Revolve:R, edition four
This is an invitation to early and mid-career artists, poets, filmmakers, and musicians to collaborate and connect with a collective of artists from around the world through a year-long exchange of works and an ongoing conversation.
Revolve:R was initiated in 2011 by us – Sam Treadaway and Ricarda Vidal – as a multidisciplinary and international collaboration. The project explores a transmission of ideas through collaborative forms of communication, from the physical and tactile to the digital and intangible, and includes visual art, poetry, film, soundscapes and music.
The complete works of each Revolve:R edition is published as a limited-edition bookwork, most recently Revolve:R, edition three (Arrow Bookworks & Intellect Books Bristol, UK / Chicago, USA, 2018).
Revolve:R editions now feature in public collections worldwide including:
Tate Artist Book Collection, Tate Britain, London, UK / MoMA Artist Book Collection, New York City, New York, USA / Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, UK / Goldsmiths, London, UK / The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA / California Institute of the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA / The British Library, London, UK / Choisi Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland, CH / and within various other collections public and private.
For Revolve:R, edition four we have decided to work in an entirely open-source way to optimise the nature of the collaboration and creative democracy within the group.
Whereas in previous editions printed artworks have been physically sent between artists (via the mail) for edition four we are making use of a password-protected website in combination with the encrypted messaging app Signal as the basis of our collaboration.
For the first time, this will enable all members of the collective to view and listen to the works of all other artists, in real time, throughout the project.
Revolve:R, edition four will be formed of six rounds or Revolves. Following group discussion and intention setting the project will start by our posting an artwork to the website and inviting all artists to create an artwork in response, to upload this to the website by a set date.
The aesthetic and conceptual interconnections of the resulting set of artworks create the basis for the next Revolve and so on. Poets, filmmakers, sound artists, and musicians, are then invited to access the website and view the artworks from each Revolve, before creating work in response, in their chosen media and upload to the website for all to experience.
All members of edition four will have the opportunity to be in touch with one another (including via Signal) where they can discuss their work and ideas, share resources and opportunities, creating an inclusive and supportive network.
Revolve:R, edition four will be completed approximately one year from the start date and will include the work of approximately thirty artists, from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities.
In return for your involvement with edition four you will receive:
> A copy of the Revolve:R, edition four publication (180.00 GBP)
> A copy of the Revolve:R, edition three publication (180.00 GBP)
> The opportunity to collaborate and connect, with talented artists from around the world.
> Your work and biography published within the Revolve:R, edition four bookwork (films, soundscapes and songs are also included with each edition (on a DVD ROM) as well as being accessible online).
> Your work to be shown via events, exhibitions, as well as within public and private collections.
> Following the publication of edition four a 50% commission on any artwork print sales (the remaining 50% allocated towards the publication of the next edition).
N.B. Funding for international collaborations, especially with many artists, is notoriously elusive. As well as this each Revolve:R edition costs approx 10K to publish, and is currently operating on a not-for-profit basis. Therefore a direct financial incentive for involvement with the project is not currently viable.
To express your interest in being part of edition four please send the following:
> A concise biography and C.V. (x 3 sides A4 max) as well as a portrait image of yourself.
> Your age, identified gender, nationality, and country of residence (we hope to be able to invite artists from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and nationalities).
> Links to your website (or other online work), or a PDF portfolio of your work.
> A paragraph or two about why you’d like to be part of edition four and what your work would bring to the project.
Please send to: email@example.com by 07.07.2021 12.00 a.m. (BST).