Mimic: Works About Replication and Simulation / Calls & Submissions
April 2, 2022
Organization Name: Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
Organization Location: Cincinnati, OH
Type: Calls & Submissions
The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit original works about replication, simulation, and the relationship between life and illusion. Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts 2d or 3d media.
Are there trustworthy reasons for trying to appear as something that you are not?
In nature, mimicry allows certain creatures to survive: hiding via camouflage, or deterring predators by baring poisonous colors.
Creating an illusion through verisimilitude is a foundational part of all kinds of art, and reflects the skill and sensitivity of the maker. Mimicry implies a reverence for life; successful imitation requires knowing what it copies well.
How do you choose which aspects of an original that you want to simulate? What are the essential qualities of liquid than an animator should study, in order to re-create it on screen? What cadences and mannerisms does an actor re-interpret to call up a person? Which movements are most important for a prosthetic limb to perform?
What does mimicry reveal about the original? Is the illusion even better than the original?
ANNUAL CASH AWARD: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($5000) to a single work selected as the ‘best of the entire season’.
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