Reference terms for the call
7th International University Visual Arts Biennial
Fostering, identifying, recognising and promoting creative activities from students, faculty and alumni in the area of visual arts.
Theme: Innovation in Visual Arts that addresses society.
Innovation in art opens possibilities to set creation in motion through different contexts in Visual Arts and interaction with other areas of knowledge to spark inquiry, analysis, and reflexive critique around the inventive process, as a strategy for creation.
Likewise, this will lead to the use of both tangible and intangible resources in the proposal of new epistemological and aesthetic approaches in the creation of pieces and artistic projects in which the interaction between the spectator, work and context coexist along with its implementation, always seeking to improve the image of public environments.
Innovation in Visual Arts are part of UAEM’s social awareness aimed at encouraging the university community participation in benefit of society.
In this call, three fields of innovation are considered:
- Technical. Materials and processes used in the artistic piece termination, as well as the quality of the making process.
- Spatial. An innovative proposal regarding format and/or montage of the artistic piece, in addition to the interaction with the spectator.
- Conceptual. For its relevance in the theoretical-reflexive field.
Students from universities or higher education institutions.
Faculty and alumni.
Those belonging to the teaching faculty or alumni from universities or higher education institutions.
Applicants must comply with confirming official documents from their home university or higher education institution.
Applicants are obliged to assume the authorship and originality of the submitted work, disclaiming the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México of any third party claims.
A) By field or specialty:
-Painting, photography, graphics, drawing, mixed media.
-Sculpture, found object, installations.
-Video, sound art, animation, art media, video installation.
-Record of ephemeral art: performance, mapping, happening, land art, among others.
Overseas participants shall only submit digital pieces and record of ephemeral art.
Pieces shall be accompanied by an academic essay that explains the work (up to 3 pages).
B) By project (State of Mexico only):
Visual proposal for intervention and improvement of the public surroundings and decrease in visual pollution (public spaces or buildings, improvement both in the sonic and ecological environment.)
Those participating with a project shall do so individually and shall submit to the guidelines of the 7th International University Visual Arts Biennial call.
In addition to filling in the online registration form, at the moment of registering their project applicants shall upload an essay that shall have a maximum of 8 pages containing:
-Details on the product to be presented.
-Description of activities to be undertaken.
-Schedule of activities (work plan).
-Possible solutions in terms of management.
The Jury will consider the project feasibility, relevance and outreach, in addition to the curriculum vitae and evidence supporting the applicants’ career, as well as their conceptual, visual and technical relation to the submitted proposal.
Note: The Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México has the authority to recognize or reward projects without having to carry those out.
The 7th International University Visual Arts Biennial registration is open on https://bienaldeartesvisuales.uaemex.mx. Applicants must provide the following information:
-Applicant’s general information, such as name, age, sex, home institution, valid identification (voting card, passport or the like) and other supplementary documents as stated on the website.
-Attaching a PDF format containing supporting documents of the applicant’s status or relation with the home higher education institution or university (student identification card, invoices, university diploma, or what best suits in each case for students, faculty or alumni.)
-Submitting a biodata along with a brief portfolio on PDF format.
-Attaching photographs and/or digital documents that show the pieces intended to participate in the Biennial, in order to be evaluated by the Selection Committee and the Jury.
-Filling in a data sheet and description of the registered piece.
-Confirming that all the provided information is correct at the end of the registration. Applicants will be notified by e-mail.
It is to be noted that participants who have completed registration on the Biennial website will only be taken into consideration, and that proposals shall not be subject to the restrictions stated in this call.
Each participant shall register one proposal only.
-The Organising Committee will not accept pieces or projects that represent a risk to individuals or public spaces, harmful to the environment or the facilities of the exhibition venue or surrounding areas.
-Those interested may participate with pieces that were not awarded or earned an honourable mention, as well as projects that have not been funded or carried out at the moment of the closure of this call.
-Pieces shall have the size or dimensions as follows: 1.50 x 1.50 m for two-dimensional pieces, and 2.0 x 2.0 m for three-dimensional.
Overseas participants shall only submit digital pieces and record of ephemeral art.
-The Selection Committee, comprising specialists in contemporary art, will select 50 pieces and/or projects to be part of the Biennial exhibition and catalogue.
-The Jury, comprising international specialists in contemporary art, will evaluate the selected pieces and projects, and will determine who the winners in each category are. The decision of the jury is final.
-The selected participants will be notified by email from the following address firstname.lastname@example.org
-The author of the pieces and projects stemming from this call shall assign intellectual property rights from said creations to the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, agreeing to being the original author of original pieces and the peaceful exercises of assigned rights, disclaiming UAEM from any present or future claims that may arise (assignment of rights will be performed at the Attorney General Office of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México.
-The selected 50 pieces and/or projects may be used in any way and mean, printed and/or through digital formats or any kind UAEM deems necessary.
-Selected participants will be notified by the email address email@example.com, stating conditions and pieces dates of receipt.
-Selected participants will be sent an assignment of rights format by email. Said procedure will be performed at the Attorney General Office of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México.
-Selected participants shall send the winning pieces for the exhibition to the following mail address: Museo Universitario Leopoldo Flores (MULF), Cerro de Coatepec s/n, Ciudad Universitaria 50100, Toluca de Lerdo, Estado de México, Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 h. Tel: +52 (722) 1 67 01 53.
-Pieces shall be in optimal conditions and with the necessary elements for its functioning (user guides or diagrams explaining the setting of the piece) and placing in the exhibition. In case of requiring additional parts, expenses will be borne by the author. If necessary, The Organising Committee shall demand the presence of the author for the setting of the piece. The Committee may reserve the right to exhibit and/or set a piece if it deems the lack of elements to properly do so.
-If at the moment of being received for exhibition the piece does not meet the stipulated criteria or does not coincide with the sent proposal, the Jury and Organising Committee may reserve the right to exhibit it and publish it in the catalogue.
-Shipping and handling of selected pieces will be borne by the author, as well as insurance and all related to transfers to the MULF facilities.
-The Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México shall receive the pieces in the state they are when delivered and shall not be responsible of possible damages caused during shipping.
-The Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México will be responsible of the pieces from the moment they are received at the MULF until the day they are returned to the participants. The reception period will be notified by email.
-Selected participants shall send an attached PDF description of the relevant specifications for the piece setting and exhibition, as well as an appraisal form (available for download.) The author shall provide the technical, technological and muse museographic supports of the submitted/selected piece.
-At the end of the exhibition, the Biennial Organising Committee will inform participants of the dates for collecting their pieces at the MULF. If not collected in due time, the Biennial Organizing Committee disclaims any liability of any participating piece. The Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México and the Biennial Organising Committee may use the pieces partially or totally as it deems necessary.
-Travel allowances for the opening ceremony will be borne by the participants.
Authors of the top three pieces and projects in each category will be awarded the following prizes as purchase:
| Faculty and alumni|
|1st place||$150,000.00 MXN|
|1st place||$100,000.00 MXN|
In addition to the latter, the selected pieces and projects will be exhibited at the MULF, and texts will be part of an academic catalogue.
The awarded pieces and projects in this call will be part of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México cultural heritage, and may be used in any way and mean, printed and/or through digital formats or any kind UAEM deems necessary.
Purchase of the works will be performed at the Attorney General Office of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México.
This call is open from June 8th to September 5th 2018.
The following are not allowed to participate in the present call:
-Members of the Organising Committee.
-Members of the Selection Committee.
-Members of the Jury.
-Participants shall meet all requirements in the registration format of the Biennial website.
-Cases not foreseen shall be resolved by the Biennial Organising Committee.
-Unexpected expenses from this call will be borne by the participant.
-The Jury shall declare as void any categories when the works do meet requirements as stipulated in this call.