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The European Roma Cultural Foundation functions mainly as a private operating foundation. It carries out its own project work and does not make grants or support third-party projects. As a result, it only solicits and accepts applications for specific, project-related grants and funding.

Open Call for Aplications, Roma Hiphop Archive, deadline 15 February, 2012

With the support of the International Visegrad Fund, in partnership with Romano Hangos (Czech Republic), The Gypsy Internet Radio (Slovakia), and Eastern Initiative Institute (Poland) the European Roma Cultural Foundation-ERCF (www.romacult.org) is pleased to announce an
Open Call for Applications
to Hiphop musicians of Roma origin from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
We understand Roma Hiphop in a broad sense, including several popular music genres, such as Pop, R&B, Rap, Freestyle etc. Our goal is to focus on the elements of Roma empowerment, Roma pride and contemporary literature in Roma contemporary popular music.
“Hiphop has become an uncompromising prism for critique, social and political analysis and representation of marginalized and underrepresented communities throughout the world.”*
It is now 30 years since its entrance onto the urban landscape and Hiphop continues to be supported, protected and scrutinized by the Roma. This is exactly the reason why this initiative aims to present the history of Roma hip-hop and to point out how after the 1980's Roma literature has taken over the popular genres and as a result Roma hip-hop became the main arena for the fight for equality, for Roma confidence and positive self image.
ERCF will curate a web archive: www.romahiphoparchive.org from the applications which will present the video and music files, the texts, and their English translations and an introduction for each group/band/performer.
All applications will be published on the Romahiphoparchive.org website!
An international jury will choose the guest bands/performers for the night of the international conference for academics, cultural studies experts, Roma and non-Roma intellectuals and youth to be held on March 9-10 2012, in Budapest. The travel and accommodation expenses and honorarium will be paid to the invited performers.
All applicants are required to send their application not later than 5 February, 2012 to the following e-mail address: tjunghaus@romacult.org (Timea Junghaus, curator, European Roma Cultural Foundation) Applications must contain the following information:
-Name of band or performer
-Contact person’s name
-Contact details: name, email, telephone,
-Description of the band/performer (max 3500 characters)
-Music file, video file, photos,
-Useful information: For example link to the applicant artist’s website or preveous works (optional but encouraged)
There is no application form, please apply with a single email not larger than 3,5 MB, including all the attachments.
ERCF’s Roma hip-hop archive wishes to collect all forms of Hiphop material culture including recordings, videos, web sites, films, original papers, works, references, productions, conferences, meetings, interviews, publications, research, formal proceedings, etc.
ERCF welcomes the donations of these materials for the Roma Hiphop Archive (Mailing address: ERCF, 1027-H, Budapest, Frankel Leó út 5.)
European Roma Cultural Foundation, Timea Junghaus, curator, tjunghaus@romacult.org, +36-302490222
*quote from www.hiphoparchive.org/about retrieved on 02.01.2012
Image: www.hiphoparchive.org/about retrieved on 02.01.2012


Call for Applications

Roma New Media Art in Central Europe

- Exhibition in Menü Pont, Kunsthalle, Budapest, 2011. 04. 08-31. -


With the support of the International Visegrad Fund, in partnership with Khamoro Festival (Czech Republic) and Production Roma Civic Assosiation (Slovakia) the European Roma Cultural Foundation (ERCF) is pleased to announce an Open Call for Applications to visual artists and art professionals of Roma origin from Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Visual artists, art professionals (also students), filmmakers, media professionals, internet and computer experts, creative individuals are invited to apply with media art and new media artworks (detailed below).

The European Roma Cultural Foundation (ERCF), as an operational and fundraising body, exists to strengthen and widely promote the role of Roma arts and culture in the enlarging Europe (and beyond) as a way to fight against negative stereotypes and hostile attitudes towards Roma communities.

The exhibition 'Roma New Media Art in Central Europe' is the first event of a series organized by ERCF to present contemporary Roma artists to a wide audience in official art spaces. In the past few years, partly due to the saturating effect of the Call for Applications for the second Roma Pavilion seeking new media works and partly thanks to the increasing number of Roma artists receiving official fine art education, the attention of Roma artists more intensely turned towards media art and new media. We are calling for these artists to be presented in an exhibition simultaneously, to offer a new perspective for people interested in contemporary Roma art. Roma art, because of structural, institutional and infrastructural reasons was not prone to diverse representation for a long time and was forced to show itself in a monolithic fashion, the way the majority regards ”gypsy art”. The works of young Roma artists show that Roma culture and Roma identity are just as varied and polarised as majority cultures, and every meaning is contextual and is in direct contact with contemporary identity politics. New media appears to be an effective alternative in Roma art in the lack of physical apparatuses (representational space, location, bulding and objects). The diversity of Roma communities and artistic teams seem to perfectly align with the requirements of this new genre.
The exhibition will present examples from Central Europe - Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - showing that Roma art and culture is using developing technologies to explore cultural, political and aesthetic possibilities. It raises the questions if past political and artistic actions, performances, non-profit and virtual activities (that often ease the lack of a tangible apparatus) can be interpreted in a contemporary artistic context. It aims to exhibit phenomena such as the rearrangement of computer parts gathered from searching through junk (hardware art), the conscious media and public appearances of Roma artists or interactive community projects.
Animation, comic strips, digital art, installation, internet art, live-art, performance, photograph, projection, sound art, video and other new media projects.
Video, film and sound works should not extend the maximum of 10 minutes duration.
Applications will be evaluated by the Jury delegated by ERCF, Khamoro and the Roma Production Association, with the assistance of Fictionlab, Budapest (www.fictionlab.hu) .
The chosen artists will be exhibited at the Menü Pont, the project gallery of Kunsthalle Budapest from the 9th of April until the 30st. The exhibition will open on the International Roma Day, the 8th of April, 2011. Exhibited artists will receive a honorarium. Gypsytv (www.gypsytv.eu) of the Visegrad countries will shoot and screen a film about the artists and the exhibition. A professional discussion will take place during the Khamoro Festival (www.khamoro.cz) in Prague between 18-23. May.
All applicants are required to send their application not later than 10. March 2011. to the following e-mail adress:
Sarolta Péli, curator
European Roma Cultural Foundation
Applications must contain the following information:
-Contact details (e-mail, phone/mobilephone)
-Biography of the artist (maximum 3000 characters)
-Description of the artwork
-Images (maximum 4) of the artwork or in case of a video or other moving picture stills of the film
-Useful information: For example link to the applicant artist’s website or preveous works (optional but encouraged)
There is no application form, please apply with a single email not larger than 3 MB, including all the attachments.

European Roma Cultural Foundation
Sarolta Péli, curator

Partners: ercf, menupont, vf4, khamoro, roma production, frokk

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