“The space in which we live, which draws us out of ourselves, in which the erosion of our lives, our time and our history occurs, the space that claws and gnaws at us...” Michel Foucault
“We must transform space into place for us to exist” Robert Sack
Spaces that have no history, no spirit, no context, that touch no heart, remain silent.
Spaces that have resonance, that call out to the spirit, make connections, leave traces and sediments, find friends to speak for them.
Degrees of Freedom invite artists to be interpreters of spaces, makers of meaning for an exhibition at St Augustine tower in Hackney in October 2018.
We are open to many different ideas of space, for example: Actual physical places and environments (built or natural); Intellectual, moral or poetic spaces for reflection and imagination; Spaces for acting out one’s relationship with the world.
Submissions may relate to St Augustine Tower itself or any other space or concept of space that is close to your heart and which you wish to interpret to the world.
About St Augustine’s Tower St Augustine Tower is the oldest building in Hackney and dates from the 13th century. Its fabric is protected, so all works must be free standing or held to the wall in a non invasive way. It is a medieval stone tower on 4 floors plus a roof space. Access to all floors other than the ground level is via a narrow, winding staircase. If you want to propose large or site specific works then we strongly advise you to visit the Tower and see for yourself before making your submission.
Access to the Tower is only on the last Sunday of the month as follows: Sunday 29th July 2-4.30pm, Sunday 26th August, 2-4.30pm. If visiting, use postcode E8 1HR which will direct you to the front of St John's Churchyard on Mare Street - the Tower is located just behind the old town hall building.
About this opportunity All mediums will be considered. Live, performative and interactive works particularly welcome. Site specific works also welcome.
For live works, participation can be for any duration: from a few hours to the full course of the exhibition. It could be periodic or continuous.
This is a DIY event. All artists are expected to participate in a spirit of cooperation and neighbourliness, installing their own work and clearing up after themselves.
No fees for submission or participation.
Key dates Closing date Sunday 12th August, 5pm Delivery and setup Friday 5th October Exhibition 6-14th October Take down Monday 15th October
How to apply Download the application form here and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Sunday 12th August 2018.
About Degrees of Freedom Degrees of Freedom are an artist group who aim to investigate the meaning of spaces and places. Their previous projects have included: Criminal Conspiracy (2014), The Anti Gallery Gallery show (2015), Uninvited (2016), and The Republic of Brexitopia (2017).
Photographs thanks to Lizzie Brown, Esperanza Gomez Carrera, Christina Lovey, Louise Scillitoe-Brown and Constanze Schweda