Open Call 2022

The invisible qualities of objects

On the occasion of the 12th edition of the Festival to be held at the end of September, Video Sound Art launches a new open call for artists and performers.

Starting from the research conducted by the festival’s curatorial department on the invisible qualities of matter and the functions that objects around us assume in relation to history, identity and social relations, the open call will focus on the possibilities of performative language.

Performance is the change of form, the time for reciprocity, the space for negotiation.
How do things work when they no longer occupy a position? When they cannot be touched, felt and are boundless? What do objects do when they are not used, when they do not interact with people? How do the invisible relationships of matter manifest themselves?
The call for artists evaluates works that each participant can decline through the lens of performance in its sentimental, political, economic, social and environmental meanings, with the particular accents of their own research.

Francesca Colasante, president of the jury.

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Participation conditions

The candidate project must fit into the performance art field. The production of sculptural works, audio or video material may be envisaged.

Applicants are invited to send:
– a presentation of their research via portfolio and/or website link and/or link to a video channel;
– a document presenting the project containing: title, concept, research methodology (maximum 1000 characters), technical data sheet and any visual material;
– personal data (name, surname, home address, email, telephone number).

The material can be sent to the email address opencall@videosoundart.com and must not exceed 3 MB. Deadline: 30 July 2022.

The project idea may be a first study or the final phase of an already started performance project. Participants are invited to carefully consider the timing of the proposed project so that it will be functional for the presentation of the performance to the public during the opening days of the festival (end of September 2022).  It is possible to participate individually or in groups. 

The jury will carefully consider and review all submitted works.

The selected project will be presented to the public during the 12th Video Sound Art Festival scheduled from 22 to 28 September 2022.

Residency period and contribution

The prize for the winner is 1,000 euros. An additional contribution of 1,000 euro is foreseen to cover the production costs of the work (technical and installation materials) and the costs of the residency. The Festival staff will provide technical assistance, ensure the communication of the project and offer curatorial support in the planning (in residence) and realisation (at Teatro Carcano) phases. 

In the selection phase, priority will be given to the economic sustainability of the projects. Proposals of simple realisation are recommended.

The winner, supported by the curatorial and technical staff, will participate in an artistic residency in Tuscany, with the support of the Associazione Amici di Duccio committed to the organisation of residencies and performances in support of young artists. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the festival and the Associazione Amici di Duccio.

Open Call 2022

Opening of Open Call:
20 June – 30 July 2022

Announcement of winners:
20 August 2022

Residency and rehearsal period:
1 – 21 settembre 2022

Deadline: 30 July 2022.
To participate,
please write to:
opencall@videosoundart.com

Thanks to:
Teatro Carcano in Milan
Associazione Amici di Duccio