Call for entries – Code Switchers at the LAB

Call for entries at the LAB: Code Switchers

How are contemporary artists dealing with issues of cultural complexity, multiple allegiances, and hybrid forms? How are they communicating these ideas and addressing their audience? Using the metaphor of “code-switching”, a linguistic term referring to the use of more than one language within a single conversation, this juried exhibition seeks submissions from artists investigating a variety of approaches to cultural and material bilingualisms, (mis)translations, appropriations, and the purposeful misuse of “proper” communication codes.

Proposals for new projects and collaborative works are welcome. This exhibition is open to all forms of work including visual art (video, installation, painting, sculpture, drawing, photo, etc), sound/audio, performance-based disciplines, social practice projects and hybrid forms.

Deadline for entries: received by 5PM, Thursday, July 30, 2008.
Notification of acceptance: mid-August 2008.
Exhibition runs: September 17 – October 11, 2008.
Entry fee: $10 current LAB members; $20 non-members (See information on how to become a LAB member for as little as $25 at )

Work Samples:
–1 page artist statement, including contact information
–1 page CV
–1 page project statement for new work (if applicable)
–1 page image list with: artist name, title of work, size, medium, and year.
–up to five 35mm slides, five jpgs (under 2 MB) on a Mac-compatible CD-ROM, OR video segment(s) not to exceed five minutes long on a VHS or DVD per entry of actual work to be exhibited. All materials should be clearly marked with the artist’s name and title of work.

Artists will be responsible for the transport and shipping of artworks to and from the gallery unless this is a significant hardship for the artist. In such cases, please indicate in your application what type of financial or other support would be needed to realize the proposed project.

The LAB will make every attempt to safeguard submitted materials, but cannot be responsible for loss or damage. Never send master slides or tapes. Provide a SASE with sufficient postage for the return of materials (optional).

Please send submissions to:
Juried Exhibition
2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Steven Dye is a Sound Artist, Filmmaker and Musician whose work actively explores the formal and social qualities of the materials he is using. His work takes many forms including installation, animation, instrument building, sculpture, field recording, sound and music composition, expanded cinema, and performance. The common thread through all his works is an enthusiasm for the phenomenon of sound, light and perception. Dye received a degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1990, is a frequent contributor to the Illuminated Corridor project, and works collaboratively with the performing arts groups Wet Gate, Santo Subito, and Epic[Abridged. He is currently the Exhibitions Technical Manager at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Stephanie Syjuco is a visual artist whose recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging, counterfeiting and re-appropriation to address issues of cultural biography and economic power structures. Born in the Philippines in 1974, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown nationally and internationally at PSI, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Museum, SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and was included in the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. Syjuco’s residencies include The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, KALA Art Center, Skowhegan, and the Center for Metamedia, Czech Republic. In 2007 she exhibited a global counterfeiting project at art spaces in Beijing, Manila, and Istanbul. Syjuco has had visiting faculty appointments at Stanford University and The California College of the Arts and currently lives and works in San Francisco.

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