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ARTIST CALL: MERGE: Call for Visual and Performing Artists, all genres FLOOD

MERGE: March 31, 2012
Art in Public Spaces


Over the course of the last eight years, during which FLOOD has worked with the Long Beach Arts District in mounting the annual SoundWalk event, it has become apparent that there is not only an openness to creative experimentation, but there is also strong desire for self-expression among the business owners and residential organizations who have partnered with FLOOD by graciously providing spaces and venues to SoundWalk artists.


With an approach to curation that has as much to do with collaborative performance as it does exhibition, we as FLOOD seek to mobilize diverse groups of individuals to create artwork that is innovative and culturally relevant.


As a result, in 2012, FLOOD is launching a trio of events entitled MERGE. This will be an exercise in communal curation merging creative individuals with the Arts District’s business and residential communities. In each of these events, business owners and residential organizations will present artists whom they find relevant. These artists will be juxtaposed and, at times, engaging with artists selected by FLOOD. In what will be an evening highlighting a diversity of interplayful sensibilities, visitors will find themselves within an expressive city space, shifting with fluid aesthetic interactions and energized by creative tension.


WHAT: Merge 2011 Part 1, A one-night event of video projection, sound installations, performance art, theater, music and more by local artists. Parts 2 & 3 are scheduled take place on June 2nd and December 1st.


WHERE: Throughout the area encompassed by 4th St, Linden Ave, First Street and Elm Ave.


WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 5 – 10 pm




PARKING: Metered parking is available on the street; additional parking is also available in the parking lot at the NE corner of Broadway and Elm Ave




Artists and businesses can register for MERGE by creating an account and entering their info.
Deadline: March 7, 2012
Notification of Site Assignment: March 14, 2012
Application Fee: None


With the informal sobriquet of AUPRA (Aesthetically Unbiased Presentation of Regional Art), the first MERGE installment will be especially interplayful. While synthesizing vastly different aesthetic approaches, this exhibition, like its homophone “opera,” will strive to unify all artistic genres through a single event.


As this is an inclusive event, submissions for all genres, both static and non-static media, will be accepted, including:


performance art
street theater (spontaneous or staged)
dance (ballet, modern, butoh, street, folk etc.)
music (acoustic and electronic)
video, short film
painting, drawing
inter-media art
sound art


Due to the limited number of indoor spaces, both for exhibition and/or performance, all work should be outdoor-ready or outdoor-adaptable.


As a MERGE participant, your name, likeness, as well as work may be used for publicity purposes and materials related to this event, including, but not limited to, press releases, advertising posters, publications, recordings and MERGE related websites.


By submitting your submission electronically over the internet, you authorize the use of your name, likeness and work for the above-mentioned purpose. Please note that all other personal information (address, telephone numbers, etc.) is strictly for internal business.


MERGE will not furnish any equipment [e.g. power strips, generators, cables etc.], but will provide site(s) and power only)


Artists and businesses can register for MERGE by creating an account and submitting their information.


Or you can send an e-mail to


Artist or Group Name
Contact Name
Phone number
Email and Postal mailing Addresses
A brief text description of the work(s) submitted
Performance length: ongoing or limited time
Performance venue type: set location or roaming


Artist Statement

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