Deadline: 15 April 2016
Call for entries

W–Manpower ‘16 (All Genders Preferred)

W–MANPOWER ‘16 (All genders preferred)

For one night only, art, music and performance will inhabit once again the public spaces, shop windows and empty venues sprawled across Rua Poço dos Negros, Lisbon.

W–MANPOWER ’16 reflects on the meaning of our first festival title – MANPOWER ’08 – Out of Many We are MORE than One!

The word manpower translates to mean man+power originated in the mid-nineteenth century and is defined as “power in terms of people available or required for work or military service.” On the other hand, womanpower, first used around the 1940s, was the influence exerted by women as a group especially in the workforce and in social and political activities.

For the 2016 edition of W–MANPOWER ’16 we want to celebrate both feminine and masculine powers, as well as everything in-between as a way to explore the past, present and future of work, which can manifest
as artworks or a variety of practices that extends into livelihoods and social practices.

Our open call takes a playful approach, asking participants to explore the different kinds of power related to gender, race, ethnicity and lifestyle preferences, responding to everyday phrases that rhyme with “WOMANPOWER”, like:

happy hour, flower power,
whisky sour, baby powder,
coffee hour, ivory tower,
police power, golden shower,
white flour, quarter hour,
staying power, virgin’s bower…

W–MANPOWER ’16 celebrates endurance, fluidity, subversiveness and the perspective shifting potential of art and is homage to the trickster!

We are looking for exciting works to re-inhabit these (interior and outdoor) spaces through experimental approaches for performance, film, installations, sculptures and public art interventions that will boldly confront the audience outside of conventional art spaces.

If you are interested in participating, please send the following:

1. Proposal or artist’s statement in English
2. Up to 5 images (max 1MB each)
3. CV and website

Submission Deadline April 15th
Selection Results April 30th
Festival Day June 3rd

All proposals will get a response and will be reviewed by the curating team of W–MANPOWER ’16, Jareh Das (UK) and Ana Francisca Amaral (PT) with the contribution of an invited jury that includes artist Deniz Unal (UK) and the film director André Godinho (PT).

About MANPOWER International Arts Festival
This engaging live art festival on Lisbon’s Rua Poço dos Negros presents one night of art, music and performance which inhabit public spaces, occupy shop windows and revive old houses and abandoned historic venues. This street’s name translates in English to mean ‘well of the blacks’ and is a poignant and heavy reminder of slavery, which contras ts with its timeless and multicultural charm.

Presently, a new sense of industriousness is merging with traditional linchpins of commerce, creating links to art, architecture and design studios, theater companies and a museum.

W–MANPOWER ‘16 is organized in collaboration with Rés do Chão, Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista, Filho Único, Teatro Praga, Oficina Colectiva, Rua das Gaivotas 6, Poço de Ideias, Bar Irreal, shop owners and street residents.

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