Modular Art Pods coming to OZ Arts in June 2016!

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I’m happy to announce that the second edition of Modular Art Pods will be coming to OZ Arts in Nashville, Tennessee in June of 2016. The installation will be up for five days, June 21st to 25th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  As a part of OZ’s Thursday Night Things series, we will have special live performances on Thursday, June 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. Read more about it at OZArtsNashville.org.

We are very close to announcing the Call for Entries. So you can better prepare your submission, please note the following changes this time around:

  1. We are shooting for approximately 50 pods this time. The inaugural event featured 30.
  2. The tunnel will be split into “levels” comprised of 4 to 8 pods each. Between every level will be open space, so attendees can enter/exit frequently and choose a nonlinear path if they wish.
  3. There will be at least 2 levels that are accessible and walkable, meaning guests will not have to crawl through. Most of the pods in these sections will be 8’x8′ or 6’x6′ pods. We want as many large pods as we can get, so if you’re interested building one, let us know.
  4. All crawling pods now require a comfortable floor, such as carpet or foam.
  5. Because the exhibit will be open for five days, we have to rethink how we do performance pods. There are at least two approaches you can take:
    1. Your pod can be self-sustaining without performances throughout the week, and on Thursday, June 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. you can host a special performance inside of it/around it.
    2. You can choose a range of days and times in special “performance pods.” In these 8’x8′ pods, which the organizers and performers build together, the performances rotate. For example, from 12 to 3 p.m., there may be an aerial silk collective performing. From 3 to 6 p.m., there may be an experimental improv music group.
  6. We will provide a stipend to help offset the pod costs. We’re still working on figuring out the exact amount and looking for sponsors to help subsidize. Let us know if you have recommendations for sponsors and/or grants.

Keep these things in mind when thinking about what you’d like to submit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at tonyyoungblood@gmail.com.

Here’s a video of the inaugural MAPs at abrasiveMedia earlier this year.

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