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Call for Participants

  • How can I participate?
    Please contact me to coordinate participation for your or your group. You can also email, or DM me at my @engagextremecuriosity or my other socials. Currently, I am bringing the project to outdoor events, classrooms and students in the bay area. If you are part of an institution, organization or non-profit that would like to participate as a group between February and May of 2024 please let me know as soon as possible. I can offer your classroom or group a brief presentation and facilitated dialogue about invisibility. If you are outside of the Sonoma County area, please reach out to me for a mailer. Contributing to the installation takes no more than 10-15 minutes (based on the preferences of the participants). Your contribution will consist of your own handwritten responses to the prompt, What about you is invisible? Using a sharpie you will decorate the edges of an 8 X 10 frame in a way that speaks to this prompt. I will also ask that you take a photo or two (face not required). The image will be printed on wide instax film and included/hung inside your frame to be curated alongside all of the other participants. You can also choose to contribute 10-20 second of audio to go with your image and frame which will be linked by a QR code. As a facilitation artist, I will make artistic choices about the assemblage of the traveling work and final installation at each show. The installation is meant to weblike, evolving and a balance of both challenging to navigate and accessible. I will also ask that you sign a consent form granting me permission to use the image publicly and to give me ownership of the paper frame and your audio (if you contributed a recording). So far the traveling installation has had a successful reception at The New Frame, as part of the Odyssey Works certificate program on display to the public in New York City at Gibney Studios on November 19th, 2023. ReVisibility was also a centerpiece at a private event for Bay Area Immersive Practitioners at the Art Collective, Paper Moon in Oakland where Abe Burickson is offering a talk and book signing for on January 20th 2024. The project is open for more submissions, applying for more funding and will open at the University Library Gallery at SSU in Fall 2024.
  • I am a Business Owner, Program Director, Educator, Experience Designer or Non-Profit Coordinator
    If you would like to know more about community projects, hire me to facilitate a similar project or learn more about the research that supported this project specifically and/or would like academic and other materials to extend dialogues within your community/classroom/education space about invisibility please reach out to me to arrange a 15 minute chat. I am happy to collaborate with you. Thank you community, friends and family. I am extremely grateful for the enthusiastic support of this portrait.
  • I would like to support this project!
    Yay! There are lots of out of pocket costs associated with this project: The instax film, printer, laminator, various materials, web assistance, frames. Hopefully, with your support, the life of the project will extend far beyond 2024. You may contribute cash to Venmo @Emily-Hostutler (last four digits 6192). Or, you are welcome to purchase something from this Amazon Wish List. Highest need: Frames/Fil If you would like to be recognized as a contributor to this project publicly and honored on this website and my instagram page, please leave what name you would like to be recognized (either in the Venmo line or in an email to me. Including just your photo and image counts as a contribution. Or, monetary/material only contributions are (of course) welcome. I will not recognize you though, unless I have your explicit permission and request to do so.
  • What is ReVisibility?
    ReVisibility is a collaborative community portrait installation that transforms discussions around invisibility into moments of creative expression. What about you is invisible? In other words, participants are creating a portrait of themselves that symbolically/literally/spiritually reveals the ways in which we feel hidden. What do you wish others knew that isn’t obvious on a first meeting with you? What kind of things would change people’s assumptions about you if they were visible? The intention of this installation is to commune and dialogue with others, but it also to pause and grapple with the unseen in multiple modes of creative expression; honoring and recognizing the complexity for others that don’t feel seen or for those who are historically forced into hyper-visibility . It is my deepest hope, as the facilitation artist, that participants take away a sense of being part of a beautiful and growing reciprocal art piece that seeks to reframe visibility in all its forms. I hope that this sparks meaningful dialogue with others and centers empathy.
  • I received a mailer or was given a frame --- now what?
    Yay! The below steps are to help guide you through the process of contributing a portrait to the art installation if you were mailed or given a frame, or took a mailer at The New Frame, or the Salon. Please reach out to me at any time with questions. Mailers should include: Two sides of a frame A sharpie A SASE (Prepaid addressed envelope to return your frames it me). A QR code (leading you here). A consent form (also inside the SASE), which you should sign and return with your finished frame if you want your portrait to be included in the West Coast installation in the Spring. Step 1: Please think about the prompt, what is invisible about you? Consider the description of the project from earlier and consider your answers to the questions. Step 2: Get your sharpie out and identify the two outer sides of the frame (the flat side are the insides. Do not draw/write/design on the insides, besides your name). Using the sharpie: draw, decorate, write, doodle on the frame's outer sides whatever came to mind when you pondered the prompt. Fill up as much or as little space as your want. Use whatever words, designs or symbols you want. This will be alongside other portraits and viewed by a public audience. How do you want people to feel when they see it? If you need inspiration, watch the trailer below. Step 3: Next, consider what photo or image you would like to see floating inside this frame. It can actually be two images (back-to-back) or just one. They will be printed on B&W Instax (polaroid-like) film and I will laminate and float the images inside the frame. I ask that the image(s) be taken specifically for this project, if possible. Please simply text me the image(s) (my cell phone information is in the mailer you received). When you have decided on the photos , I will take care of the rest. You may also text/email me an audio clip (10-20 sec) long that will be linked to your frame/photo. Viewers of the installation can hear you respond to the prompt (as well as see your frame and picture). Please feel free to speak/write/sing in your preferred language. Step 4: Follow @enagextremecuriosity on insta or OW for updates on the journey of the collaborative portraits, of which you are now a part.

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