December 25th, 2005

An opportunity for emerging artists to develop and create new public works in San Francisco that investigate diverse strategies for exploring and mapping public space.


Southern Exposure’s 2006-2007 Exhibition and Artists in Education programs will move beyond the gallery walls in order to present new forms of work in public space. Southern Exposure will temporarily relocate in the summer of 2006 so that the building that we have always called home at Project Artaud can undergo a seismic retrofit and upgrade. Southern Exposure is utilizing this unique opportunity to extend our programs into the public realm. Southern Exposure, founded in 1974, has a long history of presenting community-based projects. Through this new program, Southern Exposure has a goal of encouraging artists to work experimentally in public space, enabling artists to develop new works that could not otherwise be realized, and generating a critical dialog about emerging creative practices.


Southern Exposure will commission a series of public art projects that investigate diverse strategies for exploring and mapping public space. Artists selected through this open call will be commissioned to produce new work. This project is informed by the legacy of the Situationists, an international artistic and political movement that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s. The Situationists sought to radically redefine the role of art in society with a particular interest in everyday experiences in public
space. They developed key concepts such as the dérive ­ the practice of drifting through urban space – and psychogeography ­ the study of the effects of the geographic environment on the emotions and behavior of individuals. In addition, a goal of these projects is to reconsider the Situationists¹ strategies in light of new technologies such as Global Positioning devices and wireless communication, which have fundamentally transformed our ability to navigate public space. This series will feature a range of projects that utilize strategies such as simple acts of walking and note taking, to projects that employ high-tech and technological apparatuses as a means to fuse virtual and real experiences or to disseminate geographical andhistorical information, to performances, actions, or events. These projects may involve the audience’s participation, enabling the public to engage in acts of urban mapping and reflect on their own experiences in public space.
Southern Exposure seeks proposals for artwork in various media including:
1) artwork with a physical presence such as: installation, sculpture, or public intervention.
2) ephemeral and participatory artwork such as: performance, tour, walk, discussion, or lecture.
3) technology-based work such as new media or sound art.
4) projects that combine the above categories.

Projects will be presented between September 2006 and Spring 2007. The duration of the projects can range from a single performance to repeating events or a long-term installation. Selected artists will receive an honorarium and production budget ranging from $500 – $5,000 depending on the scope of the project. Southern Exposure will work with artists to provide support, promote their projects, and will create a publication that documents the program series after the projects have been presented. Southern Exposure will also provide a home base for artists to work, with space for information about the projects to be accessible to the public.


The SoEx OFFSITE application is available for download as a PDF file.
The proposals will be reviewed by several members of Southern Exposure¹s Curatorial Committee. We are seeking proposals from artists who demonstrate a potential for creative growth working in the public realm, or artists who would like to extend their practice into the public realm but have yet to work this way. Please mailor deliver your proposal package to Southern Exposure.
Southern Exposure does not accept electronic submissions.

Southern Exposure
401 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Application Deadline: Materials must be received at Southern Exposure¹s office by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2006 (this
is not a postmark date). Hand deliveries will be accepted.
Notification Deadline: Artists will be notified by later no later than March 31, 2006.
Please do not call before this date.


You can find all of this information and more at in the SoEx OFFSITE section. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact us by email: Subject heading of the email should read: “SoEx OFFSITE.”

About Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure is a 31 year old, non-profit, artist-run organization dedicated to presenting diverse, innovative, contemporary art, arts education, and related programs and events in an accessible environment. Southern Exposure reaches out to diverse audiences and serves as a forum and resource center to provide extraordinary support to the Bay Area’s arts and educational communities. Activities range from exhibitions of local, regional, and international visual artists¹ work, education programs, and lectures, panel discussions, and performances. Southern Exposure is dedicated to giving artists‹whether they are exhibiting, curating, teaching, or learning‹an opportunity to realize ideas for projects that may not otherwise find support. For more information go to or call 415-863-2141. This program is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

…. S O U T H E R N E X P O S U R E
Dynamic, cutting edge art, education, and community programs since 1974.
401 Alabama Street @ 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
t: 415.863.2141
f: 415.863.1841


  1. 4 Says:

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  2. Administrator Says:

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