Submission Form - Open Call for Submissions from Queens residents to:
A Time Capsule Digital Exhibition for the Queens Memory Project
Part 1 - First Half of 2020
Exhibition Location: Online on the websites of all three participating organizations
Time Capsule Virtual Room: documented at Culture Lab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery
Exhibition on View: from September 15, 2020 onward for archival purposes.
Accepted Media: Any object. Something you feel is important to remember about this year.
Submission Fee: No submission fee
Submission Deadline: August 21st
Eligibility: Must be a Queens resident of age 14 or older
Queens 2020 Time Capsule:
2020 has been a tumultuous year, to say the least. Often, we hear people mentioning that this moment is a "once in a lifetime"experience. The Queens Public Library, Queens Memory Project, Culture Lab LIC and LIC-Artists are collaborating to sponsor this Time Capsule which will digitally document objects submitted by Queens residents as representing the conditions in Queens during the first half of 2020.
In 10 years, what would you like to remember from 2020? This digital record will live on in the Queens Library archives forever. Become a part of Queens permanent recorded history.
To participate, please fill out the form below. Include your name, age, contact information and a photo of your special item (you can submit up to three items), and include a written statement of what each piece is, and what it means to you. Of course, things like disposable masks and gloves are surely a comment on this year, but we ask you to avoid too many common items because we will be eliminating duplicates. Send in something more unique to you that is also important to this year: artwork you made this year, poems you wrote, a page from your diary, a photo of your empty street, a hand-made demonstration poster. Think of items that represent the essence of what has happened to you this year and that you would like to preserve for the future.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 21st. If one of your items is chosen for the Time Capsule, you will be notified by Sunday, August 23rd and should plan to drop off the item(s) at the Plaxall Gallery in LIC on Thursday August 27th. Note that you will need to pick up the items(s) from the Plaxall Gallery on Saturday, September 12th. If you are not comfortable with coming to the gallery, you can indicate this on the form below and please make sure to submit a photo of the item that is a high quality jpg image file up to 1 MB in size.
The items will be temporarily installed in a dedicated room at the Plaxall Gallery, filmed, and a digital exhibition will be created using Google VR which will allow online viewers to see the exhibition in a 360 degree view. The virtual Time Capsule will be fully documented and permanently archived at the Queens Public Library.
Click here for examples of Time Capsule items from previous years: Westinghouse Time Capsules in Queens, NYC