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 Projecthttp://violence.newmediafest.org
is corporate part of the 7 Memorials for Humanityhttp://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.

Regulations

– deadline: 1 August 2022
– no age limit
– no entry fee
– elegible media –
– soundart mp3 – max. 10 minutes (exceptions possible on request)
– submissions may be made exclusively online by using WETRANSFER – https://wetransfer.com/
– max 3 works can be sumitted
– only in English language
– only selected artists will be notified after the deadline and invited to send the selected work(s) in exhibition quality
– The Violence Project is looking for innovative and experimental approaches in dealing with contents and technology

Entry Form – please cut and paste
Please use for each piece to be submitted a new entry form

1.
artist/director

a) full name
b) full address
c) email, URL
d) short bio (max. 100 words, English only)

2. soundart .mp3
a) title English – original (max 3 works)
b) URL home page, (Internet address for download)
c) year of production
d) duration
e) work synopsis (max. 100 words/submission, English only)

Please add this declaration & sign it with your full name & email address
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I, the submitter/author, declare to be the holder of all rights on the submitted work.
In case the work is selected, I give – until revoke – The Violence Project the permission to include the work in the project context online and in physical space for screenings /exhibitions and the use of screenshots for non-commercial promotional purposes free of charge. Until revoke means, that the author can remove his work at any time. The work will be removed within 3 months.
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Please use for each submission a separate entry form

Please use this email address for submitting
artvideokoeln (at) gmail.com
and following subject line “The Sound of Violence

The New Museum of Networked Art
Alphabet Art Centre
http://alphabet.nmartproject.net