The 17th edition of the SIMULTAN Festival will take place between September 10-18, 2022 in Timișoara and aims to channel ideas and generate new perspectives in the context of the (post) global pandemic and its consequences, as well as the reverberations caused by the war in Ukraine, actively elaborating through artistic and theoretical productions themes and subjects such as the future and the potential of art in a period of massive transformations.
The title of the 2022 edition, The Changing and The Indeterminate, aims to memorize, explore and build on this state of transition through speculative reflection, a type of heuristic simulation as a conscious reactivation of past behavior stored in memory. The Changing and The Indeterminate, is an excerpt from a study by Ted Nelson on the structuring and processing of information, in which he first mentions the term hypertext and hypermedia, the idea of a complex system of interconnected elements. This idea was born more than 50 years ago, today there are already complex interconnected systems that give us access to information through the Internet, but it has also created other close connections with the physical world, on different levels, economic, social or scientific.
The world economy is a complex system composed of a multitude of interconnected but distinct networks - networks of people, goods, money or even bits. These networks are in constant motion, people are moving, goods are moving, money is being transferred and data is moving - as has always been the case. Under Capitalism this movement takes on a new form. Movement becomes the precondition for growth, which in turn is the precondition for the stability of Capitalist social relations. In essence, the system cannot survive without movement. But what happens when this system crashes and major, irreparable ruptures occur?
In this sense, it is important to design and inaugurate this ambiance conceptual framework of speculative orientation.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES The call is open for emerging and established artists, new authors and/or students. We are looking for submissions of innovative video works related to the festival motto, produced in the last two years (2020-2022).
TYPE OF WORKS: - video/experimental video; - narrative; - digital/generative; - documentary/experimental documentary; - motion graphics/experimental animation.
NUMBER OF WORKS: 2 max. / author. DURATION: 10 minutes max. (each)
APPLICATION Upload a preview version of your video to youtube (can be unlisted) or vimeo (optional with password) and include the link in the application form. The video must contain the title of the work author’s name and year of production.
AWARDS We will honor four video works (two Romanian artists and two international artists) with a 250 Euro artist fee.
JURY All works will be reviewed and selected by the festival’s curatorial staff. Only those accepted will become part of the Festival screening program. The jury's decision is final.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS The applicant declares to be the author or the rights owner and copyright of the submitted work(s). A. The author grants the Simultan Association a non-exclusive limited license that permits a public screening of the work(s) as part of the 17th edition of the Festival. B. The author agrees that the work will be shown as part of a screening program, and the programming and scheduling are at the discretion of the Festival. C. Simultan Association agrees that at all times the author remains the owner of the work(s). D. The author grants Simultan Association permission to use any extract, excerpt, part, still image from the work (not exceeding 30 seconds), and/or to use the author’s name and biography in any media for the purpose of promoting the Festival. E. All selected works may be used in other presentations and partner events with the aim of promoting the Simultan Festival, but not for commercial purposes. The submitted works will be stored in the Festival’s archive.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL SIMULTAN Festival is an annual event built around an artistic concept, which channels current situations caused by various changes in contemporary society, whether socio-political, economic or technological. The festival functions as a transdisciplinary platform dedicated to emerging media projects (audio-visual), experimental music and sound arts, in order to facilitate a meeting and presentation point for the local artistic community in relation to the international one. During the nine days, the program includes a series of events and actions, such as live sound and audiovisual performances, video art screenings, exhibitions, conferences and workshops in which some themes and methods are: stylistic eclecticism, relationship between man and technology, recycling or ecological themes, dry - digital lyricism, the fusion of acoustic and electronic instruments, expanded cinema, jovial sound collage, as well as the reflection on the political valences of sound.