Posted by: QQmei | January 31, 2012

Hints for Artists Making Proposals for 2012 藝術家不可不知的提案小秘訣

Hello, Dear ALL, Here I help Jane to publish this post, because she cannot log in the blog and have tried whole day today.In this post Jane tell artists many hints to propose a good proposal, please did read it before submiting. Looking forward to your great ideas  &  Good luck!!  chao-mei
請各位藝術家要好好閱讀這篇文章喔! 策展人Jane提供了很多入選的”小撇步”,相信對許多年輕藝術家朋友在提案時會有許多幫助. 台灣藝術家,請加油!!!!!!!!!有任何問題,懶得寫英文,用中文留言或寫信給我也會通喔!!—昭湄

1.  Follow the directions carefully and submit exactly what is asked for and not anything else. If it says to send .jpg files of less than 1 mg each, do not send your images embedded in a .doc file or .pdf file, and do not send a link to your website rather than sending images of your previous works. Following directions well makes me think you are intelligent and cooperative and that you will not cause problems because you think you are so special that you deserve special treatment.  
請您詳細地閱讀徵件公告,提交申請方式內所列的每一項文件,其餘的請不用附上。若公告上寫的是「請寄jpg檔,每張檔案不超過1MG」,那麼請不要寄doc檔或pdf檔,也請不要只寄您的網站連結,而沒有您先前作品的圖檔。遵循徵件公告好讓我知道您是明智、好合作的對象,而不會在將來因為個人因素,提出特別禮遇,造成雙方的困擾。 

2. Show your experiences as a professional artist in the CV that you attach as a .doc or .pdf file.  The CV should be in English and have recent exhibitions and show some evidence that you are a professional artist.  International experience and experience working with communities and children and doing other international residencies and art projects are all good to mention.  Also list any awards or grants you have received. This makes me think you are a professional artist and that others have also recognized the quality of your work.  If you have no previous international or community art experience and no awards or residencies, then emphasize your willingness to learn and your fresh approach.  I want a mix of experienced artists and new innovators in the project.
請在個人履歷中展現您作為專業藝術家所具備的豐富學經歷,並以doc檔或pdf檔提交。您的履歷必須以英文撰寫,內容須包含最近的展出經驗,以及能展現您專業藝術家之証明。最好能提及您的國際經驗、與社區以及孩童一起合作的經歷,或是在其他國家駐村、參與藝術計畫等方面的經驗。此外,別忘了列舉您的獲獎紀錄,這些都可以讓我知道您是專業的藝術家,而且您的作品品質也受到他人的賞識。如果您之前沒有國際或在社區創作方面的經驗,或沒有獲獎紀錄、駐村經驗,請突顯您想學習的心和創新的意圖。在這個計畫裡,我喜歡選取資歷深淺不同的藝術家和勇於嘗試的新鮮人作組合。

3. Submit good quality photos of previous works that are related to what you are proposing to make in Cheng Long and that show you could do something like what you are proposing.  The photos should be clear, and photos of works on site are good.  You should show some outdoor works and public artworks and not all performance art or all indoor gallery installations.  This makes me think you could actually make what you are proposing and that you will not be attempting to do a type of work in Cheng Long that you have never tried before.
請提交您過去作品的照片,注意解析度要足夠。在提交過去作品時,請選擇和本次成龍提案構想相關的作品,以顯示您有能力完成您的提案。作品照片必須清晰,能呈現作品展出的狀態最好。至少要有幾張是戶外的公共藝術作品,不要全部都是表演藝術或在室內畫廊的裝置創作。這可讓我相信您確實有能力完成您的提案,而不是到成龍來嘗試一項您從未進行過的創作類型。

4. Send a sketch of the idea for your proposed work that you can scan and send as an attached .jpg file.  The sketch is to give some visual form to your idea. The proposed work may change after you get here, and we expect flexibility and adaptability from the selected artists.  But, I need a sketch or some sort of visual image to show your idea.
將您的提案構想用速寫的方式表達出來,掃描後以jpg檔提交。透過草圖可以讓我更清楚您的想法。當您抵達現場後或許會稍微改變原本的提案,我們期待的是能靈活變通並順應當地環境的藝術家,不論如何,我總是需要一張能表達您想法的速寫稿,或任何形式的模擬影像。

5.Send a description of your proposed work as an attached .pdf or .doc file. Your description in English of your proposed work for Cheng Long 2012 should tell how your proposed work relates to the theme and also tell about your previous work with communities and children and why you are interested in this project.  Your skills in writing or in using English do not have to be perfect, but the descriptions should help me understand what you want to make in Cheng Long and what it will be made from and give some idea of its size and how the community and school children can get involved in working with you on this project. This description should not be just a general artist’s statement that you use for everything.  This description should make me think you really care about coming to Cheng Long for this project and that you are sincerely interested in the environmental issues related to the theme.
請以文字描述您所提出的作品構想,並以doc檔或pdf檔提交。請試著以英文描述您為2012成龍溼地所提出的裝置藝術作品的想法,並說明作品與本次主題的關聯性,同時敘述您之前與社區和孩童共同創作的經驗,以及您為何對本計畫感興趣。您的英文或寫作技巧不需要精湛,但描述可以幫助我了解您想在成龍溼地呈現的作品、創作方式、作品大小,以及社區居民和學校孩童如何與您一同參與本次計畫。這段文字請不要只是您用於任何場合的籠統介紹,請讓我感受到您是真的關心成龍溼地這個藝術計畫,並熱切關注本次和食物生產相關的環境議題。

6. Don’t ask the curator too many questions in emails.  While some questions are good and necessary, if you ask too many, I start to think maybe you will be trouble and cannot make decisions easily for yourself.  I don’t mind answering specific questions, and this can also show me that you are thinking and not just using the same old idea you might have submitted for something else.  Your questions should make me think that you are thoughtful and sincerely examining creative ideas for this project.
請不要在email中向策展人問太多問題。即使有些問題很好也很重要,但是當您問太多時,會讓我開始擔心您是否會是個麻煩,總是很難自己下決定。但其實我非常樂意回答提案上特定的問題,這可以讓我知道您真的有認真思考,不是拿用過的舊點子來提案。想辦法讓我感受到您的確經過一番審慎思考,並真誠地嘗試為這個計畫構思一個創意的提案。

7. Make your proposed work fit the theme and fit the place and environmental purpose of this exhibition.  This year the proposed work should have something to do with the theme of “What’s for Dinner?”  The proposed work should also show you have a concern for the environmental issues relating to this theme.  This makes me think you have read the full Call for Proposals and maybe even studied the Blog about the art project as well as the information and photos about the wetlands, the school and the community.  The Kuan Shu Education Foundation Blog about the environmental education programs can give you a lot of information just by looking at the pictures even if you can’t read Chinese. 
請讓您的提案作品緊扣本次計畫的宗旨,並符合當地場域和環境。今年的作品必須表現的是「誰來晚餐?」的主題,您的提案作品同時必須呈現出您對食物生產過程中之環境議題的關切。如此一來我便知道您有詳細閱讀徵件公告,並且瀏覽過「成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫」部落格中有關溼地、學校及社區的相關資訊和照片。觀樹教育基金會在成龍溼地推廣環境教育的「成龍溼地三代班」部落格中,也有許多相關資訊,即使您無法閱讀中文,當中的照片也透露許多訊息,可供您想像。

8. Always be courteous in your emails and don’t ask the curator for special favors or special treatment.  Showing a sense of humor and kind understanding in your emails is also good.  This makes me think you could get along well with the other artists, and that the school children, teachers, community people and volunteers participating in the project could also get along well with you.  We all become like one big family since we spend a lot of time together during the 25-day residency in this small village in southwesternTaiwan.
請留意email中的禮節,不要向策展人提出特殊的偏袒或要求特別的待遇。在信件中展現幽默風度和通情達理的親切感是很好的,這可讓我相信您能夠融洽地與其他藝術家相處,並且和一同參與在本計畫裡的學校孩童、老師、社區居民及志工們打成一片。我們將會像一個大家庭一樣,一起在台灣西南沿海的小村落裡生活,共度25天的時光。

9. Be creative and show me with your sketch and description something I have not seen before or that I did not think of myself.  Creativity and innovation are always important considerations.  I like to see big ideas and impressive proposals, and I am not ruling out any medium or materials or techniques as long as they do not harm the environment.  Collaborative projects are okay although our limited budget means the artist fee and travel cost would have to be split if there are two collaborating artists selected.  Don’t propose the obvious and something that maybe you submitted last year or for another project.  What you propose should be something you want to do and show some relationship to your previous work, but we want something unique for Cheng Long.  This shows me that you really put some creative thought into your proposal for the Cheng Long project and that you really do want to come and make this artwork.
請發揮創意,在您的草稿及文字敘述中讓我看見不同於以往,甚至我從沒想過的創意。創造力和革新的精神總是我很重要的考量。協同創作是可接受的,但受限於經費,如果你們是二位合作的藝術家,那藝術家津貼及車馬費就必需均分。請不要拿出一個無趣的提案,或是您去年投稿過本計畫或其他計畫的作品。您的提案必須是您想做的事,並且和您之前的創作有關聯,但我們希望您的提案是為成龍溼地量身訂做的。請讓我感受到您的確為了成龍溼地的提案注入許多創新與心思,您真的很渴望來此,完成這件藝術創作。

Good luck with your proposal and I look forward to receiving your proposals by the deadline of February 8, 2012.  Also, let me know your thoughts about how artists are selected for projects like this and what you think makes a good proposal. 
祝您提案順利,我非常期待在截止日期2012年2月8日以前,收到您寄來的提案。同時也歡迎您提供您對於這類型藝術計畫,評選藝術家的想法,以及您覺得如何提出一個好的提案。

Jane Ingram Allen, Curator
策展人 艾婕音

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