Exhibitions: Open Call, Peregrine Falcon Project

Open Call: Peregrine Falcon Project

Monira Foundation in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio, with the support of Mana Contemporary Chicago, is pleased to present an OPEN CALL to artists working with sound in Chicago for site specific proposals of work to be presented in the fall of 2023 in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.


We are looking for proposals that are a response to the Peregrine Falcons who call Mana Contemporary home. Mana’s building has been a nesting site for peregrine falcons since 2000. Each spring, a mating pair returns to our site’s nesting box and lays 3-4 eggs each year. A few weeks after they hatch, Field Museum staff return to the site to tag the nestlings and take blood samples, which aids in tracking the health and the spread of the peregrine falcon population across the Midwest and beyond. The population of once-endangered peregrine falcons throughout Illinois is overseen by Mary Hennen of the Field Museum’s Chicago Peregrine Program. Through nest site monitoring, scientific research, and public education, the program works to better understand these amazing creatures and help them thrive throughout Chicago and the greater Midwest.


Installation site will be at Mana Contemporary, 2233 S Throop. Artists should be Chicago based  (or nearby) as the resources are for this project are in Chicago.We are open to proposals that make use of common areas, like the elevator, stairwells, or other public common spaces. A more descriptive map of the space can be found below. On March 18th from 1-3PM we will host visiting hours at Mana so that applicants can visit the site and better understand how their installation will work. Please register here: Eventbrite Registration


Experimental Sound Studio will provide the necessary playback system, sound reinforcement,, and technical support for production and installation. We recognize that exact equipment needs will be shaped by the individual proposals and will do our best to work with the selected artist to meet their vision. We ask that submitting artists be prepared to be a little flexible, and keep in mind that we are a modestly sized nonprofit organization.


Selected artist(s) will also receive a $1000 honorarium and promotional support to make sure the work is experienced by hundreds of visitors.


Successful applications will use the peregrine falcons as core theme to their proposed work. This can include (but not limited to) working with collected sound recordings of them as source material, conceptually addressing their habitat, or imagining the possibilities of their impact on Chicago.


Applications opens March 6 and ends March 31 at midnight.


To apply you will need a Slideroom account.


Each application will include:

  • Bios for each artist involved in the project (if more than one)
  • 300 word installation proposal which includes a short description of your work and a plan for making and installing the work onsite.
  • A list of needed equipment. What equipment will be needed to create this installation. Note any equipment you would provide as the artist.
  • 3 work samples. This can include sound, video, or documentation of previous work that is similar to the proposal or diagrams of the proposed project. You may submit links on a pdf or upload up to 5mb files on slideroom. Please make sure to give work descriptions for each submission that include titles, dates and participants. Juror’s review will not exceed 15 min of listening or viewing, so please mark the time for viewing in the description if needed. Please make sure each work is not password protected.
  • CVs for all applicants (if more than one) as a single pdf. 2 page max per artist.


Click here for a: PDF of site options


For Questions About the application please contact anne@monirafoundation.org

For Questions about equipment please contact olivia@experimentalsoundstudio.org

For Questions about the site please contact sy@manacontemporary.com


There is a modest $15 fee for each application. 5 dollars goes to Slideroom and the remaining 10 helps pay our reviewers / curators for the time spent reviewing and thoroughly considering each submission. It also supports the program so that it can continue year to year.

If you would like to receive a waiver please contact Anne Muntges at anne@monirafoundation.org




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