OUR SPACE - THE WHITE HOUSE

  • Initiator of the call

    CCEA MOBA

  • Registration deadline

    do 12.2.2023, 23:59

  • Deadline for submission of the proposal by the invited teams

    until 23 March 2023, 23:59

  • Address for sending proposals

    cceamoba@cceamoba.cz

  • Honorarium

    150 000 CZK – winner, 20 000 CZK participants in Round 2 who submit a proposal

  • Reimbursed material

    80 000 CZK

  • Project financed by

    Bloomberg Philantrophies

Dear artists,

we would like to address you with a call for a public participatory artwork. The artistic intervention will be realized in the area in front of the so-called „White House” at Žerotínovo Square 533/6 in the Czech city Brno (on the pedestrian road), with a possible overlap to the pedestrian crossings and the adjacent streets. The challenge is also to work with the adjacent greenery.

Bílý dům, a unique building of post-war modernism in the city centre, formerly served as the City Committee of the communist Party of Czechoslovakia. Today it houses a children‘s polyclinic, a primary school, a 300- seat auditorium and a café. The polyclinic is supposed to move to a new building in 2027 and the future development of the White House is not yet certain. The art work is expected to serve the building until the change of its use. The aim of the artistic intervention is not only to make the public space more pleasant for the city‘s residents and direct users of the building. It should also generate a deeper interest in the building and increase public involvement in the debate about its future. It is an important building owned by the City of Brno, the transformation of which could lead to the creation of a creative and cultural hub for the city.

An integral part of the concept is the strategy for the realization of the artwork. It is important that the local community is involved in the process of creating the work (it is up to the artist what strategy he/she chooses). The organizers’ objective is that the art project will encourage civic engagement and that the artist will work with the public to develop the design. The realization of the design should thus allow for the creative involvement of participants from the general public. The implementation date is June 2023.

The project is funded with support from Bloomberg Philantrophies. More information about the initiative can be found in the Bloomberg publication Asphalt Art Guide: guide).

13/01/2023 1st Round: Call for Participation - Registration
12/02/2023 deadline for the 1st Round - Submission of registration
19/02/2023 2nd Round: contacting selected authors/authors/author collectives
23/03/2023 deadline 2nd Round – submission of proposals
05/04/2023 announcement of the winning project selected by the jury
04 – 05 2023 project preparation (possibility of organizing workshops and other necessary project outputs)
06 2023 implementation
07 – 10 2023 lectures for the public, presentation of project results in the Czech Republic/Europe/USA

The full text of the call can be found here: link

Attachments
Jury

Kateřina Šedá

Round 1, Round 2

She is a Czech artist whose work is close to social architecture. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under Professor Vladimír Kokolia. She has been invited to create an independent project by IHME in Helsinki (2016), SFMOMA in San Francisco (2013-2014), Tate Modern in London (2011) and many others. She has published over thirty books and publications and her work has received numerous awards. She lectures about her work not only in schools, cultural centres and galleries, but also in villages and small towns, where she tries to bring her work to the widest possible audience, and thus to get them to become active themselves. Kateřina Šedá focuses her work on socially conceived events, often employing tens or hundreds of people who have nothing to do with art. Most of them take place right on the streets of cities. Experiments with interpersonal relationships aim to bring the participants out of stereotypes or social isolation.

Ondřej Horák

Round 1, Round 2

He is the author of exhibitions, educational and socially engaged projects. He is an active promoter of contemporary visual art and founder of the international educational platform Do you have an artistic gut? (He was awarded the Magnesia Litera Prize for his publication Why Paintings Don't Need Titles (with J. Franta, 2014). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2020.

Milan Houser

Round 1, Round 2

Milan Houser has long been engaged in abstract painting intertwined with object work. His approach is characterized by an exploration of all the basic material components of a painting: the blindframe, the canvas, and the paint. However, his relationship to painting is "non-painterly": he has long used industrial materials and technologies. He continuously refines a relatively narrow range of selected formal practices, most recently specifically the use of dyed varnish, which he has specially produced. He creates in large non-narrative series, which he tries to encompass and exhaust all the formal procedures he follows, with the aim of a kind of repetitive or rather repeatable perfection. The central theme of his work is not only a fascination with selected physical properties of the material world, but also with the possibilities of seeing and perceiving it. He is the vice-rector of the Brno University of Technology.

Petr Bořecký

Round 2

Brno city councillor for spatial planning

Kateřina Vorlíčková

Round 2

Head of the Department of Culture

Silvie Šeborová

Round 1

She works as a cultural manager and art theorist. She founded the Artalk.cz server, which she ran for seven years, and currently contributes reviews to it.She also collaborates with the editors of Art+Antiques, Flash Art and Deník N. She worked for a long time at the Moravian Gallery in Brno, where she dealt with the topic of art mediation. In her position as deputy, she was in charge of the lecturing department, the marketing and communication department and the business department.

Markéta Žáčková

Round 1

She works at the Department of Theory and History of Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology, where she also holds the post of Vice-Dean for Science and Quality. She also works at the Institute of Architecture, Faculty of Civil Engineering. She received her PhD at the Faculty of Architecture of the BUT. Her research interests are mainly the history of urbanism and spatial planning, the relationship between art and architecture and related power and commissioning practices. She is co-founder of CCEA - Centre for Central European Architecture, part of CCEA MOBA studio and curator of Strom Art Gallery in Brno (with Petr Kamenický). She is a member of the curatorial collective Café Utopia. She was co-curator of BRNO ART OPEN 2019.

Yvette Vašourková

Round 1

Yvette works in the field of architecture and urban planning, both in academia and in practice. She is the co-founder of CCEA and MOBA studio, which she founded with Igor Kovačević. She graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague in 2001 and from the Master of Architecture program at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam in 2007. In 2017 she received her PhD from her alma mater. At the turn of 2018/2019 she was a guest lecturer at Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture (ESA) in Paris. She is currently leading a studio at the International School of Architecture ARCHIP in Prague. Within CCEA MOBA she is involved in research projects, urban studies, master plans and preparation of architectural competitions.

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