RFQ

49 South Van Ness Video Wall Public Art Project

Video Wall .jpgIMG_4435.jpgThe San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the 49 South Van Ness Video Wall public art project.

Site Description
49 South Van Ness will be the new permit center and administrative office space to be occupied by several City departments including Building Inspection, Planning and Public Works. The new City building will be a 16-story tower located on South Van Ness between Market and Mission Streets. There is a private project that is being developed concurrently next to the new City building that will be a 39-story mixed-use residential and retail development located at the corner of Mission Street and South Van Ness Avenue. The development site will feature a publicly accessible concourse separating the residential and retail components from the City office development and will provide pedestrian connectivity midway through the site from South Van Ness Avenue to 11th Street.

Project Budget
$10,000 per video commission, inclusive of artist fee, production costs, and file preparation. ​

Project Overview

The Arts Commission seeks to commission up to 10 new video artworks that will be displayed on an LED screen in the Pavilion Gallery space, which is located immediately on the inside of the building glazing façade fronting South Van Ness Avenue, and next to the entry into the pedestrian open plaza.  

The screen measures approximately 25’ x 8’, or two screens, each at an aspect ratio of (16:9).  The control system will be a BrightSign XD1034 expanded I/O player or similar. Videos will be 1-3 minutes long and without sound. They will share screen time with content from the various City Departments occupying the building, but will screen once an hour during public hours. Up to 3 videos will be shown consecutively.

Project Description

The Arts Commission seeks to commission up to 10 new video artworks that will be displayed on an LED screen in the Pavilion Gallery space, which is located immediately on the inside of the building glazing façade fronting South Van Ness Avenue, and next to the entry into the pedestrian open plaza.  

The screen measures approximately 25’ x 8’, or two screens, each at an aspect ratio of (16:9).  The control system will be a BrightSign XD1034 expanded I/O player or similar. Videos will be 1-3 minutes long and without sound. They will share screen time with content from the various City Departments occupying the building, but will screen once an hour during public hours. Up to 3 videos will be shown consecutively.

Selection Process

Arts Commission staff will review applications and select a shortlist of artists for further consideration by an Artist Review Panel. The Review Panel will consist of three arts professionals, one community member, an Arts Commissioner, one representative of the client agency, and one representative of the design team. The Review Panel will directly select up to 10 artists for the project based on past work.

The Review Panel’s recommendation will be submitted first to the Visual Arts Committee, a subcommittee of the Arts Commission and then to the full Arts Commission for approval.

All Arts Commission meetings and Public Art Selection Panel meetings are open to the public and are posted on the Arts Commission website at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. To check the meeting schedule for public art projects, please go to our calendar.

Project Timeline

RFQ Deadline

March 4, 2020

Review Panel Meeting

Week of March 9, 2020

Approval of recommended artists by Visual Arts Committee

March 18, 2020

Applicant notification via email

Week of March 23, 2020

Approval of recommended artists by Full Commission

April 6, 2020

Artists under contract

April 2020

Anticipated completion of videos

Arts Commission staff will work with selected artists on project specific timelines. Deadlines start June 2020 and continue throughout the year.

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How To Apply

Applications are available through SlideRoom, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed or hand-delivered will not be considered.

Applications will not be accepted after the March 4, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (PST) deadline.

Application materials include:

1. Letter of Interest

  • One page maximum.
  • This should be a summary of your artistic focus and professional career, especially as your background relates to your qualifications for this project. Do not make a specific proposal for a new commission.

2. Resume

  • If you are applying as a team, please include your team/studio resume. If that is not available, please combine the individual resumes (one right after the other) of each team member into one document.

3. Up to 10 Videos of Previous Work

  • Please limit video submissions to 1 min per project.​
  • Acceptable file types include m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv.
  • Videos must be less than 250 MB in size.

4. Video Descriptions

  • When you upload your videos, SlideRoom will prompt you to fill out video descriptions. Please include the title and year for each work. You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work.

Check out our How to Apply to Calls for helpful tips on how to submit the most competitive application.

Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5:00 PM (PST) on March 4, 2020. For questions, you can contact Program Associate Craig Corpora at craig.corpora@sfgov.org or 415-252-2249. 

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM (PST) support@slideroom.com.

Eligibility

Eligibility is open to Professional Practicing Artists with video art experience residing in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

April 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

April 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

April 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

April 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125