Monday 25 September 2023

Open Call | The New Normal: Ghost in the machine

ARTgrID extends an international Open Call to visual artists to submit artworks for participation in a curated exhibition with the theme “THE NEW NORMAL: Ghost in the Machine”, which will take place in December 2023 in Athens, Greece. The physical exhibition will be hosted at the Luminous Eye Art Gallery (2A Mitsaion Street, Acropolis area) on December, and simultaneously online on ARTgrID platform. The exhibition will be curated by Art Curators Paris Kapralos, Teri Paschou, and Vera Katranidou.

A commemorative book catalog will be produced for the exhibition in Greek and English.

Conceptual Framework
“Ghost in the Machine” is an expression used to describe an invisible, non-obvious, or non-apparent impact, problem, or dysfunction that may affect the operation of a system or process. It represents something that is not easily perceptible or recognized but can have significant consequences. The consequences of the pandemic remain multifaceted and uncharted. Psychological and socio-political issues are escalating. The catastrophic effects of climate change, now becoming glaringly apparent, and the threat of dire times, the war in Ukraine with open possibilities of escalating into a global conflict, all impact our already dystopian reality and individual life prospects. New socio-political issues are emerging, exacerbating existing problems and pushing societies into extreme conditions. The New Normal, is a dystopia whose precise causes are not always comprehensible, its trajectory is unpredictable, and its end is indistinguishable. We search for the “ghost in the machine,” often placated, while the need for immediate change is increasing.

Artists who have reached the age of 18, regardless of origin or nationality, can participate in the exhibition.
The exhibition welcomes original artworks of any style that engage with the theme in any way the artist deems appropriate.

Regarding their technical characteristics, the artworks can be paintings, prints, photographs, printed or non-material digital art, collages, VideoArt, mosaics, sculptures. There are no size restrictions, but the weight of any artwork should not exceed 10 kilograms.

Artworks on paper should be framed, and canvas works should be stretched.

Submission Requirements
To apply, you should send an email to with the subject “NEW NORMAL” including the following:
(1) Photos of up to 2 available artworks in separate image files, each artwork in jpg format, large size with good clarity and high resolution. Note: the artworks are not indicative. If selected, you can exclusively exhibit the submitted artworks. Artworks on paper should be photographed without frames/glass.
(2) Details of the artworks, with a reference point for each: filename (e.g. A1.JPG), Artist’s Name, Artwork Title, Materials, Dimensions (in centimeters, Height x Width), Completion Date.
(3) Your contact information: Full Name, Email, Contact Phone Number.

Important Notes
– If you submit a photograph or a print of Digital Art, in the technical description of the artwork, please include the final dimensions of the printed piece that will be exhibited (in centimeters, Height x Width), and the material on which the photograph will be printed.
– Clarifications, inquiries, and questions strictly related to the submission process should be sent in writing via email to the submission address, and responses will be provided within 24 hours. Information about the event’s procedures and proposals will only be provided to the selected artists, upon their submission and selection – not before.
– Submissions that do not include all requested information or do not follow the prescribed method of formulation and submission will be disregarded.
– If selected, we will communicate directly with you via email, providing full information about your participation procedures.
– The submission deadline is not given for creating new artworks, but for selecting existing artworks that you consider representative of you, relevant to the theme, and would like to present in the exhibition.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 23:59.

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