OPEN CALL for participation from ArtUP!

10 Jul 2013

ArtUP! invites artists from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey to submit their
work for the exhibition ‘Home/s’ that will take place in Athens and will be
curated by Daphne Dragona and Katerina Gkoutziouli.

‘Home/s’ will aim to explore the notion of ‘home’ in times of constant
connectivity and to discuss its emerging relocations and transformations.
Influenced by Vilém Flusser’s writings, the exhibition’s starting point
will be home’s fundamental contradiction. Offering us the essential sense
of belonging, home provides us with a context through which we recognize
the world but at the same time it prevents us from really seeing it. Made
‘not of conscious rules’ but rather of ‘unconscious habits’ which cover us
as ‘a fluffy blanket’, it provides a comforting ground which safe as it may
be, unavoidably it allows little room for shifts and changes. But where is
home today? Which habits tie us to it? How we perceive our habits through
technology? And how can we overcome their constraints?

The new ARTUP! exhibition wishes to offer possible answers to these
questions and to comment on the different ways of ‘feeling at home’ in the
networked era. It will particularly examine how a new sense of belonging
has been shaped with the proliferation of networked technologies, which is
enabled by our mediated presence and empowered by affect. Are these
innumerous connections built among citizens from different countries in
periods of insurrection and unrest the new home for the many? Are the
possibilities given for borderless communication the answer for the ones
that need to be on the move? Are we really home within the networks? And
how can technology capture, affect or change our feeling of belonging?

A redefinition of the notion of home will be attempted through the
presentation of different art projects and creative practices from the
three participating countries.

The exhibition ‘Home/s’ will take place from October 11 to November 17,
2013 at the Benaki Museum (Pireos Annex) in Athens. ‘Home/s’ will be also
presented online on the ArtUP! website.

Detailed information about the submission process and the exhibition is
available at the following link:

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