How Does This Work?
How Does this work?
Throughout history, the word ‘artist’ has had many different meanings. Here at Bait/Switch, we consider the most inclusive definition to also be the best: any person who expresses themselves through a medium. If through this definition you identify yourself as an artist, we invite you to become a contributor and participate in an art stream.
An art 'stream' (or 'branch') is our term for the string of creative call and response that is the hallmark of Bait/Switch. When you sign up to become a contributor, your name will be put on a list. When it is your turn, you will receive an email confirming that you are ready to participate, which you must reply to within 24 hours in order to move forward. Once it has been established that you’re ready to go, you will be given a creative work of some kind. Depending on the preferences you select in your contributor application, it could take any number of forms- it may be a drawing, a piece of music, a cocktail, etc. After you have received the work, you will have a given amount of time to create a response to it using your own form of self expression.
For most disciplines the time limit will be two weeks, but certain contributors, such as music composers, will be given more time to allow for recording and other factors. Once your response is finished, you will submit it back to us, and we will forward it along to the next contributor on the list. Shortly thereafter, we will follow up with you to conduct a short interview about the work and collect other materials, such as progress shots, etc.
To keep with the true spirit of exquisite corpse, participants cannot see what the previous participant responded to because it would influence their own creative process. For this reason, there is a natural delay in the publishing process (see above diagram for explanation). This also allows us to think through and write thoughtfully about your contribution to the project. Every time you contribute any type of response to Bait/Switch, you are adding to an evolving Corpus, a singular artwork which spans time, space and sensory experience. You are also communicating with every other person who has ever contributed a response to the project. Bait/Switch seeks to unite people in a way that is new and exciting, and to create an intricate web of self expression.