20. SURVIVAL ART REVIEW – OPEN CALL
PILLS – an open call for art projects 20TH SURVIVAL ART REVIEW.
We invite you to submit proposals of art projects for the 20th edition of SURVIVAL Art Review, which will take place from 24 to 28 June 2022 in the former Bethanien hospital. PILLS is the slogan to which the proposed applications should refer.
The place where Survival will take place in 2022 was once called the “Bermuda Triangle” and considered the most dangerous part of Wrocław – a hotbed of social dysfunctions, crime and drug dealing. The area along Traugutta Street – which is currently the battlefield between Polish Public Television, which broadcast a report presenting this part of the city in contemptible light, and its residents and local authorities, who in turn demand an apology – provides an important context for a reflection on stigmatisation, mechanisms of reproduction of violence and the available escape routes.
Misinformation, mental shortcuts, messages lacking nuance, intended to explain the world in a simple and unambiguous way – all of them have become inalienable elements of our information space. Consuming an endless stream of news resembles compulsive pill-popping; the news industry, well aware of this, is increasingly about infotainment, news that is served efficiently, almost in real time and with immediate effect. It should be dosed in mouthfuls, bites that can be swallowed whole and easily digested; there is no room for doubt, different points of view, what counts is the effective ideological essence.
We invite artists to submit proposals of works addressing the issues outlined above. We are interested in site-specific projects, new works as well as existing ones that are connected with the proposed subject. Please treat this text as a starting point, a general suggestion about some of the directions and a brief outline of several matters referring to the motto “Pills.” We are counting on works that will address the contemporary meanings of consciousness in a wide array of contexts, from both systemic and social perspectives, offering alternatives or carefully examining various mental and cognitive states.
The deadline for submitting proposals expires on 27 February 2022. Proposals can be sent by completing the form and the attachments. The SURVIVAL curators will then choose artworks to be presented in the chosen venue.