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"Call for Artists: Tile Project, Destination - The World"
2008-05-12 until 2008-06-14
USA United States of America
TransCultural Exchange announces its final Tile Project, Destination: The World installations and invites all artists to participate. These public art works will be installed July 2008 at Beijing’s Chang Hai International and the Kanoria Centre for Arts in Ahmedabad, India. To participate, artists need to make an all-weather, 10 cm (4 1/4” ) square tile and send it to the Beijing installation site and/or send a tile to the Ahmedabad site. This invitation is transferable and open to all. Please help us to ensure that as many artists and as many countries as possible are represented at these grand finale installations by copying, posting, plastering, forwarding, emailing and distributing this invitation by any means possible.
For more information please click here.
History of the Tile Project:
On May 14, 2004 TransCultural Exchange launched The Tile Project, Destination: The World. For this project over 100 artists, from over 40 countries, donated more than 2000 tiles to 22 world sites to create 22 new, site specific, permanent art works. Their resulting multicultural structures now dot the world landscape from Boston to Beijing, Manila to Mumbai, Toronto to Tel Aviv and 16 other sites in between.
The Tile Project, Destination: The World has achieved something that few others have: The Tile Project has brought together people from vastly different backgrounds and cultures to create lasting testimonies of international respect and cooperation—and not just in one geographic location or art world hot spot, but in 22 sites throughout the world. This project is indeed a testament that global cooperation is possible in this increasingly fractured world.
As the writer and cultural specialist Mira Bartok notes, “The great modern architect Stanley Tigerman once said that to him, tiles are both democratic and accessible. They are the essence of what public art has the potential to be – an art form that can be found anywhere in the world by anyone, no matter what one’s class, race, age or gender; with a purpose and beauty transcending all differences between all people. Since their origin over 8,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, tiles have also been the most enduring markers of cultural history.”
For more information about this project: www.transculturalexchange.org/tileproject/final_installations.htm
Supporters and sponsors of TransCultural Exchange’s The Tile Project include the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Asian Cultural Council’s Starr Foundation Fellowship Program, Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative, Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network, as well as Aeromexico, Mira Bartok, Thaddeus Beal, Blue Space Contemporary Arts Center (Ho Chi Minh City), the Bosnian-American Association, Boston College, The Boston Foundation, Camacho Arquitectos, S.L., Betsy Carpenter, Lisa Cherkasky, the Clayroom, Core Computer Group, Jack French, Globalbrands, Dr. Robert Gruen, Harvard University’s Community Gifts through Harvard, Hewlett-Packard, Embassy of Israel’s Department of Cultural Affairs (NY), JetBlue Airways, Kala Ghoda Art District in Ahmedabad, Keim Mineral Systems, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Office for the Arts, McDougal Littell, Mexican Cultural Institute (NY), Northeastern University, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, Sandi Parker, Chris Patusky, The Puffin Foundation, Tawny Ratner, the Romanian Cultural Institute (NY), Jerry Scally, Smart Meeting Design, Somerville Arts Council, U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program, Sue and Wib Walling, and Carol van Zandt.
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