The Front of the Card Reads:
Neighborhood Watch Projection Walk is coming to your neighborhood soon!
The Back of the Card Reads:
We collect artists’ projectable art work; all media.
We find you would like to have it projected on your home; you who would like to volunteer time or products or services; and you who would like to just watch.
We come together for one night to the watch the projections; walking and talking together in our neighborhood.
There were a few variables that made it impossible to begin a thoroughly organized planning…The first was not knowing how many artists would participate, the second, which places in the neighborhood we could project (mostly video art), or even how many projectors we would be able to borrow.
So, first I placed a call to artists, and then Jaime and Greg and I walked around the neighborhood distributing cards. The website had two different statements…
The first was a call for artists.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Call For Entries
This is a call for entries to be considered in a juried projection show. Please note the Showing Date in BOLD.
The Projection Walk: Neighborhood Watch – selections of still of time based media on the theme of Public and Private Space will debut in the Seminole Heights region of Tampa. Works will be on display for one evening on FRIDAY, MARCH 31st beginning at 9:00pm – playing for a durration of 2 hours. The walk will be a small scale, pedestrian tour of video, film, slides or lights in a residential neighborhood.
Entries must be recieved by 5:00PM Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
All submissions must be complete and in traditional slide or digital format on DVD and under 15 minutes in length. Submissions must be labeled with artist’s full name, Address, Email, and Phone number.
Those submissions with SASE will be returned.
Mail or Hand Deliver Submissions to:
USF School of Art and Art History
4202 E Fowler Ave. FAH110
Tampa, FL 33620
Selected pieces will be disbursed for projections to willing participants in the community. Invitations will be printed as maps and the Projection Walk: Neighborhood Watch will culminate at a residence for reception and awards.
Direct questions and email correspondence to seagood (at) gmail (dot) com.
The second was a call for Neighbors.
Neighborhood Watch began in casual conversation at the University of South Florida as we anticipated the large-scale public art event Lights on Tampa. Out conversation picked up momentum after the grand success in downtown Tampa. Our projected art even is similar in spirit, however it our hope to make the event more of a grass roots effort. We intend to enlist the help of the Seminole Heights neighbhorhood – south of Sligh,north of Hillsboroough, East of Nebraska, and West of 15th street.
This pedestrian tour of artwork where we live is a way to promote a reinvigorated sense of community, as well as provide a venue for artists beginning their professional careers – who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to produce work for a public event. We have begun to spread the word about this event throughout the national art community, with hopes that similar events could be reproduced in neighborhoods across the contry. These are grand plans, and although our extended art community has shown great interest, we are still on the verge of finding whether the sommunity of Seminole Heights is as excited as we are to feature our work in this setting.
As March 8th, 2006 approaches we will be gathering support of neighbors who wish to showcase a projected display on their home. If you live in this area, expect us to solicit your support in the coming weeks. Those who agree can look forward to a pre-screening of the work to be presented at their residence, and a student docent to introduce the work to the community, and to supervise equipment. What we ask is that we plug our projector in, and allow documentation of the work as projected for the event. We will be doing trial installations beginning on March 26th, 2006 and actual event will take place March 31st, 2006 at 9:00pm.
Please pass this information along to artists working in New Media, Video and Contemporary Art, as well as media outlets who may be beneficial to promoting our project.
We received quite a few entries, and Shawn graciously offered to curate the selection, but as it turned out – the school had plenty of projectors to show even multi-channel works.
We also had great response from the neighbors!