Place Publique 2017 - CALL FOR PROJECTS

The Darling Foundry is launching a call for projects by performance artists, from Montreal and elsewhere, for the Place Publique. This document specifies the theme, selection criteria, schedule, and reciprocal commitments.


Context of Place Publique 2017

To enhance the Darling Foundry’s art programming, the Place Publique takes place each summer on Ottawa Street as a space for expression and encounter in relation to the visual arts. Perpetuating its desire to support art performance as a discipline essential to its programming, the Darling Foundry has been inviting performance artists to present works on Ottawa Street for the last five years. This year, the performance series will resonate directly with the summer exhibition in the galleries dedicated to Alison Knowles’s work The House of Dust, presented by curators Maude Jacquin and Sébastien Pluot. 

Alison Knowles is a major artist of the Fluxus movement. In 1967, with assistance from composer James Tenney, she produced one of the first computer-generated poems, The House of Dust. The poem consisted of four lists beginning with “A house of,” followed by random sequences of materials, sites or locations, light sources, and categories of inhabitants. In 1969, Knowles treated this poem as a score, taking one of its quatrains to translate into an architecture of organic shapes. The structures could be activated in multiple ways, becoming platforms generating forms and communities. For this exhibition at the Darling Foundry, the curators will delve into the history of what the artist calls her “poem in progress,” and also revive the generative dimension of the poem by inviting contemporary artists to propose new architectural interpretations that will be “activated” by performances, actions, and situations.

The question of translation is at the core of Knowles’s work (which involves a series of translations from one language, medium, and context to another) and of the exhibition (which encourages reflection on recontextualization and reactivation of historical artworks). More broadly, Knowles has contributed to a renewal of translation phenomena in the arts by using, for example, the model of interpretation of musical scores to produce performances. To establish a dialogue with the exhibition, the Darling Foundry therefore invites artists to submit proposals for performances on the theme of translation in all of its forms. 



Encourage creation by offering a space where performance artists may express themselves


This call for projects is addressed to performance artists in Montreal and elsewhere.

Selection criteria

  • Professional performers
  • Project with a strong connection to the theme of the call for projects
  • Complete dossier sent before May 1, 2017 

Support offered

The Darling Foundry will provide logistical assistance during events. An honorarium of $250 will be provided to the selected artists.

Application dossier

  • Form duly filled out and signed
  • Text describing the candidate’s art practice (max 500 words)
  • Project proposal: text describing the performance envisaged, stipulating the materials required, duration, and dates proposed (max 300 words)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Visual portfolio: photographs; videos of the project in question or representative of the candidate’s art practice

Dates of performances (evenings):

June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10


The proposals and application dossiers must be sent by May 1, 2017 (inclusive). The application dossiers must be sent by email to The artists will receive a response by May 15, 2017. Any dossiers sent after the deadline for application will not be opened. Any dossier that does not meet the criteria for the call for projects will not be analyzed.