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ARTIFEX EX MACHINA: Call for Works Made in Collaboration with, or About Machines

The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit original works made with the aid of, in collaboration with, or about machines and mechanical processes. Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts 2d, 3d, or 4d media.

What machines do you use every day? What possibilities have they created for you? Do you ever use them to make art? Are you making art better, faster, stronger because of machines?

Machines ease our work. We design them to amplify the effort of our bodies, and to harness larger forces and focus that energy on a task. Using machines, we can produce objects on a larger scale, make them more complex, and work more quickly, sometimes efficiently.

The machine also contorts and changes our idea on its way to the final product, and it shapes our practice as we adapt to it. We can’t put an idea into a machine and print the idea out; we have to work in conversation with its capacity.

What does the hand of the machine look like? Are you hiding it, or do you let its mark remain? Is the effort of a machine beautiful?

Do you work with the machine, or do you use the machine? Or, does it use you? Does the machine need you?

Artifex Ex Machina is a call for works made with the aid of, in collaboration with, or about machines and mechanical processes.

$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.

ANNUAL CASH AWARD: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($5000) to a single work selected as the 'best of the entire season'.

Deadline: 05.31.2022
Name: Jason Franz
Address: 2727 Woodburn Avenue
Phone: (513)861-3638