Personae, Behavior & Authenticity – Call for Art
Exhibition participation opportunity
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.
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.
While a writer like Jorge Luis Borges describes the tension between inner being and public persona as a sharp divide, 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. While some willingly and unquestioningly bare all, others develop alter egos.
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 such 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
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.