Monday, 12 July 2010

17TH VIDEOBRASIL BROADENS FOCUS AND BECOMES INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL

Enrolment is open for the 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, due September 2011 with a new name and significant structural changes from the previous editions. The Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition, previously restricted to video works, is now accepting other artistic experiments, such as installations, performance, and book-objects or artist books—artwork that uses printed media or publications intended to be works of art. The new competition expands its ability to encompass diverse manifestations, including those that depart from the single-channel format.

Detailed in the Regulations and Entry Forms published here, the new change in the model of Videobrasil seeks to align the Festival with the nature of contemporary art practices, to meet the demands of political-cultural debate, and to confront the huge output of representations that constitutes the territory of visuality in the world today. It gives Videobrasil a never-before-seen format, making it the country’s first contemporary art festival.

The 1st Videobrasil Open Studio Prize underscores the propositional character of the International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil. Created for this edition, the Prize will select young artists from the city of São Paulo to produce artwork in collaboration at Casa Tomada, a local facility for production, reflection, and interaction. The works will be exhibited in the 17th Festival, as part of the Southern Panoramas exhibition. Enrolment for the Prize will remain open until October 29, 2010.

Artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania may submit works for the Southern Panoramas Competitive Exhibition by March 10, 2011. Those in the shortlist, to be announced in June 2011, will compete for a Grand Prize of forty-five thousand Brazilian reais (roughly US$25,000 at current exchange rates) cash, and eight artist residency prizes, to be granted in partnership with institutions in Brazil, Asia, Europe, and South America.

The 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil is promoted by SESC São Paulo and Associação Cultural Videobrasil. The two organizations promoted the Brazilian tour of the Sophie Calle – Cuide de você (2009) exhibition, and are now preparing the Joseph Beuys – We Are the Revolution (São Paulo/Salvador) exhibition for September 2010.

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