call: The Sound of Violence
deadline: 1 August 2022
Call for entries
The Sound of Violence
@ The Violence Project
@ The 7 Memorials for Humanity
The Violence Project
In 2002, the media artist and curator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne initiated Violence Online Festival (running until 2006- a networked artistic project starting at the eve of the Iraq war.
20 years later in 2022, it is the right time to re-activate this Violence Project – it is war time again in Europe! But there are many wars running simultaneously in all parts on the globe.
The human condition is violent, violence as a genetic condition for survival – violence is anywhere. People do not learn to prevent violence – domestic violence against women and children, the daily violence at work, racism and social exclusion. Violence is producing violence – the consequences are horrible – crimes against humanity as they are happening during the Russian War against Ukraine. The shocking images dominate the visual media. It is the war of the images. These images are violent intending to intimidate and manipulate, but sound does the same, even if they are no fakes. The new culture of producing fakes is another form of violence. Is there the chance at all for non-violence, for a peaceful, thoughtful empathic dealing with the neighbour in good and bad times of conflicts? That non-violence can be successful in politics big leaders like Gandhi or Nelson Mandela were demonstrating, but where are these charismatic “good” people, there are much more “charismatic” evil people like the authoritarian systems on Earth are proving. Unrestrained violence seems to be usual.
Before anything else, violence is primarily defining iself also through sound, but sound is not representing a mere accompanying phenomenon, but sound can be also dominating unusually violent, in every-day-life, as well as a destructive tool in torture and war, through the misuse of sound – not only in terms of its volume, but also in terms of the assosciations connected with certain kinds of sound, and these destructive phenomena are all – human made. Compared with the natural sounds, the articifially generated sound has always the potential to become a weapon of physical or psychological harm & destruction.
The Violence Project would like to invite artists for using soundart as a way to reflect this destructive potential.
Art has not the power to prevent violence, but it is able to sensitize people for these fundamental issues by pointing to these roots and their manifestation in a diversity of violence.
The Violence Project – http://violence.newmediafest.org
is corporate part of the 7 Memorials for Humanity – http://7mfh.a-virtual-memorial.org to be presented im different exhibition formats online/offline.
Artists from all over the world working with sound/sonic art are invited to participate and submit up to 3 works.
The New Museum of Networked Art
Alphabet Art Centre