Monday, 27 August 2012

Romania Puts Out Call for Video Works

Everything with this contest looks well and good except when one goes to the web site and reads the small print.
Under "mentions" it says that anything submitted will not be returned but kept in the Simultan Association archive.

And for what purpose, I ask?

This is too similar to the "all rights, moral and fiduciary" that we see in the writing world, in particular, journalism.

It's all take, take, take with no or very little give.

So I guess I won't be video taping any of my technological wonders and sending tapes to Romania.


- all selected works may be used in other presentations or partner events with the aim of promoting the Simultan Festival, but not for commercial purposes.
- submitted works will not be returned, but stored in the Simultan Association archive.
- no entry fee!

SIMULTAN FESTIVAL #8 | 'The beginning of the end'
11-13 october 2012 timisoara, romania

Deadline: 15 september 2012


SIMULTAN is a festival dedicated to media art and artistic experiment, which
aims to create a bond between different media and encourage new and
innovative forms of artistic expression, in the field of visual, sound art
and music

Based on a different theme every year, the festival presents video art
projections, music live performances, interdisciplinary works,
installations, lectures.

The 8th edition of the Simultan Festival will take place from October 11 to
13, under the title 'The Beginning of The End' (TBOTE). This theme wishes to
reflect upon the phenomenon 2012, which includes a set of cataclysmic or
processing assumptions.

2012 is considered the year of changes, different Conspiracy theories were
born about the apocalypse and the end of the world - those beliefs or
speculations are related to the long Mesoamerican calendar, according to
which a cycle ends in the history of Earth and mankind. A New Age
interpretation of this transition would be that this date marks the
beginning of a new era, a positive physical or spiritual transformation,
abandoning reliance on the material level, allowing humanity to enter a new
era, one of universal harmony.

Scientists have rejected proposals like pseudoscience, stating that it
conflicts with simple astronomical observations and targets distraction from
more important issues such as global warming and biodiversity loss.
These theories seem distant and unclear in relation to the pressure of the
present and the uncertainty of the near future.

'The Beginning of The End' is questioning how this transformation process is
perceived by the individual in the present socio-political and economical
context, how we think this interpretation affects our present. This is the
question that this situation is rising inside us.

Simultan is open for submissions of innovative works, which use technology
in a creative, ingenious way or are based on a peculiar, unusual story.
- categories: video, experimental video, fiction, documentary, experimental
documentary, motion graphics, experimental animation, digital/generative.
- number of works: max 2 / author
- duration: maximum 10 minutes each

- online or by post

15 september 2012