Open Call: Custom Paradise

Open Call


Open Call: ‘Custom Paradise’ Exhibition October 2016

Custom Paradise Open Call 2016
Organized by SomoS Art House
Deadline: August 31, 2016
Application Fee: none

Organized in conjunction with the acclaimed Porn FilmFestival Berlin, now in its 11th year, SomoS Art House is calling for submissions for performative projects and ephemeral installations as critical responses to the notions of fantasy, consumption of images, and the spectatorship and voyeurism of sexuality in mediated society.

Custom Paradise Open Call

Some questions to consider:
How do we imagine our own paradise? Can we create it according to our private fantasy, according to our own intimate needs? Or can we enter one, that is offered to us, one that already exists? Can we negotiate or adapt our own paradise? Can it be a public paradise, a democratic one, open for all? Do we want to share it, let others in?

This topic is partially inspired as a response to the recent resurgence in the popularity of virtual reality. What is it that compels people to leave reality behind and enter a virtual reality? What would they like to find in this reality, or what is it that is missing in our shared reality? Why do people want to isolate themselves in their own private reality?

We are not so much interested in the technical or technological aspect of virtual reality, but rather an exploration of the deeper inclination for people to attempt to shape and define their own distinctive versions of reality or to create ways, places, or times in which they can escape from reality. Sensorial experiences, interactivity vs performative isolation, and modified realities through immersion or dissociation, are all topics that come to mind when we discuss our instinct to create our own personal or custom paradises.

Contributions should include detailed plans for ephemeral and ethereal works such as performance, participatory elements, with ambient characteristics such as temporary installations and other time-based works.

Selected artists/performers will be invited to participate in an exhibition at SomoS Art House in Berlin that will take place from October 25th to October 30th, 2016, in conjunction with the 11th Porn FilmFestival Berlin.

Artists/Performers must be available in Berlin during this period.
Artists/Performers will be expected to engage audiences with a short version of their project on the opening evening on the 25th of October and prepare a longer duration piece to take place during opening hours of 2-7pm on one of the five subsequent exhibition days (26–30 October).

Custom Paradise Open Call Deadline for Submissions:
August 31st, 2016

Date of Exhibition: Opening October 25th, 2016. Duration October 26th – 30th 2016
Location: SomoS Art House in Berlin, Germany
Kottbusser Damm 95, Berlin | 10967


Please submit
Part 1 – Personal Data and Proposal
Part 2 – Portfolio / Supporting Material