Open Call for Submissions: True Crime

Chances are you’ve committed an illegal act at some point in your life. Here’s your opportunity to make an anonymous confession in the name of art. True Crime is a locally produced representation of everyday life criminality conceived by Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). Anyone can contribute to our exhibition I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of the Law, March 9–April 19, 2012, by becoming part of our True Crime installation.

Click here to read the full instructions CAE gave us for facilitating True Crime, and and make sure to read our gentle disclaimers below.

Before you drop off your submission, please keep in mind:

1. Because the drop box is in the gallery, deliveries are accepted only during the opening reception (March 8, 6–9pm) or normal gallery hours (Tues.–Fri., 12–7pm, Sat. 12–5pm) during the I Am Crime exhibition (March 9–April 19).

2. You are responsible for your own anonymity. Like any other organization, SOMArts has security cameras and staff throughout the building. Unless you’re attempting to steal rather than contribute something, we’re probably looking the other direction.

3. Be cool. It’s that simple. This project is not intended to encourage criminal activity. SOMArts must follow the law, including safety and security regulations. If we don’t, we directly impact our ability to serve the arts and cultural landscape of San Francisco. Please take this into consideration when you submit your work. If it breaks the law to show it, we can’t show it. We reserve the right not to exhibit work based on our own assessment of what’s legal, though we’ll try to ignore our moral compass when making the decision to pull a submission.


About Critical Art Ensemble (CAE)

CAE is a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance.

Formed in 1987, CAE’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The group has exhibited and performed at diverse venues internationally, ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet. Museum exhibitions include the Whitney Museum and The New Museum in NYC; The Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C.; The ICA, London; The MCA, Chicago; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and The London Museum of Natural History.

The collective has written 6 books, and its writings have been translated into 18 languages. Its book projects include: The Electronic Disturbance (1994), Electronic Civil Disobedience & Other Unpopular Ideas (1996), Flesh Machine: Cyborgs, Designer Babies, Eugenic Consciousness (1998), Digital Resistance: Explorations in Tactical Media (2001), Molecular Invasion (2002), and Marching Plague (2006).


Photo above courtesy of CAE and the Cranbrook Museum’s 1997 True Crime installation.