Personae, Behavior & Authenticity – Call for Art

Exhibition participation opportunity

from: 06.04.2018

Nothing and nobody exists in this world whose very being does not presuppose a spectator.

Hannah Arendt , The Life of the Mind, 1973


Open call by SomoS Art House, Berlin, for artist’s working with installation, (durational and/or participatory) performance, multimedia, sculpture, 2&3D works, text, spoken word, and other techniques that are inspired by their reflection on authenticity, subjective reality, behavioral patterns and performativity of the self.

Exhibition title:
Behavior and Authenticity

The Personae Open Call Deadline: April 21st 2018 18:00h

Exhibition opening Friday, June 22, 2018, 6–9pm
Open June 23 & 24th 2018, 12-6pm

SomoS is looking for submissions for the Personae exhibition taking place at SomoS as part of the 48 Stunden Neukölln Festival, 2018.

Exhibition Concept description:

In our professional environment, on the internet, within gender and family roles, as artists, it can be said that our being is always layered with often highly coded performative elements.

The tension between inner being and public persona is described by Jorge Luis Borges as a sharp divide, while in Hannah Arendt’s view, “nothing and nobody exists in this world whose very being does not presuppose a spectator.”

Arendt’s view seems fitting in a time where, for better or worse, our public behavior is constantly under close scrutiny. Enabled by rapidly changing technologies, it is measured, and influenced by outside factors. Governmental, political and commercial monitoring and psychological profiling are all pervasive. The interest in our genuine private selves behind the public persona is enormous.

At the same time, to protect ourselves, behavior and self-presentation are used as performance. Both on-and offline, we often rely on masking our identity. Ironically however, genuineness has become a fluid idea, as our masks and personae may actually portray ourselves in an ideal way.

SomoS asks participating artists to trace these dynamics and their influence on social relations, our sense of reality and community.

Techniques that can be submitted: installation, (durational and/or participatory) performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, multimedia, and other techniques that are inspired by their reflection on authenticity, subjective reality, being vs. appearing and our impulse for self-display, behavioral patterns and performativity of the self.


DEADLINE: April 21st 2018, 18:00h

Please provide a detailed plan of the submitted contribution, and a portfolio.

Note: Alternatively, the submission information and files can be sent to

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Address (required)

Your Phone Nr. (required)

Describe your practice as an artist in general. (required; 250 words)

What is your proposed artwork or performance called? (required)

Concept (required; 250 words)
Please describe your proposal, its concept, and how it relates to the larger themes of Personae. Also please describe what you intend an audience to experience? (be as specific as possible)

Why do you want to be featured in this exhibition? (required; 250 words)

Practical Implementation (required; 250 words)
Please describe the practical details regarding your proposal such as materials, format, duration, equipment, and space requirements, etc.

Would this artwork be an exclusive commission to this exhibition?

link to additional material (website)

I am/will be available in Berlin on June 22/23/24 2018.

Additionally, please send us a portfolio, a short biography, and any files belonging to your proposal. (Up to 7MB; as pdf, zip, odt, rtf, doc, docx). Kindly name the file with “firstname_lastname_portfolio” etc.

After carefully reviewing all of the submissions, we will contact applicants and selected participants shortly after the deadline.

Many thanks, we are looking forward to your submissions!


This exhibition is kindly supported by 48h Neukölln and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.