioned artists are solely responsible for obtaining any license, permit etc. related to drone flying as part of their research work.

PART I

Name: ____________________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________

Phone number(s): __________________________________________________________________

Email address: _____________________________________________________________________

 

Statement of Understanding

I have read and understood the terms and guidelines of the Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance and Protest project and declare that I unreservedly agree and accept them. I warrant that to the best of my knowledge the information provided in this statement is true, accurate and complete.

 

Signed (artist): _____________________________________________________________________

Date: ______/_____/_____

Part II

Biographical Note (150-250 words)

Part III

Proposal Description (up to 1.500 words)

Please give the reasons why you think your proposal is relevant to the rationale and the themes of the project (including the geopolitics of the Southeastern Mediterranean region). Please also indicate your research methodology and any names of collaborators (individuals, groups, NGOs etc.) that may assist you in the process of implementing your artwork).

Part IV

Proposed timetable

Indicate the proposed timetable required to complete the artwork.

Part V

Proposed budget

Indicate the proposed budget for the implementation of the project. (Please note that selected artists will receive up to € 3,000 each, which should cover artistic fees and the cost for research, production, transport etc.) The artworks must be delivered ready for exhibition.

Part VI

Samples of previous works

Please indicate previous artworks giving a short description of each (you may also send relevant links).

  • Artists submitting a proposal may be called for an interview.
  • Up to three (3) artists/group of artists will be selected.
  • NiMAC reserves the right to discontinue any collaboration with an artist/artists/group of artists if any of the above information is not true, correct or complete.

Invitation

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