This MAPs event is organized by artists Abbey Skojec and David Hellams, and will take place in the gallery at Nashville’s Fort Houston in July 2019. We expect this to be an intimate and experimental show with 15 or fewer pods. These MAPs will be on display 2 weeks total, but with special opening and closing weekend events. Special thanks to MAPs creator @tonyyoungblood for advice, support, and the gift of MAPs!
Queen Ave, the East-Nashville experimental gallery and venue, just announced their own edition of Modular Art Pods, slated for November 11 and 12, 2016. This makes me happy. My hope for MAPs was always that other people would take the concept and run with it. That’s exactly what the Queen Ave organizers Tyler Blankenship and Tyler Walker are doing. It’s is why we licensed the idea under Creative Commons – Share Alike.
That being said, I should be explicit in stating that I am not involved in the production of Modular Art Pods @ Queen Ave, although I plan on submitting a pod idea for the show. If you have any questions, contact Tyler Blankenship at email@example.com.
Applications are open now through August 25, 2016. Queen Ave will consider both new pods and pods built for previous editions of MAPs. This is a great opportunity to re-use the pod sitting in your basement. They will also consider performers who don’t necessarily want to build their own pod.
Jason Brown is making his pod out of postcard-sized proposals for what he should put in his pod. Anyone can mail in a postcard proposal, including you. The art can be words, drawings, paintings, photographs, origami … ANYTHING that fits on a postcard. All you need to do is finish this sentence with your work: “I propose to fill this pod with…”
For those that applied to participate in Modular Art Pods at OZ Arts Nashville, thank you! We received over 100 submissions for pods and performances. You should have received an e-mail from me confirming receipt of your submission. If you did not receive this e-mail, please e-mail me as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, the organizing team will go over the submissions and send out questions to the applicants. We hope to notify the applicants about their status on or around November 28th. We’ll then begin formally announcing the participants in early December.
We received SO MANY wonderful submissions. It’s going to be an amazing show!
For those who have already submitted (as of 8 p.m. on November 17), you should have received an e-mail from me confirming receipt. If you submitted before 8 p.m. tonight but HAVEN’T heard from me, please contact me as soon as possible: email@example.com.
Gordon Roque’s pod at the Abrasive Media show. Photo by Alison Rinner.
The call for artists for Modular Art Pods at OZ Arts Nashville in June 2016 is now open! The installation will be up for five days, June 21 to 25 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 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
We’re looking for two types of participants: 1. Artists who will build their own art pods. 2. Performers who will perform in 3-hour time slots in special pre-built performance pods.
OZ Arts will provide a stipend for pod construction materials. We’re still working out the exact amount, but it will be at least $50.
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:
We are shooting for approximately 50 pods this time. The inaugural event featured 30.
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.
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.
All crawling pods now require a comfortable floor, such as carpet or foam.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a video of the inaugural MAPs at abrasiveMedia earlier this year.