Predictions for the Buoyant Oracle

By Editorial Team on August 2, 2021

Deadline: Tue, 31 August 2021

Courtesy of Tephra ICA.
Deadline: August 31, 2021 at Midnight EST

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About the Project
Beginning in September 2021, 20 “predictions” for the future will be disseminated through the Buoyant Oracle QR code storytelling system. Created by the Playful City Lab at American University in collaboration with artist Sue Wrbican and Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA), the Buoyant Oracle is a playful, interactive new media feature that provides the opportunity to chat with the Buoyant Force sculpture by artist Sue Wrbican located in Reston Town Center Park.

The Buoyant Force sculpture is inspired in part by the surrealist Kay Sage and other women surrealists. The artist, Sue Wrbican, noted that more people recognized the names of their male counterparts rather than the women surrealists. The goal of this project is to bring attention to other women and female identifying artists while allowing for deeper community engagement. This open call is specifically for women and female identifying artists living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.

About the Buoyant Oracle
The Buoyant Oracle is activated by using your phone to scan the on-site QR code. In a conversational mode, the sculpture sends participants annotated photographs, in a similar format to a Polaroid, revealing the layered, artist philosophy and production process behind the Buoyant Force sculpture. Connected to the surrealist tradition of the sculpture, this project will allow the Buoyant Oracle to present 20 additional images of artworks that include “predictions” by 20 artists selected from this call. The final product will appear as a GIF that presents as an image and, after a few seconds, flips over to reveal the artist’s prediction.

Physical Presentation
The works from this call will be presented digitally in groups of five on a quarterly schedule through the Buoyant Oracle beginning in September 2021 through September 2022. At the end of the presentation cycle, the works will be printed and exhibited at Tephra ICA at Signature, Tephra ICA’s satellite gallery located at the Signature apartment building in Reston, Virginia, on October 27, 2022 through February 28, 2023. The prints will be available for purchase with a commission split of 70/30 between the artist and host institution.

Additional works from the selected artists will also be presented at George Mason University’s Mason Exhibitions Gallery in Arlington, Virginia in Fall 2022 (exact dates to be announced). Since this call is specifically for artists located in DC, Maryland, or Virginia (a circumference of 100 Miles from Washington, DC), transportation and shipping support for physical work is unavailable at this time.

Honorariums and Support
Each artist will be paid $150 to generate an artwork image and prediction. The image can be artwork that the artist has created in the past or present; and the accompanying text will link to the artist’s website and/or social media page. Since the works will later appear in printed form, it is necessary that the file exist in high resolution, 300 DPI. However, the entries for the application can be submitted in low-resolution.

Learn more about the Buoyant Oracle

This project is generously funded by the GLB Memorial Fund, more info:

Application & Submittal Guidelines

  • Submit up to 3 images of artwork along with your corresponding predictions. (Required File Name Format: LastName_FirstName_Artwork#_Medium_Year_Price.jpg)
  • Digital File Size Requirements: Since GIFs will be used for the Buoyant Oracle system in a size of 19 inches in height x 13 inches in width (1368 pixels x 936 pixels) at 72 pixels/inches, please make sure all submitted images fit within this parameter. Submissions of existing artwork that is cropped to feature a preferred detail image are welcome. Please ensure the cropped image fits the dimensions listed above (border may be added if needed).
  • Important to Note: For submission purposes, you may submit low-resolution images. However, please be prepared to submit a high-resolution (300 DPI) version if selected. All submissions in low-resolution JPEG format must have a corresponding high-resolution image.

There is no fee to apply. This form must be completed only ONCE per artist. Incomplete submissions and those that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.