Postponed Until Further Notice

Monday 22nd November, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

*A familiar story.

Postponed Until Further Notice DEADLINE EXTENDED [not Until Further Notice but until December 1st]

The Wrong Biennale n°5 embassy/pavilion Postponed Until Further Notice is inviting (internet/digital) artists, conceptual designers, meme artists, poets, writers, critics, and other makers and thinkers to become part of a collaborative experiment.

Deadline extended: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 23:59h

The ‘We’re open!’ board on the sidewalk is retired to the storage room. The projectors and speakers in the exhibition space are shut off, the lights are dimmed, the alarm is turned on and the front door is locked. Eventually, the institution has no other choice but to share on social media that she regrets to inform that the event is cancelled and pending further notice.

Postponed Until Further Notice reflects the recurring phenomena of the past 20 months in which (cultural) events were cancelled abruptly and had to be postponed to a later moment. Countless things, ideas and moments have been cancelled and forgotten or brought back to life at a later date and time, in a similar form but in a different context. The later version might make sense: people are happy to finally get together for that [thing] they’ve been waiting for. Or the occasion is gone, forever lost and cannot be recreated at a later time. Personal or political crisis, production setbacks, procrastination, changing social-cultural values or simply a need for rest can lead to delay. The project is an ode to the feeling of suspension and leans into the inconvenience of indecisiveness.

As such, the project embodies its own near future, freezing a state or condition that never happened. How long can this condition last is unclear, its seemingly limitless duration provides both anxiety and solace. Postponed Until Further Notice meditates on its own absence. The project builds on Robert Barry’s Closed Gallery (1969), in which the artist sent invitations for gallery openings stating ‘During the exhibition the gallery will be closed’. The work suggested that something was missing while simultaneous manifesting presence and absence.

And even though the project is Postponed Until Further Notice, other conditions may form in its shadows. As the event was always a socio-spatial occurrence, it might mutate into other forms of existence. The comment section under the institutional statement of postponement might become a place of discussion. The bench in front of the closed institution’s entrance could become a place of pilgrimage for the disciples of the arts. Its state of being postponed might become the project itself.

Looking for poetic, philosophical, and conceptual responses
This open call welcomes anybody to submit a philosophical, conceptual, or poetic response. The work may relate to (but is not limited to) notions of time, suspension, anticipation, presence/absence, and counter-strategies. The medium is free of choice, as long as it plays into the thematics. Postponed Until Further Notice won’t take place in a classical exhibition space, but rather searches for alternative presentation formats. As such, works that can be presented online or in urban environments are preferred – think of a digital sculpture, GIF, video, website, essay, haiku, a sound piece, interactive performance, or an intervention in the city. If the work consists of a proposal for a performance or process-based work, please be as clear as possible about the how/what/where/why/… .

Artists as co-curators

Postponed Until Further Notice aims to become a collaborative project where the selected artists become an essential part of the curatorial process. In January 2022 the chosen participants will come together in several online meetings, in which we will curate the selected works together. We will discuss approaches to and meaning(s) of postponement, relationships between works, as well as contextualisation and presentation strategies of the project. The final form of the project will be decided together with the selected artists.

Open call

Please send your work by e-mail to no later than December 1, 2021 at 23:59h (including a brief description of the work and why it’s a good fit for Postponed Until Further Notice). Selected artists are paid a variable fee of €100 – €500, depending on the nature of the work. In addition, the selected artists receive €400 each for being part of the co-curation process. If you have any questions, want to test your ideas, ping-pong on the thematics, or just want to say hi – feel free to reach out via mail or Instagram.

This project is curated by Marijn Bril and part of The Wrong Biennale. It is made possible by the kind support of Creative Industries Fund NL.