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CALL: WoW 2020 Video Exhibition

WoW 2020 Video Exhibition Call for Video works

Deadline May 15, 2020
The Works on Water 2020 Triennial Video Exhibition invites video works from U.S. and international artists. Works on Water’s 2020 Triennial is a series of public art interventions on, in, and with bodies of water, created in response to the global climate crisis.
The Works on Water 2020 Triennial Video Exhibition (WoW Video) aims to expand the first NYC-focused Works on Water triennial by showcasing video works from around the U.S. and the world in addition to works from New York City. We are interested in documentation of objects, events, and performances situated on, in, about, and/or with waterways, and that use water as site and/or material. We welcome time-based works that engage the public and address climate change and environmental issues from local to global contexts. The format and timing of this exhibition will be responsive to the Coronavirus pandemic and continually shifting guidelines on public gatherings, and may take place entirely online, if necessary.

The Works on Water2020Triennial (WoW Triennial) is a series of public art works made directly on, in, and with bodies of water in all five boroughs of New York City. The WoW Triennial is not a static exhibition, but a dynamic invitation to New Yorkers to experience and reimagine the edge of our city through site-specific, participatory, time-based and embodied installations, events, conversations, excursions and more. It will take place May – October, 2020 in and around the bodies of water that surround New York City as is possible with regards to Coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings, with programming focused around the first weekend of each month. 


Works on Water defines the genre of Water Art, putting performative/participatory, civic and environmentally responsive art at the center of the art world through an ongoing triennial and other activities that will shift perception of this kind of art, highlighting its value in helping us understand our place in the world. Works on Water aims to impact the way people see themselves and behave in the world, and will be a leader in shifting our culture’s relationship to both art (and to the bodies of water that surround us) from consumerism to participation. We see Water Art as the new Land Art, and like Land Art, a practice that engages directly with the substance and activities of our material world. Unlike Land Art, Water Art is more concerned with observation, direct immersion, preservation, and holistic change than with wholesale sculptural displacement. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTSFill out the submission form

  • 150 word project description
  • Location (please be as specific as possible)
  • Year
  • Project credits
  • Submit link of excerpt of work via Vimeo or Youtube with cue points if over 5 minutes in length

Accepted works will be notified by June 15, 2020Selected submissions will be asked to submit works in a specific format(s) based on available screening options (TBD).
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Works on Water is a non-hierarchical non-profit organization made up of diverse artists and curators who investigate water in the urban environment, and address hyper-local concerns with a global perspective. Our inaugural Triennial was in 2017, and we hosted the WoW Artists Residency on Governors Island, in New York City, in 2018 and 2019.