Call for Artists: Hidden Cities – Istanbul (Turkey) – May 10-12, 2012
Deadline: April 13, 2012
International ArtExpo is selecting all interesting video/short.films and photo works to include in the next 2012 Exhibition:
Hidden Cities – International Videoart Festival and Photo Exhibition at Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association in Istanbul, Turkey (May 10-12, 2012)
organizer: International ArtExpo
curators: Luca Curci
media partner: It’s LIQUID Group
opening: May 10, 2012 at Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association in Istanbul, Turkey
exhibition & screening places: Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association (Istanbul, Turkey)
dates: May 10–12, 2012
The deadline for applications is April 13, 2012.
The selections will be based on the main concept of “Hidden Cities” that analyses the hybridization of physical and social identities in the contemporary cities.
Hidden Cities – The gossamer of precarious realities in contemporary metropolis
“It is a sociological and urban topic rather than an architectural one: hidden cities, without being hyperbolic, whether in negative terms, regarding their size, their population, their infrastructural problems, their tendency to criminality, or in positive terms, regarding their dynamism, their variegated street life, the sheer originality of so much culture on any level, the intensity of their artistic production. Nevertheless this contest entitled Hidden Cities does not aim at confirming any of the standard images of any kind of metropolis in the world, not those of the multiplicity of guide books, not those of glossy photo albums, and not those of the authors of dirty realism or sociopolitical testimony.
Even if the Western tendency of city planning is marked by a new class segregation, urban renewal, massive housing projects, and highway building programs, historically shaped cities which represent a crossing of ancient and modern cultures, are mirrored by spatial polarization of poverty increasingly sub-urbanized (which its especially migrants), but even displayed by more soft and intangible forms of alienation and marginalization challenging the issue of citizenship. Frequently hidden cities come into being because the gap between the complexity of spatial urban form and the complexity of social process and missing economic resources to keep up with progress contributes to social degradation, and isolates its residents definitely from society. Besides these factors mentioned above, the rapid increase of people living in cities is one of the most important global health issues of the 21st century.
Beyond a mere documentation, the basic idea lanced by the event is an international confrontation that should reflect the hidden realities urban dwellers are facing, and highlight the need for concerted action. Urban averages often mask hidden pockets of ill-health and overlooked populations. By unmasking hidden cities the most deprived populations can be identified and practical measures can be set to improve their precarious existence.
But hidden cities also host a magic treasure which has got lost in well designed anonymous sky scraper geometries. The mechanism of uncontrolled and unpredictable situations, the struggle for life brings people together, unlocks their doors, orientating their look towards the neighbor or a casual passer-by, ready to talk, ready to smile. Hidden cities refer to those places that provide a slice of hidden urban life, where inhabitants enjoy their relationship with the city. It is not a matter if the city itself becomes a protagonist in photography or video art but how the city becomes a place for human lives and how those lives necessarily involve interaction with the dimensions, with the parameters, with the convolutions. Of course there is something like a real city. But that real city has no real meaning in and of itself. At this point, let us remember a quote by Julio Cortazar on the behalf of Buenos Aires: it is, like all the cities, a metaphor”. Elis Saint-Juste Gluckstein, 2012
The number of works with which you can participate is unlimited.
All video works must be on DVD (PAL or NTSC), no matter what the original source medium. The maximum length of videos should be 10 minutes.
All photo works on every kind of support are accepted. The maximum dimensions allowed per each image are 100 cm per side.
Send your works submissions with a CV/biography, videography and some still images (only for videoartists) and some samples of photo works (only for artists) to:
Luca Curci Architects
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 33
70122 Bari, Italy
The participation in International Videoart Festival and Photo Exhibition requires an entry fee for every artwork submitted and selected. Participation open to: professional artists, architects and designers, associate groups and studios.
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