The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and Berlin Leuchtet e.V. are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for Baltimore City artists to prepare a project to be exhibited during the Berlin Light Weeks®, one of Europe’s most illustrious light festivals, occuring September 30-October 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. A joint effort between BOPA, the producers of Light City, the Berlin Light Weeks® and the Goethe-Institut, the selected proposal will be produced in collaboration with these institutions, offering a platform for cross-cultural dialogue between artists in Baltimore and Berlin. The application deadline is August 8, 2016Applicants can submit an application online at http://promotionandarts.submittable.com/submit/62390.

BOPA is seeking a proposal for content that can be projection mapped on the Brandenburg Gate and facades of Berlin landmarks for a two-night engagement alongside other curated installations during the 2016 Berlin Light Weeks®. One of Berlin’s most celebrated landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate lies at the heart of the city and the Berlin Leuchtet festival. Reflecting on the different generations of German migrants that have made Baltimore their home beginning in the 1700s, and examining this story as a point of departure for migration narratives until the present day, artists will be challenged to create a visual installation that creates a communal dialogue between Baltimore and Berlin about these movements, stories and peoples. Beyond German immigration, this project aims to reflect the human spirit and the telling of diverse stories through media and moving image. Different interpretations of these stories are welcome, and imbuing this retelling with a genuine sense of authenticity of Baltimore will be important to its sharing with a global audience. Artists should consider the connection between the generations of new migrants that have left their indelible marks on Baltimore’s community, as well as contemporary geopolitical events affecting patterns of migration throughout the world.

Working closely with BOPA staff to develop the final project, the selected artist will receive a budget of $5,000 to produce the work, and will also be provided with additional funding for the artist (two if working as a collaborative) to travel round trip to Berlin to install, produce and document the installation. Technical production will be provided and managed by Berlin Leuchtet e.V.

Submitting a Proposal

 

This application is open to Baltimore-based artists working across new media. Artists should have demonstrable projection experience, and able to submit work samples of projection based work. Applicants can submit an application online athttp://promotionandarts.submittable.com/submit/62390. The application deadline is August 8, 2016. For any questions, please contact Ashley Molese at [email protected].

Timeline:

July 15- application opens

August 8– application closes

August 9-15– BOPA internal review, Berlin Leuchtet making final selections

August 19– Artist(s) notified

September– Project development, organized Skype conversation between Berlin and Baltimore artists

September 30-October 16– Berlin Light Weeks®

 

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

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