Saturday, August 28, 2010

Prostituition: Sky Fairchild-Waller + Jessica Thalmann [15]


From: Sky Fairchild-Waller
Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM
Subject: Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals
The Prostitution of Art at Mobius
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Sky Fairchild-Waller + Jessica Thalmann

Prostituition is a sound and image/text-based installation that
engages with the application processes involved in pursuing graduate
study in the arts. Prompted by dire socio-economic conditions
inhibiting access to knowledge-based economies, the work emphasizes
the pursuit of education and how it can necessitate the acquisition of
capital in explicit and degrading ways.
(please make sure sound is on)

from Jane Wang
to Sky Fairchild-Waller
date Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 3:16 PM
subject Prostitution of Art: Proposal

Dear Ms. Fairchild-Waller,

My apologies for the possible confusion about where to send the proposals. James Ellis Coleman and I looked over your proposal and realized that you probably meant to submit this for possible consideration in the The Prostitution of Art Exhibition (not Performances).

Thank you for your proposal. It's an interesting piece but it doesn't quite fit our call for works. Here is the call I believe you meant to send your proposal in to:
Please let me know if we were incorrect.

In addition, due to our technical limitations, if you were to present this piece at Mobius, you would literally have to send or bring all your own equipment to display the work/playback the audio/headphones etc. This is stated in the call for works although again my apologies, I should have added audio to this restriction as well - we don't have a way to set up isolated audio stations either:
"Please note that if you submit a video or film, you must provide the equipment to display your work."

As I understand it, your piece seems to be more about prostitution, the economy and education rather than art specifically. You are definitely on to something and I imagine you could tie in your piece to the real stories in the media both past and present about graduate and college students who literally prostitute themselves to pay their bills and films perhaps which cover that very topic, human trafficking and so on.

Would you like me to post your proposal and link on The Prostitution of Art Online Blog in any case? As outlined in the call for works, we said we would list, even the proposals for projects which we couldn't accept for the show but only with your expressed permission. And of course if you would like to add any further clarification regarding your work for the blog, I would post that as well (as well as any website links you'd like me to list). Perhaps it would provoke some discourse which would be terrific and perhaps I would be proved wrong in not accepting your proposal.

Thank you for sending your proposal in - it's a worthy topic and your installation sounds provocative. I'm sorry that it doesn't seem to fit this particular call for works and that we don't have the technical facilities to playback your piece.

Please let me know if you would like me to post your proposal and any other accompanying information you would like me to list (including website links and if you have links for Jessica Thalmann, I am more than happy to post those as well).

I do appreciate your taking the time to send in your proposal and wish you the best. If I see any calls for work at Mobius or elsewhere that would be a better match for your installation, I will forward you the

Jane Wang
The Mobius Artist Group

from Sky Fairchild-Waller
to Jane Wang
date Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 10:48 PM
subject Re: Prostitution of Art: Proposal

Dear Jane,

Thank you so much for your email! I really appreciate the time you took to craft the response you did. It is unusual to have such attention paid to a submission, and so quickly! Thank you very much.

In regards to the submission, my apologies for sending it to the wrong location. Also, thank you for expressing your reasons for not accepting it.

Both Jessica and I would be extremely grateful if you were to post the work on your blog - that is very kind of you! If you were able to post the proposal text and the link to the audio work ( as well as the images I attached in the submission email, that would be wonderful! Also, including my website ( and Jessica's ( would be equally wonderful!

Again, thank you so much for offering to include us in your online presence, and for passing on any calls which may be more suitable for the work. Your generosity and support mean more than you know.

Take care and talk soon,

Sky Fairchild-Waller + Jessica Thalmann
Toronto, Ontario
Sky Fairchild-Waller:
Jessica Thalmann:

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