Project Anywhere is a global blind peer reviewed exhibition program dedicated to promoting artistic research at the outermost limits of location-specificity. Since its inception in 2012, it has hosted between 4 and 9 projects annually. Although descriptions and images of hosted projects are featured on a dedicated website, Project Anywhere is neither an online exhibition nor a journal. It is instead a vehicle for illuminating artistic projects located anywhere and elsewhere in space and time. It is perhaps best imagined as an exhibition comprising the entire globe in which the role of curator is replaced with a peer evaluation system.
Project Anywhere’s evaluation criteria stress that all proposals must make a clear and compelling case for a proposed project’s potential to contribute to knowledge in an identified field of creative practice. Accordingly, it is expected that proposals identify related artistic precedents and relevant literature. Projects can be highly speculative or discursive in nature and can extend or contradict existing methodologies. All proposals are comprehensively reviewed by at least 4 artist academics of international standing. Irrespective of the final determination, all applicants receive a comprehensive compilation of critical feedback for future consideration.
Artistic research, like a work of art, can be represented in multiple ways in its often-uneven passage from conception through production to dissemination. Rather than focussing upon outcomes, Project Anywhere’s focus is instead directed toward evaluation at the proposal stage. Accordingly, our blind peer evaluation model seeks to balance consistency and open-endedness. With no need to emphasise specific thematic orientations within a specific curatorial framework on an issue by issue basis, there is no curatorial input from the Editorial Committee to develop the exhibition program. Instead, the Committee’s only role is to determine the final ranking for proposals provisionally accepted through our innovative blind peer evaluation process.
At the cessation of Project Anywhere’s annual hosting period, all projects are eligible (irrespective as to any demonstrated capacity to meet proposed objectives) for presentation at our biennial conference Anywhere and Elsewhere hosted by Parsons Fine Art in New York City. All conference participants are invited to contribute to our biennial publication Anywhere.
Project Anywhere accepts proposals from artists and researchers working anywhere in the world and is designed to suit artists seeking independent peer-validation and international dissemination for artistic research. Project Anywhere does not provide funding nor expect exclusivity. It also welcomes collaborative or curatorial projects and projects already hosted by other institutions.
Please read our “Proposal Guidelines” and “Evaluation Criteria” carefully before submitting a proposal.
The deadline for proposal submissions for our 2019 program is September 1, 2018.