[cma-l] Call for Community Media Arts Festival

Salvatore Scifo salvatore.scifo at communitymedia.eu
Tue May 16 15:27:10 BST 2017

On behalf of Nico Carpentier (nico.carpentier at im.uu.se)

Dear all,

Hope you are well.

We're doing a Community Media Arts Festival in Cyprus. You can read more
about the (sub)project at http://respublikafest.org/. It's one of the
interventions of the Cyprus Community Media Research Programme.

I thought this would be of interest to you.

The call is below.


Kind regards,


Call for Art Projects
by Community Media Affiliated Artists
Deadline 30 June 2017

Respublika! is a one-week community media arts festival which will take
place in Cyprus in 8 December 2017 – 16 December 2017. The festival will
be simultaneously translated into an exhibition, which will run from 8
December 2017 – 12 January 2018, and will feed a series of seminars.

This multi-sited and multi-genre community media arts festival aims to
tap into the creative reservoirs of community media organisations and
their producers; their artists and collectives; and their community,
social-oriented, cultural and artistic projects. The project will
support the artists to use an artistic language with community media as
a vehicle in order to:

1/communicate their perspectives on media democracy and its
participatory component,
2/ to represent the democratic‐participatory nature and identities of
community media.

We now call for applications to participate in the festival. See
http://respublikafest.org/call-for-entries-application/ and below.

Festival Timeline
-30 June 2017 – Deadline of call
-8 July 2017 – First selection made by Selection Committee
-20 July 2017 – Reworked project proposals submitted deadline
-31 July 2017 – Selected project proposals announced
-8 December 2017 – 12 January 2018 - Respublika! A Cypriot community
media arts festival, and Exhibition @ NeMe Arts Centre (Sat. 8 December
2017 – Fri. 12 January 2018)
Seminar – 14 December 2017
January – February 2018 - Completion of catalogue publication

Call for Entries – Applications
Respublika!: A Cypriot community media arts festival
See http://respublikafest.org/call-for-entries-application/

We welcome applications from artists that are affiliated, closely or
peripherally, to community media and community media organisations in
Cyprus, for artistic projects fit within the above-described remit of
the festival. We welcome both site-specific artworks and
non-site-specific artworks. The latter will be exhibited at the
festival’s hub, the NeMe Arts Centre, as well as at a series additional

It is important to note that we see Cypriot community media
organisations as formal or informal organisations that have a clear
communicative objective, that are not-for-profit and non-state, and
committed to democracy and participation. Community media are artistic
and democratic knowledge reservoirs, that provide the basis for a
reflection on the role of media in democracy, how mainstream media often
function as elite systems that protect a socio-cultural status quo, and
how community media provide alternative models for democracy, based on
participation and pluralism. Community media organisations are also
experienced in organising participatory processes themselves, which
makes them highly capable of producing community (media) arts projects.

We are aware that not all Cypriot community media organisations and
groups, formal or informal, define themselves as community media
organisations, even if they are as such. We are equally aware that not
all people within community media organisations define their work as
art, even though it often is, or can significantly encompass such a
direction. This call is thus also an invitation to consider and
re-consider the position of Cypriot organisations engaged in
participatory communication, and the (potentially) artistic outcome of
their work.

Interested community media affiliated artists can – as individuals or
collectively – apply for participation by sending the following
documents to the festival secretariat, in electronic format at
participate[at]respublikafest[dot]org. This email address can also be
used for queries.

-Your resume/CV including name, address, phone number, website and
e-mail address;
-A short note explaining your connection to one or more Cypriot
community media organisations, formal or informal ones;
-Project statement (maximum 500 words);
-Documentation on earlier relevant projects (if any);
-Proposed location of the art project (in the festival hub NAC, or in
another location);
-Requested support (from the festival organisers) and motivation for

The festival’s selection committee will select up to 10 artworks that
will be incorporated in the festival. The selection committee will be
composed out of the curator, Nico Carpentier (see
http://nicocarpentier.net) together with one member delegated by each of
the project partners, as this will guarantee the presence of different
types of expertise in the selection committee. This selection committee
will then select 10 artworks (or art projects).

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017, at 23:59.

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