School of Art, Media, and Technology

Call for Artists

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Open to installation artists, set designers, multi-media and video artists, and lighting designers.


Kinematik Dance and A+ Productions are soliciting proposals for exhibitions at “Smoking Mirrors” for Fall 2011. Artists will collaborate with choreographers and dancers in creating an interactive, multi-sensory performance environment. Winning
proposals will be sponsored for a pop-up gallery showing and three performance events with reception. Artistsʼ will receive exhibition opportunity, publicity, and documentation of work.


SMOKING MIRRORS is the first in a series of “Performance Design” events that incorporates dance, design and multi media arts.

Part performance, part art installation, and part party, the event will include 60 minutes of dances pieces that fuse movement, technology, imagery, and the unusual use of props. Performances will take place in various areas of a created multi-sensory and interactive environment, through which the audience will move to view performances. Smoking Mirrors explores how identity has become synonymous with pixilation in our fast-paced, media-driven world. How have our identities become pixilated through advanced technology and social media and which stages of fragmentation have led us to multiply ourselves? Has this shift given us more freedom and tools to define our own existence or has it, in fact, limited our capacity to simply exist?

From the invention of the mirror to the I Phone, various devices have helped us create replicas of ourselves, often blurring the lines between what is real, imaginary, and symbolic. In this event we are inspired to journey through the various stages of fragmentation to the inevitable negotiation of identity. Starting with the uninterrupted experience of wholeness we move through the detachment of the self by reflection, society, traditional media (advertising) and hypermedia (social networking).

Visual Inspirations: Illusion, Deception, Reflection, Fragmentation and Multiplicity M.C Escher, Yayoi Kusama, Alice in Wonderland.
Ideas: Mirrors, platforms, runways and staircases, 3-dimensional transparent geometric forms, video projections, light bulbs/tubes


Mid November
Event Dates – November 15th, 16th, and 17th, Total onsite duration: Nov. 10th- 18th


Event Space: 3000-4000 square foot industrial loft with open floor plan, columns, electrical outlets and large windows open for exhibition of multiple distinct concepts. Dance performances will be set in and around the installation/set. There will also be a DJ booth and a bar.


Please submit a two to three page proposal with a written description of a visual and interactive exhibition concept. Please include a quick rendering or sketch, list of materials, images/links to your work and resume. We look forward to reading your proposals. Please submit to:

KINEMATIK Dance Theater provides visually stimulating and provocative choreography that fuses elements of urban dance such as Hip Hop, House, Breaking and Vogue with contemporary modern dance. Through a synthesis of artistic elements such as movement, visual imagery, lighting and the unusual use of props, KINEMATIK reconstructs the conventional by addressing
common social stereotypes and engaging audiences to rethink existing notions about urban and popular culture. KINEMATIK aims to vitalize the concert dance world with a fresh new perspective on the conceptual street dance movement.

A+ Productions is a multi-disciplinary production company that seeks to foster integrated, creative communities by creating a platform for dynamic collaborations between visual and performing artists. In our city of nearly 10 million people artists too often operate autonomously and independently within their respective communities. By pairing choreographers with designers, architects, sculptors, poets, and the like, A+ promotes a more communal approach to
art-making that enhances the work of each artist while making dance more visible and accessible to the general public.

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