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Application: The space s Exhibition

IMPORTANT: TO SEE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM, MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE LOGGED IN TO SPACE: If you are not logged in, scroll to the bottom of this page and log in; or if you do not already have a username and password create them and log in, then return to this page and scroll down again to the bottom of the page. You should then see the submission form. SPACE will be hosting the virtual space s exhibition at the end of the Winter 2021 semester. Explore and share your discoveries and thought of spaces. The space s vernissage will take place online on during the week of May 3, 2021. The virtual exhibition will remain indefinitely on exhibit on the SPACE website and be available for viewing by all.

If you wish to contribute to the virtual exhibition and related events, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the space s theme. Your submission does not have to be an artwork; it simply has to express a point of view that is particular to the individual or group that submits it. The exhibition can be thought of more as an experiment rather than an art show, with a wide range of items on display that can include:

  • - writing,
  • - notes,
  • - diagrams,
  • - theories,
  • - sculptures,
  • - music,
  • - soundscapes,
  • - videos,
  • - prints,
  • - photos,
  • - experimental data,
  • - songs,
  • - dance,
  • - installations,
  • - machines,
  • - mixed media,
  • - drawings,
  • - paintings,
  • - or many other things.

The purpose of this experiment is to discover how our understandings of spaces will be altered or expanded by the experience of each item on display.

Deadline to submit material for the exhibition: Sunday, March 28, 2021. Although the exhibition will take place during the first week of May all submissions must be received by March 28 to have time to prepare the online exhibition.

Who can submit: Anyone—students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and the larger Dawson Community.

Exhibition Material—What and how to submit: use the submission form supplied here. You must first be logged in with your SPACE username and password. If you don’t yet have a SPACE username and password, you can create one and then log in. After logging in, you may have to revisit this page and then scroll down to the bottom to see the submission form.

Fill in the required fields with your identifying information. For the dimensions of a physical object, indicate the size in centimeters: height x width x depth (if applicable). For recordings, instead of size, indicate duration in minutes and seconds. Other media may require different approaches.

Submit a statement: Write your full name, and below this your text that describes how the submitted material addresses the notion of space s. Length: approx. 150-250 words. This text should be written in a way that is ready to be viewed on the website. Make sure to proofread the text carefully and get feedback from others. Make sure that no double spaces exist between words or sentence. Below you can view past examples of SPACE exhibition catalogues to see how others have presented their statements:


Submit a digital file of the item to be submitted. It should be properly scanned or photographed or recorded or otherwise documented. The file name should be written with the last and first names of the creator plus the title of the piece (title can be shortened), all with lower case letters and using a hyphen between the last name of the creator and the title, and underscores between all other words as indicated below. Hyphens may be used for hyphenated names. For images, reproduction-quality jpg files please. The material must be complete and ready for exhibition and possible reproduction in an exhibition catalogue; not work in progress. See example for how to name a file below:


Acceptable file extensions are:
Images: .jpg
Videos: .Mp4
Text: .doc

Regarding the submission of reproduction-quality images, here are some tips. For 2D work that exists in physical form, make sure that the camera is centered and perpendicular to the artwork. Don’t light the subject frontally because surfaces may glare undesirably. The light source(s) should not be too close to the subject to avoid “hotspots” and rapid decrease in light intensity across the surface of the subject. For all types of work: to obtain proper colour, set the colour balance setting of your camera to “AWB” (automatic white balance). You can also set the white balance to specific light sources like tungsten or fluorescent or daylight, but this requires some prior knowledge. Put your camera on a tripod to avoid motion blur. Set the “ISO” to the lowest possible number (50 or 100) to minimize visual noise. Set picture quality and resolution to the highest. If the artwork and surrounding elements are very light and you are relying on automatic light readings to determine exposure settings, then intentionally overexpose in order to make the subject look light. If the artwork is very dark, then intentionally underexpose. If you have photo editing software, make sure that the resulting photos are “lens corrected” so that the artwork does not look distorted and so that straight lines look straight. Make sure that each image is properly cropped, with no errors along the edges. Make sure that each image measures at least 2100 pixels in its longest dimension.

Credit sources: If the submitted piece was appropriated in part from another source, please credit the source using MLA format (see webpage below for an explanation on how to credit sources, under “footnoting” for print and for electronic sources).

Notification: All those who submit proposals will receive an acknowledgment of receipt by E-mail. On April 19, 2020 all those who submitted material for exhibition will be informed as to whether their work has been accepted for the exhibition. Thanks to all.

Note: If you are experiencing difficulties in the online submissions process, please send all required info, statement and exhibit item to Ursula Sommerer, using the MIO messaging system at Dawson. If you experience difficulty with the MIO option, then email the material directly to:

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