COULDN’T CARE LESS: CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS

Couldn’t Care Less is a week-long live art project curated by Something Human in collaboration with curator Vipash Purichanont. The project is presented in partnership with Deptford Lounge in Southeast London as the second edition of CCLAP (Cross Cultural Live Art Project) and will take place from 2nd to 8th November 2015.

CCLAP is a three year live art project began in 2014 that instigates the sharing of the developments and critical reflections of significant and diverse live art practices in Southeast Asia and the UK, to bring the critical contexts for Southeast Asian live art practice in conversation with developments in the UK/European scenes. The project presents thought-provoking live art performances by Southeast Asian and international practitioners in London, bringing their work to both local and a wider international audience.

Couldn’t Care Less explores the relationship between performativity and the concept of ‘care’ both as a fundamental human feeling and as an administration of social welfare. “Care” is also variedly described as to have thought or regard. It is deemed to be a state of having affection or inclination, as well as a mindset of caution and anxiety. It implies protection, stewardship and also for which to make future provision – linking the wider philosophical concerns.

Led and mentored by artist, Lynn Lu, the project seeks to generate artistic practice that focuses on the various modes of caring—“intimacy”, “empathy”, “hospitality”, “maternity” and “generosity” versus “administration” “management” “protection” and “custody”. This project will engage with local audiences in the heart of Deptford’s thriving artistic and multicultural community via a series of lectures, seminars, performances and workshops. The project will explore the many issues prevalent and critical in the context of mental and physical health, nursing, social care in ageing Britain and Singapore, and also shared universally in the 21st century.

CCLAP 2015 is currently offering the following opportunities:

1.     A week long residency for 1 live artist to join the live art residency with Couldn’t Care Less, which involves working with local community interest groups to develop a performance installation in Deptford Lounge, and culminates in performances over the weekend programme. Residency activities might include workshops, participatory activities, mentorship with lead artist, conversations and discussions.

2.     Presentations, talks, guest performances that could be presented as part of the weekend programme.

Something Human invites artists to submit proposals for the above opportunities.

Proposals we seek

·    Proposals that reflect on themes explored the modes and themes of caring in human relations, public administration and critical thinking. The proposal may or address interpersonal relationships or social issues surrounding the notions of wellbeing, mental heath and social care on a local, national, or international scale.

·    Proposals that engage Deptford Lounge’s diverse and multicultural community with a series of experimental art activities around a central theme within community and personal relations.

·    Proposals for works that may be realised as one or combination of activities such as live art performance, socially-engaged project or series of workshops.

·    Proposals for works that may include other formats within performance such as video, audio, photographic, art writing.

Applicants we seek

·      Artists interested in engaging with communities in Southeast London and creatively respond with making new work.

·      Artists who have works-in-progress that may fit the call out specifications.

·      Artists who agree to sign a non-exclusive license to allow the work to be presented and shared publicly and via Something Human websites and promotional material.

What the call offers

·      An opportunity to work with artist and advisor Lynn Lu and the curators for a week long residency on the theme of ‘care’ from 2nd to 8th November 2015.

·      An opportunity to present your work at Deptford Lounge and internationally via Something Human website.

·      An opportunity to challenge and experiment with your practice with regards to a critical social and political issue

·      An artist honorarium fee for successful applicants

To apply

Please send your proposal (max 300 words specifying whether you are proposing yourself as a resident or submitting a proposal for a workshop, talk, performative lecture), CV, artist statement and portfolio (max 5 pages) to somethinghuman.info@gmail.com by Thursday 1st October 2015 at noon

For more enquiry contact: somethinghuman.info@gmail.com

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