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beyondmemory open call
“beyondmemory” is an open call which invites artists to reflect on contemporary photography and video’s role in perceiving history and collective memory. The project is based on an idea suggested by the curator Marinella Paderni, and collaboration between Fondazione Studio Marangoni and Celeste Network.
Memory has been for centuries a community’s natural repository of symbolic and mythical meaning; a combination of true stories and fantastical representations, which mixed, history with poetry, reality with art, artistic conjecture with collective unconscious, the universal with the singular. With the end of dogmas and grand ideological narratives, memory is no longer a producer of myths, rather it survives as the basis for a search of truth, taking up the role of instrument of knowledge, of historical production and verification of information. The idea that memory is repository of a single, absolute truth, has been replaced in our information age by the notion of many memories: micro-truths without universal authenticity which act on the knowledge and production of history. In particular, according to Michel Foucault’s view, photography has given birth to the idea of archive as a repository of memory and a fundamental building-block of the present.
“beyondmemory” reflects on photography and video’s role in the perception of history and collective memory, with particular attention given to the importance of archives and photographic documents in artistic research – a cultural phenomenon which the philosopher Jacques Derrida called “le mal d’archive.”
Archive fever is one of contemporary art’s principal themes. Photography provides another viewpoint on history, revealing misunderstood or possible ‘truths’, transforming traces of information and documents into visual monuments of our time, often creating their own devices and taking up other languages of expression. Works submitted to Beyond Memory can contain images as clues for paradigms, textual elements, photographic installations with archive material, sound fragments, the use of photographs which are simply found or tell a common story, are some of the forms adopted by contemporary photography to give images various levels of significance to history and collective memory.
All projects presented to ‘beyondmemory’ must relate to the theme proposed by Marinella Paderni. Each project can contain one work or upto a maximum of 10 works – containing photographs and/or videos (max 10 miunutes) – supported by a textual statement. Works and statements can be uploaded directly by artists from personal accounts in Celeste Network, and instantly published in the appropriate area onsite called ‘Beyond Memory’.
Who can Submit?
‘beyondmemory’ is an international call for projects, in which artists or artist groups members of Celeste from anywhere in the world can participate without limits of age, sex or profession.
A shortlist of 10 selected projects made by a Selection Committee which includes Giovanna Calvenzi, Daniele De Luigi and George Tatge will be announced on 31 March 2012. The 10 selected projects will exhibited in the fmsgallery of the Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy.
Production and Transport
Selected artists invited to exhibit their works in the fmsgallery, Florence, will be responsible for their personal travel costs, and all costs related to the transport of their works to and from the exhibition. Only works which are at the exhibition can be considered for the prizes.
Exhibition and Prizes
The three winning projects will be chosen by Marinella Paderni and announced on 15 May at the opening of the exhibition, which will last from 15 May to 12 June 2012. Following the announcement of selected projects, the curator of the exhibition Marinella Paderni will decide whether some or all of works in each selected project will be exhibited, having taken into consideration the nature of all other selected projects and available exhibition space.
A catalogue containing images of all selected works, as well as brief artists’ bios, and critical texts with be published.
Contest Prize & TERMS
Second prize: 700 US$
Third prize: 700 US$
ELIGIBILITY: International - artists from anywhere in the world can participate. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
COPYRIGHT: Artists retain copyright of all works and texts they upload. USAGE RIGHTS: Artists give Celeste Network the right to use all works and texts they upload for communication and promotion purposes only: to create the prize catalogue or other promotional material associated with the prize, and in Celeste's websites.
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