Vital Space NewsLetter #5 | September 2013
1. VITAL SPACE IN THE 4th ATHENS BIENNALE 2013 – AGORA
Vital Space is pleased to announce its participation in the 4th Athens Biennale – AGORA. The 4th Athens Biennale – AGORA will turn, largely, on multidisciplinary collaborative projects, roundtable discussions, film screenings, workshops and educational programs. Vital Space ’s contribution fits well into the biennale’s spirit. In addition to presenting its mission, perspective and activities in the 4th Athens Biennale – AGORA , Vital Space will Screen, Debate and Present the Winning Entrants to its Open-Call Video Competition: Raising Awareness in 60’’
During the 4th Athens Biennale 2013 – AGORA, Vital Space will present it’s philosophy, aims and activities and will Screen the winners of the 60” Video Competition Raising Awareness in 60’’ .
The competition is open to all artists who must submit short video entries, lasting up to one minute, under the general theme/title EAST|WEST – NORTH|SOUTH: Imperiled Vital Spaces. REGISTER NOW
|The global crisis that began in 2008 is still unfolding globally, affecting adversely lives and prospects. Social and economic implosion is emblematic of this ‘negative engineering’ process that affects every aspect of humanity’s predicament. The debate on climate change has been hijacked by the ‘imperatives’ of restoring ‘growth’. Governments and Central Banks put all their energy into reflating the finance and real estate bubbles. Migration patterns are shifting, with southern Europeans joining the migratory waves from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Inequality is receiving another boost, with poverty-driven dislocation emerging triumphant. New forms of wealth, especially in developing countries, emerge hand in hand with new forms of poverty. It is in this context that the artist’s eye can help re-discover and protect precious but imperiled vital spaces.|
Image by Danae Stratou. Video stills from Icesongs squared, Vital Space Istanbul and Cityparticles
ABOUT THE 60″ VIDEO COMPETITION
|Participants are requested to submit an original sixty-second (one minute) video that reflects the theme’s spirit and helps raise awareness on our common predicament in this time of global crisis. Indeed, submissions from all over the world are encouraged, with our theme acting only as a general guide to the idea of a ‘local collapse’ following a global crisis.
Participants are asked to complete and to submit this electronic Registration Form (including a link to their video on YouTube, Vimeo or any other video hosting service website). The deadline expires at midnight (EST), 7th October 2013
PRIZES, AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS: THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
|ROUND 1 – Videos go live: Vital Space will upload the approved videos on vitalspace.org by 15th October 2013. The videos will remain on our site for two months.
ROUND 2 – Viewers’ Prize: The general public will then be invited to vote amongst the contenders for the Vital Space 60’’ Video Competition Viewers’ Prize for 2013. The vote will be completed by, and the winner will be announced on, the 30th of October 2013.
ROUND 3 – Panel Prize: On 30th October 2013, a five-member panel of jurists (drawn from Vital Space’s Board of Advisors) will announce the winner of the Vital Space 60’’ Video Competition Panel Prize for 2013, as well as two runners-up. These three videos (including the winner of the Viewers’ Prize) will then be added to the permanent collection of Vital Space’s Art Projects.
ROUND 4 – PRESENTATION: The winners of both prizes in all competitions, and possibly the runners up will be screened and Presented at the 4th ATHENS BIENNALE 2013 – AGORA.