ARTIST OPPORTUNITY: Open Call for New Media Artists for Aurora 2015

Aurora 2015 has just announced an open call for local and international artists to submit proposals for artworks in the following media: light, video, sound, digital installation, internet-based work and/or performance.

Aurora is for all emerging and established artists working with light, video, sound, digital, internet-based work and/or performance to submit proposals for:

Aurora in 2015: All Together Now. Proposals should explore innovative approaches to a free public art event that transforms the neighborhood of the Dallas Arts District (68 acres/19 city blocks of downtown Dallas, Texas). Buildings become projection screens and streets and parks into elaborate art installations. The proposed artworks should contribute to an immersive exhibition for visitors to experience art in unexpected places, while prompting an experience of awe through sensory disorientation.

For the first time, a new inclusion of four guest curators from Dallas, New York and Berlin will join the Aurora co-founders, Shane Pennington and Joshua King, in the curatorial process. Each of the appointed curators have been assigned a designated section of the Arts District and will choose work from a proportional representation of local and international artists from the Open Call and independent selection.

The six curators will organize five independent sections under the common ? All Together Now theme. Each curator brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in institution-level public art and international exhibitions, as well as working with a spectrum of emerging to established contemporary artists. In addition, the talented students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts will again curate and exhibit their own section within the scope of the expansive public art exhibition.

Aurora 2015 Curators
Aja Martin, Tim Goossens, Carson Chan, Shane Pennington, Joshua King and Julia Kaganskiy

The 2015 theme: All Together Now starts from the concept of synesthesia – a term for the joining of the senses. Artists are asked to propose works that provoke or bring into discussion a multi-sensory, synaesthetic experience using unexpected materials and technologies to create reactions that play on the imperceptible borders between the five basic senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, touch.

The theme also hints at the new collaborations formed by the introduction of local and international guest curators into Aurora’s planning team, and the involvement of more than 17 Dallas entities coming together. With more than 30,000 attendees at the last Aurora in 2013, this year’s event aims to bring together the local community and visitors, artists and curators alike for an incomparable full-sensory experience.

Requested Media
Film, Video or Image Projections
Installations, Sculptures, and Interactive Environments using light, video, and/or sound
Sound and Audiovisual Performances
Mobile Applications

More details and how to apply dallasaurora.com/exhibition-2015/open-call/

Deadline for proposals is June 15, 2015 Apply Here http://starsite.co/aurora/

About Aurora

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Both immersive and engaging, Aurora is a platform for intersecting the local community with national and international artists in a way that is both compelling and personal.

For one night, every two years, downtown Dallas is transformed into an open air, urban playground of new media art: light, video, sound, performance, and projection on an unprecedented scale. The immersive exhibition showcases work by a confluence of local and international artists, selected by a team of established curators. Visitors are offered the unparalleled opportunity to see their familiar urban environment converted into an interactive site for some of the world’s most innovative contemporary art. Aurora’s aim is to liberate art from space and disciplinary confines, involving the general public and the international arts community in an inclusive and larger cultural conversation about artistic experience.

Aurora is the brainchild of artist Shane Pennington, spearheaded with co-founder and artist Joshua King, and co-founder Veletta Forsythe Lill. Energy provider ? Reliant is a presenting sponsor for Aurora. Returning as founding media sponsor is ? The Dallas Morning News. More significant sponsors and donors are being added and will be announced in the near future.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper'