Call for Artists: Beyond Punch Cards

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Show dates: May 31-July 13, 2019
Submission deadline: February 25, 2019

EXHIBITION

The group exhibition Beyond Punch Cards offers an unexpected perspective on the relationship between textiles and technology. Curated by Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya and Renata de Carvalho Gaui of the ‘Weaving to Code, Coding to Weave’ project, the show unites an international group of artists to challenge common perceptions of both weaving and coding practices. Hosted by form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the show is an official satellite exhibition of this year’s CURRENTS New Media Festival, an international showcase for new media artists that occupies El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe for two weeks each June.

Beyond Punch Cards appears at form & concept from May 31 to July 13, 2019. Rodriguez Sawaya and Carvalho Gaui will select a number of artists through an invitational process, but are also searching beyond their networks with this call for artists. Entries may be submitted through this Google form from February 5 through February 25, 2019.

ABSTRACT

“The analytical engine will weave algebraic patterns like jacquard looms weave flowers and leaves.”
– Ada Lovelace, mathematician & creator of the first computational algorithm

The first-ever computational algorithm was inspired by the Jacquard loom’s punch card system for weaving patterns. Since that pivotal “under/over” moment, artists, designers and technologists from across the globe have awed us by creatively exploring the links between weaving and coding. As a home of age-old weaving traditions and a more recent haven for new media artists, the Desert Southwest is fertile ground for an exhibition that conceptually interlaces these practices.

The ‘Weaving to Code, Coding to Weave’ project traveled to Santa Fe in 2018 to facilitate a workshop for the CURRENTS New Media Festival. The class reinforced their awareness of the established intersection between weaving and coding, as many of the weavers that attended were already familiar with the links between the practices. Partway through the workshop, the facilitators pivoted their lesson plan to radical case studies, exposing attendees to projects that re-imagine the relationship between textiles and technology.

This experience informed the development of Beyond Punch Cards. The curators ask, how can weaving and coding present new paradigms for viewing the world around us? How can they illustrate different identities, or keep cultures and history alive? Can these practices converge and evolve to resist obsolescence?

Through this exhibition, Rodriguez Sawaya and Renata de Carvalho Gaui hope to inspire audiences, showcasing projects that use technology to explore the contemporary significance of weaving.

ELIGIBILITY

This submission process is open to any and all artists who explore weaving and coding through their work. There is no entry fee. You may enter up to three pieces. 2D, 3D and video works are eligible. Work must have been completed prior to application submission. Work that is available for sale is preferred, but if your project fits the theme and is not commercially available, please submit!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • February 5-25, 2019: Submission period.
  • March 17, 2019: Notification of acceptance
  • May 20, 2019: Selected artwork due to form & concept
  • May 31, 2019: Opening reception, 5-7 pm
  • July 13, 2019: Exhibition closes
  • July 31, 2019: All work received by artists (unless otherwise arranged)

CURATORS

Renata de Carvalho Gaui is an artist, designer and creative technologist from Rio de Janeiro. In recent years, she has worked on projects involving wearable technology research and design, educational and experiential exhibit design, and female empowerment.

Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya is a Peruvian designer and educator. She uses her skills as a technologist and storyteller to craft compelling narratives about sociocultural realities. Her work revolves around connecting the digital and physical spaces around us, as a way of bringing a more human approach to our digital world.

They both graduated from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where they collaborated on artistic projects regarding female empowerment and identity, building bridges between craft and technology disciplines, and educational partnerships between ITP and public schools around New York. They were both organizers and facilitators for these projects.

CONTACT

Jordan Eddy
formandconcept [at] gmail [dot] com
505.982.8111

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Call for Artists: Brea Foley Art Program

Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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The Brea Foley Art Program is looking for 15 outstanding teen artists who reside on Native reservations in the Southwest. High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to apply for this project that offers exciting opportunities to create, discuss and exhibit artwork. They’ll travel to New York City for a special reception at the National Museum of the American Indian, engage in an artist residency project at New York University, and exhibit their artwork at form & concept in Santa Fe, New Mexico during Indian Market in August 2018. The Brea Foley Art Program is run by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Soul of Nations.

Soul of Nations

Soul of Nations is a nonprofit that uplifts Native American youth through engagement in the arts, encouraging academic excellence, and inspiring business entrepreneurship. Established in 2015, Soul of Nations exists to inspire Native American youth to pursue and achieve their goals. We stress the importance of education and provide Tribal youth with a platform for free expression. Our programs help to foster the next generation of community leaders in the fields of art and business.

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Brea Foley Art Program

The Brea Foley Art Program is an initiative created by Soul of Nations to help fulfill the organization’s mission to galvanize artistic zeal among Indigenous communities. It is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating cultural art created by Native American youth.

The program was conceived by the late co-founder of Soul of Nations, Brea Foley. Although she is no longer with us, her spirit lives on through the consciousness of art. Foley was a firm believer in the longevity of culturally infused artwork and wanted to inspire artistic talent among youth who live in displaced communities. The Brea Foley Art Program is designed to do just that.

The project aims to rebuild cultural self-confidence, challenge personal boundaries, and foster cultural continuity while reflecting artistic diversity. Soul of Nations wants to show the world that our nation’s first people are still here and thriving in the best ways possible. What better way to validate contemporary Native life and strength than through the arts? Soul of Nations believes that art is a universal language that carries the story of honesty, history, and belonging.

Completed applications for the 2017-18 program are due Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Once admitted, the artists will have from Friday, December 22, 2017 – Friday, February 23, 2018 to complete and submit their artwork. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, all artists and will gather to display their artwork at the Navajo Nation Museum in the form of an art showing. At the art showing, all work will be critiqued by a team of judges. These judges will range from renowned artists, curators, gallerists, and regional sponsors.

All 15 artists granted admission into the Brea Foley Art Program will have the opportunity to be exhibited at form & concept, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, August 17, 2018. Soul of Nations will also exhibit all artworks in an online exhibition for one year.

Judges will be responsible for selecting the top three artists of the competition who will be crowned as the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program Finalists. The three program finalists will travel to New York City on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 to be celebrated at a reception held at the National Museum of the American Indian – New York and to engage in the artist residency project at New York University.

The reception event at the National Museum of the American Indian – New York will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 and the artist residency project will be held from Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Friday, June 8, 2018. The top three 2018 Brea Foley Art Program Finalists are scheduled to fly out to New York City on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Once arrived, the artists will be housed on the campus of New York University. The artists will also be chaperoned by members of the Soul of Nations Team.

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2017/18 Program Theme

The theme of this years’ program is Honor the Earth. All submitted artwork must adhere to this theme, and artists may be expected to provide a description of the artwork.

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Call for Entries: Guns to Art Benefit Show

New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence- Guns to Art Benefit Show- form & concept gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Calling all artists, designers and craftspeople! We’re looking for artwork and jewelry that reflects on gun violence prevention for this November’s Guns to Art Benefit Show at form & concept. The two-week exhibition was inspired by an ongoing collaboration between the non-partisan 501(c)3 organization New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and the Santa Fe Community College Art Department (SFCC).

In August 2016, NMPGV launched a gun buyback program that invited gun owners to anonymously turn in unwanted firearms to New Mexico law enforcement. SFCC’s Art Department offered to turn part of the stockpile into art, and a collaboration with the Colorado-based RAWTools project called “Guns to Gardens” transformed some of the guns into gardening tools. Creations from both programs will appear in live and silent auctions at the Guns to Art Benefit Show reception on Friday, November 17.

We’re also inviting artists from around the world to submit up to three pieces of art or jewelry for potential inclusion in the show. The deadline for submissions is October 9, after which a jury will select works and notify the artists by October 20. The works will be on view in the Guns to Art Benefit Show from November 7 to 17. Proceeds from sales  will go to the participating artists, NMPGV, SFCC’s art and welding scholarship program and form & concept. Learn more at the links below, and make sure to submit!

Read the submission guidelines & download the submission form.
Learn more about the Guns to Art Benefit Show.