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Madrid, Spain
Event dates: 2008

Fundación Altadis-Madrid Abierto

The program of public art MADRID ABIERTO opens the call for the project presentation for its 5th edition that will take place during the month of February of 2008.

The program will produce a series of interventions of ephemeral or temporary character in the center of Madrid that will be selected among the offers received from this international opened summons. Also we include an specific call for audiovisual and sound works.


The aim of this summon is to select artists to carry out temporary or brief interventions, including two specific projects for the builidings of La Casa de América and the Círculo de Bellas Artes, which will be included in Madrid Abierto with other invited projects and the sound and audiovisual works selected.

Interventions will take place at the same time as the ARCO fair, in February 2008, in Madrid, within the axes of Paseo de la Castellana – Paseo del Prado and Calle de Alcalá – Gran Vía.

The sound works will be broadcasting on Radio 3, of Radio Nacional de España, and audiovisual on the Canal Metro channel.

Artists from every country may participate, whether individually or in groups. In which case, they must name a representative.

Artistic interventions

Each participant must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae with a maximum of 2,000 characters and a photocopy of the Spanish ID card (or an equivalent form of identification) of the author or authors.
  • Description of a completed project and a specific preliminary project for Madrid, which must not surpass 4,000 characters.
  • A maximum of six drafts or images of the project and the preliminary project in jpg format, with a maximum resolution of 72 ppp.
  • Description of the assembly system and technical needs of the preliminary project.
  • Estimated and detailed budget of the preliminary project, stating all the concepts that could be financed by their own means.

All archives must be compatible with a PC. The archives sent from a MACINTOSH must end in extensions (doc, xls, pdf, jpg, tif, …).

The maximum amount awarded for each artist chosen totals 12,000 euros, including expenses derived from transports, accommodation, production, travel and assembly, the author or authors salary (up to a maximum of 2,000 euros) and current legal taxes.

Sound works

Each participant must include a Curriculum Vitae and Description of a completed project as described above, plus:

  • The works will be presented during a maximum 10 minutes and will be sent in a CD format.

Those candidates selected will receive 500 euros and a direct master copy of their works will be included in the documentary fund and the public archive of Madrid Abierto, with a possible non-profit making addition to the web page, subject to prior agreement with the authors.

Audiovisual works

Those audiovisual works chosen in the summons 2007 for TV Interventions will be included in the Madrid Abierto 2008 programme, in collaboration with Fundación Rodríguez and with Centro Cultural Montehermoso, and will be broadcasted on Canal Metro. Those candidates selected will receive 500 euros and a direct master copy of their works will be included in the documentary fund and the public archive of Madrid Abierto, with a possible non-profit making addition to the web page, subject to prior agreement with the authors.

All proposals are to be sent via e-mail or via the post to Fundación Altadis-Madrid Abierto.

The advisory committee at Madrid Abierto, chaired by the director of the programme, Jorge Díez, and formed by Cecilia Andersson, Guillaume Dèsanges, Ramon Parramon, Mª Inés Rodríguez, Fito Rodríguez and the Democracia Group, will name the curator or curators of this edition. La Casa de América and the Círculo de Bellas Artes will select a representative for the selection of the intervention corresponding to each institution.

The curator will choose the participating artists by assessing the quality and feasibility of the proposal, as well as the complete reversibility of the interventions, and will complete the choice with other artists invited until reaching a maximum of 50% of the total number of artists chosen in the open summons. As we are dealing with projects that will be presented in public spaces, the local permits required must be obtained in order to carry out effective installation. The process will be managed by Madrid Abierto.

Should the artists selected use – in any way – images or elements belonging to third parties in their project, they must provide the corresponding permits issued by the owners.

Madrid Abierto reserves the rights to publish and represent the artistic interventions selected in all those cases related with the programme promotion, and will include all the documents generated into its documentary fund and public archive. The projects and works selected will belong to the authors, and the developing institutions will have the right to acquire them. Participation in this summons means full acceptance of the rules established in this document.

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