CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW WORK
DEADLINE: AUGUST 15th, 2014
This is a call for submissions for a new work entitled Condition. Beginning September 2014, I will be living on my own for the first time. Having always lived dependently on a system or structure (primarily that laid out by my parents), this first step toward independence is a large transition. I want to honor this shift by challenging my levels of independence and ultimately calling into question my own reliance on a structure that has been set out for me. My living conditions have, for the entirety of my life, been determined primarily by an outside force. It has been these pre-determined structures that have given me guidelines that I am to follow. This project’s goal is to, once again, surrender my autonomy and see how I function under the control of another system yet again.
I am asking for submissions that act as guidelines for how I am to live, and how long I am to follow these guidelines for. From the received submissions, I will select up to 10 and live in said conditions for a maximum total of 10 months (the amount of time I will be living on my own in the dorms). Now that I am removed from my original family structure, this piece is an exploration of my dependency on an outside force’s ability to determine my living conditions.
I will be living in downtown Chicago in one of the rooms of SAIC. My room will open into a kitchen area that includes a fridge, a stovetop, a sink, 4 mounted cabinets, and 4 kitchen cabinets. The bathroom includes a bathtub, shower, toilet, sink, mirror (with cabinets), and cabinets beneath the sink. The loft (placed above the bathroom) includes a twin sized bed. The living room is located past this area and is completely bare (save for 2 closets and windows). The living room is approximately 12 feet by 12 feet.
Submissions of any and all kind are accepted, from anyone and everyone. Below is a general list of living conditions that can be considered when thinking of a submission. HOWEVER, please feel free to send in your submission anyway you like; these prompts are NOT meant to act as a form. Furthermore, when sending in a submission, you do not have to fill out every section. Just fill out the sections you see fit/applicable. The only requirement is that you also list how long I should live like this.
SUBMISSION FOR CONDITION: BASIC PROMPTS
Length (1 day, 2 weeks, 3 hours, etc)
Dietary Guidelines (eat only junk food, become a vegetarian, drink only purified/tap water, eat only meat, eat everything but sweets, snack on a favorite candy as often as possible, eat only using chopsticks, say grace before all meals, never eat in front of people, only eat in front of others, etc)
Eating/drinking Schedule Guidelines (eat 6 times a day, drink water 4 times a day, drink at every 45 minute interval of time, etc)
Clothing Guidelines (wear clothing only of a certain color, wear only clothing you find, make all the clothing you wear, wear as much clothing as possible each day, only wear one outfit, etc)
Sleeping Schedule Guidelines (sleep 9 hours a night, sleep in 20 minute intervals, only sleep on the floor, only sleep in your bathroom, etc)
Cleaning/Cleanliness Guidelines (Make your bed every morning, shower for only 50 seconds, wash your clothing by hand, save your fingernail trimmings, etc)
Social Interaction Guidelines (Avoid all contact with people, greet everyone you see by first and last name, speak only in a hushed whisper, etc)
Habits Guidelines (i.e. pick up knitting, play video games, etc)
Other/Miscellaneous Guidelines (cover your room in bubble wrap, say a prayer every time you walk in/out of the room, move only by crawling in the room, save all soap box containers you use throughout a period of time, tweet anytime you hear the floor creak, live-vlog everything you do, etc)
All selected submissions will be documented via photography, video, and audio recordings, and will be posted on conditionproject.tumblr.com, as well as luismejico.tumblr.com. Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISCLAIMER: I will NOT perform any activity in the dorm that goes against the housing policy at SAIC; there will be no alcohol, open flames, drugs, use of weapons, etc. Not only does this add another layer of restriction to the work (by acting as a secondary outside force), but also functions as a safety precaution. As the artist, I also retain the right to alter a submission slightly in some way, as long as I specifically state WHY I am choosing to alter the submission.