Monday, September 17, 2007

REWIND Installation Art Competition

Deadline: September 24, 2007 (POSTMARK)

REWIND Installation Art Competition
New Century Chamber Orchestra
San Francisco, CA
January 19, 2008

The NCCO is seeking installation art for REWIND, a visionary concert on January 19, 2008.

REWIND: What is it?

From the moment you enter the hall, you’ll know you’re in for something different. REWIND is a continuous visual and sonic experience from beginning to end. It's a journey through time and through the mind. REWIND will showcase internationally-renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, as well as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, a chamber orchestra conducted by REWIND Artistic Director Paul Haas.

To Enter:

The NCCO's Installation Art Competition is open to artists who live within 60 miles of San Francisco. If you would like to enter, please send us (1) your resume, (2) your portfolio (slides or CD), (3) a project proposal with artist statement, and (4) a sketch of what your piece will look like upon completion. Entry materials should be mailed to the address below.

Please consider the following points when conceiving your artwork:

Physical space. The concert will be held in the YBCA’s Forum, a large, open square space roughly 75 feet long/wide and nearly 30 feet tall. Between 300 and 500 black chairs will be arranged around a 30’ by 20’ performance space where the Orchestra will perform. There are side balconies from which musicians will also perform. We recommend that you consider visiting the Forum, or even simply looking at the Forum space through its windows adjacent to the Yerba Buena Gardens located on Mission street between third and fourth streets. Additionally, a detailed spec sheet of the Forum can be found here:

Footprint. Given the performance space requirements, the presence of seating throughout the Forum, and the need to maintain entrance and egress paths to comply with fire regulations, artwork that rests on the ground should be designed to take up as little floor space as possible, or to occupy floor space directly adjacent to the four walls of the Forum. That said, given the height of the Forum, we encourage works to be vertical in nature.

Height and Suspension. The tension grid and overhead setup of the YBCA Forum permit the hanging of works of art above the space, allowing for unique and dramatic possibilities while taking up no floor space. While staff from the YBCA are required to participate in the installation of any hanging art due to house Union rules, this option may present the greatest creative opportunities for the successful artist. We strongly recommend that artwork be designed to be relatively lightweight so as not to overly strain the suspension abilities of the Forum.

Installation. It is recommended that artwork be relatively easy to install and remove. YBCA staff will conduct the installation, and artists are required to be present for, and active in the installation and removal process. Adequate time will be scheduled to install and strike art; please describe this process in your project proposal.

Lines of Sight. Regardless of how art is installed or its size, it is imperative that works of art do not impede the lines of sight between the orchestra and audience or between musicians themselves (including those performing along the balconies in the Forum). We recommend that for suspended or otherwise “floating” art work that there be at least eight feet between the bottom of any art and the floor of the Forum.

Audio-Visual components. While we do not envision the nature of this artwork to be solely video based, we are open to video being a component of an artist’s concept. However, under no circumstances can sound art be permitted, either with or without accompanying video. Any video component should not disproportionately take attention away from the orchestra performance during the concert.

Lighting. Light art in a variety of forms is welcome. Additionally, the YBCA Forum has comprehensive lighting capabilities, which the successful artist may wish to take advantage of to highlight, or as a component, of their work. To take advantage of lighting operated by the YBCA Forum, please submit these plans and needs with your proposal in as much detail as possible. Light art should not distract from the stage lighting needed by the Orchestra to perform. Also, please avoid strobe lighting or similar effects which may be distracting or medically dangerous to the audience.


New Century Chamber Orchestra
Attn: Installation Art Competition
665 3rd Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94107
(p) 415.357.1111
(f) 415.357.1101


All entries must be postmarked by Monday, September 24, 2007. Winner will be notified by late October 2007.

Winner will receive:
Up to $3,000 for materials plus a $1,000 stipend
Installation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum on January 19, 2008
Opportunities to have his or her art shown in other San Francisco venues before and after the concert.

For full program and location details, click here.