Open call for submissions to participate in: SPACES ON THE RUN
Dushanbe Art Ground announces an open call for submissions to participate in the project: SPACES ON THE RUN — Mapping, activating, rethinking the status of public spaces in Central Asian context.
Deadline for receiving proposals: 1th of JUNE 2014
Announcement of selected participants: 3th of JUNE 2014
Project organizer: Dushanbe Art Ground (Public Foundation “Sanati Muosir”)
Project partners: Prince Claus Fund/NL, HIVOS Fund/NL, Goethe Institute Tashkent/UZ
Research-Documentation Labs and Theoretic Seminars: 20 of JUNE-3 of JULY
Mobile Workshop in Dushanbe: 18 — 22 of JUNE, 2014
Participants selected from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
Project partners in Tajikistan: The State University of Visual Art and Design of Tajikistan, The Union of Artists of Tajikistan, The Union of Designers-TJ, The Union of Architects-TJ/Dushanbe.
Regional partners: Anthropology department-AUCA/Bishkek, Museum Studio/Bishkek, Saken Narinov/studioVDNH/Almaty
The project aims is to understand/analyze the processes behind recent transformations of the public spaces in post-socialist context and investigate the status of public spaces in Central Asia challenging the hegemonic narratives, consumerist and private interests by re-appropriating/re-thinking and re-activating the public space trough contemporary art and social practices.
This Open Call is open to 8-10 participants (visual artists, researchers, urban activists, architects, and designers) from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, which will be invited to take part in the project and realize art projects/creative interventions in the public space in Tajikistan.
The project will consist in the following components: — research-documentation lab, theoretical seminars, a number of art projects/creative interventions in the public space will be realized by invited participants from Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan), a temporary platform — Mobile Unit to host art project and activate the public space will be designing and produced, final presentation of the project will take place in Dushanbe, later a publication comprising all fazes of the project will be edited.
Research-Documentation Lab and Theoretic Seminars description:
The purpose of Research-Documentation Lab and Theoretic Seminars is to share experience and to undertake a comparative analysis of the transformations of public spaces in Central Asian context. A number of international curators from Georgia, China and The Netherlands will present that recent practices of dealing with the public space, they will share their experience in exploring and activating public space using new approaches and strategies.
In order to create a understand the dynamic of transformation of public spaces in the region a series of Mobile Workshops will be organized in Dushanbe to undertake a comparative analysis and investigate the processes behind recent transformations, mapping, planning, use, and commercialization of public space.
Mobile Workshop description:
Mobile Workshop will take place in Dushanbe where the power is concentrated and where the main urban transformations occurred recently. The workshop will be collecting data and will provide comprehensive analyses concerning the causes, main actors as well the consequences of urban changes and impact on the society standards. By this research platform we wish to examine the structural determinants of public space and how it relates to the dominant activities both of the state—a public institution—and of business and commercial interests— the private interests under modern “Asian” type of capitalism.
Selected participants will take part in Research-Documentation Labs, Theoretic Seminar and Mobile Workshop and will present their project in the final presentation in Dushanbe. Selected participants will receive reimbursement for travel costs (train, bus or flight); their accommodations and meals will be covered by the organizer. There will be no participation fees.
Criteria and submissions:
Applicants should be nationals or residents of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. We are looking for inspired proposals by artists with experience and knowledge in working in public space, using performance, actions and interventions as creative strategies to activate and go beyond the traditional mining of public space. Interested artists will prepare a proposal package containing the following documents: a CV (1-2 pages), a short statement about the particular interest in this project (150 words), a synopsis of art project/intervention in the public space (500-600 words), a production plan or timeline, and a tentative list/description of mechanism/strategy to activate public space. The application documents should be sent as a single file (.doc, .rtf or .pdf) by email. If applicants would like to submit samples of previous works, the package can be sent by post to the following address:
Dushanbe Art Ground,
State University of Visual Arts and Design of Tajikistan,
Str. Aini 31, Dushanbe, Tajikistan,
Please note that electronic documents should also be sent separately by email to:
Project curator — Stefan Rusu: firstname.lastname@example.org
and also to:
Project curator — Stefan Rusu
Project manager — Jamshed Kholikov
Coordinator of educational section — Surayo Tuychieva
Assistant manager – Serafima Gatzalova
Dushanbe Art Ground – is a non-profit organization registered in 2012 in Dushanbe. DAG mission is to advocate for the development of contemporary art practices in Tajikistan, to redefine the role of the artist in contemporary society and shift the function of the artist from mere producer to engaged researcher and critic. DAG strategy is to achieve long-term sustainable development for new media arts and new platforms where creative and civic communities could collaboratively invent alternative avenues for social development and change. Dushanbe Art Ground activity is supported by Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan and Swiss Cooperation Office, Tajikistan.