This project will consider how cities can use mobile and locative art to regenerate areas that have been bypassed by new economies and flows of commerce and transit. It will also address issues of disconnection, asking who is able to connect and who is dislocated from public space.
The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, in partnership with the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy and Breadboard, seeks artist proposals for DIS•LOCATIONS, a unique public art project that will be part of the City of Philadelphia’s ReStore Corridors through Art program.
DIS•LOCATIONS will investigate the manner in which mobile communication technology and the mobile internet enlarge our sense of place and our social connections, while also disassociating us from our physical locations. Participating artists will be responsible for developing web-based visual and/or audio content addressing the project theme, which will be accessible through QR code posted at site-specific locations in various forms (e.g., scrims, stickers, vinyl overlays, window projections).
DIS•LOCATIONS will be a location based art project that exists digitally on the internet but also engages with disused commercial spaces and under-utilized public spaces in a specific area of Philadelphia. Using QR code and a mobile phone interface, site specific installations will invite the public to interact with web-based content created by artists, posted at a series of locations that will be connected together as an interactive walk. Using an interconnected series of window treatments, external signage, and installations (video or projections), DIS•LOCATIONS will temporarily re-purpose unoccupied storefronts along Lancaster Avenue between 38th and 41st St [
the Market and Chestnut St. corridors from 8th to 12th Sts], a high pedestrian foot traffic area of Philadelphia.
We seek submissions of artists’ visual or audio works that can reside online to be linked via QR-codes, but also might lend themselves to additional content that can be printed, projected or reproduced by other means to transform designated storefronts that link to respective web-based or interactive artist projects. Artist proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:
- conceptual merits and relevance to the theme of dis/location
- artistic/design merits as web-based content
- level of interactivity and engagement with participating audience
Preliminary proposals should include:
- a detailed project description (300 words or less)
- short bio/cv (150 words)
- Up to 10 examples of previous existing work (jpeg, mp3, quicktime video)
- rough budget
Deadline for proposals will be February 14 although consideration will favor those received earlier.
Questions and submissions should be sent to email@example.com, subject line: DISLOCATIONS Submission.