FAQ

General

WHAT IS THE UNIVERSAL SEA - PURE OR PLASTIC?!

„The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?!” is a European art and innovation project with three intertwined goals: Rediscovering the role of the artist in our society, revealing the opportunities of art meeting entrepreneurship, while fostering creative solutions to fight the issue of water pollution.

The project aims at supporting a movement of change-makers. It is about joining forces and providing inspiration to initiate, find and spread sustainable solutions against this major anthropogenic problem of plastic waste. We believe that art can be a catalyst for change, while entrepreneurship enables the long-term success.

WHO IS RUNNING THE UNIVERSAL SEA?

The Universal Sea is an independent non-profit initiative coordinated by the Foundation for Entrepreneurship (Berlin, Germany), in partnership with the Center of Polish Sculpture (Oronsko, Poland) and Hybridart Management (Budapest, Hungary), in cooperation with EUCC-D (Rostock, Germany). The project was initiated by the Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. (Berlin, Germany).

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WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO WRITE A POST?

We care about the content and images shared on our platform. Therefore, while writing your article make sure to cover the 5 Ws (What, Where, When, Who, Why) and check the consistency. Try to choose good resolution pictures that best illustrate your post.
If you promote an artwork or an initiative please don’t forget to link its homepage for further information.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO SHARE AN EVENT?

We care about the content and images shared on our platform. Therefore, we request you to add a small description of the shared event. Please don’t forget the link to the page for further information.

Event form HERE.

HOW DO I DEAL WITH COPYRIGHTS?

You are responsible for the picture and the content you post. It is compulsory to always be aware of the correct copyright usage.  Best, would be that you are the owner of the picture.
If you are not the owner, you have to ask for permission to use the desired picture or keep an allowance proof.

In any case, it is always good to provide the author and title of the picture as a caption.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY POST BE?

Your text should be at least 300 words long.
We care about the content and images shared on our platform. Therefore, while writing your article make sure to cover the 5 Ws (What, Where, When, Who, Why) and check the consistency. We care about the content and images shared on our platform. 

 

Open Call for Artists

General Questions

WHY SHOULD I APPLY FOR THE ARTIST OPEN CALL?

The clock is ticking, it’s time for everyone to act and save our source of life: Water.

Would you like your artworks to be propelled to a brain new level? If so, The Universal Sea Artist Open Call gives you the chance to integrate into a real large-scale project and contribute to a global cause. You will be working with professionals such as scientists and entrepreneurs as well as other partners. It is also the chance for you to step in and present your ideas and manpower.

Your works will be the catalyst for change and capture people on an emotional level. Furthermore, the top 5 finalists will get  awarded and supported:
– Get a 5.000 EUR budget for your extended art production including travels and 3 public workshops.
– Be shown in an international museum exhibition with your work in Oronsko, Poland in April/May 2018.
– Be selected for an Artist Residency, which runs up to 6 months, providing time for research and art production, mentored by scientists and entrepreneurs.
– Show your final artwork at The Universal Sea Festival in Budapest, Hungary.
– Be published in the official The Universal Sea Book.

GO TO OPEN CALL or straight to the APPLICATION FORM.

HOW TO APPLY?

You can apply by sharing an artwork related to art that deals with water in the Anthropocene context. Please use the button “upload photo” in the form on the application page to submit your artworks and projects. You will have to register – please carefully choose a user name which will be visible during the public voting. Then it is requested to provide one image (video/filmstill, draft, sketch, collage), a short description of your work you apply with, and a short comment in regard of three different actions to include the public in the discussion about the project’s topic.

GO TO OPEN CALL or straight to the APPLICATION FORM.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THREE ACTIONS?

In the application form, we ask you to share your ideas for three actions, that you would run during your artist residency time, in case you are one of the final winners. These actions are supposed to be opportunities for dialogue to create interactions with the public and to get them involved. It is about extending the reach, to bring the message of your art project and The Universal Sea to as many people as possible. It is also a great way to get feedback on your work and to explore new ideas.

One opportunity for an action will be at our project stations in different European cities (such as Helsinki, Pristina, Venice, Amsterdam and Las Palmas), where we show our modular exhibition and run co-creation workshops. We will involve you as if a finalist with your artwork and your ideas at 1-2 of our stations. The other action(s) you can hold at a place of your choice where you also can reach a broad audience. And we will support you throughout this whole process with our expertise, network, etc. – So let us know about your ideas and we make it happen together!

WHEN DOES THE CALL CLOSE?

The application deadline is on December 31st, 2017 – 11:59 pm CET.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

All artists and cultural actors from all around the world are invited to apply with their work dealing with water in the context of the Anthropocene. There are no restrictions based on gender, nationality or training.

Applicants can also participate as couples or groups, the submission requirements and the budget remain the same. One group is seen as one applicant.

IS THERE A REGISTRATION FEE?

There is no registration fee to apply for The Universal Sea – Open Call for Artists. Instead, you have the chance to get a production budget to realize your artwork! To learn more about this, GO TO OPEN CALL or go straight to the APPLICATION FORM.

WHAT ARE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE OPEN CALL?

Terms and conditions for the Artist open call are accessible under the link “Rules & Prizes” in the application form.

Questions on the submission

CAN I SUBMIT AN UNFINISHED OR NOT YET REALISED WORK?

Artists can submit one picture of a finished, unfinished or not yet started artwork. In case of an unfinished or not yet realized work, the description must be clear enough to explain the project and one picture, even a draft or a (sketch) must be submitted.

IS THERE A SIZE LIMITATION FOR MY WORK OR A SPECIFIC MEDIA?

There is a size limitation only for the submissioned picture, which can be maximum size 2,0MB. There is no size limitation for any final artworks. In addition, we welcome projects of any type of media (e.g. digital, performances, installation, drawing, music, videos, etc.)

I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT A VIDEO OR MUSIC/SOUND PROJECT.

Artists who would like to submit a video/sound project can simply take a screenshot of their media or a related visual and add the link to the video/sound project in the description.

I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PICTURE.

Artists who would like to submit more than one picture of their work can make a collage of the desired images.

WHAT IF I WANT TO UPLOAD TWO PROJECTS?.

You, the applicant must create a new account with another email address if you want to submit another project or art work. It is not possible to submit two projects with one account (email).

HOW DO I ASK FOR SUPPORT FOR MY PROJECT (BUSINESS, ARTWORK, INITIATIVE, ECT)?

Create a profile on our website with your contact information and use the section “Tell more about yourself” or “Searching for” to describe what you need or what you can offer.
Another option is to write a post about your work and state what kind of support you would need.

WHY IS THERE A PUBLIC VOTING?

The public audience takes a quite relevant role in our project since it is one of our target groups. The Public Voting has the mean to engage with and catch the interest of the broader audience. Water pollution is a global issue, therefore we are all somehow involved and responsible to act against it.

BY WHOM IS MY ARTWORK JUDGED?

The artwork is judged by an international jury, but participants also get the chance to get one of the wild cards chosen by the public voting.

Questions on the prizes 

ARE TRAVEL COSTS INCLUDED?

We do not cover travel costs nor VISA costs. The five final winners receive a production budget of 5.000 Euro each to cover all occurring costs, be it for travelling or the production of the artwork.