minus20degree 2024 Call for Artists

Courtesy of minus20degree
Courtesy of minus20degree

minus20degree 2024 Call for Artists

minus20degree is an art and architecture biennial that takes place in Flachau, Austria. Deadline: January 31, 2023.

minus20degree is a biennial exhibition of art and architecture. minus20degree provides a stage for radical artistic interventions in the alpine winter landscape and makes them freely accessible to the public. minus20degree provides a laboratory, with snow as the primary resource for all expressions of art and architecture.

The organisers are looking for artists in the field of sound art, video art, performance, theatre, installation, or dynamic land art for their 2024 edition. They are especially interested in art that takes and needs space, art that is mobile or makes the audience move. They also look forward to receiving proposals for sound- and video art that embraces the snowy landscape as an endless projection surface.

minus20degree provides outside space for art that is controversial, and provocative yet founded. minus20degree is completely independent and thus does not need to please or go easy on the audience.

All artworks need to be conceptualized and produced especially for minus20degree.

The theme “Plateau” provides the theoretical framework for minus20degree 2024. Your submission does not need to have a direct connection to the theme. Nevertheless, they are interested to read your thoughts on “Plateau”.

As a geological formation, plateaus are a part of the landscape they are dealing with as exhibition space; simultaneously, as an expression of social stagnation, the organisers think that "Plateau" might be a valid description of our times.

All sites will be outside and exposed to the elements. Temperatures might be as low as minus 20 degrees so you can expect snow, but it also can rain. Therefore, all artworks must be water and temperature resistant. The amount of snow cannot be predicted. Generally, there is 20-60 cm in the valley and up to 150 cm in the mountains.

Flachau is a village with a large variety of natural and manmade landscapes. It is a scenic village with about 2.700 inhabitants that can host over 10.000 tourists. Hotels, ski lifts and ski slopes are very present elements in the landscape as well as barely touched forests, fields, and mountain tops. The entire valley can potentially be used as a site for artistic interventions.

For the open call, it is not necessary to know the exact location already. Once a project is selected by the jury, the minus20degree team will help the artist(s) to find an ideal spot for the work in the requested landscape or will help to find an alternative setting.

minus20degree supports:

  • Artist fee € 1.000, -
  • Production budget: up to € 1600, -
  • Travel budget: up to €400, -
  • Up to 6 nights’ accommodation (arrangements for longer stays can be made)
  • Support from the team throughout m20d24
  • Professional documentation of the work

Extra funding is very welcome and will be supported by minus20degree.

Application is open to individuals, pairs, or groups at any stage of their career. Please submit one single pdf to [email protected] before the 31st of January 2023 that contains the following:

  • A short description of your artwork (max. 150 words)
  • A long description (max. 500 words) that clearly and concisely explains the project you wish to produce incl. a reflection on the theme “Plateau”.
  • Clear technical drawing and/or script of execution of the artwork (1 x A4)
  • Total production budget of the artwork (including build-up and removal of artwork)
  • CV with contact details including name, phone number and links (if existing). (1 x A4)

Please note:

  • Stability and security of artwork is the responsibility of the artist.
  • Ownership of artwork remains with the artist.

A special Q&A session will also be organised via Zoom on the 21st of December 2022 during which we will also share more information about Flachau as well as pictures of possible locations for your artworks. The exact time and link will be shared via their website.

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