[oberlist] BE* call/cur|graph: Frans Masereel Centrum and Z33

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Kasterlee, Belgium
perioada: October 28 – December 31, 2012

Frans Masereel Centrum and Z33
Open Call for curatorial proposals

for an exhibition on graphic arts

Because of the need to broaden the network of both international and
national curators, and in order to stimulate curatorial strategies and
concepts in the field of graphic arts, the Frans Masereel Centrum and Z33,
house for contemporary art, are launching an international open call for
curatorial proposals.

The objective is for the curator to examine and question graphic media
from an art-historical and social background toward modern applications
and social developments. Specific characteristics of graphic art
applications, in terms of technicality and content, are examined in view
of defining a conceptual basis for the project. The survey into the
transdisciplinary nature of graphic art techniques and into new forms of
presentation and implementation offers added value as well. Testing the
boundaries of the graphic medium, and the research-based, critical and
society-driven approach of the project are in line with the activities of
Z33, at whose premises the exhibition will be held from 28 Oct. – 31 Dec.
The project fits in with the biannual ‘curator projects’ organised by the
Frans Masereel Centrum since 2004. These projects were initially developed
to make the dynamics of graphic art and of the centre more widely known
among the general public. The FMC offers artist in residency (AIR)
programmes to graphic and non-graphic artists, i.e. artists who wish to
complete a graphic art project within a certain timeframe. For the 2012
edition, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the FMC, the
organisation, together with Z33, plans to initiate the curator project via
an international open call for curatorial proposals for the first time.

We are looking for proposals that demonstrate innovative ideas and ambition:
-  Proposals must be submitted in English.
-  We encourage collective applications as well as transdisciplinary

The written vision text should be up to 1000 words. It should contain a
critical and innovative vision on graphic arts in relation to other
disciplines and society, new forms of presentation and new forms of
applications. As well as artists and/or works that visualise this
The final curatorial concept should be process-based. The process should
be an important element within the concept and needs to be documented.
An open mind and dialogues on a regular base (with the organising
institutes and the artists) are essential during the collaboration.
The residencies and workshops at the Frans Masereel Centrum need to be
used during the project (by curator and artists).
The selected curator will develop a curatorial concept in collaboration
with Frans Masereel Centrum and Z33 and will create the exhibition at Z33
from October 28 – December 31, 2012.
Minimum 5 meetings (in person) with Frans Masereel Centrum and Z33 will
take place between April and September 2012.
Candidates should be available during the period October 8-27, 2012 for
the installation of the project at Z33. They should also be available
during April / May 2012 for a short-term preparatory residency at Frans
Masereel Centrum.
A shortlist of three curators will be selected by a panel of international
judges in January 2012. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to develop
an exhibition concept proposal, for a second round of submissions,
presented orally and  judged in March 2012. The final curator will be
selected in March 2012.
Shortlisted candidates will receive a fee of 500,00 euro (all costs
included, e.g. transport costs,
) for the creation of the exhibition
concept proposal.
The available budget for the curatorial project will be communicated to
the shortlisted candidates in round 2.

Interested emerging and established curators should submit the following:

Written vision text on graphic arts including artist names and/or works
(up to 1000 words)
Curator’s cv (max. 2 pages)
Curator’s contact information (including name, phone, address, email,
Proposals should be sent via mail or email to postal or e-mail address below.

data limita: 16/01/12 - postmark

Frans Masereel Centrum
Sofie Dederen
Masereeldijk 5
2460  Kasterlee
tel: +32 (0)14 85 22 50/52
fax: +32 (0)14 85 05 91
sofie.dederen at cjsm.vlaanderen.be


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