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Call for Artists: Bart Plaza Sound Installation

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Call for Artists: Bart Plaza Sound Installation


The City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program is partnering in a public/private partnership with the Berkeley Downtown Business Association to begin programming the new “Constitution” (BART) plaza with publicly accessible cultural projects.

Civic Arts recognizes that the plaza will function as a city center and seeks to activate it with art. Through this RFQ, the Civic Arts Program will commission a series of sound/music composition artworks that will be programmed to be presented on eight new sound poles that are 21 feet high, erected on the Plaza. Up to 5 artists will be selected and each one will be commissioned for only one sound piece. These sound projects can be spoken word, electronic music, sound experiments, natural sounds, acoustic instrumentation, percussive projects, vocal projects and combinations of these elements. We are looking for fresh, relevant, forward thinking projects that will engage the public in surprising, inspiring and provocative ways. This is a multi-channel audio environment and applicants may wish to address an exploration of this versatile system.

The selected artists will coordinate with the technical staff of the Bart Plaza to proceed with programming the appropriate sound files for the audio equipment. 

Media: Sound, sound experiments, electronic, acoustic music, spoken word, vocal experimentation.

All genres of sound and music appropriate to a public environment will be considered.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Must submit applications by Thursday February 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm. Entries must be uploaded to Submittable, including audio samples.

Specifications and Limitations:

Projects will be played over a yet unspecified period of time. Audio content will be played back on 8 discrete audio channels via an Alcorn McBride Audio Binloop 8 channel system. Audio will be heard on 8 Meyer Sound UPJ-1XP speakers. Audio content playback shall be prepared to be played back via digital media. An Alcorn McBride Vcore show playback controller is included in the system to enable scheduling of content playback.  Once the artist is selected coordination with the audio equipment installation consultant will be set-up.


Open to professional practicing artists who reside in California. Artists must be U.S. citizens or have legal working status in the United States and be at least 18 years old.