inviting (internet/digital) artists, conceptual designers, meme artists, poets, writers, critics, and other makers and thinkers to become part of a collaborative experiment
deadline: wednesday, november 24, 2o21 at 23:59h
the 'we're open!' board on the sidewalk is retired to the storage room. the projectors and speakers in the exhibition space are shut off, the lights are dimmed, the alarm is turned on and the front door is locked. eventually, the institution has no other choice but to share on social media that she regrets to inform that the event is cancelled and pending further notice
postponed until further notice reflects the recurring phenomena of the past 20 months in which (cultural) events were cancelled abruptly and had to be postponed to a later moment. countless things, ideas and moments have been cancelled and forgotten or brought back to life at a later date and time, in a similar form but in a different context. the later version might make sense: people are happy to finally get together for that [thing] they've been waiting for. or the occasion is gone, forever lost and cannot be recreated at a later time
personal or political crisis, production setbacks, procrastination, changing social-cultural values or simply a need for rest can lead to delay. the project is an ode to the feeling of suspension and leans into the inconvenience of indecisiveness. as such, the project embodies its own near future, freezing a state or condition that never happened. how long can this condition last is unclear, its seemingly limitless duration provides both anxiety and solace
postponed until further notice meditates on its own absence. the project builds on robert barry's closed gallery (1969), in which the artist sent invitations for gallery openings stating 'during the exhibition the gallery will be closed’. the work suggested that something was missing while simultaneous manifesting presence and absence
and even though the project is postponed until further notice, other conditions may form in its shadows. as the event was always a socio-spatial occurrence, it might mutate into other forms of existence. the comment section under the institutional statement of postponement might become a place of discussion. the bench in front of the closed institution's entrance could become a place of pilgrimage for the disciples of the arts. its state of being postponed might become the project itself
artists as co-curators
postponed until further notice aims to become a collaborative project where the selected artists become an essential part of the curatorial process. in the period of january 1, 2o22 to february 1, 2o22 the chosen participants will come together in online meetings to discuss approaches to and meaning(s) of postponement, as well as contextualisation and presentation strategies of the project
please send your work by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than november 24, 2o21 at 23:59h.
there is a variable artist fee available between €1oo – €5oo, depending on the nature of the work. in addition, there is a €4oo fee per selected artist for being part of the co-curation process.
if you have any questions, want to test your ideas, ping-pong on the thematics, or just want to say hi – feel free to reach out via mail or instagram.