Every year in October, New York City is home to “Art in Odd Places.” This year, the unexpected visual and performance art displays will be from October 11th through October 20th on 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River. And it’s now open to proposals for this year’s show.
The theme this year is “number.” We’re surrounded by them, we live by them, we die by them, we love them, and we hate them. Here’s what the AIOP call for project proposals has to day about the topic:
“How numbers crowd us. Hurrying us, burying us, buoying us, worrying us. Dates to remember and forget, time to make, numbers in funds, pools, mints, checks, and balances, a lucky promise, the first, the last, boom and dip, growth and decline, profit and loss, debt and depression, taxes, tolls, polls, inflation, treasure and foreclosure, precision, penury, exactitude, excess, codes, ciphers, coins, currency, rhythm and cycles, counting and accounting, counting votes, counting cards, counting all his money, counting the hours, counting sheep, counting down, count your blessings, don’t count your chickens, stand up and be counted, discounts and recounts, but who’s counting?…”
And that’s just the first half of the description. Here are some examples of numbers that haunt our lives: #1, 3.14, 9/11, 911, 24/7, 365, 13, 666, 1492, 1776, 1857, 1968, 1984, 1989, 12/21/2012, 47%, 99%, 1%…
Among the requirements for projects, AIOP requires that projects be imaginative in their approaches to engage the public, be able to move through crowds easily and continuously, be appropriate to the setting, and be unpredictable in location or type of engagement.
The call for proposals will last until midnight on March 1st. Interested participants can submit an online application form on the AIOP website.