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Critical Encounters: Rights, Radicals, + Revolutions
2012 Student Showcase

The 2012 Critical Encounters Student Showcase will feature exhibits, screenings, and performances in all media by Columbia College Chicago students who have connected with this year’s Critical Encounters focus on Rights, Radicals + Revolutions. We seek work that examines how the arts and media provoke change in individuals, collectives, and institutions. From the spoken word to scientific intervention, we intend to provoke debate, encourage civic engagement and promote actions of social justice. The Student Showcase demonstrates how Critical Encounters has enhanced classroom curricula and the culture of the college and broader community. EXHIBITION APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE Here!

The 2012 Critical Encounters Showcase Curatorial Commmittee is looking for submissions that explore and respond to the guiding questions of “Rights, Radicals, + Revolutions”:
How do we define Rights? Radicals? Revolutions? What is the relationship between these terms? Are they separate or interdependent? How do we relate rights, radicals, + revolutions to the arts, cultural, media, politics, science and technology? What rights do we need? What is a right and what is a privilege? How do we discern the difference? What constitutes a radical act? What determines if something is radical or not? What happens if the radical becomes the norm? What generates a revolution? What makes a revolution gain followers? How can small, ordinary acts be revolutionary? How do we become educated about our rights, radicals, + revolutions? How do our sources and networks influence our opinions? What are the consequences of a revolution? Who benefits from the change that a revolution brings? Who suffers? What motivates radicals? How can radicals be responsible? Who do they answer to?

Eligibility and Restrictions
Original works by current Columbia College students will be considered. With student agreement, instructors are invited to submit class projects or proposals. By entering, you agree that you are the owner and creator of the work and that it has not been copyrighted by any other entity. You agree to allow Columbia College to publish your images in print or electronically, including the Internet, at its discretion and reuse the photo with pledge to acknowledge the artist. The artists retain all rights to the work submitted.

Jury’s Decisions
All current Columbia College Chicago student submissions will be considered based on the above criteria, and on how well the work captures the 2011–2012 Critical Encounters focus. Questions? Contact Chelsea Middendorf at criticalencounters@colum.edu.

Exhibition Schedule
    March 16, 2012, 12:00 midnight: Submission deadline
    March 23, 2012: Jury’s decision announced
    April 2–6, 2012: Check-up meetings with all Showcase participants
    April 26, 2012, 7:00–11:00 a.m.: DROP-OFF AND INSTALLATION OF all accepted work
    April 26, 2012, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.: Showcase in Conaway Center!
    April 26, 2012, 7:00–11:00 p.m. : Deinstallation and all work picked up