The third ESC open call and its challenge for wave #2031 Spring-Summer is here!
Thinking of the contemporary immersed in the digitalization world, once again VVOVVA asks artists to ‘Create art as you would do in 10 years in the future’.
In particular, we aim to share works that explore the relations of nature and technology; and seek answers to questions that research the bond of the two. For example: What is to come? Will technology help nature to survive? Can those two exist in harmony? Do we do enough to preserve natural resources?
This time the contemporary art gallery JOEY RAMONE → (located in Rotterdam, Netherlands) will shape the future of the ESC and select the most interesting works in collaboration with VVOVVA.
Founded in 2012 by Greek artist Kiki Petratou & Dutch collector Hans Bakker, JOEY RAMONE can also be described as a ‘half-artist run gallery’. Right from the start the gallery worked with international artists who use a diverse range of media to explore contemporary socio-political, cultural, and technological themes. The main objective of JOEY RAMONE is to provide a platform for contemporary art and discourse — an open communication or debate.
ESC Wave #2031, SS is curated by JOEY RAMONE & VVOVVA.
The submission period starts on April 19 and ends on August 15. The selected artists will be notified by email and published in an online exhibition at VVOVVA on September 15.
See more information about the challenge and previously selected works below.
Create art* as you would do in 10 years in the future
— you can submit 1 work of art
— media formats: image, video, sound (max 10 MB)
— collaborative works are accepted
— no size or dimensions restrictions
— open to all artists working at any level
— no sex, age, nationality, geolocation or education restrictions
* painting, sculpture, installation, performance, sound, photography, graphics, video, mixed-media, etc.
First of all, ESC is a challenge that reflects the dreams and expectations of contemporary artists. Oriented on long-term thinkers and brave creators, the open call asks to explore connections with the past, present, and future. In particular, the ESC reflects thoughts of the future coexistence of technology and nature. Thoughts of something unexplored: in another time, in an unknown space, with an unknown audience. We give freedom to explore something new!
It is a small revolution, our answer to the contemporary design and art scenes… in 10 years from now. It is an escape from reality, a time machine if you will.
! Please note: only non previously selected artists can apply, see previous waves below.
The name of the challenge and open call ESC (as an ‘escape’) represents a door to a future of art with all its possibilities. On purpose, the name reflects an imaginative different world that one can escape to. Similarly, the number 10 has its own role and represents sort of a barrier in the human mind. In general, predictions about the future or the past are equally ‘knowable’ on the basis of the present and equally accurate. And thinking about one’s 10-year future is similar to thinking of all people in general.
Connecting with that unknown and distant future self is important. Curiosity about what might happen in the future, the ability to imagine how things could be different, and empathy for our future selves are all necessary if we want to create change in our own lives or the world around us.