Award 2019

The Open Call for the Social Art Award 2019 under the topic “We are the People – Peaceful Revolutions” was closed on December 15, 2019. We are very impressed by 558 submissions that were contributed by artists coming from 65 countries across all continents. 

The winners of The Social Art Award 2019 are Narcissa Gold (USA), Melinda Mouzannar (Lebanon) and Bogna Grazyna (Poland/Germany). The Honorary Mention goes to Kingson Kin Sing Chan (Hong Kong/UK). 

Below you find the artworks, that passed the initial jury round. The public voting took place till 30 December and is a tool to give more public visibility to the topic and the artworks. It does not replace the final jury judgment. There were two wildcards for the most voted artworks that entered the final shortlist

The focus diversity of applications shows that artists are active in the multi-faceted fields of socially engaged art reflecting on wars, genocides, femicides, traumata, violence against refugees, children, women, men, disabled people, LGBTIQs, animals. They share feelings for the planet and its living species, but also showing hopelessness due to complex crises be it climate change (e.g. in regard to water pollution), capitalism, corruption, a violation against human rights, nature, protected national parks. Many of the artists are constantly trying to give a voice to the poorest or empower unheard social groups.

It’s not only about peaceful revolutions, but it’s also about feeling a deep connection and showing love and respect for each other.
Thank you all for sharing your great and inspirational work and look at all the great contributions!

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Consent, Intent, & Boundaries (Performance Still)
by Narcissa Gold
Category: open category
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Title:
Consent, Intent, & Boundaries (Performance Still)

Author:
Narcissa Gold

Category:
open category

Description:
Consent, Intent, & Boundaries is a series of live interactive performances exploring specific methods of touch. Live performances focus on audience interaction through guided instructions. At each performance, the artist stands in the middle of the space. A sound track at each performance guides the audience through motivations for each actions and muses on the implications within society. The audience uses pigment to mark the performer. My work employs researching, developing, and adapting sensate focused exercises to examine the nuances and politics of touching bodies through performance, video, audio recordings, social practice interventions, and instruction based art. ‘Consent, Intent, & Boundaries’ is built on the fundamental belief that human touch and contact is a catalyst for positive change. Research in both neurological and social sciences are proving that physical connection is fundamental to our development and our overall sense of well being. Utilizing multi-modal forms of connection these ideas can be democratically disseminated to the widest audiences. This allows for participants to both directly and indirectly interact with the performer and the work while being invited to interweave ideas around touch, connection, contact, and communication into their own lives. How can art catalyze change? I wholly and fully believe in the power of human touch and connection as a catalyst for change. Physical connection is fundamental to our wellbeing. We are instinctually programed on how to read the language of touch: Temperature, pressure, texture, and time. Within the last 5 years, the importance of human contact is being echoed in the New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The New Yorker, University publications, and more, focused on the necessity for touch in human well-being and the crisis we’re facing as our society moves away from acceptable social touch. I keep a running list of that research on my website https://narcissagold.com/links.html.
Description:
Consent, Intent, & Boundaries is a series of live interactive performances exploring specific methods of touch. Live performances focus on audience interaction through guided instructions. At each performance, the artist stands in the middle of the space. A sound track at each performance guides the audience through motivations for each actions and muses on the implications within society. The audience uses pigment to mark the performer. My work employs researching, developing, and adapting sensate focused exercises to examine the nuances and politics of touching bodies through performance, video, audio recordings, social practice interventions, and instruction based art. ‘Consent, Intent, & Boundaries’ is built on the fundamental belief that human touch and contact is a catalyst for positive change. Research in both neurological and social sciences are proving that physical connection is fundamental to our development and our overall sense of well being. Utilizing multi-modal forms of connection these ideas can be democratically disseminated to the widest audiences. This allows for participants to both directly and indirectly interact with the performer and the work while being invited to interweave ideas around touch, connection, contact, and communication into their own lives. How can art catalyze change? I wholly and fully believe in the power of human touch and connection as a catalyst for change. Physical connection is fundamental to our wellbeing. We are instinctually programed on how to read the language of touch: Temperature, pressure, texture, and time. Within the last 5 years, the importance of human contact is being echoed in the New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, The New Yorker, University publications, and more, focused on the necessity for touch in human well-being and the crisis we’re facing as our society moves away from acceptable social touch. I keep a running list of that research on my website https://narcissagold.com/links.html.

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