Opportunity for Artists: Climart Commission

16th February 2016

As part of a major art science research project examining the effectiveness of visual language on perceptions of climate change, Climart seeks to commission an artist to collaborate with the project’s panel of psychologists, natural scientists and arts professionals toward a new public artwork for Trondheim, Norway to be installed for spring 2017.

This commission will run over a period of approximately 12 months and it is envisaged that some of this time will be spent in Norway facilitated by an artist’s fee and, where relevant, support from project partners. The final goal is the creation of a public artwork that embodies aspects of the research, creating a platform to test significance, affect and impact.

About Climart and the research

Communicating the facts of climate change is one of the most serious challenges of our era. Although there has been significant research about the visualization of climate change, research about the contribution of contemporary art has been scarce. The focus of Climart is to examine the underlying psychological mechanisms involved in both the production and reception of visual art and to use these findings in an attempt to unite the natural sciences to the visual arts. Ultimately, the project aims to identify effective communication methodologies that have the capacity to reach greater audiences, initiate discussion and potentially influence attitudes.

About the commission

This is an opportunity to develop new work that responds to an on-going psychological study seeking to uncover what methods of making most effectively communicate the science of climate change. Within this framework there is significant scope to develop the efficacy of art/science collaborations and make a high profile work with strong impact.

We are therefore seeking an artist who is interested in engaging fully with the work being conducted by the Climart project. This means that the commissioned artist will become an active member of the project, both benefitting from and contributing to the discourses of the team. In line with this, the artist will be expected to attend key activities, such as the yearly project symposiums, and negotiate inclusion in other relevant activities.

Artist Criteria

  • A commitment to collaborating with cross-disciplinary partners.

  • An ability to create artwork that reacts and responds to discourse and research information.

  • A track record of project management toward a public outcome.

  • A commitment to oversee the completion of a final artwork, and participate in activities around public engagement, feedback and legacy.

  • An engagement with the issue of climate change.

Aims

  • To test how scientific data is best embodied in an artwork; how can this be translated into affective processing?

  • Stimulate debate about the effects of, and our effect on, climate change

  • Create an artwork that will having a lasting effect on the viewer; provoke discussions about positive change.

  • Engage new audiences with both the thematic and contemporary art and climate change.

  • Attract audiences to the site of the artwork and augment Trondheim’s ambitious art in public spaces programme.

The following are of note:

  • The work will be semi-permanent (approximately one year) and may travel / be re-sited in other locations.

  • A public space in Trondheim will be the first location of the work. It is not necessary for the artist to identify a specific site, as this will be negotiated in partnership, but the commission should be considered for a high-traffic, public space, as opposed to an art gallery or museum.

  • The work can be exterior or interior. If exterior, there should be a realistic approach to the challenges posed by the Norwegian climate.

  • Additional platforms for the work, including on-line sites, mobile apps, etc are encouraged.

  • There is no specification regarding media, although the commission should aim to reflect sustainable methods of making, notably the proposal should not be environmentally damaging.

 Budget

  • Artists fee

  • Production and installation costs

  • Transport/delivery of work

  • Travel and accommodation expenses in relation to time spent in Norway (as negotiated)

TOTAL BUDGET: NK 550,000 (approx. 57.000 Euro)

 Eligibility

Applicants must have previous experience of collaborative working methods and experience in realising public art projects / commissions. A good level of English for communicating with the research team is essential.

To Apply

As the purpose of this commission is to appoint an artist to create a new work in response to on-going research, in the first instance, Climart is seeking ‘expressions of interest’ that demonstrate the artist criteria (outline in ‘About the Commission’ details).

Please submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ in the form of a single PDF in English language by 14th March 2016 adhering to the following format:

  •  Biographical Sketch (200 words)
  • To include, where relevant, how your practice relates to thematic of climate change
  • Your proposed approach to the commission and projected outcomes (300 words)
  • Please outline what methodologies and structures you may use to work with the Climart Project, giving where possible your ideas for potential artworks.
  • Images – up to 5 images (documented works, stills etc) of previous works.
  • CV including links to further reading, imagery, video etc

A shortlist of five proposals will be selected. Each shortlisted artist would be given NK 10,000 to work up a final proposal and to attend interviews, including travel.

 Expressions of interest are to be sent to climart@svt.ntnu.no within 14th March 2016 (23:59 CET).

 Important note:

At the stage of “expressions of interest” no questions can be answered. Shortlisted artists will have the opportunity to ask questions until the 4th April 2016. After that date, no direct contact between submitting artists and the jury is allowed before the proposals have been submitted and evaluated by the jury. Questions must be sent in written form (email to climart@svt.ntnu.no,  not telephone) and answers + questions will be circulated to all shortlisted participants, to ensure that all are working with the same information.

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.climart.info/#!artist/cvz9

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