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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Gaze – Art Gallery of Mississauga (Mississauga, Ontario)
July 25, 2012
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* Please note that the deadline for this listing has now passed *

Take a look at your city… What looks back at you?

Looking is not indifferent. There can never be any question of ‘just looking’.

                                                                              – Victor Burgin

What do we look at and why? Philosopher Jacques Lacan complicates the understanding of narcissism and our view in the mirror by distinguishing between the eye’s look and the Gaze. The Gaze in Lacan’s later work speaks to the uncanny sense that the object of our eye’s look or glance is somehow looking back at us of its own will.  Does a gaze promise the potential to connect, as well as the possibility to sever?  How does Facebook and the activation of the digital emoticon begin to affect the suggestion or notion of looking? More importantly, a gaze involves active cooperation, i.e. between the one looking and the one being seen. Being gazed at holds the potential for self-reflection – we become conscious of how we are perceived and therefore alter our position or thought.

Lacan argues that the gaze is a primary aspect of human subjectivity, as it is also a primary manifestation of culture. His theory maintains that the “real” exists prior to the symbolic or the imaginary, thus the power of the eye and the idea of spectatorship are at the forefront – the gaze possesses agency. What kind of engagement should cultural producers and artists within the city have with the remainder of the city’s residents? If one can imagine the screens as electronic eyes gazing out at the central hub of Mississauga, what agency can the art displayed there possess? What power does it have to transform its spectators?

The Art Gallery of Mississauga, in partnership with the City of Mississauga, is seeking artists working in the form of video, short form animation or digital based inventions which define, broaden and contribute to the concept.  Documentation of performance, sculptural interventions, narrative films, animated shorts, and experimental genres are sought for public display during a period of 3 to 12 months.

The selected work will be displayed on the Mississauga Celebration Square video screens located at 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 3C1. Mississauga Celebration Square is located in the heart of downtown Mississauga, next to the Civic Centre, where the Art Gallery of Mississauga is located, and across from Square One Shopping Mall.  Celebration Square has a main stage with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, two digital program screens, an amphitheater and an interactive water feature which converts in to an ice rink during the winter months. Celebration Square re-opened in 2011 after a $40 million renovation. In its first year, the square attracted over 450,000 people and hosted over 90 free outdoor events.  For more info on the site see: www.mississauga.ca/celebrationsquare

About the AGM
The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery generously sponsored by the City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, private citizens and its members.

The Mission of the Art Gallery of Mississauga is to promote awareness and the appreciation of the visual arts through the operation, development and growth of a public, not-for-profit art gallery.”

Public Call
The Art Gallery of Mississauga, in partnership with the City of Mississauga, is looking for experimental or narrative based, interactive short-format videos (no longer than 15 minutes) to be shown on Mississauga Celebration Square public digital screens for a period of up to one year. Consideration will be given to works longer than 15 minutes in length if they are non-linear. Sound will not be supported.

The following are a loose guideline for presented submissions:

Narrative-based works 15 – Minutes in length
Non-linear – Experimental works up to 60 minutes in length or work with no set length
Experimental Image Collage – variable

This call is open to all regional and International professional artists* as well as cultural producers working with the moving image. Persons with disabilities, visible minorities and Aboriginals are encouraged to apply.

* The Art Gallery of Mississauga defines a professional artist as a person who is critically recognized as an artist; possesses skill, training and/or experience in his or her artistic discipline; is active in and committed to his or her art practice; and has a history of public presentation.

Project Timeline

Submissions are due on or before September 15 at Midnight. It is the intent of the Art Gallery of Mississauga to announce the selected artworks in early October 2012. December 1, 2012 is the launch. It is intended that the works will be presented every Wednesday afternoon beginning at 3:00pm and again at 9:00pm and Saturday at 3:00pm.

Original Work
The artist must guarantee that the artwork design is original and does not violate the copyright of any other person. Each submission must have an artist generated statement consisting of no more than 100 words indicating as such with the application.

If selected, the artist must be prepared to sign the attached License Agreement with the City of Mississauga. The artist retains the copyright and right to be identified as the creator of the artwork. The Art Gallery of  Mississauga will seek copyright permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.

Proposal should include:

1)     Brief 100-word summary of your work.
2)     Full written proposal of the project (Maximum 2 pages).
3)     Vimeo URL, where work can be found online.*
4)     Documentation of the work if previously exhibited.
5)     Detailed list of technical requirements.
6)     Curriculum Vitae that includes a brief statement of artistic activities for the past twelve to eighteen months. Please limit the CV with the statement to a maximum length of three pages.
7)     Artist generated statement which explains the conceptual nature of the work and indicates that the applicant owns the copyright and is the producer of the work (Maximum 100 words).
8)     Artist biography, one paragraph in length.

Please note email submissions are preferred.  Do not send master copies of work. The AGM is not responsible for original artworks which may be lost in transit. Discs will not be returned.

Hardcopy discs that are generated for a PC can also be sent in the post to:

Art Gallery Of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive.
Mississuaga, ON L5B 3C1

*please see Vimeo Upload Instructions below.

Vimeo Upload Instructions
The AGM has selected vimeo as the site we ask artists to utilize for this project as the site has password protection capabilities for uploaded videos.

1) Join Vimeo (www.vimeo.com)
Basic – for the casual creator (free)
Choose username, enter email, choose password
2) Upload a video
3) Title should contain the artists name and the title of the piece
4) Set Privacy to “Only people with a password”
5) Set password to AGMgaze2012 (password is case sensitive)
6) Set embedding to “Nowhere”
7) Enable video downloading
8) Save Changes before proceeding

File Guidelines (In the case of Experimental Image Collage, etc.)
Image Specifications:
•   PC-compatible files only
•   JPEG format only

Image files:
File names should contain the following information:
•   image number
•   artist surname
•   title of work
•   The first nine images must begin with a zero (for example: 01_name_title.jpg, 02_name_title.jpg & 10_name_title.jpg). This will ensure that they are presented chronologically and follow your image list.

Text documents:
File names should be in the same format, beginning with the number 11. For example: 11_name_Bio,12_name_CV

Please do not submit:
•   MAC files that are not fully PC compatible
•   Any type of presentation format (For example, Powerpoint is not accepted)
•   Zipped, Stuffit, or other compressed files. They will not be opened or acknowledged.
•   Any digital material that requires software, plugins, extensions or other executables to be downloaded or installed. They will not be reviewed.

IMPORTANT: Candidates submitting digital support material that does not correspond to the guidelines may result in their application being considered incomplete, resulting in its withdrawal. Therefore, it is advised to test your material before submitting to ensure that it has been formatted correctly. It is your responsibility to ensure that all material reaches The AGM intact and in a readable format.

Application Transit and Receipt
All supporting materials must accompany the application. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted. Faxed applications will not be accepted. The Art Gallery of Mississauga will not be responsible for applications lost in transit. While all reasonable care will be taken in the handling of materials, the AGM cannot take responsibility for lost or damaged materials.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the application package reaches the AGM office by the deadline. All applicants will receive a notice by e-mail that their application has been received. If you have submitted an application and do not receive notification within two weeks, please contact the AGM office.

Technical Specifications of the Celebration Square public digital screens

 Submission* RealVideo is not currently supported

Although explicit content is generally accepted in a fine art context, the public nature of this exhibit hinders some creative freedom in that respect. Content should be both suitable and relevant for presentation on urban screens, as they are located within a highly visible public space that is accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. For this reason, the content guidelines for screenings have been established, based on a modified format of the Ontario Film Review Board Parental Guidance (PG) rating.  Content with explicit use of alcohol, smoking, and illegal drugs, horror, offensive language, nudity, sexual activity and/or violence will not be considered appropriate. For full Mississauga Celebration Square screen content guidelines and technical information see:  http://www5.mississauga.ca/rec&parks/websites/celebrationsquare/pdf/stage_and_screen_guidelines.pdf

There are no entry fees.  The City of Mississauga will pay screening fees commensurate with CARFAC rates to selected artists (a $600.00 honorarium will be paid per artist as a lump sum for multiple screenings). Please note that we cannot fund the creation of new works.  Seehttp://www.carfac.ca/ for more information.

Email the JURY at: agm.proposals@mississauga.ca
Subject line: The Art Gallery of Mississauga “The Gaze” Exhibition Entry

The jury will be comprised of Art Gallery of Mississauga Curator/Director of Programmes Stuart Keeler and guest juror Faisal Anwar. The jury will select a maximum of 12 artworks.

Notification: October 1, 2012

For additional information or questions please contact:

Stuart Keeler, Curator and Director of Programmes, (905) 896 5507 or by email at stuart.keeler@mississauga.ca

Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen, Gallery Assistant, (905) 896 5088 or by email at jaclyn.qua-hiansen@mississauga.ca

General Inquires can be directed to agm.connect@mississauga.ca

The Art Gallery of Mississauga reserves the right to choose to not recommend any application, proposal or finalist and to terminate or re-advertise any project.

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