Cape Farewell and Shrinking Space are working with King’s College London’s Environmental Research Group to curate a collection of events around breathing, pollution and congested cities – and ways to mitigate/re-green them. The works will be presented at Somerset House at the end of January 2017 as part of Utopia 2016 – a year of imagination and possibility.
We are commissioning a brand new sound/music piece that responds to the following themes:
1. Breathing and our lungs
2. City pollution and research by King’s College London’s Environmental Research Group
3. Imagining the Utopian alternative
As part of the development process the chosen artist will have the opportunity to meet with scientists at King’s to respond to their work.
For example, you could respond to the live data collection of pollution across the city during the day, or to the effects of pollution on our breathing/lungs (as nitrogen dioxide moves around our body, constricting airways etc.), highlighting the mechanics of breathing - what we breathe, or the communal, universal action of breathing. We are also looking for work that ties in with the theme of Utopia, which imagines possible solutions to mitigate the negative effects of air pollution.
This work can be a development of an existing piece or an entirely new work.
Background to the wider programme:
The air surrounding Somerset House is regularly above legally recognised health limits – this day of events will highlight how we can make our urban spaces healthier, communal and more environmentally friendly.
One new music/performance piece to premiere at the event at the end of January 2017.
The work needs to be both played live, and able to be recorded and shared on digital platforms.
Commission fee: £5,000
Please note this fee should include artist fee, all materials/instruments and any other costs or equipment required for recording.
Please answer the following questions:
1. Please describe your project idea (200 words)
2. How does your proposal respond to the themed areas? (200 words) Breathing and our lungs; City pollution and research by King’s College London’s Environmental Research Group; Imagining the Utopian alternative
3. Please provide a budget breakdown, and any other production requirements you may have (up to £5,000 incl. VAT)
4. Please outline your proposed project timeline for developing the work (100 words)
5. Please provide up to 3 links to your work (website and, or portfolio, etc.)
Please send a PDF of your application, and direct any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: 10am Friday 25th November 2016.
Indicative project timeline:
Call out – 16 Nov
Deadline for applications – 10am 25 Nov
Artist confirmed - 2 Dec
Production meeting – week of 5 Dec
Deadline for artwork completion - week of 9 Jan
Install - 16- 26 Jan (exact dates tbc)