ABAiR 2013, July 11 – August 18, 2013
Arts Benicia Artist in Residency (ABAiR)
July 11 – August 18, 2013
Installation Phase: July 11 – 28
Exhibition Phase: August 1 – 18
Opening Reception: Saturday August 3, 7:00-9:00 PM
Artist Talk: Saturday August 10, 1:00-3:00 PM
Family Art Day: Sunday August 11, 1:00-3:00 PM
Research & Survival in the Arts: Sunday August 18, 1:00-5:00 PM
ABAiR artist Kal Spelletich’s installation is on view from August 1 to August 18th, Thursday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM.
“I built an interactive installation using robotics, sensors, video, audio and local found objects. I composed a functioning composition in the gallery using technology and locally sourced materials. There is a “Vine” stretched across the room, with a robotic arm playing it controlled by the viewer’s aura, or the robots react from sensory experience and input not a computer brain, hence they are run by the audience by touch, sound, wind, heartbeat, etc.; a new way to instill consciousness.
I am interested in work that encourages dialogical interaction and confronts complex issues concerning identity, agency, responsibility, and the many varieties of communication. To explore new forms of interpersonal communication through touch, force-feedback technology, intimacy, social interaction via technology, machines, robots, fear play, human and animal interaction, rite of passage and empowerment.
I propose to crowd-source public fields of energy. To harvest human energy and tap into the power of intention. To use the public as a tuning fork. To explore a variety of experimental approaches for the investigation of unexplained phenomena that might help to enlarge our scientific view of the world. Can technology do spiritual work? Can technology get us back in touch with a deeper level?”
July 30, 2013
Now in its fourth year, the ABAiR project (Arts Benicia Artists in Residence) continues to provide a rare opportunity for artists working in the field of site-specific installation to have extended time to work out concepts in a gallery space. There are two phases in this project. The first phase is the installation and residency phase, July 11 – July 28, and the second phase is the exhibition phase, August 1 – August 18. During the first phase, the public is able to observe the artist at work and engage with him and his art making processes. During the second phase the public is invited to view the finished installation.
The 2013 Arts Benicia Artists in Residence Project is funded with a grant from the Felishhacker Foundation.
Arts Benicia Artist in Residency (ABAiR)
Program for Site- Specific Installation Artists
Request for Proposals
Overview: Arts Benicia will provide one or more artists with an opportunity to work out installation ideas in its 2,000 square foot space this summer. Usually artists doing site-specific installation have a brief time to install, and inadequate opportunities to work in the actual space. This program will give them that time in our space. Arts Benicia has a pristine gallery in the heart of the historic Benicia Arsenal. It is well lit, has white walls and a concrete floor. The gallery is located in the heart of a large artists’ community that is situated in a former military arsenal built in the 1800’s.
· Installation and Residency Phase: July 11 – August 18, 2013
· Reception: August 3
· Exhibition Phase: July 11- July 31
· Deinstallation and cleanup: August 19 – 25
What you get:
· Access to Arts Benicia’s gallery space from 7/11-7/31 to create an installation-in-progress and an exhibition of the finished installation from 8/1/-8/18.
· An artist’s reception on 8/3 7-9 pm.
· Publicity, including mass email, webpage and press releases.
· $200 maximum supply budget.
· $200 stipend for participating in the ABAiR Artists Talk.
· $200 artist’s stipend.
· 60% of any sales, if applicable.
· An opportunity to take the time to do your most adventurous and interesting work in pristine gallery within a supportive artists’ community environment.
· Artists must ensure their own and audience member’s safety.
· Artists will schedule weekly hours to be available to the public during the residency phase. We want our constituents to be able to observe the work in progress and interact with artists. Open hours include Saturday and Sunday.
· Artists must respect the gallery space and community and “do no harm”.
· Artists will sign “hold harmless” waiver.
· Artists must leave the space clean and undamaged by end of day on August 25.
· Artists will be responsible for any repairs, repainting, etc.
What will not be considered:
· Traditional exhibitions like painting, sculpture, photography, etc., though installations may include traditional elements. Site-specific installation is required.
· Any project that will damage our space or will take staff time to clean up. Artists must leave the space in the condition in which it was found.
· Any project that poses a safety risk.
· Any project that disturbs the work of Arts Benicia. Our office is upstairs, but we will not be generally available to help with the installation, and staff should not be disturbed by loud noises, offensive smells, etc.
What will help your proposal (Not required):
· A clear, specific proposal.
· Good use of available space.
· Community involvement potential.
· Possibility of programming children’s experiences in the space.
· Interactive, sound-based, conceptual or kinetic work is encouraged.
· Friendliness and flexibility on the part of the artist.
·A connection to local ecology.
All artists and artist teams are welcome to apply.
To apply please provide the following by June 20:
1. One page proposal. Tell us your ideas for the installation. You may attach drawings or other images used for planning, small jpegs please.
2. At least four images or videos of relevant work. Links to online images or videos preferred, or email no more than four small jpegs.
3. Current resume. Link to online resume preferred or email small pdf.
Email materials to: email@example.com and put “ABAiR Program” in the subject line. No phone or email inquiries please.
RFP Release Date:
May 24, 2013
Deadline for Proposal Submission:
June 20, 2013
All applicants will be notified by June 26, 2013. Depending on the applications, we may choose one or more artists, or none.
This program is funded by a grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation.