Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2019 Thematic Exhibition: Surface Tension


Submission Deadline

Design September 21, 2018

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Surface Tension is a provocation to explore the forces at work on water, both real and conceptual. It considers water’s many dualities: the simultaneous fear and attraction that it inspires, its ubiquity and scarcity, containability and formlessness, as well as its generative and destructive capabilities. This tendency for water to be both, instead of either/or, creates a tension within the idea of water.

Exploring the theme of water from material, aesthetic, cultural, political, poetic, and ecological perspectives, Surface Tension seeks to engage a range of topics integral to thinking about water in its broadest senses. These include climate change, survival, access, beauty, depth, gravity, networks, infrastructure, and more. The exhibition asks how the attributes of, and tensions within, water manifest within contemporary culture as both a physical substance and salient topic.

Call for submissions

We invite submissions from artists and designers working in all mediums and formats. We are open to projects expressed in 2- or 3-dimensions, digital or analog, whether they be object- or concept-based.

Submissions of existing work or realized projects are preferred; however, we will consider submissions of speculative  work and projects that have not yet been realized.

Work and projects will be exhibited during the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), January 18-27, 2019.

All submissions must include the following:

  1. A description of the project or work (max. 300 words) — please be sure to  include the following details: title, materials/format, dimensions, year;
  2. a short bio on you and/or your creative practice (max. 150 words);
  3. 1-3 images of the project or work (max. 1MB per image); and
  4. Your
    1. contact info (name, email, phone number, mailing address),
    2. CV, and
    3. website URL (if available).

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