Performr – artist call out


Grindr, Scruff and the countless other ‘hook-up apps’ rule the lives of some of the gay men we know (naming no names), so we wanted to make a piece of art about what this means. These apps have leaked out of LGBTQ culture and into the mainstream changing the way we meet up, hook up, and break up. We wanted to find out what would happen if we put an artist on your smartphone. Love at first tap? Or instant block?

LGBTQ people have always been at the forefront of innovative means of social networking, historically as a way of escaping detection by the straight world. By developing an app called Performr we are going to playfully engage with this illicit heritage. We are commissioning five artists to create ‘hook up performances’ for this portable digital playground.

Peformr has been developed in collaboration with artist Brian Lobel and draws inspiration from his project Cruising for Art.

The app will be launched during Brighton Fringe 2014 and will be available on Android and iPhone.

We are looking for proposals from artists to create ‘hook up performances’ – this could be a one-on-one performance, a digital interaction, a meeting in a public space, a text conversation between artist and audience or a piece involving GPS technology or video. We are just interested in seeing what you come up with…

The Performr app, currently in beta form, will be similar is structure to grindr so artists should create for this type of electronic platform.

Selected artists will received a £1000 commission to make the piece and a £200 materials budget. 3 artists will be commissioned from this open call out. 

The performance dates will be:

Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th May 2014

Saturday 24th – Monday 26th May 2014

 To apply, please send a description of your idea and a short bio, on no more than 2 sides of A4 to The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 17th February. Selected artists will be informed by Friday 21st February. 


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