Every year CHEAP creates a space for participation in the festival by issuing a call for artists open to not only street artists but also graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and visual artists in general. The CHEAP call brought in pieces from far-flung artists and countries which were printed in a poster format and pasted up on the walls of Bologna’s suburbs.
For CHEAP, this open call is a way of investigating contemporary issues from the bottom up, fostering the cross-contamination of expressive languages, supporting active citizenship and collectively re-appropriating spaces in which artists can unleash their creative energies.
Open Call 2016: the edge
This year, Cheap invites artists to explore the idea of “edge” through images: the edge understood as not only a geographical boundary between countries, but also as the utmost horizon above and below which we act, experience emotions, erect obstacles and build possibilities for change.
Talking about the edge brings into play the concept of measurement, which for the arithmetic of the Cheap on Board project effectively coincides with the frame of each notice board where we display the work of the artists selected through the Open Call; it also coincides with the changeable meaning acquired by each individual poster on being inserted into this shared frame.
Cheap thus understands the edge as the border beyond which imagination takes flight in a collective narrative about migratory trajectories and the cultural, political and emotional changes they sow in our societies.
The focus of this year’s call seeks to encourage movement in two directions, both cognitive and experiential: on one hand, a move to reject the idea of borders as a means of dividing populations; on the other hand, a move to consider the edge as a strategic point of observation for locating unexpected connections, following improbable paths and pushing ourselves to imagine new, multi-cultural forms of sociality and coexistence.
We hope that, in the face of a set of static and pre-defined display spaces, every act of trespassing can trigger a web of expressive and relational possibilities.
Conditions for participation
The call is open to anyone who would like to propose a poster art project. It is free to participate and applicants can take part individually or as a group; collectives will be treated as individual persons.
How to participate and application deadline
Each individual or group may propose up to three projects, which must be received by the Festival organizers no later than midnight (Italian time) on April 11, 2016. The artwork must be inserted (together with a completed and signed Registration Form, which can be downloaded from the website) in a folder with the name of the individual artist or collective. The folder should be sent to email@example.com using regular email or a file sharing program.
If you use an artist name, please indicate it on the registration form and in the name of the folder.
Technical specifications for the projects
The pieces can be created using any of the following techniques: vector graphics, illustration, photography and/or collage. Each applicant is welcome to send up to 3 posters (pieces). The posters must be exclusively in black and white (including the entire grey scale). All files must be in .pdf or .jpg format. The poster must be a maximum of 70×100 cm (vertical) or 100×70 cm (horizontal) with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Each file must be named as follows: number of the image, name of the artist, measurements.
01_mario_rossi_70x100 (for vertical formats)
01_mario_rossi_100x70 (for horizontal formats)
YOU CAN PASTE YOUR IMAGES INTO THESE FILES
To help you, there is a folder (PSD_POSTER) you can download from the website containing two files that are already sized 70x100cm and 100x70cm, in .psd format.
USE THESE TWO FILES AS TEMPLATES for your vertical or horizontal posters.
All you need to do is paste your piece onto the grey layer named IMMAGINE and write your first and last name or artist name in the text layer named NOME/NAME, then save the file as a .pdf or .jpg and name it as indicated above.
These files include a locked layer named CHEAP, please do not delete or cover this layer.
The organizers of CHEAP reserve the right to select pieces that display originality as well as marked aesthetic and communicative qualities.
Any pieces received after the deadline and/or that fail to follow the technical specifications outlined above will be excluded.
The festival will announce which projects have been selected within 15 days of the end of the open call by publishing the names of selected artists in a special section of the www.cheapfestival.it site.
Use of selected projects
The selected projects will be printed at the Festival’s expense and hung up in specific parts of the city of Bologna for the duration of the Festival.
The authors of individual projects are the exclusive holders of ownership rights associated with the artwork, the originality of which they personally vouch for. By participating in the open call, the artists also implicitly agree to the rules of the call, specifically, that the artwork will be temporary displayed in an urban space and used by the organizers to promote the non-profit activities of the CHEAP association.
For additional information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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