Call for Proposals: Flip-Toronto

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Call for Proposals from Toronto-Based Artists and Photographers for Flip-Toronto

Deadline: July 2, 2010

Circuit Gallery, in collaboration with Art for Commuters (Toronto) and Dar Onboz (Beirut, Lebanon), is initiating Flip-City, an exciting new project that combines flip-books, media screens, and story-telling to bring to life the urban secrets, hidden histories, and present preoccupations of the cities we inhabit.

Inspired by Flip-Beirut, the successful flip-book project conceived and realized by the Lebanese publishing house Dar Onboz, Flip-Toronto is slated as the second in what we hope will become a multi-city initiative (under the umbrella title of Flip-City).

Flip-Toronto
For Flip-Toronto we are seeking proposals from Toronto-based artists to create flip books about specific Toronto neighbourhoods. Artists are asked to choose a specific neighbourhood or location in the city to portray or explore in their project. Projects can be created in any medium (drawing, painting, photography, video, film, various digital media or combination thereof) so long as the final product can be reproduced to meet the specifications of the flip-book.

The Flip-City projects are conceived to have both a physical and digital manifestation. The 12-15 commissioned projects for each city will be included in a beautiful printed flip-book set and be screened in a variety of locations (on public screens, on the web, etc.). The goal is for an eventual artistic exchange between participating cities.

Art for Commuters
We are very excited to be collaborating in this first phase of the Flip-Toronto project with Toronto’s Art for Commuters. Working with the Onestop Media Group, Art for Commuters initiates, curates and programs exhibitions, screenings and festivals throughout the year on the Onestop network of TTC subway screens. Art for Commuters will be involved in both the local selection process and will provide an exciting venue for screening the digitized / adapted versions of the flip-books. Selected projects will be screened on the Onestop TTC screens to an audience of 1.3 million daily commuters.


Flip-Book Specifications
The books are tentatively envisioned to consist of 60 pages, with each page measuring 10.5 cm x 7.5 cm (4¼” x 3″). The 12-15 flip-books will be packaged and available as a set.

Your proposal should include the following:

  • a one-page project proposal explaining your choice of neighbourhood or location in Toronto. We are intentionally keeping the call thematically open—with the only stipulation being that you base your project upon an actual physical location as each flip-book project site must be able to be located on a map of the city. In addition to your chosen location or subject, please describe the final project— i.e. what media you plan to employ and its time-based trajectory (e.g. why it makes sense as a “flip-book”).

  • 3-5 visuals – please submit digital images that convey something of the look and style of your proposed project (what your flip-book pages will look like). Visuals must be submitted as JPEG files and must not exceed 1200px x 1200px.
  • an image list with any relevant information.
  • a bio or CV including contact information.
  • a link to your website. If you do not have a website you MUST also submit 5-10 images of previous work and an information sheet about this submission.

All materials must be submitted digitally. All text documents must be saved as PDF. All image files must be saved as JPG. Please adhere to the following file naming conventions:

  • LASTNAME_proposal.pdf
  • LASTNAME_img001.jpg
  • LASTNAME_bio.pdf [etc.]

Email your proposal to: flip-city@circuitgallery.com
All proposals must be received by July 2, 2010


Flip-Toronto is curated by Claire Sykes and Susana Reisman (Circuit Gallery), Sharon Switzer (Art For Commuters), and Nadine Touma (Dar Onboz).

The Curatorial Committee will consider all proposals and respond by July 31, 2010. 

If your proposal is accepted the curator(s) will contact you to discuss the details of your project, including technical considerations for its realization (screening on the Onestop network and for print publication). Deadlines for final projects will be announced when known and are contingent upon funding.

Fees paid for selected artist projects are contingent upon funding. Funding is being sought from a range of sources.

For more Information, please contact:
Claire Sykes (Circuit Gallery)

tel. 644-477-2487

email: claire@circuitgallery.com

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