In War, At War: The Practice of Everyday

12 E. Washington St.
Champaign, IL.
October 5 – 29:

War affects the daily life of all societies, cultures, families and individuals. The result is a climate of war, including the physical, economic, and psychological conditions created by the direct and indirect connection to this kind of violent conflict. We (in the broadest sense) generate and define the everyday, all becoming participants that shape perceptions of daily experience. In War our adjustments to everyday practices and daily life can reflect its radical climate, pointing to the nature of conflict and ones relationship to experience.
We adapt, These adaptations vary depending on personal experiences and define one&8217;s relationship to war and inform one&8217;s everyday life.

In War/At War: The Practice of Everyday is an exhibition and series of events that investigates variations on everyday practices, projects, and tactics explored by individuals whom cope, adapt and adjust to War and the climate it produces.


At the heart of In War/At War: The Practice of Everyday is an exhibition at OPENSOURCE Art that explores how individuals cope, adapt, or adjust to War and the climate it generates. OPENSOURCE Art seeks submissions from mothers, fathers, siblings, families, soldiers, veterans, civilians, refugees, activists, community groups, volunteers, artists, and all people who are reflecting on the climate of war. Submissions may take any form and can be, but are not limited to, a series of letters, recorded stories, journal entries, art works, series of news clippings, mapping projects, inventories, lists, music, poems, etc.. It should be clear how this submission is an individual reflection on the climate of war.


September 7, 2006 – Submission deadline
September 14, 2006 – Notification of acceptances
September 28, 2006 – Artwork due at OPENSOURCE
October 5, 2006 7-10pm – Opening reception

Submission guidelines

Please submit a proposal that includes documentation, installation information, and contact information. Documentation may be in the form of, but not limited to: sketches, slides, video, CD or DVD. Please be clear about what, if any, multi-media equipment your work requires. OPENSOURCE Art has a limited budget for installation and exhibition expenses therefore will not be able to admit art that is expensive or excessively difficult to install, no matter how much we’d like to. Supporting materials (vita, portfolio, statement) are not necessary, but would be helpful.

Proposals may be sent via postal service, email, or delivered in person to:

12 E. Washington
Champaign, Illinois 61820

If you would like your proposal returned, please include a self-addressed package with sufficient return postage. Accepted works must include return packaging and proper postage. Materials that cannot be returned will be considered donations to OPENSOURCE. OPENSOURCE is not responsible for lost or damaged material.

Curatorial Process

The show will be juried by a committee drawn from the members of OPENSOURCE Art. Any work submitted by members (or family members) of the committee will be voted on by the full OPENSOURCE membership with interested parties recusing themselves. Specific works are likely to be solicited from individual artists, and some flexibility may be exercised for these entries with regard to scheduling.

For more information, please email Aaron Hughes

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