The Rhubarb Festival: Application Form

Friday, September 10, 2021
11:59PM EDT

Festival Director: Clayton Lee
Design Lead: Andrea Shin Ling

Click here to read the full call.

Click here to read the full call.

Participating Festival artists will create works that respond to and engage with Andrea’s prompt and installation. 

Andrea Shin Ling: 
“As an artist and architect who works with decay and biology as a media for cultural expression, passage through time is fundamental to my practice. Biological systems are inherently dynamic, and processes like growth and degradation rely on a temporal flow of energy and material exchange between organisms. Decay and regeneration are paired processes, where the entropy of one system is used for the organization of another; in a circular ecology, one process cannot exist without the other.

What does it mean after a year such as this, to regenerate one’s practice? What have we left to deteriorate, and what do we use as fodder and fuel for new creation? I ask this in the most literal sense, as the work I make is often designed to actually decay, employing and partnering with other organisms to assist in the process. The scale (temporal and physical) at which decay and regeneration occurs may not always be perceptible to the human eye – geological time and microbial time are challenging to understand – but they are happening nonetheless and the consequences are concrete rather than speculative.” 

For this year’s Call for Expressions of Interest, we are asking artists working in live performance to consider Andrea’s statement, to contemplate where decomposition through time can be seen as valuable to constructive and sustainable growth and where the result might not be what one had initially predicted.

If you have more questions about the call or application process, you can check out our office hours, or contact Festival Director Clayton Lee to book a one-on-one conversation.