[artinfo] Call for curatorial proposals - LabforCulture.org

Angela Plohman aplohman at dds.nl
Thu May 31 16:10:13 CEST 2007

Deadline July 1, 2007

LabforCulture.org is the essential online tool 
for everyone involved in arts and culture who 
creates, collaborates, shares and produces across 
borders in Europe. This interactive web platform 
was launched in 2006 to encourage dialogue, 
networking and collaboration across physical, 
cultural and imaginative borders across 48 
countries in the broader Europe. Initiated by the 
European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and jointly 
developed and supported by many of Europe’s 
leading cultural organisations, LabforCulture 
offers a wealth of essential information, debate 
and research – including all the latest news, 
vital funding tips, blogs and a vast searchable 
database of cultural organisations operating from 
Rome to Reykjavík.

LabforCulture.org will celebrate its first 
anniversary in the summer of 2007 and in this 
context we are pleased to announce a call for an 
experienced media art curator or curatorial 
collaboration to conceptualise and manage an 
online presentation of specially commissioned 
artworks, for presentation in early 2008.

Call for proposals
This is an open call to Europe-based curators to 
propose a creative concept for the LabforCulture 
anniversary project, be responsible for the 
ultimate selection of artworks and critically 
reflect on the project throughout its duration 
and after its end. The concept and commissioned 
artworks should address, challenge and rethink 
issues such as cross border dialogue, cultural 
intersections, crossings or networks, in the 
context of LabforCulture and cultural cooperation 
in the broader Europe. The curatorial proposal 
will contextualise and document the work in 
relation to the scope, content and technological 
framework of LabforCulture.org.

Curatorial profile
The selected curator/s should:

* have demonstrated experience in either curating 
Net Art and/or artists who use the internet as 
integral to their practice.
* have a curatorial track record in the field of media art
* have demonstrated cultural project management experience
* demonstrate their ability to write about and 
critically evaluate the presented works

The curator/s will be contracted by the European 
Cultural Foundation on a freelance basis for the 
period of August 1, 2007 to May 15, 2008, and 
will receive a fee of 7000 Euro (excluding 2 
required trips to Amsterdam for work with the 
LabforCulture team, but including any additional 
travel required to deliver the proposed project, 
to be discussed with the LabforCulture Director). 
In addition to the fee, a fixed commissions and 
documentation budget will be provided.


* design a concept and thematic framework for the project
* make the final selection of artists
* maintain an appropriate timeline for agreed outputs
* be the main contact person for the commissioned 
artists (LabforCulture will be responsible for 
the administration of the project in terms of 
contracts, payments and overall coordination of 
the project)
* manage the agreed commissions and documentation 
budget, which will be overseen and administrated 
by LabforCulture
* write an engaging curatorial statement to be 
published on LabforCulture in November 2007 and a 
subsequent series of texts to accompany the 
presentations in 2008, introducing and reflecting 
on the selected artists/artworks
* be available to travel to Amsterdam as 
required, to meet with LabforCulture staff over 
the course of the project
* work in close collaboration with the 
LabforCulture team in relation to the technical 
framework and requirements of the commissioned 
* work with the LabforCulture team to agree and 
implement an appropriate page/section for the 
project that integrates with the current website 
design and branding
* work with the LabforCulture Communications team 
to promote the project and be available for press 
* gather and prepare documentation about the 
commissioned artists and artworks for 
presentation on LabforCulture.org
* ensure appropriate documentation of the project 
is undertaken and after its end, reflect on the 
process, challenges and experience of the project 
in a final text/public discussion forum.

Selection panel
Annet Dekker (Head of Exhibitions and Artlab, 
Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, NL) 
and Kelli Dipple (Webcasting Curator, Tate, 
London, UK) will join the LabforCulture content 
development team to select the curatorial 

Interested curators are asked to submit the 
following material BY EMAIL ONLY no later than 
July 1, 2007:

1. Cover letter
2. Curator's CV
3. Proposed title for the project
4. Curatorial concept
5. Examples of artists and/or artworks that 
demonstrate the curatorial concept 6. A proposed 
timeline for associated landmarks and outputs 7. 
An estimated budget with preliminary allocations 
for commissioned work, associated travel and 
documentation activities (broad areas of 
expenditure only)

Proposals should be sent to the attention of:

Angela Plohman
Content Development
angela at labforculture.org

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