Archive: Issue No. 61, September 2002

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18.09.02 Thupelo Cape Town Regional Workshop
18.09.02 Sithengi Film Festival Poster competition extended
18.09.02 CAP Short Course
18.09.02 National portrait competition
29.08.02 Open Air - Radiotopia South African sessions
29.08.02 Short course on Popular Visual Culture
29.08.02 Work/ living space to rent in Woodstock
29.08.02 Papers invited for 1st Art Therapy World Congress

17.07.02 Arts training programmes run by Artscape
17.07.02 Short courses at Community Arts Project, Cape Town

19.08.02 Cover artwork sought for collection of Southern African women's writing
19.08.02 Submissions invited for Knysna Arts Experience
01.08.02 Foundation for Education, Science and Technology photographic competition
01.08.02 International digital art prize
17.07.02 Transmediale.03 - International Media Art Festival, Berlin
01.07.02 Masjien videochannel invites contributions
01.06.02 Commissions Manager: Public Art Programme
01.06.02 Curators and ideas wanted for Tirana Biennale in Prague
01.06.02 Artists' Emergency Response - Video Petition Project
15.05.02 Daniel Langlois Foundation calls for research proposals
15.05.02 Mind's i art space calls for exhibition proposals
24.04.02 Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards
21.09.01 Fortis Graphix animated gif contest
05.06.01 Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

17.06.02 Nagasawa Art Park Residency Programme
31.07.01 Artists' residency at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Norway
05.06.01 Surreal Estates residence in Sacramento, California

19.08.02 Photography post at Rhodes University
01.07.02 Works requested for AIDS art auction in UK
10.07.01 South African photographers' database
12.06.01 Space for hire at João Ferreira Fine Art
08.05.01 The new Michaelis Art Shop


Thupelo Cape Town 10 day Regional Workshop

SANG Annexe 11-20 October 2002

Thupelo workshops are organised by artists and are initiated in response to a need for interaction between artists.

"The concentration of so much energy and commitment into a short period of time encourages risk taking and experimentation that might not happen in the artist�s own studio. At the same time the process of exchange that lies at the heart of the [Thupelo] Workshops based on the Triangle model often has a long-term influence on the practice and sometimes the lives of the participants. The strong emphasis on process rather than product engendered by the workshops means that the work made and exhibited at the workshop open days is often not finished work." - Robert Loder.

We invite you to apply for the next regional workshop which will be held at the South African National Gallery annexe, running from Friday 11 October, culminating in an open day/exhibition of work-in-progress on Sunday 20 October 2002

The workshop is open to any adult working full time in the visual arts in Cape Town. We are including in this years workshop a few places for artists of other disciplines such as performance, music, poetry, film, etc. To apply please submit to the above address:

  • A motivational Letter

  • 6-8 images of work

  • Deadline for applications: 27 september 2002

    For further information contact Alex on 447969 or look at

  • Entries invited for Sithengi Film Festival poster

    Design the first Sithengi Film Festival poster and you can win R10 000

    The first Sithengi Film Festival will be held in Cape Town from November 9 - 16 and we welcome your poster designs to mark the First Festival.

    The festival will feature films from developing countries in a programme of 'World Cinema'. Films from Africa, Asia and Latin America will be shown as well as a First Nation Strand of films from both developing and developed countries. Through the promotion of top quality international films, we hope to simultaneously place value on African films.

    We invite you to submit a poster design for this festival to promote and illuminate the brand of The Sithengi Film Festival - in essence we are giving you the opportunity to create the image of this event. We want to emphasize that this is our FIRST festival in the history of Sithengi. As mentioned above, this year we are focusing on films from developing countries and are hoping to broaden audience's experience of First Nation Strand films.

    Competition Rules
    1. Entries close on September 23, 2002.
    2. Submissions must reach us at 209 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8001 in the form of an A3 colour poster
    3. Each entrant may enter more than one design
    4. Entries will not be returned
    5. A prize of R10 000 will be awarded to the winning poster
    6. The panel's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
    7. The selected artwork becomes the property of Sithengi

    For more information, contact Laun Bowman (

    Community Arts Project Short Courses

    Explore the possibilities of papercrafts whilst using paper mache and decoupage techniques to create objects such as chairs, tables, vases and lampshades.

    Course duration: 7 weeks
    Date: October 14 to November 29
    Days: Mondays and Thursdays
    Time: 1 - 4pm
    Facilitator: Rebecca Townsend
    Cost: R90.00

    Tel: (021) 465-3689

    Community Arts Project Short Courses

    The Tatham Art Gallery invites submissions in a national competition from South African citizens resident in South Africa for a portrait of King Cetshwayo of the Zulu as part of its centenary celebrations in 2003.

    Apart from collecting money from citizens of Pietermaritzburg in 1903 for the purchase of paintings to start an art collection for the City, Mrs Ada Tatham also collected "in tiny sums" an amount of �300 from the children and women of schools the Midlands and northern Natal which was used to commission a copy of Winterhalter�s state coronation portrait of Queen Victoria in St James�s Palace, London. Permission was granted by King Edward VII for the painter Charles van Havermaet to spend six weeks copying the portrait on site. An impressive gilt frame was donated by Pietermaritzburg�s London agent. The frame has the Royal coat-of-arms at top centre, and the coats-of-arms of Natal and Pietermaritzburg at each top corner. For many years the painting hung in the Pietermaritzburg City Council Chamber. In 1995 when the Chamber was refurbished for the incoming Transitional Local Council, the painting was removed and now hangs in the main stairwell of the Tatham Art Gallery�s new home, the Old Supreme Court Building.

    Winterhalter�s portrait dates from 1847, the year Natal became the first colony added to the British Empire during the reign of Queen Victoria.

    "The time is long overdue to address an obvious historical imbalance," says Tatham Art Gallery Director, Brendan Bell. "We cannot and do not wish to hide any aspect of our history as a province, and the portrait of Queen Victoria demands an equally impressive companion portrait of one of the Zulu kings. There is no more appropriate subject than King Cetshwayo of the Zulu, who played such an important role in Natal during Queen Victoria�s reign."

    Cetshwayo reigned as King of the Zulu from 1873 and 1884. Like his predecessors he wanted to avoid conflict with the white settlers but he was obstructing imperial endeavours. He struck an effective alliance with the British in order to keep his longstanding enemies, the Transvaal Boers, in check, but the alliance collapsed when the British annexed Transvaal and supported false Boer land claims in the ongoing border dispute with Zululand. This led to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, the defeat of the British at the Battle of Isandlwana and the ultimate defeat of the Zulu at the Battle of Ulundi, Cetshwayo�s new capital. Cetshwayo was eventually captured and taken to the Cape. In 1882 he travelled to London where he met Queen Victoria. On his return he was reinstated as King of the Zulu in a much reduced territory and with less autonomy, and became embroiled in inter-chiefdom war deliberately engineered by the British as part of their "divide and conquer" policy. He died on 8 February 1884, presumably of a heart attack.

    The competition is for the award of a R100 000 commission for a portrait in oil or acrylic on canvas of King Cetshwayo in traditional dress. The commissioned portrait measuring 2310mm (height) by 1540mm (width) will become part of the Tatham Art Gallery permanent collection and will hang adjacent to the portrait of Queen Victoria in the main stairwell of the Tatham Art Gallery.

    Entries in the first round will be exhibited in the Tatham Art Gallery�s West Gallery during February 2003. Five artists will be selected to submit comprehensive portfolios of their work to date, from which the winner of the commission will be announced. Each of the finalists will receive R5 000. An exhibition of material relating to King Cetshwayo will complement the unveiling ceremony of the portrait in November 2003.

    The competition will be judged by the Tatham Art Gallery Acquisitions Committee and invited experts. The selectors will be looking for:

    an accurate physical likeness of King Cetshwayo.
    accurate rendition of King Cetshwayo�s traditional attire and any artefacts included in the painting.
    a full length portrait of the King, standing or seated in a suitable setting.
    an indication of King Cetshwayo�s personality and dignity as a Zulu king.
    an indication that the artist has considered the portrait of King Cetshwayo as a companion to the portrait of Queen Victoria in respect of its Royal subjects, its size and colouring.
    highly competent painting skills.

    Interested artists are requested to contact Mduduzi Xakaza or Brendan Bell on (033) 342-1804, or email

    Call for Sound Submissions

    The Trinity Session, South African partners to the 2002 Ars Electronica Festival and Kunstradio, Austria, are producing OPEN AIR � RADIOTOPIA SOUTH AFRICA SESSIONS. RADIOTOPIA is an artistic sound network project without commercial and ideological goals. The 2002 festival�s theme, UNPLUGGED, focuses on the blind spots of globalization. The festival will take place from 7-12 September in Linz, Austria.

    RADIOTOPIA explores �radio� as a most globally accessible medium for communication and information exchange, which, despite its dismissal as an outdated technology, can reach across cities and remote areas and act as a means for building local and international community.

    OPEN AIR � RADIOTOPIA SOUTH AFRICA SESSIONS is an on line - on air - on site event. A live event will take place in Johannesburg on 10 September at The Horror Cafe. During the event, submitted sounds will be uploaded to the official Ars Electronica website and sounds will be linked and exchanged between Johannesburg and Linz.

    OPEN AIR � RADIOTOPIA SOUTH AFRICA SESSIONS seeks contributions of sound works, soundscapes and just about any kind of sound in any form. Submitted sounds must be unique and depict a specific landscape, cityscape, ecosystem, musical instrument or language, voice, body, etc. ALL SOUNDS MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 9, 2002.

    During the first week of September three limited participation sound creation workshops facilitated by sound artists and technicians will take place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Specific dates to be announced.

    Be part of the Radiotopia acoustic network and contribute your sound! Drop off sounds/poems/scores etc. without a restriction on running time in a prerecorded form as cassettes, CDs or MDs in Johannesburg at The Horror Cafe where they will be digitized by Vega: The Brand Communications School, in Cape Town, location to be determined and in Durban at the NSA Gallery �or� upload sound streams, files or images to the internet �or� telephone your sound in to Johannesburg 011 403 5967 as a recorded message or fax texts/ poems/statements in any language in written form. South African radio stations interested in exchanging sounds for broadcast with Kunstradio, Austria are also invited to participate.

    Sound submitters must agree to grant the festival organizers the right to use their materials partially or in their entirety. In an effort to make sounds easily accessible the organizers may classify contributions according to emotional atmosphere, type of language (ie: everyday human parlance, poetic speech, environmental sounds, urban rhythms, etc.) Submitters are invited to classify their own sounds.

    For more information and to upload sounds log on to the official festival website, or call The Trinity Session in Johannesburg 011 339 2785 or email

    The Trinity Session is an independent contemporary arts production team practicing in public art projects, project initiation and production, curating, researching and critical writing. Specialized interest areas include urban development and criticism, technology and the body and web and electronic art.

    Sound drop off information:

    The Horror Cafe
    15 Becker Street
    Newtown Precinct
    (corner Bezuidenhout, between Jeppe and President Streets)
    tel: Johannesburg 011 838 6734
    Sound drop off: Monday � Saturday 12-5pm
    Workshop date TBD

    Cape Town:
    Location TBD
    Contact James Webb of Public Eye for more information:
    082 371 3833
    Workshop date TBD

    NSA Gallery
    Contact Nathi or Storm at 031 202 3686 or
    166 Bulwer Road
    Sound drop off: Tuesday - Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4
    Workshop Date: 2 September

    The University of Pretoria's Department of Visual Arts is offering a short course on Popular Visual Culture.

    If you are interested in, but perhaps also baffled by today�s visual culture, this course introduces you to some of the ways in which popular visual culture can be interpreted and understood. Since we need to be visually literate in today�s world of media saturation, we hope to help you appreciate some of the complexities of our contemporary visual environment, ranging from casinos to cyborgs. This course explores a variety of examples from visual culture, and will empower you to be able to interact with everyday visual messages in a more informed manner. You need no prior knowledge to register for this introductory course, and we promise you a visually stimulating experience.

    Lecturers from the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria will explore the following topics:

    What does Disney entertainment have to do with South African shopping malls, casinos and theme parks? What do these entertainment landscapes reveal about our society? (two lectures) How is South African visual identity reflected in today�s art, fashion and music? (two lectures) How can we make sense of, and interact with, virtual culture and cyberspace? (two lectures)

    Lectures are presented by Dr Jeanne van Eeden, Ms Stella Viljoen, Ms Amanda du Preez (in order of appearance) each Tuesday from September 3 until October 8.

    Venue: Visual Arts Building, University of Pretoria
    Time: 18:00 � 19:30

    Course fee: Full course R300-00 per person (includes light refreshments and handouts)
    Per lecture R50-00 (includes light refreshments)
    Students pay half-price

    Certificate: A certificate of the University of Pretoria is awarded on completion of the course

    Contact course co-ordinator Monica du Preez for an enrolment form.
    Tel: +27 (012) 420-5015/3518
    Fax: (012) 362-5285

    Penthouse Studio and/ or living space in Woodstock, Cape Town

    Studio and/ or living space in Woodstock in a 24hr security building, 85m2. The two-storey penthouse is newly renovated and has magnificient views of the mountain, city and harbour. There is a kitchen and a bathroom with shower only. R2200 a month includes VAT, secure parking and security.

    Tel: Carine at 083 973-8362 or (021) 425-6659.

    Papers invited for 1st Art Therapy World Congress


    The Hungarian Art Therapy Association has undertaken the task to organise the First Art Therapy World Congress in Budapest. This event will be unique in being the first comprehensive, international and professional meeting on art therapy. The purpose of the 1st Art Therapy World Congress in spring 2003 is to lay the foundation for a new tradition, in the form of biannually organised congresses.

    The helping, promoting and curing power of art has been known by mankind since art arose. These effects became categorised with professional names because of the pragmatic mentality of the 19th and 20th centuries as art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, bibliotherapy, poetry therapy and many other forms and methods. The preliminary condition of their integration into the professional world is the integration into the educational system. It must be the task of the 21st century�s history, if the art therapists want to keep abreast of the current events.

    Meetings and congresses are always important parts of the professional development. In the fields of art therapy it is an essential step to create international forums that will not only collect all the experts within regional groups, as could be seen in many cases in the history of art therapy, but it will also cover all kinds of art therapies and will have guests from all continents. Besides being engaged in a scientific programme, the congress undertakes to present artistic production, concerts, exhibitions etc., referring to the fact that art plays a great role in the receptive methods of art therapies.


    Information on the themes of music therapy, bibliotherapy, cinematic, movement and dance and dramatic art therapy can be obtained from the organisers. The themes of the fine art therapy are listed below.

    Fine art therapies

    The history as well as general theoretical questions of the fine art therapies and their adjoining scientific territories (fine art pedagogy, sociology, psychology, aesthetics, art history etc.), methods, fields of application, complex forms (e.g. fin art therapy methods with application of music), creative therapies, fine art therapies � questions of the categorization and therapies in actual practice, pictures, statues etc. � the cultural world inheritance in the receptive fine art therapy, graphics, painting, photo, plastic art, mixed technologies in therapy, applied arts in therapy, handcrafts in therapy, application of computer, using of internet, educational forms and training for fine art therapists, fine art education, psychology and sociology of design culture in connection with fine art therapy.


    The official languages of the conference are Hungarian and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided throughout the conference.


    Papers on the listed topics may be presented in English or Hungarian. The Scientific Committee will consider papers for presentations on the basis of an abstract of maximum 350 words submitted with the application form (pre-registration form). The abstracts should be in English. There will also be a poster session. Preparation for poster presentation is the same as the oral presentations. Both oral and poster presentations� abstracts will be published only in English.


    Presentation (maximum 15 minutes) of accepted papers will be by the authors at the relevant session.


    September 30 - Submission of abstracts (350 words)
    October 15 - Confirmation of the acceptance of the conference papers
    November 1 - 2nd Announcement with registration form, preliminary programme, accommodation details and accompanying persons' programmes
    January 15 - Submission of final version of abstracts


    Abstracts and preliminary registration forms to be sent to the conference office:

    Meeting Budapest Organizer Ltd.
    Szil�ágyi u. 3. Budapest H-1081 Hungary
    Phone: (361) 459 8060 / Fax: (361) 459 8065

    March 30 - April 2, 2003
    To be sent to: Meeting Budapest Ltd. Szil�gyi u. 3. Budapest H-1081 Fax: (361) 459-8065

    Participation in the Conference  Definitely  Probably 
    With accompanying person I enclose an abstract  yes  no

    Ms/Mr Family name:..........................................
    First name:..................................................................................
    Company name:.............................................................................................


    Postal code:........................................................
    Street No:.........................................................................................
    Information on accommodation, scientific programme and other activities will be sent together with the official registration card in November, 2002 only to those, who have returned this preliminary registration form.



    Arts training programmes

    Cape communities will soon receive arts training with the introduction of a comprehensive training programme by Artscape. The subsidised programme will be presented at the Artscape Theatre Centre, Langa and Mitchell's Plain. The programme, which covers various genres, is aimed at emerging artists from communities who did not have access to such training. It will be coordinated by the new Community Arts Resource Centre at Artscape which will be officially launched in September. The courses range from basic computer literacy to arts management, playwriting and jazz development.

    "We plan to run these courses in close collaboration with all participating community arts organisations," says Marlene le Roux, Director of Audience Development and Education at Artscape. "We are grateful for the support of the Golden Arrow Foundation (GAF) which is granting a substantial amount of money. We will try to secure more sponsors as the Centre expands its activities.

    "Such donations help us to restrict costs to the minimum. Most of the courses which consist of between four and six training sessions will cost R100. We even offer bursaries, but only to well motivated applications from community organisations. The emphasis is on community empowerment rather than individual training. This will transfer knowledge and skills into communities," says le Roux.

    A training programme for aspiring arts managers will be run by education consultant Carl Johnson over a period of six weeks. It covers subjects such as arts funding, proposals, business plans, event management and the establishment of arts projects.

    More information on courses, costs, venues, registration deadlines and bursaries can be obtained from the Community Arts Resource Centre. Call Pamela Jack (021) 410-9986 on weekdays between 8.30am and 3pm.

    Short courses at CAP

    Community Arts Project (CAP) is presenting a series of new courses -

    Screenprinting with Velile Soha, 3 days a week from 1 - 4pm, July 22 - August 16
    Papier Maché, 3 days a week from 1 - 4pm, August 19 - September 13

    Both courses cost R60, but financial assistance is available. No experience is necessary for either course. Enrolment began on July 1.

    CAP, 106 Chapel Street, Woodstock, 7925
    For more information or to enrol, call Maria on (021) 465-3689


    Search for artwork for Women Writing Africa: The Southern Region

    We are looking for artwork for the cover for 'Women Writing Africa: The Southern Region'. The volume is a collection of writing by women from Southern Africa, beginning with a piece recorded in 1842 and coming all the way up to the present. Years in the making, it represents intensive research by a team of editors in the region to uncover the history of women's experiences and struggles. There is no resource like it currently in existence, as it combines literary works with documents retrieved from archives, court records, and oral texts ranging from praise poems and initiation songs to political speeches. Many different cultures and languages are represented. We are particularly interested in work that represents women as group.


    Livia Tenzer
    The Feminist Press at CUNY
    365 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10016
    Tel: (212) 817-7927
    Fax: (212) 817-1593

    Submissions invited for Knysna Arts Experience

    While this year's Knysna Arts Experience _ scheduled from September 27 to October 6 _ will still be centred in the town itself, an exciting new venue is to make its debut for drama, entertainment and a visual arts "experience".

    Called the "Sawmill on Thesen Islands", this heritage structure, one of the first major industrial buildings in Knysna, was home to the historical timber industry. Made available for use by the Thesen Islands Development Company as part of their continued commitment to the community and cultural heritage of the town, the venue is the brainchild of Norman Leite of Integrated Projects, project managers for the island redevelopment. Leite has seven years of experience in theatre, including being a regular team member at the Grahamstown Festival. With this background he is full of new ideas for the Knysna Arts Experience.

    The Sawmill is to be divided into two major areas. The Studio will focus on the performing arts while a larger area is avalailable for the visual arts _ "Not an exhibition", says Trent Read of Knysna Fine Art, cryptically, "but an Experience".

    To this end, proposals are invited and should be sent to Public Eye at Although there is no money available for a project, logistical support, perhaps some materials can be made available, there will be free accommodation provided. This venue and opportunity are ideal for an experimental project.

    Send proposals to by August 31

    Foundation for Education, Science and Technology photographic competition: S A Science Lens

    Can you capture the beauty and excitement of science and technology on film? Do you have striking images that convey how science and technology impact on and benefit our daily lives?

    The Mail & Guardian and the Foundation for Education, Science and Technology (FEST) have joined forces to present South Africa's first photographic competition specifically aimed at illustrating and communicating the excitement and impact of science to a broad audience. FEST is an agency of the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST), dedicated to engaging people with science and technology.

    The competition is open to professional photographers or amateurs with an enthusiasm for science, technology and medicine. Researchers, health professionals and educators are also encouraged to participate. We are looking for stunning, original images from all aspects of science, whether it be biology, medicine, physics, astronomy, chemistry, technology, engineering, earth sciences, mathematics or any other field of science, engineering or technology.

    There are three entry categories to choose from with cash prizes of R45 000 at stake. Selected entries and the winning photographs will be published in the Mail & Guardian and will be exhibited at an international conference dedicated to public communication of science, to be held in Cape Town from December 4 - 7, 2002 (see for more information about this conference).

    A representative panel of judges will be appointed by FEST in consultation with the Mail & Guardian.

    The closing date for entries is Monday, 30 September 2002.

    SA Science Lens is modeled on a similar competition in the UK, called 'Visions of Science'. To see prize-winning images from this competition, please visit

    1st International Prize of Digital Art from the 2002 Fita Foundation

    The 1st International Prize of Digital Art, hosted by the 2002 Fita Foundation, is open to all international artists with the aim of promoting the artists, their works and research in this new media. The current convocation deals with 'The Human Face' and the best work will be awarded 5000 euros.

    For more information:

    Transmediale.03 - International Media Art Festival Berlin

    Call for Entries

    Transmediale is a festival for art and the creative usage of digital media. The festival shows new and significant digital cultural projects and offers reflections on the role of digital technologies in contemporary society. It is a forum for communication by artists, media workers and a broad public interested in the arts.

    Transmediale award

    Prizes worth EUR 5,000 will be awarded in each of the three categories Interaction, Image and Software. The transmediale.03 invites the submission of artistic projects developed since 2000 in these three fields. The award winners will be selected by three separate international juries. The award winning works and others will be invited to transmediale.03 and will be presented, circumstances permitting, in the exhibition, screenings, the media lounge or on stage.

    > Interactive Systems
    This category covers artistic production focusing on human interaction with and through digital media. Interactive systems consist of several components which combine to create an artwork that can be experienced individually or collectively and whose outcome is relatively open and dependent on the recipient's participation. These can be locally-based systems like installations or performances, as well as open, networked processes or actions. The evaluation of these works hinges on their reflection of current social and cultural conditions and on the choice of adequate media and components which articulate the intention of the project.

    > Linear and non-linear moving images
    This category includes works that deal with the aesthetics of moving images and that reflect the role of the image in the age of digital, interactive and network media. Such works can deal with the transformation of visual languages and the emerging, non-linear forms of narration, as well as with innovative forms of presentation and reception and with the combination of images with sounds and other forms of artistic expression. Going beyond the by-now-classical video format, the Image category also covers projects in areas like video performance, Internet movie or interactive story telling.

    > Generative Art
    The Software category includes projects whose main artistic material is programme code, or which deal with the cultural understanding of software. Thus, software is not understood as a functional tool serving the 'real' artistic work, but as a generative means for the creation of machinic and social processes. Software art can be the result of an autonomous and formal creative practice, but it can also refer to the cultural and social meaning of software, or reflect on existing software through strategies like collage or critique.

    Conditions of Entry

    Deadline: September 8, 2002

    Accepted media: S-VHS and VHS-tapes, Mini-DVs (Pal), DVDs, CD-ROMs, Zip cartridges, Floppy Discs (3.5), Web-sites. No demo versions - only finished works!

    The evaluation by the jury requires good documentation of submitted works (especially in the fields of Software and Interaction). Where appropriate, an explanation should be given as to which aspects of the works the jury should consider in particular.

    Mailing costs will be borne by the entrant. Submissions will be returned on request only, subject to the following conditions: - submissions from Germany must have a stamped and self-addressed envelope enclosed - submissions from abroad must have a US $ 10 or EUR 10 bill (cash only) enclosed.

    There will be no insurance cover for the material received. Should a work be damaged through the fault of the transmediale only the material value will be reimbursed.

    Works submitted must be in German or English or have subtitles in either of these languages. Works in other languages must be accompanied by a text list in German or English.

    Customs Declarations
    Transmediale will only accept packages from abroad whose customs declaration forms have been completed correctly. Packages dispatched from outside the European Union must bear the following information: indication of the content plus the note "Not for trade - temporary loan for festival. Value = 0".

    Theme: play global!

    transmediale.03 deals with the artistic and cultural effects of globalisation. The competition for the transmediale award is an independent part of the festival, so that submissions for the competitions can, but do not have to relate to the festival theme 'play global!'.

    Globalisation is a process through which the possibility of worldwide relations extends across the entire field of social relations. In the course of this process, we do not only see the expansion of economic, political and military constellations. The world is turning into a multi-layered social space for which new cultural concepts have to be developed in order for individuals and groups to be able to act. Mobile communication, telematic tools, worldwide collaborative structures and global political alliances create a new cultural landscape whose rules will have to be learned and worked on.

    'Play global!' is meant as a challenge to artists and creative practitioners to propose concepts and ideas for this new, global field of action and interaction. Is there a new artistic language of the global? What is the relationship between an individual's local existence and his or her social environment, which is less and less locally determined and which can today include collaborators, partners and friends working at the other end of the world?

    Obviously, the challenge to participate in the 'global game' is not without irony. The so-called 'global players', companies and conglomerates, use their extensive networks and huge masses of capital to transgress national borders, viewing the entire world as their playground. The festival will present critical and self-conscious as well as playful responses to this scenario.

    We therefore invite the submission of concepts, project proposals and materials relating to the festival theme, independent from the competition.

    Entry form: PDF download from by September 8

    Hosted by Berliner Kulturveranstaltungs-GmbH
    in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt
    Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds
    Senate of Berlin
    and Sponsors
    The transmediale.03 award is supported by AVM Computersystems.

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    Masjien videochannel invites contributions

    The R.K.B [Remote Kontrol Bureau] is inviting independent filmmakers to contribute inserts to the next issue of the MASJIEN videochannel project.

    Where the launch issue was a selection of original South African short films, issue two introduces the first theme: "congratulations!" No 02 will be available to the public in September. Outlines can be send to

    "Masjien has no specific format : the only criteria is that it must be superior and display an advanced method of data-analysis," says operator Berlin East.

    The first limited edition is available in standard grade VHS at Exclusive Books Nationwide as well as the V&A Waterfront and Sandton Levi's Stores at the introductory price of R 40.00 until the end of August.

    Commissions Manager: Public Art Programme

    Johannesburg Development Agency calls for Expressions of Interest for a Commissions Manager: Public Art, Constitution Hill.

    The Constitution Hill project marks one of the major inner-city regeneration projects by contributing to its economic, social and cultural upliftment. The Art Works Programmes are a major component of the Constitution Hill Project. These Programmes are intended to make a significant contribution to the overall goal of ensuring that Constitution Hill becomes a major attraction.

    The JDA and the Project Board for Constitution Hill have recognised the contribution that newly commissioned works of art can make to their project.

    The JDA anticipates that the successful proposal could well come from an individual, a team, consortium or company offering the full range of skills, knowledge and connections required grouped around a solid core of management experience.

    For more information:
    Under: TENDERS (Download the Proposal Call Document)

    Curators and ideas wanted for Tirana Biennale in Prague

    The Tirana Biennale 2 is looking for curators and ideas in order to create a real contemporary art event.

    Dear friends,

    I am currently working on the second edition of the Tirana Biennale that will take place in Prague next July 2003 at the beautiful site of Contemporary Art Museum of Elektrisny, a massive rationalist structure that is one of the most fascinating buildings in the world. I feel my extraordinary experience with the city of Tirana is exhausted. The Tirana Biennale 1 was made possible thanks to an enthusiasm and energy that is without equal, and in spite of the stress and the conditions of absolute emergency. The logistic difficulties (a non-existent budget, frequent lack of power and materials to install the show) was brilliantly overruled by the spirit of co-operation between artists and curators. The fact that Tirana Biennale 1 opened last September 14-15 - three days after the WTC attack - didn't prevent the participation of large number of artists, curators, and visitors from the whole Europe, but the trauma of those days limited the great flux expected from the every corner of the world.

    At the moment we are working on this new TIRANA BIENNALE IN PRAGUE, that will be realized with a brand new formula in comparison to all the other international big art events. You know well my interest and passion work only when pressured by hard times. The Presidents of the second edition of the Tirana Biennale will be Milan Knizak, director of the Contemporary Art Museum, and me, Giancarlo Politi, publisher and editor of Flash Art. We will probably nominate a director and team of curators, who will have the duty of conceiving and designing this biennale. The Biennale will open during the first week of July 2003. At the moment we are forced to work within a very low budget (though it will increase to acceptable limits), but we feel the TIRANA BIENNALE IN PRAGUE will be the greatest cultural event in 2003. The formula will certainly be in tune with the times and the cultural changes currently on course - unlike all the other events. Further information will follow shortly.

    Best wishes,
    Giancarlo Politi

    * Meanwhile, all those who wish to submit non-expensive and new curatorial ideas are more than welcome. You could be part of our curatorial staff. A big exhibition today can take place only with different ideas and diverse input, and not with a show-off referee and a little one-idea oriented staff. That's why I'm here. I am looking forward a confrontation of ideas with you.

    The best proposals we will receive, even if not considered for the exhibition, will be published on the catalogue.

    Artists' Emergency Response - Video Petition Project

    Dear students and non-students in South Africa,
    I am part of a student group at the Art Institute of Chicago working to make a Video Petition Project, detailed in the press release below. Please take a few moments to read over our proposal. We are looking for organisations and individuals to endorse and participate in this project. We begin shooting this summer in as many North American cities as possible, and hopefully in other regions of the world as well. In Chicago, we will be shooting at Video Machete and other venues TBA.

    Peace and Justice,
    Andrew Colwell

    Artists' Emergency Response (AER) launches Video Petition Project to voice opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and to speak for a just solution to the Palestinian Refugee Crisis and an equitable and lasting peace in the Middle East. A student group at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago working with faculty and staff, AER consists of Jewish, Non-Jewish, and Arab-American members working to respond to the current Middle East Crisis as artists and activists.

    AER has written 11 petition statements to be read on camera by people in the United States and Canada. The video will serve as the visual testimony of North Americans asserting their multi-faceted views against the Israeli occupation. These voices are under-represented by the media, despite their large and growing numbers, and cannot be dismissed as anti-Semitic or self-loathing simply due to their criticisms of the Israeli Government and its policies.

    Beginning in the summer of 2002, AER will work with organisations and individuals throughout the US and Canada to sign thousands of individuals onto the Video Petition. The completed tapes will be screened in a variety of venues, from colleges, universities, and high school campuses, to community organisations, art venues, public access television, radio, and internet sites. The Video Petitions will also be sent to public officials and leaders.

    For more information or to endorse or participate in The Video Petition Project, please contact AER at

    Daniel Langlois Foundation calls for research proposals

    The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology is launching a call for research proposals in the program of grants for researcher in residence. This program being in its second year, the Foundation hopes to foster critical thinking about how technologies affect people and their natural and cultural environments.

    Following an international competition open to historians, curators, critics, independent researchers, artists and scientists, the Foundation will enable two researchers to work in the collections and archives of the Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D). The research project must focus on one of the Foundation's collections; a profile of the Foundation's collections is available at the following URL:

    Twice a year, the CR+D will welcome a researcher for three to six months. The researchers will be given access to computer and audiovisual equipment, the Foundation's database and its documentary collections. Their research findings will be published on the Foundation's website.

    For more details on this initiative, consult the program of grants for researcher in residence in the Funding Programs section of the Foundation's Web site:

    The deadline for applying is August 31, 2002. If you don't have Internet access, or if you have any questions about how to submit a project to the Foundation, please contact the program officer Jacques Perron at or tel: (514) 987 7177.

    Mind's i art space calls for exhibition proposals

    Mind's i art space in Pretoria is inviting artists to present portfolios and exhibition proposals for the remainder of 2002. The gallery aims to promote challenging contemporary work in all media and disciplines. The gallery, located in Brooklyn Square shopping centre, is ideally situated to expose your work to a broad spectrum of viewers and buyers. Exhibitions are complemented by talks and lectures, animation screenings and live art performances.

    We are interested in small bodies of work and single works to be included in group exhibitions in July, August, September and October. Interested artists must please contact the gallery at 012 346 5131. The gallery can be visited online at

    Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards

    The Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award is a biennial award sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation. Ten awards are made to craftspeople and artists, aged between 22 and 35, who show promise and initiative in their own country but who have had little opportunity of working in another country. Applications are welcomed from citizens from all parts of the Commonwealth and in most artforms. Applications are judged by panels of professional artists and arts administrators with a wide experience of the arts and crafts in the Commonwealth. The Award, in the region of 6,000 pounds, is intended to help winning artists explore their art in another Commonwealth country by working with other artists or studying in an arts institution for a period of approximately six months. Normally the payment covers airfares, fees, living expenses and the cost of mounting an exhibition. Payment is made in three instalments.

    The aim of the Award is to encourage the sharing of artistic experience and traditions within the Commonwealth. It aims to give craftspeople and artists the chance to share their skills, exchange ideas, develop their talents and create a network of artists around the Commonwealth. The Award is about cultural dialogue rather than art for art's sake.

    We are looking for:
    - talented artists and craftspeople who have the ability to communicate and the desire to extend their horizons;
    - original art and craft which has a strong identity, is rooted in its own traditions and has the potential to develop further;
    - resourceful and self-reliant artists and craftspeople who, if selected, have the ability to plan, organise and manage their award;
    - artists who will make the most of the opportunities provided by these awards.

    The Award is not intended for study leading to a degree. It is also not intended for travel between any two of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Travel to developing countries is especially encouraged.

    How to enter

    All applicants must complete the application form and submit the following in an envelope no larger than A3 size (420mm x 297mm).

    1 A curriculum vitae outlining your education, experience and details of where you have exhibited or displayed your work.
    2 Ten 35mm slides or good quality photographs (clearly labelled) of individual pieces of work. Slides are preferred. Photocopies, negatives and original work are not acceptable. When labelling slides please write directly onto the mount.
    3 A short statement describing each piece of work.
    4 Letters of reference from two referees outlining why you merit an award based on the stated aims of the award. One of the references must be from a recognised arts institution, ie a gallery, art college or artists' organisation.
    5 A statement setting out your reasons for applying for the Award. Please include:
    - the specific field of art in which you are interested, the country/countries you would like to visit (country/countries of destination), and, if possible, the names of institutions or craftspeople/artists with whom you would like to work;
    - how you wish your artwork to develop and why;
    - how your work will benefit from the exchange and how you could benefit artists in the host country;
    - how you collaborate and network with fellow artists and institutions in your own country.
    6 If you would like your slides or photographs returned, please include a self-addressed envelope if you are applying from outside the UK or a stamped addressed envelope if you are applying from the UK. Please do not include non-UK stamps or international reply coupons.
    7 Applications should be sent to: The Project Manager, Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards, The Commonwealth Foundation, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, United Kingdom.
    8 Closing Date: 1 October 2002.

    You will receive an acknowledgement card on receipt of your application. Successful candidates will be notified by 31 December 2002. The Award must be taken up by December 2003.

    Click here to download a PDF brochure and application form for the 2002 Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards [1.9MB] or visit

    Fortis Graphix animated gif contest

    This an international, juried, bi-monthly event. The goal of the contest is to provide a forum for gif animators to show off their handiwork. The animation must be an original created by you. Higher scores are awarded to those animations which use original artwork. Judges look for originality, creativity, humour, download time, visual impact and technical proficiency. Animations must not exceed 100k. You may submit up to four animations per month. First prize is $20 and the entry deadline is the 25th of each month.

    Email: Website:

    Proposals for the Museum of Temporary Art

    The Museum of Temporary Art, Cape Town - we take the "con" out of contemporary art.

    The Museum of Temporary Art invites you to propose an installation in the unique exhibition space in Observatory.

    Send your proposals to curator Barend de Wet -


    Nagasawa Art Park Residency Programme

    2003 Nagasawa Art Park Residency Programme application forms will be available from end of June at

    You can also access our new woodblock printmaking online shop. This has been established by ARTQUEST Co, Ltd, (the organizers of the Nagasawa Art Park Residency Programme). The online shop, which currently includes carving toools, burins and brushes, will be expanded in the future. See

    Nagasawa Art Park Pilot Project Committee Tokyo Office / ARTQUEST Co, Ltd
    4F Ichinose Bldg, 3-5 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083
    Tel: 03-5216-7908
    Fax: 03-5216-7906

    Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway

    Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (LKV) was established in 1993. The name means "artists' workshops in Lademoen" (Lademoen is the name of a part of Trondheim). LKV contains 34 artists' studios, 6 workshops and 2 guest studios. The studios and workshops are located in an old school building dating from the turn of the century. The five-storey building has a total floor area of 2 264m2. In addition to 34 private studios the facility also includes two project rooms at 90 and 55m2 respectively. Over the last 6 years we have built up a printmaking workshop, photographic dark room, metal and welding workshop, carpentry, a computer room and digital video editing suite. LKV is run as a foundation.

    LKV offers two guest studios (50m2, headroom 3,8m). The studios contain some basic tools (hammer, screwdrivers, stapler etc). The studio flats (30m2, fully furnished accommodation includes bedroom/living room, kitchen and bathroom) are located in a connected building. Both the studios and the flats are provided free of charge to artists from all over the world for a duration of 1 to 3 months. Longer residency can be negotiated in special circumstances. The rent for the studios is paid by the local authorities.

    Residents may be asked to give lectures about their work for other artists in Trondheim. LKV does not have a gallery, any exhibition must take place in the studio, in one of our project rooms or outside LKV's premises. Guest artists may use the workshops by paying a fee. The guest artists are selected once a year by a committee of 3 professional artists on the basis of applications with slides or other documentation of work.

    Trondheim is situated in the centre of Norway and lies on a fjord two hours from the open sea. The city is surrounded by a fine landscape of agricultural land, forests, hills and highlands with more mountainous regions to the south and east. Trondheim is the 3rd largest city in Norway. The city has throughout history been a cultural, spiritual, commercial and an educational centre including the University (NTNU) with institutes for film and drama, philosophy, anthropology, architecture, industrial design, construction technology and technical research. Trondheim has a rich cultural life with an art academy, music conservatory, symphony orchestra, concert hall, theatres, cinemas, clubs, bars and cafes.

    For more information and application forms, contact Kjetil Krøvel (manager, LVK) at

    Tel: +47 73 51 3515 (Mon, Tues, Thurs 10am - 4pm)
    Fax: +47 73 51 3372

    Surreal Estates Live/Work Community for visual artists, designers, mixed media artists and others

    Surreal Estates, Ink, Sacramento, California, USA, invites visual artists, stage designers, mixed media artists and other artists interested to join their Live/Work Community in the Dixieanne neighborhood of Uptown Sacramento. Surreal Estates is a unique artist-owned project and invites visual artists to apply for ownership of a residence (500-700 square feet) and detached studio (800-1200 square feet).

    The Uptown Art District, Surreal Estates' neighborhood, is the fresh, fertile and fascinating art scene in Sacramento. Opportunities abound for artists. Come be a part of Sacramento, and Surreal Estates!

    For more information visit:


    Position for Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer in Photographic Arts at Rhodes University

    Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following post from January 2003 or as soon as possible thereafter:

    Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer in Photographic Arts, Department of Fine Art, Rhodes University, Grahamstown

    Candidates, who must be in possession of an MFA degree or equivalent qualification, should have a wide knowledge of, and interest in, the potential uses of photography within contemporary art production. The successful candidate will be able to work with students majoring in photography as well as those requiring selective knowledge of photographic techniques for other applications. A familiarity with digital imaging techniques and/ or video will be a distinct advantage. Candidates are requested to submit a portfolio incorporating slides of their works and, if possible, student work executed under their tutelage.

    Application forms, further particulars and salary details are available at or by phoning 046-603-8004/ 603-8116.

    Completed application forms should be returned to the Recruitment & Selection Section by September 6, 2002.

    Curricula Vitae which are not accompanied by an official Rhodes University application form will, regretfully, be returned to candidates.

    Works requested for AIDS art auction in UK

    We are organising a Celebrity Art Auction to be held in November in Exeter, pre-World AIDS Week, to raise funds for Nkosi's Haven (SA) and Positive Action South West (a UK-based AIDS charitable organisation covering the South West of England). We will be auctioning work by UK artists and items donated by UK celebrities.

    We are interested in and appealing to SA artists who wish to donate a piece of work to be auctioned.

    The event will generate publicity for AIDS awareness, for the charities and for the artists. We will be using images of selected works in editorials preceding the auction which will generate further publicity for the artists.

    Postage/shipping costs will be covered. Pieces will be subject to a selection process as we have a limited space.

    Email Dawn Handy at

    Database of South African photographers

    The South African Centre for Photography is compiling a database of all Southern African photographers. At this time we would like only your contact details to be able to send invitations, announcements etc per mail. Telephone and fax numbers would also be useful. If you know of photographers without email address who would like to receive information from the Centre for Photography you may include their details as well.

    Send your details to Claire Breukle at as soon as possible.

    Space for hire at João Ferreira Fine Art gallery

    João Ferreira Fine Art presents the ultimate venue for hire for functions, photo and film shoots, parties and launches. We offer NY loft-style architecture, spacious interior, live music, safe parking, catering and other facilities within the gallery space.

    80 Hout Street, Cape Town

    Tel: (021) 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
    Fax: (021) 423 2136

    The new Michaelis Art Shop

    The Michaelis Art Shop has moved and reopened in a space adjacent to the school's gallery. The shop supplies a wide range of fine art materials and offers student discounts on presentation of a valid student card. The shop is competitively priced and now officially open to the public.

    The Gallery, Michaelis Art School, Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Gardens
    Tel: (021) 426 1948
    Hours: 9am to 5pm on weekdays

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