[artinfo] UrbanFestival 2008 / Call for proposals
sonja at urbanfestival.hr
Thu Jul 12 22:03:23 CEST 2007
*UrbanFestival: How we regret*
*CALL FOR PROPOSALS*
Deadline for Submission: September 1, 2007.
Submission Guidelines: All proposals must be submitted via online
submission form at http://www.urbanfestival.hr/08/hr/poziv.html, and
so we kindly request that you do not submit any additional materials.
Decision Deadline: All applicants whose proposals have been selected
for further review will be contacted by October 15, 2007.
UrbanFestival is an international multimedia festival of contemporary
art in urban public spaces and its core objective is to have art
permeate city life, intensify the interaction between the city, along
with all of its infrastructure, and its residents.
Ever since it started in 2001., UrbanFestival has been concerned with
the public and public space in particular, not only in terms of its
thematic focus and program selection but also in terms of its unique
organizational forms and experimentation. By deliberately stepping
outside the ivory towers of art galleries and theaters, we have been
attempting to widen the scope of our activity and bring to life the
public space as a place of coexistence and juxtaposition of divergent
points of view, even potential antagonism.
In the age of representational culture and a growing number of
festivals, UrbanFestival has been designed more as a platform, a
place for experiment, a structure that should be able to respond to
local needs and intervene in the immediate context. We have decided
to replace the conception of the city as a place whose existence is
independent of its built-in structures and practices, a place of
regulation of the everyday, an expression of the state power or of
the ruthlessness of capital, with a political understanding of the
city - the city, as a place that is constantly being reinvented by
the practices of its residents.
*The theme of UrbanFestival 2008 is: How we regret.*
We are looking for open, interactive, and participatory projects that
are socially committed. All selected artists are obligated to come to
Zagreb for a research visit.
*Organized by:* [BLOK] - Local base for culture refreshment is a
non-profit NGO that produces and organizes innovative artistic
events, works on widening and changing public space through inspiring
citizens participation, hybrid artistic-research projects reflecting
on social phenomena and urban structure. [BLOK] works to create and
maintain the continuity of artistic effect in public space.
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