Call for Works

October 13, 2010

Instructions for Initial Conditions

Deadline: November 3, 2010    Exhibition: November 5 – 29, 2010

Drift Station Gallery and Parallax Space are pleased to announce a call for artworks for their upcoming exhibition “Instructions for Initial Conditions.” In Chaos Theory, the initial condition refers to a simple starting point that, when the system is set into motion, is radically transformed into an unpredictable result. The exhibition will consist of instructions shown as artworks that describe the initial condition by which something (a work of art, or something other) can be made or enacted. The audience may participate or not; directions can be towards present actions, future gestures, thoughts of past events, or impossible actions; participation can be individual or group. The instructions can describe works that use traditional or non-traditional materials, are performative or socially integrated, are text- or sound-based, are purely poetic and only to be realized mentally, or take another unforeseen form. The pieces need not be actually realizable; in other words, they can be impossible or purely conceptual.

Guidelines: – Fit on an 8.5 x 11” sheet of paper with at least 1/4” margins; larger images will be scaled down – Instructions will be printed in black and white on a high-quality laser printer – You may include your name on your score if desired; a key to the participating artists will be created so signing your work is not required – Files must be in PDF, Word, Adobe Illustrator, or image file (png, jpg, gif, etc) formats – Resolution should be high enough to print; files that are too low quality will not be included. Email your instructions to

Started by Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson in the summer of 2010, Drift Station acts as a non-traditional curatorial platform for innovative exhibitions, art, music, and performance based in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Parallax Space, started by Marissa Vigneault and Bill Graham in August 2010, is an exhibition space in Lincoln, Nebraska, devoted to thematic presentations of contemporary artistic production in a variety of media.