Call for Proposals: Goethe Satellite Vancouver – deadline 25 May 2011

Call for Proposals
The Goethe Satellite Vancouver
A new German-Canadian arts initiative by the Goethe-Institut Toronto

The Goethe-Institut is embarking on a 2-year initiative to create the Goethe Satellite, a programming framework where artists and curators are invited to develop projects in Vancouver.

Satellites are mobile platforms that connect people and enable global networks through the reception and transmission of sound, image, data and text. The Goethe Satellite is a moving hub that journeys throughout Vancouver collecting and distributing the voices of collaborating artists, spaces, and curators.

Rather than establishing itself within a singular space, the goal of the Goethe Satellite is to facilitate unique site-specific projects and pop-up spaces around the city, where artists, organizations and collectives will have the opportunity to collaborate, perform, and show work that expands current artistic practices.

The concept is flexible and fluid, and at the same time defined by the objectives of the Goethe-Institut. The Satellite becomes a way of showcasing the intersections of space, community, culture, art, and time. By using different spaces for limited times, the initiative will be able to evolve in both form and feeling within different geographical spaces around the city. For 50 years, the Goethe-Institut has been promoting dialogue and exchange between Canadian and German artists. The Satellite emerges from the Goethe-Institut¹s interest in exploring experimental concepts within contemporary art today, in multiple locations with flexible structures. The Institut believes that Vancouver¹s unique location and artistic milieu provides the ideal setting for the Satellite concept.

Goethe Satellite Program Organization:

4 projects will be presented annually at the Goethe Satellite. To propose projects for the 2011/12 season, artists, organizations and collectives must submit a project concept by May 25, 2011.

A concrete project concept, maximum 3 pages, with budget including honorarium, travel costs, venue costs, and production costs (the contribution of the Goethe-Institut is limited to max. $3000) as well as related media, biographies and links or samples of work, should be sent to:

Sonja Griegoschewski, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Director

Projects will be assessed in relation to the following criteria and will involve discussion between the Goethe-Institut Toronto and the Goethe Satellite Vancouver¹s project partner Revised Projects as well as any other local organizations or spaces proposed for your project.

Profile & Criteria:
* Who can apply: Canadian and German artists, curators, collectives, organizations.
* Focus: Project proposals must be in line with the overall Goethe-Institut mandate of presenting important cultural positions, contemporary ideas and arts practices from Germany to Canada and Canadian audiences. German ‘content’ can be in the form of a collaboration with or involvement of a German artist or curator, a Germany-related topic, a relevant intercultural encounter or exploration.
* Geographic and cultural relevance: Projects should be relevant to West Coast/B.C./Vancouver arts scene and may bridge cultural relationships with Asia-Pacific region
* Content & formats: Projects should focus on dialogue, exchange, experimentation and innovation and may involve a variety of practices including video, media art, photography, sound, electronic music, social media, telematics, or performance
* Target audiences: Concepts or project components should be accessible and attractive to audiences of all ages
* Please note that the Goethe Satellite is not directed at German heritage projects or academic studies but at professional artistic endeavours.

For more information on the work of the Goethe-Institut Toronto, see our

Principles of Collaboration:

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