Call for Artists

Call for artists: An Exact Vertigo, 2016

A residency/library/mini festival/community invitation/dancing museum/book publication/lecture+ workshop series

Unit/Pitt Projects

March 16th-April 9th, 2016     

From March 16th to April 9th, 2016, An Exact Vertigo will offer micro-residencies for artists whose work investigates movement, performance and/or dance. Each week, one artist or collective will be provided four days (a total of 20 hours) of space for independent work in Unit/Pitt’s 650 square foot gallery, and the opportunity to host a sharing or performance for feedback. Along with the residency space, we are able to offer each artist/collective a modest honorarium of $200 in exchange for their time. Artists are also invited to participate in an ongoing correspondence with Jacquelyn Ross, who will be publishing a series of pamphlets discussing the poetics of performance.

An Exact Vertigo, entering its second year, is an invitation to Vancouver’s contemporary dance and contemporary art communities to engage in discussion surrounding critical theory, text, choreography, and movement. The series will return to Unit/Pitt projects in 2016 as part of Unit/Pitt’s “2055” project, a programming framework for the year which imagines the possibilities and limitations of artist-run culture in the next 40 years. After the support for our alternative festival last year, we will be readdressing contemporary dance and performance in the context of its possible futures. Some questions the project will attempt to address are: What will we be gathering around in the next 40 years, and how do we manage this at its most inclusive? How might we address the politics of place in artist run centres as processes of gentrification continue to rapidly unfold? What are the potentialities of skilled practices in a post-disciplinary culture? How do we cease placing ourselves in distinctions of emerging/established, viewer/performer, artist/citizen, and begin truly co-producing the cultural communities that we want to participate in?

We ask that artists respond with a short (max. 500 words) description of their practice and their interest in the questions outlined above, along any scheduling preferences you may have within the 4 week timeline. Applications should be sent by Thursday, January 28th to

Selected artists will be notified by Tuesday, January 26th.

          “The sensitivity to dance possessed by each and every one of us comes from the fact that dance answers, after its own fashion, Spinoza’s question: What is a body as such capable of? It is capable of art, that is, it can be exhibited as a native thought. How are we to name the emotion that seizes us at this point — as little as we ourselves may be capable of an absolute and impersonal fulgurant gaze? I will name this emotion an exact vertigo.”                                                                                                                         Badiou, Handbook of Inaesthetics

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