Subject: OPEN CALL FOR ART DISKURS FESTIVAL 15
From: Gregor Glogowski
KUNSTRASEN GIESSEN E.V
06. – 11. OKTOBER
O P E N C A L L F O R A R T
DEADLINE 30. JUNI 2015
DISKURS 15 will explore the many relationships of thought and discourse
to space. Space can be seen as production of
thought – of its perception and representation, but also its
architectural planning and design. But conversally, as no
thought can take place outside space, it is material and social spaces
that shape discourse, allow for the circulation of
distinctive ideas and regulate communication. Can new thoughts open up
spaces? Or do they need new spaces in order
to become even thinkable?
DISKURS 15 is consciously, critically and resistantly grounded in space.
It will take place in the building of the Old
University Library of Giessen, itself a historical statement on the
relation of space and discourse. Here DISKURS 15 will
establish a space both abstract and concrete: the Bodenstation (ground
control). The Bodenstation will not function like a
usual festival center, but as a stage, display, topos and aesthetic
object itself. It will center the mental, social and physical
spaces of the festival. The Bodenstation is form, content and discourse,
a production place to be produced.
W E A R E E S P E C I A L L Y I N T E R E S T E D I N T H E F O L L O W
I N G A S P E C T S
The Old University Library will not be used as a mere venue and a
neutral frame for the art presented inside. Instead, we
want to explore, reflect and overwrite its architectural design and the
many representational settings it offers. Thus, we are
looking for works to be realized in non-traditional spatial displays
like shop windows, staircases, corridors, inner
courtyards, stockrooms etc. We hope to find the perfect place for your
work in the building complex. If needed, we still
can offer one fully-equipped blackbox stage and one whitecube stage
outside the building for presentations.
We also want to experience and reflect the concrete spaces the festival
itself inhabits, occupies, opens or forecloses. Apart
from autonomuos aesthetic spaces to be established, we are especially
looking for works which aesthetically could
perform a non-aesthetic function of the festival, like bar, ticket
booth, dining room, library, conference room, dormitory
We do not want to present spatial works only as static objects, but
rather as living processes amidst in their creation and
change. They could be realized by collaborating with local students or
the public, prepared during the week before and
permanently changed and developped further throughout the festival
itself. We are open to whatever creative process
your work requires.
Thus, if before and during the festival different creative processes
overlap and interfere in the space, this is not at all
unwanted. We will protect the integrity every work needs, but also want
to encourage artists to allow for planned and
unplanned collisions and coalitions of their works with others: opening
up your designed space for other‘s lectures or
concerts, performing in someone else’s scenography or having your
installation be seen in different light designs – we
want to explore the potentials and limits of shared space with both the
visitors and the artists.
We want to create a space where manifold connections between artists,
students, scholars, journalists and the general
public are possible. Therefore, we expect artists to be open for a
critical exchange on the works presented. We are also
interested in works and projects that allow for collaboration or
participation with the public – the local art scene and many
committed students are very appreciative of such an approach.
We are interested in works from any genre – performance, dance,
architecture, installation, sound, light, music etc.
please send a detailed description including technical requirements of a
selected work / proposal / concept along with a
budget proposal as well as an informal CV. Please supply us with a link
for videos or further material of previous and/or
current works if available.
Send in your application by 30 / 06 / 2015 to CALL@DISKURSFESTIVAL.DE.
PLEASE SEND all documents in one PDF file! The filesize of the e-mail
should not exceed 2MB.
DISKURS 15 is organised by students and will take over travelling
expenses, transport charges, and accommodation. Also all
participating artists will get a fee.