synergia

Synergy – open call | the project of the Towot Squat Foundation

Synergy is the latest project of the Towot Squat Foundation. Both students and university graduates of arts and art history are invited to participate. At the beginning of the holiday Towot Squat foundation will hold a one week workshop attended by recognized artists and curators and finished with an exhibition.

Synergy is a concept derived from the language of social psychology, referring to interaction and cooperation between individuals. A positive synergy effect is defined as a situation, where the combination of two or more factors gives a more favorable effect than the action of each individual working separately. Psychologists illustrate this as a following equation: 1 + 1 = 3. This project is aiming to achieve similar results through the encounter and creative intellectual cooperation of two young art circles.

The Synergy project is the first of its kind to provide long-term support for young,active and creative artists as well as culture theorists who work together on creating artistic events. Such cooperation of young artists and critics is extremely important and beneficial, as it provides a space for a dialogue, thus forming and shaping a new generation of artists as well as making them aware of their own actions.

The Towot Squat Foundation, formed by Robert Kuśmirowski, created such events as No Budget Show and Died Moroz, hence supporting bottom-up initiatives and promoting the activism of the young artists.

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The “Synergy” project is a part the three-year “Towot Squat” art education program, which includes a series of events for young artists and art theorists, and as such it is financed by the city of Lublin, within the scope of City of Culture venture. Within the project frames, artistic and curatorial residences, master classes and plenary sessions will be organized in Lublin, from 2017 to 2019. The aim of the project is to develop an innovative model of personality education for young artists, art critics, art historians and culture managers, by supporting and promoting their professional activities through innovative artistic education programs and to establish cooperation networks of artistic faculties in Poland and abroad.

Stage I / Recruitment / from 1 April 2017 to 14 May 2017

The project is nationwide. Applications are accepted online.

Two open calls for students and graduates will be realized simultaneously – one for artists and one for art historians. Artists submissions will be considered based on the portfolio provided, while art historians will be obliged to send in 2-3 critical or curatorial texts.

The committee will be composed of prominent artists and art theorists: PhD Marcin Pastwa, Waldemar Tatarczuk and Ewa Zarzycka. The results will be announced by June 18, 2017 at the latest on the website of the Towot Squat Foundation.

Stage II / Workshop / from 10 to 16 July, 2017

In cooperation with Labirynt Gallery, a one week workshop will be held in the urban space, as part of activities comprising the project. Organizer will cover the costs of accommodation for participants from outside of Lublin and the allowances of all participants of the project.

Stage III / Exhibition / Preparation and Implementation, from 17 July 2017 to 15 September 2017

The exhibition will be held in Labirynt Gallery in Lublin, featuring art works created during master classes and through collaboration with art historians. Project participants will also be responsible for the exhibition itself – guided by a mentor, the curators shall provide the conceptual frames as well as take care of promotional activities, the technical side of the exhibition and the creation of curatorial texts related to the presented works. The texts, along with photographic documentation of the exhibition and workshops, will be published in book format at the end of the year, as a summary of the of the Towot Squat’s Foundation annual activities.

APPLICATION FORMS

Application forms for artists and curators wishing to participate in the Synergy project, that takes place in Lublin from 10 July 2017 to 15 September 2017.

FOR ARTISTS

Candidates will be chosen on the basis of this application form as well as portfolio sent via email to towotsquat@gmail.com by May 31, 2017. Title of the e-mail should be wrote according to the example: SYNERGY_ARTIST_NAME_SURNAME. Portfolio provided by the candidates will be used by the committee members as an overview material.

APLICATION FORM

FOR CURATORS

Candidates will be chosen on the basis of this application form as well as 2 to 3 critical or curatorial texts sent via email to towotsquat@gmail.com by May 31, 2017. Title of the e-mail should be wrote according to the example: SYNERGY_CURATOR_NAME_SURNAME. Texts provided by the candidates will be used by the committee members as an overview material.

APLICATION FORM

Failure to send the application form as well as curatorial and/or critical texts via email will be treated as a formal error and will be grounds for cancellation of the application.