Revolve:R, edition four

We are pleased to let you know that Revolve:R, edition four is now in development.

As well as many artists from previous editions, following the open-all (for which we received more than 200 applications) the Revolve:R, edition four project began in the Summer  of 2021 and is a collaboration between artists, poets, filmmakers, and musicians from England and around the world, including mainland Europe, America, Russia, Australia, and Africa. 

Edition four is, in many ways, the most collaborative Revolve:R project to date as we are working in an entirely open-source way with the aim to optimise collaboration and creative democracy within the group.  More information about the project shall be included within the publication.

This page will feature a selection of seven artworks from each stage of the project as well as any updates about the edition four project. Artworks and updates will also be included via social media.

Revolve:R, edition four (Open Call June, 2021)

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 / amongst others and private collections. Thank-you to all.

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 encrypted messaging 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 shall have the opportunity to be in contact with one another during the project 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).

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: by 07.07.2021 12.00 a.m. (BST).