Open Call: The Beholder – Exhibition

Durational Performance, Installation

24.10.2017   - 04.11.2017

Organized by SomoS Art House
Deadline: September 30th, 2017
Application Fee: none

Medium: Performance, Time-based Artworks, Durational and Ephemeral Installations

For “The Beholder” group exhibition organized in conjunction with the acclaimed PornFilmFestival Berlin, SomoS Art House is once again calling for submissions for performative projects and ephemeral installations as critical responses to the notions of erotic fantasy, consumption of images, and the spectatorship and voyeurism of sexuality in our mediated society.

“Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder” is a common saying that attempts to express the idea that the perception of beauty is subjective. Sexuality in its totality also is a topic that is subjective and completely based on individual viewership–one’s sexual satisfaction, or catharsis even, can only be fulfilled if one places themselves in the position of the Beholder, giving into one’s fantasies, preferences, and authentic desires.

Porn functions on the notion of consumption; it must be consumed by an audience of both exhibitors and voyeurs. The aim of the exhibition is to explore the interaction, regulation and connection of these two archetypes by way of various artistic mediums.

Questions that may be explored, are: whose gaze is catered to, his gaze, her gaze or their gaze? What is the role of power relationships, capitalism? What’s the relation between liberation and porn today? Does its production follow demand or the other way around? And what are the effects of porn’s easy availability?

Contributions to “The Beholder” should include detailed plans for works such as performances or participatory installations with ambient or durational characteristics such as temporality, ephemerality, or immateriality. But time-based works in any medium will be considered.

Selected artists/performers will be invited to participate in an exhibition at SomoS Art House in Berlin that will take place from October 24th to November 4th, 2017, in conjunction with the Porn FilmFestival Berlin.

Artists/Performers must be available in Berlin during this period.
SomoS will divide the exhibitions entrance fee between the artists and performers. Other possible means of support and feasibility will be discussed individually.

Artists/Performers will be expected to engage audiences with a short version of their project on the opening evening on the 23rd of October and prepare a longer duration of the same piece to take place during scheduled occasions on one of the subsequent exhibition days (24th October–4th November).

To get an impression, please view last year’s edition of this exhibition series: Custom Paradise.

Deadline for Submissions:
September 30th, 6pm, 2017

Date of Exhibition: Opening October 23rd, 2017. Duration October 24th – November 4th 2017
Location: SomoS Art House in Berlin, Germany
Kottbusser Damm 95, Berlin | 10967


Please fill in the application and upload your file(s):
– Personal Data and Proposal
– Portfolio / Supporting Material. Please upload a portfolio and a short biography (up to 7MB; as pdf, zip, doc, docx). Kindly name the file with “firstname_lastname_portfolio.”

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