Posted by: janeingramallen | January 12, 2013

About the 2013 Proposals and the Selection Process

Hello everyone,
各位大家好,

Now that the 2013 artists for the Cheng Long art project are announced, I know the artists who were considered and then not selected may feel very disappointed.  The selection process is always difficult, and this year was particularly difficult because we got so many good proposals.  But, of course everyone could not be selected because of the budget, space and staff and other factors.
2013成龍溼地藝術計畫已經公告了,我知道有些進入決選但最終未能獲選的藝術家,一定感到很失落。評選的過程總是艱辛,特別是今年,我們得到了那麼多好的提案。可是,受限於經費、空間、人力…等等,終究不能讓大家都入選。

As most of you know I am an artist myself as well as a curator, art professor and arts writer, so I am very familiar with the curatorial process.  As well as curating exhibitions and selecting artists for many different projects, I have also made many proposals as an artist for commissions, residencies, grants and exhibitions over the years–some successful and some not.  So I am very familiar with the frustrations and disappointments and the feeling that maybe you just should stop sending in applications.
一如大部分的人所知,我本身是個藝術家,也是策展人、藝術教授、藝術撰稿人,我對於策展的事務十分熟悉。除了策劃展覽、為不同的計畫挑選藝術家外,我也參與過許多委託案、駐村、獎項、展覽的提案—-有時獲選,有時則否。因此,我非常能夠理解那種沮喪、失望和也許以後都不要再投稿的感覺。

I want to encourage all of the artists who were considered this year to keep on doing what you do and stay in touch to learn about the 2014 art project in Cheng Long.  We really do like your ideas and your artwork, and your experience and background seem to fit what we are doing in Cheng Long.  The reason we did not select you this year maybe is a simple thing like too many artists from the same country or too many artists with similar ideas, or maybe your idea just did not fit this year’s theme so well.  It could also be that other artists had more experience doing community art projects and working with children to create their sculpture installations.  It could also be that your previous work does not show enough hands-on work with natural and sustainable materials or a history of concern about environmental issues.  It could also be that your idea was not so suitable for the Cheng Long area because of the amount of labor or materials that are involved or not having a suitable site for the proposal.  There are always many reasons, and sometimes it is just a matter of selecting those proposals that fit together best to make a cohesive, impressive and varied exhibition.
我希望鼓勵所有今年獲邀進入決選的藝術家持續提案,並且保持連絡。我們真的很喜歡您們的想法與作品,而且您們的經歷及背景看起來也都和我們在成龍溼地所做的事情相符。最後我們沒有選擇的原因,可能是因為一些小事情,例如:太多的藝術家來自同樣的國家、或是想法雷同,又或可能是您的提案沒有扣緊今年的主題。也有可能是,其他的藝術家更有在社區和孩子共同創作的經驗,或是我們在您從前的作品中沒有看到夠多使用自然素材創作的第一手經驗,抑或是對環境議題關懷較少。還有可能是,您的提案不適合在成龍這個地方,因為我們沒有辦法提供足夠的人力或素材,也可能是沒有適合作品放置的地點。總是有許許多多的原因,但有時也只是因為某幾件作品的組合,會讓整體展覽看起來更出色、令人印象深刻、豐富且多樣。

The artists and artworks selected for 2013 are a varied group of men and women artists from different countries, and their proposals reflect many unique concepts and the use of different materials and processes.  In addition they all seem like flexible, adaptable, adventurous and easy to get along with artists who can work well in a small community like Cheng Long.
2013獲選的藝術家及作品,同時考慮了性別及國籍,並且提案呈現了不同的概念,以及使用不同的素材與技法。而且這些獲選的藝術家在言談中也展現出他們富有彈性、隨和和勇於冒險的一面,可以在像成龍村這樣的小村莊裡與其他人相處融洽。

In the next posts I will tell more about each selected artist and the proposal they made for the 2013 art project.  Again the 2013 artists are as follows:

Giorgio Tessadri, from Italy living in Belgium, Artwork Title: “Element”
Johan Sietzema, from the Netherlands, Artwork Title:  “Food-Prints”
Kuo-Chun Chiu, from Taiwan, Artwork Title: “Fish for Every Year”
Michael Rofka, from Germany, Artwork Title: “Milkfish”
Michele Brody, from the United States of America, Artwork Title: “Water Table”
Yachu Kang, from Taiwan, Artwork Title: “Reserve a Table and Seat”

我將會在下一則貼文裡,介紹更多獲選藝術家及其提案內容。在此,再一次恭喜以下這幾位2013獲選的藝術家(以下作品譯名皆為暫定)
Giorgio Tessadri(義大利/比利時)作品名稱:元素
Johan Sietzema(荷蘭)作品名稱:食物足跡
邱國峻(台灣)作品名稱:年年有魚
Michael Rofka(德國)作品名稱:虱目魚
Michele Brody(美國)作品名稱:水餐桌
康雅筑(台灣)作品名稱:訂位

I am happy to email with any artist who was considered this year and not selected, and we can discuss individual cases. I think it is always a learning process for the artist when you make a proposal, and hopefully all of these good ideas will be realized somewhere in the world, if not in Cheng Long in 2013. Thank you again to all the artists who submitted proposals and went through the process.  We really appreciate that so many good artists are interested in this project and want to come to Cheng Long village in Taiwan and share their artwork.
我很樂意和今年任一受邀但未獲選的藝術家進行個別交流,我想這個學習的過程,對藝術家提案是有幫助的;我也希望這些未在2013成龍溼地獲選的好點子,終能在世界的某一個角落被實現。再次感謝所有提案的藝術家和我們一起經歷了這個過程,我們真的很開心,有這麼多優秀的藝術家對我們這個藝術計畫深感興趣,並想要到台灣這個小小的成龍村來,分享他們的藝術作品。

Keep looking at this Blog to see the progress with the 2013 project and what the finished artworks look like.  Also, later this year we should know about the 2014 art project in Cheng Long and will announce that information also on the Blog.
請持續注意我們的部落格,一起關心2013藝術計畫的發展,以及創作成果。當然,也請持續關注2014的藝術計畫,一有消息,我們也會公告在這個部落格上。

Best wishes,
祝福大家

Jane Ingram Allen, Curator
艾婕音 / 策展人


Responses

  1. Thank you. I am eager to know more about the artist have been chosen including their pproposals

    Rgds Adriani S Soemantri

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Hi Adriani,
      Thanks for your comment. I will make posts about each of the selected artists to introduce them and tell about their proposed artworks. A post about the first artist should be ready in a few days, and then the others will follow. Keep looking at this Blog to learn more.

      Jane Ingram Allen

  2. It’s so good to know about what happens in this precious place. I deeply desire that harmony is in tune with the artistic projects.
    A beautiful 2013 and that all children can be happy!!!


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