Request for Qualifications — IN FLUX Cycle 5

PDF: IN FLUX Cycle 5 RFQ

Deadline – September 15, 2014 | Midnight Arizona Time 

Projects – Up to 20 opportunities in 7 Valley cities 

Budget – Variable range of $3,500-$7,000 

Eligibility – Arizona Artists* (Individuals and Collectives/Groups/Teams) *Artists commissioned in the previous Cycle 4 are not eligible for the current Cycle 5.

APPLY HERE:  https://influxaz.submittable.com/submit 

IN FLUX Cycle 5 brings together eleven organizations representing seven Valley cities and towns seeking local artists to create temporary public artworks in a wide variety of locations and media.

IN FLUX demonstrates a holistic approach to temporary public art projects through a showcase of local Arizona artists creating original site-specific installations presented within the context of viewing the Valley as one community. IN FLUX provides unique project opportunities for artists to expand their skills, innovatively apply their creativity, and garner public recognition for their work. IN FLUX offers new perspective on the connections between community organizations, city governments, local businesses, artists, and audiences.

The IN FLUX initiative, currently operated through the strategic partnership of eleven organizations in Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe was launched by Scottsdale Public Art in 2010 to activate vacant storefront spaces. The initiative has continued to expand and gain momentum since its inception, increasing its positive impact on our local communities and our Arizona artists.

To see previous IN FLUX artworks and learn more: INFLUXAZ.com 

Project Opportunities 

Potential project locations offer opportunities for artists who create installation-based works as well as murals, projections, performance, and participatory/social practice. Artists submitting qualifications to this call are under consideration for all IN FLUX Cycle 5 opportunities being offered by the 11 partnering organizations in seven Valley cities.

Budgets are all-inclusive of labor, transportation, equipment rental, shipping and material costs as well as artist fees for overhead costs including general liability insurance, installation, and de-installation. All projects are temporary and will remain on view for a maximum of 12 months with installation and de-installation schedules to be mutually agreed upon by selected artists and their respective partnering organization.

Selection Process and Schedule 

Artists residing in Arizona who did not have projects in the previous Cycle 4 are eligible to apply. A selection panel representing all seven cities in a public process will recommend one artist and one alternate per available project opportunity.

Selected artists will be contracted by and work directly with the project manager designated by their assigned partnering organization. Proposals will be requested from selected artists prior to contract. All artists will be notified of selection results via e-mail and given the opportunity to request feedback from the selection panel.

IN FLUX partners seek to provide opportunity, experience, and education to emerging and established local artists. These opportunities are intended to be tenable for those who may not have previously applied for a public art project in addition to providing a fresh approach to artists who have public art experience.

[Schedule is subject to change]

2014 

AUG 15 IN FLUX Cycle 5 RFQ Released

AUG 26-SEPT 11 Coffee Talks: pre-submittal meetings (See Questions? below)

Midnight SEPT 15 Deadline for application

SEPT 15-SEPT 26 Artist selection

SEPT 26-30 Notification of selection results

OCT 1 Proposal development by selected artists begins

OCT 31 Projects installations begin (individual project schedules vary and will be determined during proposal development)

2015 

JAN-MAY IN FLUX Cycle 5 events throughout the Valley TBD

MAY-OCT De-installations to be scheduled on an individual basis

[IN FLUX Cycle 6 RFQ slated to be released AUG 2015]

How to Apply 

Team submittals must identify one member to act as point of contact for submittal/selection process and all related communication. Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to also apply as an individual.

PLEASE NOTE—this call to artists is a Request for Qualifications, NOT a Request for Proposals. Artists who submit specific proposals at this time will be deemed ineligible.

Submit the following: 

  • Digital Images: 5 digital images of previously completed artwork.
  • Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist address, email, and phone number.
    Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member.
  • Statement of Intent (Maximum 3500 characters):
    Describe why you are interested in an IN FLUX opportunity and explain relevant past experience.

Questions? 

Email INFLUXAZ@gmail.com

OR meet with IN FLUX Project Mangers in person at one of our four Coffee Talk pre-submittal sessions. We will be there ready to answer your questions one-on-one. 

Bring your draft submittal materials and questions and find us with the IN FLUX logo at our table here: 

COFFEE TALK 1

Tuesday, August 26 | 8:30-10:30AM Cartel Coffee Lab Scottsdale 7124 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

COFFEE TALK 2 Friday, September 5 | 4:00-6:00PM Bergie’s Coffee Roast House 309 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234 

COFFEE TALK 3 Tuesday, September 9 | 5:00-7:00PM GIANT Coffee 1437 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 COFFEE TALK 4

Thursday September, 11 | 8:00-10:00AM Ncounter 310 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 

IN FLUX Cycle 5 Partners 

City of Chandler Public Art

City of Glendale Public Art

City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

City of Tempe Public Art

De Rito Partners

Emerge ASU

Mesa Arts Center

Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation

Scottsdale Public Art

Town of Gilbert Arts, Culture, and Tourism Board

Whitestone REIT

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Digital Tabernacle Photo Stream

A man handing over his smartphone to the ministers of the Digital Tabernacle

During their Digital Tabernacle performance at Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future, ministers Marcel O’Gorman and Ron Broglio donned Autographer lifelogging cameras hacked to look like crosses. The cameras automatically snapped still photos throughout the event, demonstrating that although the tabernacle preaches digital abstinence, it is not immune to the sin of irony.

An Autographer lifelogging camera hacked to look like a cross

The cross-cam

Check out the photo stream at the Digital Tabernacle’s Flickr account (ah, there’s the chilly breath of irony again).

To learn more about the Digital Tabernacle, read an article about the performance at Slate’s Future Tense channel.

 

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Lance Gharavi: An Aerialist, Two Clowns, and a Robot Walk Into a Carnival

You n.0 performance at Emerge

What do engineering and theatre have in common? They share a focus on performance – the performance of materials, technologies, processes and systems, argues Lance Gharavi, an associate professor in ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre, in a Future Tense article for Slate magazine.

Gharavi collaborated with Jake Pinholster, director of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, and Srikanth Saripalli, a roboticist in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, to create “You n.0,” a performance for ASU’s Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future.

“You n.0,” in Gharavi’s words, is a “series of performed metaphors that address the past, present and future of human/robot relations.” It features Baxter, a cutting-edge industrial robot created by Rethink Robotics, interacting with a cast of aerialists and clowns, and a behind-the-scenes team of technical wizards.

To design the performance, the team started with the question “What can this robot do?” According to Gharavi, “This is almost never an easy question to answer for new technologies, in part because, though capabilities are not unlimited, neither are they certain. One doesn’t so much discover capabilities as produce them. Or rather, one does both. This often involves transforming the technology itself, as well as the processes and means by which you engage the technology. And this is significantly what research in engineering means. It is largely the same in performance.”

To learn more about “You n.0,” including how to control a robot with an iPad and the surprising difficulty of teaching Baxter to pop and lock, read the full article at Future Tense.

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Marcel O’Gorman: Confessing Digital Sins

Digital Tabernacle at Emerge 2014

Do you sleep with your smartphone under your pillow? Play Candy Crush during class? Fail to return text messages from your family and friends? If you have digital sins to confess, the Ministers of the Digital Tabernacle will give you penance by locking away your device and forcing you to live without it for a few minutes.

The Digital Tabernacle was one of the featured performances at Arizona State University’s Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future, which took place in Downtown Phoenix on March 7. Ron Broglio, an associate professor in ASU’s Department of English, and Marcel O’Gorman, an associate professor of English language and literature at the University of Waterloo, used the performance as a way to shed light on our digital addictions and offer “a space for contemplation in a world of online distraction, neuromarketing and psychotechnology.”

“The project asks us to create new rituals that will save us from the tarnation of digital (de)vices,” writes O’Gorman, in a Future Tense article for Slate.

To learn more about the performance and view a full photo stream of the event taken on Broglio and O’Gorman’s lifelogging cameras, read the full article at Slate’s Future Tense channel.

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David Rothenberg: How To Make Music With Drones

Drone Confidential

What’s the best way to make music with drones? According to David Rothenberg, an experimental musician, professor of philosophy and music, and visiting artist for Arizona State University’s Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future, let them give voice to their own secrets and struggles.

“I couldn’t get away from the idea of remote-controlled killing machines dispatched to war zones to eliminate enemies we are too frightened to confront in person,” writes Rothenberg, in a Future Tense article for Slate. “I know, these killings are supposed to be effective and precise, but there is something genuinely creepy about the process. So I decided that in my piece the drones would be talking—confessing to their crimes. Of course, I know they are only following orders.”

In the article, Rothenberg discusses the process of creating his “Drone Confidential” piece for Emerge, focusing primarily on the debate among members of the project team about whether to have humans or computer programs control the drones’ flight paths during the performance. Rothenberg created the piece in collaboration with Srikanth Saripalli, a roboticist at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Did human pilots win the day, or is Arizona’s best drone pilot a computer? And what does it mean to make art with robots? To find out more, read the full article at Future Tense.

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Video: Thad Trubakoff’s Sirens at Emerge 2014

Thad Trubakoff’s “Sirens” was one of our favorite pieces of magic at Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future. Check out the video below to see Thad’s kinetic sculpture in action, learn more about the piece, and see more of Thad’s work at http://www.thadt.com/.

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Building a Sand Mandala: An Interview with Geshe Jampa

Tibetan Buddhist monks Geshe Jampa and Ngawang Lama visited Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future to create a traditional Sand Mandala at the ASU International Artist Residency Program Gallery at Combine Studios in Downtown Phoenix. View a short documentary film created by ASU’s School of Sustainability about the construction of the Mandala, and learn more about the project at the Emerge 2014 Performances & Magic page.

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Emerge on KJZZ’s Here and Now

Emerge-carnival

Phoenix’s public radio station, KJZZ 91.5 FM, filed a report on Emerge 2014: The Carnival of the Future just a few hours before we opened our doors on Friday, March 7.

Listen to the story below or read a text version at KJZZ.org!

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Live feed of Sand Mandala

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This is an amazing process to watch, check it out: http://links.asu.edu/CSPOemerge

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Video: A Jazz Rehearsal…with Drones

Can interspecies musician David Rothenberg outrun a swarm of drones while carrying a tune on his soprano saxophone? Check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the madcap rehearsals for “Drone Confidential,” which will debut at Emerge: The Carnival of the Future on Friday, March 7.

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