Air is the site of ‘smell, breath, wind, weather, air conditioning, air pollution, science, sound, oxygen, smoking – the tactility of the atmosphere’.
It travels across all spatial scales – from the vastness of winds blowing across continents, to the regional particularities of pollutants, down to the intimate exchange it has with the human body, as each breath brings air into the body’s interior.
Khoj, in collaboration with The St*age, invites proposals for art projects that engage with the idea of air and toxicity: its composition, movement, landscapes and scales of impact; paying special attention to its social connections. These projects will be housed on The St*age, an upcoming radical collaborative digital space initiated by TBA21 that presents critical works from young and emerging artists.
This call marks the first phase in ‘Does a Blue Sky Lie? : Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities’, a three-year project partially supported by The Prince Claus Fund, that Khoj is undertaking to explore the troubled ecology of Delhi’s air.
The organisers are interested in proposals from across South Asia that span disciplines and create connections between the natural sciences, ecology, urban planning, botany, anthropology. They encourage works in any medium that will translate well to being shown digitally, especially gaming, sound, animation, moving image and audiovisual art.
Projects will be awarded between 2000-3000 Euros and will be highlighted for a week on The St*age, along with programming and conversation with curators and academics on the same thematic. Afterwards, it will remain in The St*age archives so it can be part of broader narratives and entanglements with other artists.