Performing the Home

Sunday, July 10, 2016 (TBD)

August 17 - August 31

Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

Christina Balch

The Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square, Somerville, MA invites artists to participate in the curated exhibition,  Performing the Home.

Performing the Home will be a series of experiential, time-based artworks at the Nave Annex in Davis Square, Somerville, MA. Artworks, ranging from interactive installation to performance to social media engagement, will directly address activities, issues, and relationships in the home. In addition to the main theme of “performing the home”, sub-themes of technology, globalization and feminism are encouraged.

The exhibit is specific to the Nave Gallery Annex because it is a domestic space, a-house-turned-gallery. I would like to take it one step further making it a house-turned-gallery-turned-house. The gallery will be semi-staged as if it is a lived-in house with furniture and decor, but with a surreal edge. I want the space to feel recognizable but unsettling. Each room of the gallery will be a room in a typical house: bedroom, living room, kitchen or another common room depending on which performances are selected. 

The idea of the home and the function of the home have shifted in the digital age. How have daily performances in the home changed since the introduction of the internet, smart phones, and social media? How has the home environment and home relationships changed as a result of technology? or globalization? Collaboration, experimentation, and interactivity are vital components to the exhibit.

We invite you to share your work and ideas with us.

All media variations of experiential art are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to: performance art, movement/dance, sound, interactive art, and time-based installation work. Artists are encouraged to use the gallery space as a house for performances. Consider performances and installations in the bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen or patio. The curator and artists will collaborate on the overall presentation and schedule of the exhibit. Questions regarding work and process can be submitted via email at, and the curator will respond as quickly as possible. 


  • There is a $15 submission fee, payable through Paypal. Paypal is available here. Please include “Perform Home” in the note field
  • A maximum of three pieces may be entered for consideration
  • Submissions will be accepted through July 10, 2016
  • The Nave Gallery will retain a 30% commission for work sold


  • Fill out artist and artwork info in this form: Performing the Home Entry Form in Word 
  • Fill out one form per artwork being submitted
  • Form includes:
  • Description of proposed work (no longer than 1 page)
  • Description of time, space, and technical requirements for work (curator does not have budget for elaborate requirements, but is willing to help find resources to make it work)
  • Brief artist statement
  • Artist CV
  • Link to artist website 
  • Artwork 
  • Along with form, sending video, photos or sound clips of work is highly encouraged
  • Video should be submitted in the form of a link to YouTube or Vimeo and should not exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • Audio should be submitted in the form of a link to Soundcloud or Bandcamp (or similar service) and should not exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • Include links to video and sound in the description of proposed work section in the form described above.
  • Images should also be submitted in the form of a link to the artist website or another website service. If this is not feasible, images can be submitted via email attachments as small jpegs no larger than 2 MB each.
  • Save the form as NAME.doc and email as an attachment to 

The curator will contact accepted artists for further information involving logistics and possible collaboration with other accepted artists.


  • Deadline for entries: Sunday July 10, 2016
  • Notification: Sunday July 24, 2016
  • All Artist Meeting (via Google Talk): Sunday July 31
  • Exhibition dates: August 17 - August 31
  • Opening reception:  Thursday, August 18


Christina Balch is an artist and interactive producer interested in the way people define themselves through imagery, especially through the use of mobile technology and self-documentation. Feminism and technology are common themes in her work. Christina’s work has been exhibited in the Boston and Los Angeles areas. She lives and works in Somerville, MA. Learn more about Christina Balch on her website