Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hydro Active City − an open contest

“HYDRO ACTIVE CITY” is an open international contest searching for art projects to be presented in the public space. We are looking for art works using digital media technologies in a creative approach to public space. Interactive art works involving people in the Baltic countries are looked upon as especially interesting. The winning art works will be shown presented in Gdansk during an international seminar on art and public space, held in between May 16-18th 2013.
The contest is organized by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdansk as part of the international ART LINE project, which is co-financed with funds from the European Regional Development Fund operating within the South Baltic Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2007-2013.

Thematic Approach:
Water is an element that both connects and separates all the partners of the ART LINE project. This theme has become for us a natural source of inspiration to embark on a quest in search of  “hydro-active” works of art. In our understanding, hydro active projects are those inspired by water, to the fullest extent of the term – geographical, chemical, hydrological, literary or symbolic. They either artistically explore the term or use water as a material. “Active” element of the contest requires the artists to create projects that engage viewer into an active experiencing of art. The projects should in a natural way correspond and enliven the area of Gdansk running along the channel of the Radunia river (from Wielkie Młyny Street to Krosna Street). They should serve as a hard to resist invitation for local residents to go out and stroll in the rays of the May sun. All works are expected to be based on new means of expression and should be entirely or partially realized in digital technology.
Target Group:
The contest is open to individual artists as well as teams from the Baltic states – i.e. Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Germany and Denmark. The teams need to be composed of a maximum of three people. The contest also welcomes collaborations between artists researchers, scientists and technologists.
The authors of the 3 winning projects chosen by an international jury will be invited to cooperate with us and complete their works. Each winning contestant will receive remuneration of EUR 2000 (gross) and a budget of EUR 2000 (gross) to realize the concept. The organizers will also cover the costs of accommodation and travel to Gdansk connected with production and opening of the exhibition (spring 2013).
The chosen projects shall be completed and presented in the Gdansk city space, in a virtual gallery available on ART LINE’s website and may also be presented in partner regions.
HAC call for entries

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