News: Apr 07, 2017
US Government Overflight Zone, Blue Sky Days, 2012. Image by Tomas van Houtryve.
A collaborative initiative of Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and the Hasselblad Foundation
Valand Academy and the Hasselblad Foundation have a long-term partnership, now resulting in a research and development award for photo-based artists.
This award is part of a broader research project, led by Dr Sarah Tuck, exploring the affects and implications of drone technologies on warfare, surveillance and protest. Of particular interest is how drone technologies impact on conceptualisations of human rights and the ways in which the affective meanings of drone vision is marked by emotional, ethical, political and social mediations, not least the lived experience and effects of conflict, and the proximity and physical distance to drone warfare.
The Drone Vision project will result in a series of exhibitions – Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg, Sweden, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre in Nicosia, Cyprus, and the Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery in Lahore, Pakistan in 2018.
There will be one catalogue for the three exhibitions, with captions to artworks prepared in English, Swedish, Urdu and Greek. The catalogue will be designed as a ‘pop-up’ exhibition and will be distributed to community groups, universities and colleges across each gallery region for use as a pedagogic tool and exhibition.
AIM OF THE AWARD
The Research and Development Award provides the time and resources for photo-based artists to develop a project proposal, as part of a commissioning process for the exhibition at the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg. It is expected that applicants to the Research and Development Award consider the affective meanings of drone technologies in response to the geographic context of Sweden and its region.
Successful applicants to the Research and Development Award will be expected to apply to the next stage of the process, the call for Project Realisation submissions, the winners of which will be awarded with the sum of SEK 50,000 to complete artwork for the exhibition in Gothenburg in May 2018.
Applications to the Research and Development Award must be received no later than June 1, 2017.
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