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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.

 
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
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.
 
ACCEPTABLE WORKS
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.
 
EVALUATION
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.
 
APPLICATION
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.

FURTHER INFORMATION
European Roma Cultural Foundation
Sarolta Péli, curator
+36-70-431-8106
 

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

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