Open call for artists: Manual CC


uqbar and Marianna Dobkowska (Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw) invite you to participate in the Manual Creative Commons project.

Manual CC is a Creative Commons license game - it can be replayed in any chosen configuration, in any place and at any time. According to the instructions made available in the exhibition space, the spectators themselves are capable of recreating the works, that is game variants, conceived by the artists. The  participation of the spectators in the exhibition consists both in making and using the work.


1...... The artist is supposed to send the instructions how to complete his work.

2...... The instructions as a drawing or a handwritten text should be sent in A5 format to uqbar address.

3...... The work should be feasible to make and with easily accessible materials at no or minimal financial cost for the present persons.

4...... The work has to be a kind of game, which means it is to possess a ‘playability’ potential. It can be aimed both at one person and at a number of people.

5...... The game can be realized multiple times and used, depending on its character, inside the exhibition space on special playing tables or outside in any public domain.

6...... All the works are realized under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncomercial 2.5 licence, due to which the whole exhibition as well as its particular elements can be recreated for non-profit purposes in any time and at any place with no consent of the artists and curators required.

7...... English, Polish or German are the languages of the instructions as long as this does not interfere with the inherent nature of the work.

Please find here the PDF version of the invitation to complete. The original filled card in A5 format should be sent to the address of uqbar until April 15th, 2008. You can also send an A5, 300dpi file of the game by e-mail.
Manual CC has begun as a project by a group of 12 curators realized within the framework of the Curatorial Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland in conjunction with Kronika in Bytom. In September 2007 the project has been presented at Kronika accompanied by a book including over 80 artworks by Polish and international artists (list of artists attached). A new edition in the form of an exhibition will take place at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, April 24 - May 22, 2008.

At uqbar projectspace Manual CC will be presented in two steps: The new Manual CC edtion will be on display at uqbar from April 3 to April 18. On April 6, from 2 p.m. open end a Manual in Action event takes place, and the audience has the opportunity to implement the game instructions.
The results of the open call will be on dispay at uqbar from April 25 to May 18. On April 25 at 6 p.m. the second Berlin edition of Manual CC will be opened and the visitors are invited to realize the old and new games.

We hope Manual CC will gain your attention and you'll like to participate in it.

uqbar (Dorothee Bienert, Dortje Drechsel, Marina Sorbello, Antje Weitzel) and Marianna Dobkowska

Manual CC is presented in Berlin within the framework of Alphabet (I for Instrukcja/Instruction), a curatorial project by Kronika, Bytom. Alphabet is made possible thanks to the financial support by the Polish Institute in Berlin. 

Artists participating so far:
4!, Mark Aerial Waller, Paweł Althamer, Anatka Barczewska, Zbyněk Baladrán, Bas van Beek, Sanford Biggers, Tomek Bierkowski, Rahim Blak, Agnieszka Brzeżańska & Marek Raczkowski, Karin Bühler, Yane Calovski, Martin Conrads, Holly Crawford, Agnieszka Chojnacka, Hubert Czerepok, Jiří David, Oskar Dawicki, Christoph Draeger, Stanisław Dróżdż, Drumlander/ Louis Blackburn & Angelo Vermeulen, Pola Dwurnik, Elshopo, Samuel Francois, Marcius Galan, Rainer Ganahl, Haimo Ganz, Ingo Gerken, Simon Goldin & Jakob Senneby, Leszek Golec & Tatiana Czekalska, Ryszard Górecki, Henry Grahn, Marek Glinkowski, Grupa Whitney Houston: Paulina Ołowska & Bartek Przybył & Aleksander Wawrzyniak, Małgorzata Jabłońska & Piotr Szewczyk, Jesper Jargil, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Jan Loechte, Olivier Kosta –Thefaine, Jiří Kovanda, Justyna Köke, Elżbieta Krajewska, Anna Krenz, Igor Krenz, Wojtek Kucharczyk, Paweł Kruk, Agnieszka Kurant, Robert Kuśmirowski, Dominik Lang, Maciej Landsberg, Sara MacKillop, Agnieszka Małecka, Anna Mandoki, Katarzyna Marszewski, Christian Mayer & Yves Mettler, Asier Mendizabal, Nuria Montiel, Bartek Mucha, Jacek Niegoda, Anna Niesterowicz, Txema Novelo, Nick Oberhaler & Julien Diehn, Parfyme, Dan Perjovschi, Ben Petersen, Raketa, Robert Rumas, Jadwiga Sawicka, Jochen Schmith, Katerina Šedá, Maciej Sieńczyk, Janek Simon, Jiří Skála, Škart, Bruno Steiner, Rudolf Steiner, Paweł Susid, Superflex, Tomáš Svoboda, Grzegorz Sztwiertnia, Lucia Tkáčová & Anetta Mona Chisa, Tomáš Vaněk, Olav Westphalen, Adam Witkowski, Julita Wójcik, Patryk Zakrocki, Honza Zamojski

Dan Perjovschi


Lucia Tkacova and Anetta Mona Chisa, manual tricks