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CALL TO ARTISTS: Type Indicators


Jun 2014

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June 22, 2014
ArtHelix is very excited to announce our newest project.

Type Indicators is an exhibition concept and research project that explores the relationship between personality, identity, and artistic self-expression using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. 

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is a decades-old series of questions designed to assess how people interact with the world, both around them and within themselves. The questionnaire, first developed in the 1960’s based on Jungian psychological principles, focuses on four fundamental questions:

1. Are you outwardly or inwardly focused? (Introverted or Extroverted)
2. How do you prefer to digest information? (Sensing or INtuition)
3. How do you prefer to make decisions? (Thinking or Feeling)
4. How do you prefer to live your external life? (Judging or Perceiving)

Throughout the summer, we will be administering a questionnaire based on the MBTI, designed to measure the same four questions. By completing our questionnaire, you will learn your four-letter Myers-Briggs Type and have an opportunity to apply for our exhibition project. There is no cost to take the questionnaire, and both artists and non-artists are welcome to participate. 

Though many people are already cognizant of both the MBTI and their personality types, whether it be via job interviews or online dating platforms, we hope to use the information we collect as a conduit to thought-provoking art. People, specifically artists, who complete our questionnaire will be given the opportunity to exhibit their work in a show at our gallery next year, which will be curated based on the personality types of the participating artists. The exhibition will also include a presentation of the data we collect, a sort of snapshot “personality map” of Bushwick artists.

To be clear, Type Indicators is not our way of definitively stating our preference for one type over the other, nor is it a path to intimate self-discovery. Our questionnaire will simply disclose, in a succinct and eloquent manner, one’s general behavioral preferences. Our aim is to start a conversation within the community about our behavioral predilections and to potentially illuminate unlikely similarities between unlikely people. With the data and art we collect from Bushwick’s generous and open community, we hope to curate a show that beautifully illustrates the relationship between identity and self-expression.
Application Instructions
To apply for the Type Indicators exhibition, please visit the gallery during our regular hours, Fridays - Sundays 12 - 6 PM to complete our MBTI questionnaire.

299 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
[L Train to Montrose Ave]

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