The 2018 UC Berkeley Open Call Student Art Exhibition
Submissions Due: 11:59pm, Friday, August 31st, 2018
Exhibition: Wednesday, September 12th – Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
This annual exhibition is the premiere showcase for student art on campus, and the only open-call exhibition of the year at the gallery. All current UC Berkeley Students (Fall 2018) are invited to propose an artwork, a small series, or any other creative project.
Our generation was born and raised in a remix society – all memes, all the time. We make use of rapidly evolving technologies and social media platforms to continually reconfigure and recontextualize existing ideas, information, ideologies, and images. We are the embodiment of a pluralistic society, an amalgamation of multiple meanings and metaphors, fluent in the language of the extreme present, witness to new forms of beauty previously unimaginable.
And yet! We increasingly find ourselves in a volatile, turbulent world where everything is in flux. Utopian claims that a technologically mediated society would be democratic and egalitarian seem naive, even threatening. We are accused of being egocentric and having short attention spans, despite inheriting a social system that rewards uninformed behavior and passive consumption without thought of consequence. We are passionate about fighting the injustice we witness, but frustrated in our efforts to enact meaningful social change. Trapped in an echo chamber, we inhabit a failure to reimagine the near future.
The question is whether our remix society is functioning, and what to do about it. How can artists and creative thinkers meaningfully, productively, and effectively re-reimagine our world? Where can we find hope? Perhaps in an object found at random. Perhaps in a project intentionally left on the back burner until it is forgotten. Perhaps in fine scale readjustments to the intricate economy of information. Or in its destruction and rebirth.
This exhibition is conceived of as a way to start critical conversations as much as it is to showcase the talents of our student artists. Applicants are encouraged to consider the theme implied by this title very broadly – there is a place for your work in this show!
Proposed work can be in any medium, from painting to performance, from video to interactive installation, from social practice to augmented reality. We are open to including dance, music, writing… any form that you can imagine sharing in the gallery space. There will be performances during the opening.
We aim to include many students in this exhibition, but admission is competitive! Please review materials before submitting. Incomplete or late submissions will NOT be considered. It’s OK if you are still in the process of creating your work – please submit a visually compelling proposal of sketches and/or images of related work, and a clear description of your intentions.
Proposal Deadline : 11:59 pm, Friday, August 31st, 2018
Decisions Announced : Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
Participants install their artwork : September 7th – 11th, 2018
(You will be responsible for installing your artwork with gallery director and interns.)
Artwork finished and delivered : 12 noon, Sunday, September 9th, 2018
Opening & Performances : 4 – 7pm, Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Exhibition Dates : Wednesday, September 12th – Thursday, October 4th, 2018
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSION!
Questions? Please email Farley Gwazda at: firstname.lastname@example.org