Open Call | Members Show 2018


Program Your Retroactive Wish

Catalyst Arts 25th Year Members Show

2nd – 5th May 2018

Opening: Tuesday 1st May 6–9pm


    you are a programmed tape recorder set to record and playback     listen to your present time tapes and you will begin to see who you are and what you are doing here    mix yesterday in with today and hear tomorrow your future rising out of old recordings

                  who programs you

                  who decides what tapes play back in present time

                  who plays back your old humiliations and defeats holding you in prerecorded present time

                  you don’t have to listen to that sound

                  you can program your own playback

                  you can decide what tapes you want played back in present time

William S. Burroughs

Regret is a way of relating to objects and actions of the past, connecting our desires and wills to what we do and what we make.  The Members Show this year takes the idea of regret – the retroactive wish – as a potentially compelling way of seeing what we’ve made and of bringing an element of looking-back into the present.  Clément Rosset summarises Schopenhauer, saying that regret has no meaning; to do something different would have been to want something different.  Even without meaning, a retroactive wish might carry something – the ghost of an intention, a persistent illusion.

Catalyst members are all invited to show a piece of work in any medium – work that they have made recently, that they have willed into existence, suspending or embracing the possibility of retroactive wishes.  

To take part applicants must be a members of Catalyst Arts.  Being a member is a great way to support Catalyst and have access to exclusive members opportunities throughout the year.

Click here to donate £20/£10 (unwaged) and become a member.  

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Terms and Conditions:

Due to the large amount of submissions annually received applicants must consider the following specifications:

– Maximum dimensions for canvas and photographic prints are 2.50×2.50 meters.

– Sculptures and installations must be no larger than 3 meters cubed.

– If you wish to submit a video work all technical equipment must be provided.

– The submitted work must be delivered or posted to the gallery between 9am – 5pm on the 27th and 28th of April.  Please provide your name, title, medium and date included with your work.

– Dates for collection of work are the 7th and 8th of May between 11am – 5pm. All work must be collected on these days.

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