[artinfo] [call] The Bigger Picture Announces International Call for Commissions + Calls for papers & projects for Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07

Helen Wewiora Helen.Wewiora at cornerhouse.org
Sun Feb 18 15:13:25 CET 2007

The Bigger Picture Announces International Call 
for Commissions  +  Calls for papers & projects 
for Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07

Three calls:

1)       The Bigger Picture Announces 
International Call for Major Public Realm Commissions

2)       Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07 Call for Papers

3)       Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07 Call for Projects


National UK commissioning and production 
partners: Cornerhouse (Manchester), ENTER_ 
(Cambridge), Lumen (Leeds) & Site Gallery 
(Sheffield), with support from BBC, funded by Arts Council England


The Bigger Commissions 2007, to be launched at 
Urban Screens Conference Manchester 07

The Bigger Picture exhibits artists' film & video 
and interactive / participatory screen based 
projects on Big Screen Manchester, UK. Utilising 
this unique screening space, The Bigger Picture 
is able to present a host of artists' works to 
large and diverse audiences reaching beyond the traditional gallery context.

Cornerhouse, working in partnership with BBC and 
Manchester City Council, delivers The Bigger 
Picture's curated programmes, whilst additionally 
commissioning and touring large outdoor screen-based programmes.

The Bigger Picture is inviting proposals for the 
production of exceptional new public realm works 
to be launched on Big Screen Manchester at the 
time of the Urban Screens Conference Manchester 
07 (11&12 October), and to tour to partner city 
Big Screens and public sites throughout 2007/8.

Four new works will be commissioned, each with an 
attached fee of £5000 (7400 EUR / 9700 USD) based 
on an agreed budget, of up to £10,000 for production (14,900 EUR / 19,500 USD).

This is a significant opportunity for film, 
video, new media and cross-disciplinary artists 
to explore unique new ways of creating and 
exhibiting work for a public context.

Each National Commissioning partner will lead on 
the production of one new work. Partners are 
particularly encouraging proposals of the following nature:

Interactive and participatory new work
Interdisciplinary new work (combined arts, performing arts, audiovisual)
Evolving or expanded work
New media and streaming technology
Film & Video

Artists previously commissioned by The Bigger 
Picture include Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor 
(desperate optimists), Kartoon Kings (Simon 
Grennan and Christopher Sperandio), plus Paul 
Melia, Hilary Jack, The Light Surgeons, Adele Prince and Louise K Wilson.

For more information on how to submit, including 
key information, guidelines & submission form, 
and BBC technical specifications, see 
or partner sites listed below.

Deadline for proposals 30 March 2007.

Partner sites:




Big Screen Manchester, is part of a UK Big Screen network, operated by the BBC.

Related Calls

Urban Screens Conference
Manchester 07


11 + 12 October 2007


CALL FOR PAPERS - Closing date: March 2, 2007

The next Urban Screens Conference focuses on the 
development of non-commercial content for big 
urban displays such as LED, LCD, plasma screens, 
media fašades and projections onto buildings.

What characterises these huge displays as media 
platforms in urban space and which particular 
spatial and social situations do they create? How 
are they perceived? How does creative content flow from this?

We will discuss

- urban screens as channels for alternative 
public broadcasting in times of Web 2.0, YouTube, 
increasing broadband rates and Creative Commons.

- which interactive and participatory 
applications could enrich urban life beyond simple entertainment.

- which linear artistic productions such as 
animations, video, film or text suit a presentation in public space.

- how displays can be integrated into the urban environment in meaningful ways.

- which economies drive and limit both the 
implementation of urban screens in public space 
and the commissioning of creative content.

- the evaluation of creative content with regard to how it is perceived.

  For the Urban Screens Conference we are looking 
for proposals for papers that deal with the above 
mentioned topics or other related fields of research.

Please email proposals for papers in the form of 
a 500 word max abstract and your/the presenter's 
CV by March 2, 2007 to info at manchesterurbanscreens.org.uk


Urban Screens Conference
Manchester 07


11 + 12 October 2007


CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS - Closing date: March 2, 2007

The conference is accompanied by an inspiring 
programme of public events and exhibitions, 
including screening programmes as well as 
performance-based and participatory art projects 
which make use of the BBC Big Screens Network. We 
are looking for existing and potentially 
adaptable projects which employ one ore more permanent or temporary screen.

We are particularly interested in projects

- exploring web-based content and streaming media

- connecting screen audiences in various places

- interactive and participatory works using 
bodily interfaces and ubiquitous communication devices

- text pieces, video and animation which suit airing on urban screens

- performance-based works including audiovisual performance/VJing

For detailed information on the BBC screens' 
system please see www.manchesterurbanscreens.org.uk


Please send project proposals in the form of a 
project description, illustrative material and 
the author's CV by March 2, 2007 to:
Urban Screens Conference
70 Oxford Street
Manchester M1 5NH
United Kingdom

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