THE 13TH A.I.R. GALLERY BIENNIAL
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Curators: Sarah Demeuse and Prem Krishnamurthy
\\ Let’s start with listening. It’s an open call, so,
although we first have to speak, the next step is to
listen for resonances in response.
// We should take the two-folded nature of this
seriously, as a form, as a representation of what
we do every day––but also as a way of talking-with-
\\ Is that where empathy begins?
// It’s like the controversy we just discussed:
I’m willing to listen to other opinions, but my gut
still leads me in a certain direction. Am I supposed
to somehow overcome this?
\\ But rather than talk about empathy as an idea, a word,
or even a stance, aren’t we interested in enacting it?
// That’s perhaps how we get out of the rabbit hole of
either “making” or “giving” space, the proprietary
presumptions and power dynamics embedded in that.
You turn it into a listening event.
\\ Right, the space is filled with soundwaves! Put the
stethoscope to the wall.
// After all the gallery is called “A.I.R.,” and what’s
in the air but invisible waves that turn into meaning
once they reach our noses, ears, eyes. Our ears
translate them by default. But how do we know what
another creature hears?
\\ The way we try to communicate with future alien life
follows that premise: the Voyager Golden Records
are waves translated into matter. But that mission
seems more about broadcasting our own preformed ideas
// Let’s try listening again.
A.I.R. Gallery is accepting submissions for its 13th Biennial from both local and international artists. Curated by Sarah Demeuse and Prem Krishnamurthy, the call is open to works of all forms and disciplines. Submissions that will be considered can range from studio art and design, film projects and publishing practices, sound and noise compositions. This year’s edition of the Biennial will not be limited to our New York space; the exhibition will extend to alternative locations as well.
Sarah Demeuse makes exhibitions, teaches, writes, translates, and edits. She is co-founder, with Manuela Moscoso, of the curatorial office Rivet. She has independently worked on a range of curatorial and educational projects in the US, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil. As an editor, she has realized book projects with Archive Books, Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite, and Roma Publications, and her writing has appeared in catalogs and publications such as Art Papers, Frieze Magazine, Hyperallergic, Open, and Art in America. At the moment, she edits an occasional podcast series and website dos - a site and series that discusses exhibitions. Prior to fully working in the art field, Sarah taught Spanish literature and culture at Columbia University, focusing on the advent of mass media. As an educator, Sarah has worked with the New Museum in the Education Department, and has taught the Exhibition Making Practicum at the Master in Curatorial Practice program at SVA. Together with Prem Krishnamurthy, she co-taught a seminar at Barnard College about writing and graphic design.
Prem Krishnamurthy is an exhibition maker based in Berlin and New York City whose multidisciplinary work incorporates curating, design, writing, and teaching. His curatorial focus addresses intersections of art, design, and architecture as well as experimental exhibition models and institutional formats. He has organized exhibitions at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, Para Site in Hong Kong, and other venues. Currently, he is the curator of K,, a "workshop for exhibition making" that he established in Berlin as a part of the KW Institute of Contemporary Art's "A Year With..." residency format. As partner of the design studio Wkshps, he has led projects with the Guggenheim Museum, L'Internationale, MoMA, and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Prem is a member of the Creative Team for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, opening in Pittsburgh in October 2018.
- Images must be JPG files only.
- Each image may not exceed 1MB and 1000 pixels in any direction.
- Images MUST be oriented properly (ex: top of the image is up).
- Videos must be .MOV or MP4 format only and must not exceed 3 minutes in length.
- Videos must not contain the artist name.
- Text submissions must be in PDF format
- Sound submissions must be in MP3 format
- All file names MUST NOT include first or last name (remember this is a blind review).
- You must fill in all fields and upload at least 3 images in order for your application to be complete.
- Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
- Applications will be reviewed in OCTOBER 2018. Please DO NOT call the gallery about your application status.
REMINDER: APPLICATION FEE WILL INCREASE TO $40 AFTER SEPTEMBER 1ST