Friday, January 29, 2010

great idea...Join and Cast Venture

I received a call for work from a group (or person) called Join and Cast Venture. I've heard of mags like this before that are limited edition, containing unique art contributions and have always thought it was a great idea. I love this kind of work that can be very raw and diverse. So glad we will have one in Phoenix!

I put them on the blog roll to the right, submitted an altered map i made about a year ago for my Perimeter Walk project and can't wait for the first issues!

Monday, January 25, 2010

send me some submissions!

For those that haven't seen this call for work yet or who would like a reminder, here's the info for sending me a proposal for First Backyard. I'm excited to see what people will come up with!

Site is a small-scale flat outdoor space for an intimate audience. Can be used to create temporary pieces, attempt new works, test audiences and push boundaries. Filming of performance or piece will be provided. Site is located in the Grand Avenue arts area.

Possible proposals could include projected videos, ephemeral sculpture, interactive performances, process-oriented work, performance art, and experimental theater. You could use this space to try out a new piece or share an older, lesser exposed one. The piece will be performed for one night only.

To submit your work, please include:

• a one-page proposal including the concept and intent of your work. Please indicate what type of resources you may need.

• resume (no longer than 2 pages)

• the following types of work samples: link to a website; up to 4, 3-minute works on DVD; or 10-15 jpeg images on CD. Submit what is necessary to understand your work better (a combination of samples is acceptable). Include an image list and descriptions. Images should be no larger than 5"x7" at 300dpi (1200–1600 pixels is fine)

• additional materials: relevant press; sketches or story board of proposed piece; artist bio

Submit materials to:

Jen Urso—proposals

1341 W. Woodland

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Deadline is ongoing but would like to receive first submissions by October 30, 2009 to begin scheduling for January or February.

Please contact Jen Urso with any questions at

Saturday, January 23, 2010

we HAVE a First Backyarder for March!

to kick off the First Backyard series will be local audio geek and sound artist (and i'm sure he won't be offended by me calling him that, right?) Adam Murray.

for the March Art Detour weekend, Adam will present Reaching Out: A new installation at First Backyard utilizing space and sound to reflect on communication and connection with other people.