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OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS!
deadline: July 28, 2o23
APPLICATION IS CLOSED

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The ANI[MA] Project - ANI[MA] Directory is looking for artists and writers to participate in a virtual showcase, as part of the 6th edition of The Wrong Biennale from November 1, 2o23, to March 1, 2o24.

Interpreting the concept of “anima” (which is the Latin term for the "animating principle" and the Greek concept of the human psyche), project ANI[MA] explores the ways in which one experiences the permeability between our and the spirit world through artistic productions. As both a metaphor and a state of being, “anima” brings the existence of the livings and non-livings together into a synthetic reality as a way to decentralize a cosmology that inherently centers around humanity since the early age of Euro-Western colonial expansion in Southeast Asia.

Onto the question of place-making and un-making, the showcase seeks to destabilize modern spatializing projects that have been assimilating Southeast Asian cultures and memories into the dark pit of neoliberal-economic rosters. Here, with contemporary artists and practitioners returning to the idea of “permeability” between the material and non-material world (as artist and art historian May Ingawanji terms it) through cultural and artistic productions, "anima" becomes the metaphor of social resistance that rejects mastery in image-making.

As an emphasis on the spiritual sociality and post-humanist quality of the virtual space, the ANI[MA] Directory specifically is an ephemeral milieu for subjects and dialogues that have been marginalized by the influence of master discourses IRL, forfeit themselves to the state of limbo. In the ANI[MA] Directory, all visual and sonic forms give up their temporal and spatial ontology. The algorithm becomes the sheer force of spatialization in the manner of a virtual séance.

Open call
Open call
Open call
Open call

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Artists and practitioners who work with digital forms, including but not limited to video art [moving images], sound-based art, digital painting, photography, multimedia art, web-based interactive applications, etc. Expected number of artists/practitioners/artworks: 1o

Writers, including but not limited to independent scholars, art critics, creative writers, experimental writers, etc. whose works demonstrate strong intellectual rigor and criticality. Expected number of work: 3

Following The Wrong Biennale's "RADICAL INCLUSION" policy, we encourage artists/practitioners and writers at any stage of their careers to submit.
 

Application for artists/practitioners includes:

  • An artist statement (3oo - 4oo words), outlining the conceptual idea of the work, time of production, media, and relevant information. Text can be submitted in either English or Vietnamese. 

  • A stable link to access the work (a cloud drive, a self-hosted digital platform, or basically anything that we have access to without having to ask for first-hand permission).

    • If artwork is under development, consider providing any useful information regarding the progress and how it can be completed upon the virtual showcase (where applicable)

  • A 2oo-word cover letter about why you think ANI[MA] Directory is a suitable platform for your work.

  • See examples of artworks that we adore here, here, and here.

Application for writers includes:

  • Phase 1: an abstract (2oo-3oo words) for an approximately 3ooo-5ooo word text, indicating your topic of investigation/research/criticism/etc.

    • A 2oo-word cover letter about why you think ANI[MA] Directory is a suitable platform for your work.

    • Texts can be submitted in either English or Vietnamese, before July 19, 2o23. 

  • Phase 2: a complete draft of your piece by July 28th, 2o23.

    • Text can be submitted in either English or Vietnamese. 

For both artists/practitioners and writers:

  • Your work must respond to or interpret the idea of "spiritual sociality", investigates or queries the relationships between the livings and non-livings in your reality and the virtual reality, and how these two spaces collapse within the context of modern society.

    • Including but not limited to the investigation and commentaries on the virtual space's sociality; virtual mysteries/enigmas; paranormal narratives; the politics of ritualistic practices; histories, discourses, and local cultures on the face of online presence. Pieces that deal with these topics within the context of Vietnam and Southeast Asia are especially welcomed. 

      • Note:​ Artists and writers are welcome to interpret the keywords/themes based on their understanding. 

  • Send the application in one (o1) pdf. file (no multiple documents please) to aniimai2324@gmail.com. All links or hyperlinks must work at all times.

  • All applications will undergo blind reviews by A sông Collective and Tam Nguyen (ANI[MA]'s curator)

DEADLINE: July 28th, 2o23


EXPECT TO HEAR BACK ON: August 1o.


Requirements

Update: For videos/moving images:

According to The Wrong's policy - your work will belong to a playlist that is displayed at the entrance of the virtual showcase, as it is also broadcasted on TheWrongTV as a program. We think this is neat! But if this doesn't sit well with you, let us know in the application!

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About The Wrong Biennale 2o23 - 2o24:

 

The Wrong Biennale is an art driven, innovative and collaborative biennial megashow, online and offline, bringing together curators, artists and institutions from all over the globe, open to participation and awarded with SOIS Cultura 2o19 and an honorific mention at S+T+ARTS 2o2o.

 

Celebrating digital art culture since its first edition in 2o13, more than 8ooo artists and curators from all over the world have officially participated at The Wrong Biennale.

 

https://thewrong.org/Biennale

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About A sông Collective:

 

A sông is an art club/collective founded and organized by artists since 2o19 based in Da Nang-Quang Nam, which has focused mostly on artistic community thinking, art-form experimentation, and living between art & non-art life in the central region of Vietnam. The flexible lullaby of the rivers in Quang Nam inspired the birth of a name such as A sông, which nourishes the people and the culture of the central Vietnam region.

A sông's activities frequently shift between urban and rural locations between 2o19 and 2o22. Starting in 2o23 with new members, A sông's programs focus on arts education through cooking, playing games, workshop, art residency, screening & discussion.

 

https://www.anotherxuanha.com/a-song-collective

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