About faena prize

The Faena Prize for the Arts recognizes artistic experimentation, encourages post-disciplinary and temporal exploration, and promotes inquiry of the infinite links among art, technology, and design. The 2018 edition called on artists or groups of artists from all over the world to develop proposals for original projects that engage with the concept of time and duration while also interacting with the monumental architecture of the Faena Art Center Buenos Aires in a significant way.

Art today has abandoned the notion that vision is reason’s vehicle of choice, and space no longer seems to be the privileged model for experience. Under these historical circumstances art should continue to favor time and its irreversible and heterogeneous nature, as it was once approached through Henri Bergson’s fundamental concept of “duration” (la durée). Traditional science and philosophical definitions have imposed spatial homogeneity and reversibility upon a temporal dimension that consequently became static. Time was thus petrified in the delimitation of past, present and future as separate entities, while duration for Bergson meant “invention, creation of forms, continuous production of that which is entirely new.” Rethinking duration challenges us to reflect upon the boundaries and definition of art today.

This edition of the Faena Prize for the Arts serves as a platform for a continued reflection on these questions and invites artists from all disciplines to rethink the space of Faena Art Center Buenos Aires from perspectives based on time and duration. The goal is to summon multidisciplinary artists from across the world to imagine site-sensitive works that dialogue not only with the monumental architecture of the building but also with the cultural and urban conditions of our immediate surroundings. Our institutional mission in this edition is to explore time itself as a working material.

The winning proposal will receive a US $75,000 prize, US $25,000 in unrestricted funds will be awarded directly to the artist. The remaining US $50,000 will be allocated towards the production of the exhibition at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires, with the possibility of being adapted for Faena Forum Miami Beach. In addition to the main prize, two special mentions of US $1,000 each will be awarded to the second and third most outstanding proposals.

Open Call

Faena Prize for the Arts 2018

Faena Art invites international artists across disciplines to submit proposals for the Faena Prize, considered one of the most prestigious prizes in the Americas. The $75,000 USD prize will awarded to winning proposals for the creation of new site-sensitive work that engages with temporality and duration as prime materials while taking into account the specific context of Faena Art Center Buenos Aires.

Artists from different fields and/or disciplines are invited to present projects: installations, performances, paintings, sculptures, photographs, works that include design and architecture, film or video pieces, etc. The winning project will be presented at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires with the possibility of being adapted for Faena Forum Miami Beach. The goal is to summon multidisciplinary artists from across the world to imagine site-sensitive works, works that dialogue not only with the monumental architecture of the building but also with the cultural and urban conditions of our immediate surroundings. Again, our institutional mission in this edition is to explore time itself as a working material. Applicants may download the terms and conditions, guidelines and sample files to prepare their proposals at the link below.

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