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The End of the World

Deadline: December 2, 2012
Publicly Juried: December 4-18, 2012
Opens: December 20, 2012
Fee: $35 for up 10 images. Free for Projekt30 members.

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On December 21, 2012 the world will come to an end.

Or not. That day marks the conclusion of a b'ak'tun, the longest measurement of time in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. However some have conjectured that on that day the Earth will collide with an invisible planet called Nibiru, be sucked into a black hole, or befall some other calamity. All of these events are impossible and the Long Count calendar wasn't designed to predict cataclysms, but some people believe, and still more people discuss the idea.

Predicting the apocalypse is nothing new. The Romans believed that the number of days in a year was a mystical number, predicting the end in 365 AUC. A Pope declared that The Book of Revelation indicated that the end would be on the first day of 1000 AD. More recent popular predictions include 1975, 1982, 1987 (due to a collision with Halley's Comet), 1991, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 (Nibiru's original ETA), 2007, and 2008 (due to the activation of the Large Hadron Collider).

Humans love to fantasize about the end of the world. For some people their faith demands it; a Rapture where all will be judged, the good rewarded and the wicked punished. Some enjoy the sense of completion, by many reports the Catholic Church included Revelation in the Bible at the Council of Carthage partially because it bookended Genesis nicely. Other people just like the idea that they won't have to die alone, that everyone's going out with them.

This winter Projekt30 will host an exhibition of artwork relating to the end of the world, in all aspects. The exhibition will be publicly juried, meaning all artists receive exposure. Thirty artists will be selected for the final show. During both the jurying period and the final exhibition, invitations will be sent to our extensive mailing list of galleries, collectors, and patrons all around the world. The final exhibition will open on December 20, 2012 so that people will at least have one day to view it before they meet their doom.

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