Establishments, institutions, public areas, domestic spaces, even ephemeral
situations carry with them protocols with which we are asked to comply as we
encounter, enter, or pass through them. Our contemporary understanding of
“protocol” is as “an official procedure or system of rules governing affairs or
behaviours.” However, early definitions of the term—a provisional draft, a
working manuscript—imply its opposite.
We invite submissions of recent or proposed work from students active in
any and all media, to be considered for inclusion in an exhibition project
investigating this expanded space of protocol, collaboratively curated by the
students of Emily Carr University’s AHIS 401 Topics in Curatorial Projects.
This project (March 14—27, 2015) will be sited within a triangular space in
Vancouver’s Chinatown: at Access Gallery (an established artist-run centre
committed to supporting the work of emergent artists), Avenue (a grass-root
artist-operated space engaged in cultivating experimental art practices –, and
the space in between.
We encourage work that addresses spatial, temporal and social distance;
that investigates, navigates or reconfigures our assumptions of the term
“protocol.” Work may manifest in either or both galleries, or within the (third)
space between the two. This conception of the (third) space [a grey area, an
interstice, a draft, a hybrid form] may be understood as a digital space (the
web), a temporal space (readings, screenings, talks, gestures), a documented
space (printed matter, memorabilia) and many others.
Submission Guidelines:
Please submit the following NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 11, 2015
electronically to
In a single PDF document, please include:
– written proposal (max 200 words) and accompanying images if applicable
– artist statement (max 200 words)
– examples of previous work (up to 5 images/video links)
– 2 page curriculum vitae
– Please address your email “PROTOCOL SUBMISSION
* You must be a student currently enrolled in post-secondary (undergraduate
or graduate) studies to take part in this call.
* International applicants are welcome; please keep in mind that artists will
be responsible for the shipping of all artwork.

Submission Guideline PDF available here: Protocol Call for Submissions


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