Calling Artists for Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party 2016


SOMArts Cultural Center seeks “code breaking” artists to exhibit in one-night-only exhibition, Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party, on Saturday, July 23, 2016, 8:30 pm–midnight.

Now entering its sixth year, Night Light blankets SOMArts indoors and out in luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances, performative interventions and digital and cinematic projections. In 2015, 80+ artists participated, drawing a crowd of over 1,500 people.

Night Light’s 2016 curatorial theme, “Breaking the Code,” is informed by and complements SOMArts’ Main Gallery exhibition The Black Woman Is God: Reprogramming that God Code, curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, and invites artists of all ages and ethnicities to propose new or existing works that explore, challenge, and explode identity-based preconceptions and assumptions. How do you reinvent, deconstruct, reshape or reclaim identity-based codes that affect how you are perceived or how you are expected to behave? How do you subvert? How do you misbehave?

Proposals must be received through the online form no later than Monday, March 14, 2016 to be considered. Click here to submit your proposal online. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. Artists are encouraged to draft their responses in a separate document as the form will time-out after being open for a significant length of time. If you need technical assistance, or have questions of any kind, please email Carolina Quintanilla at, or call (415) 963-1414, ext 110.

Proposed works should invite the viewer to contemplate or challenge systems of identification and classification structured to regulate how we see ourselves, our society, and our place in the world. Night Light: Breaking the Code is a great opportunity to engage in an artistic conversation about the relationship between identity and lived experience.


Though there are no strict limitations around the medium/s of artworks proposed, proposals that include self-illuminated artworks, such as light or shadow-based installations, video or multimedia works, or artworks or performances that are otherwise appropriate for dimly lit spaces will be a strong fit for Night Light. Artworks involving fire or smoke machines are prohibited by SOMArts’ lease with the City of San Francisco.

As the exhibit takes shape, please be aware that spaces provided to artists can expand and contract based on the number of proposals accepted.

A/V support will be provided by SOMArts for performances, and installation assistance will be available, but all installations must be installed and tested by the artists July 17–22. Artists must provide their own projectors.

Key Dates and Information:

  • Monday, March 14, 5pmDeadline for submissions
  • Monday, March 21: Artists notified of their application status
  • Wednesday, May 47–9pm: Meeting with selected artists
  • Sunday, July 17–Friday, July 22: Artists install
  • Saturday, July 23, 8:30 pm–midnight: Night Light exhibition + performance party
  • Saturday, August 6: Private curatorial tour of Black Woman is God and BBQ celebration with artists

Co-curators Melorra Green and Carolina Quintanilla look forward to receiving your applications!

night light 2014 outdoors

Image Credit: Night Light installation 2015, photo by Claire Stacy; “In Her Head” installation by Black Salt Collective, 2015, photo by J. Astra Brinkmann; Night Light 2014, photo by J. Astra Brinkmann