A MATTER OF WOMEN
In this day and age, gender equality between men and women coming into the 21st century continues to be a strong subject of debates in all spheres of public and private life. Controversies of noticeable differences in wages, labour opportunities in industry and presence on the scene of governments and administrations continue. It is not strange. In the past, any time academic preparation and practical training for women to take on responsibilities of importance has taken place, all over the world, their presence in numbers has fallen below those of men, who by their historical advantage and normal contexts - which are too orthodox and specific in the social displacements of all the sectors- persist in power with egoistic pedantry. It is no great mystery.
In the creative scope, nevertheless, it would seem that from the second half o
f the twentieth century to the present, these divisions have been disappearing thanks to a mutual dialogue between both sexes. Like a life-line of language that recues, every time more forcefully, the femininity and masculinity of all creation; achieved independently by a man and a woman. Simply, because the language of art is a vehicle where these conditional limitations stop having weight to transform into a creative tool, and therefore, into a productive force. Thus, today, when you have asked for the names of reference for compendiums, women multiply with amazing speed and dynamism. Frida Kalho, Modotti Bathtub, Rebecca Horn, Sophie Calle, Annie Leivobitz, Elizabeth Peyton, Jenny Saville, among hundreds of other artists of first order are essential to understand this stage of the history of art,necessary to catalogue the artistic production of contemporary art of our time, and above all, in the development of conceptual art, video-art and performance
art, in addition to the already traditional techniques of the field.
The tenth edition of the Festival of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, BAC!09, will be dedicated in its entirety towards the production developed in the latest periods by female artists from all over the world, a unique and referential opportunity to give international panorama to the visual arts created by them. To differentiate it from other instances of a similar theme, the majority of times diminished by feminism or the social critic towards difference and discrimination of the genders, BAC! will break away from stereotypes to present a fresh, dynamic and mobilising display of the connection of genders to the world of art, with humour, irony and divergence as main revitalising contributions, a good chance to enjoy sensitivity taken to its limits where only those who have the secret, that other understanding of the world crowned by roses, where fragility brushes with force, the
maternity with life as well with death, a kiss with sensuality and the hands with matter. A new version, a noble version, a success. A new stage is born in art. It is very welcome. Yes, very welcome.
AUDIOVISUAL SECTION, "INDOMITABLE WOMEN"
Curated by Macu Moran in collaboration with VideoArtWorld
This year, VideoArtWorld enhances its annual collaboration with the BAC! Festival curating the Audiovisual show "INDOMITABLE WOMEN", which will endeavor to bring up light the various interests that have perdured in the video artwork of women artists in the past 40 years. With this purpose a homage to some of the most representative pioneers of video art wil be presented.
The show will approach parallelisms in the freedom of creation of the thinking process of female artists sublimat
ed in the art of the moving images, at some of the best venues of Barcelona, the CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Auditorium MACBA - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Fundacio Miro. --- ---- ----- -----
The Tenth Edition of Festival BAC! (Festival the International of Contemporary Art in Barcelona) will take place in December 2009 and January 2010. Inaguration preview for press will take place November 30th, 2009.
All female artists or feminine groups will be able to participate, without distinction of nationality or residency, and that present projects of the following artistic disciplines:
Video art / Installation art / Performance art / Photography / Motion graphics / Illustration / Graffiti / Mural Paintings / Sculpture
Material should be presented in digital format (CD or DVD compatible with PC or MAC) and should include:
1. Completed registration form.
2. An updated summarized curriculum of the artist or group. (1/2 page)
3. List of credits of the project (title, materials, exact dimensions and year of accomplishment). If the project is composed of more than one piece, enclose layout or drawing that explains the space required for the display (include measurements in centimeters or meters).
4. Conceptual development of the proposal. (1/2 page)
5. Include at least 3 images of the work and select 1 for the catalog. All of the included visual material on CD or DVD will have to be: size: 15 (high) x 14.5 (wide) cm. file: tiff color: CMYK resolution: 300 dpi
6. Paper copies of all contents of the CD or DVD.
Before Monday, June 30th, 2009 by post at: La Santa Proyectos
Avda. Icària, 151 5º 2ª
Audiovisual Artworks can be submitted online directly to VideoArtWorld, until the 15th of July at the following link: http://public.me.com/videoartworld (opening a new folder for the artist under the BAC'09 Submissions folder). They can also be submitted directly to: VideoArtWorld Madrid, c/ Abada, 2, 2D-6, 28013, Madrid, Spain.
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
Only projects that have been completed since the 1st of January, 2006 can be submitted for participation.
The organization reserves the right to reproduce the works in part, for press purposes, always within the context of promotion for the festival. The participant must accept responsibility for their project. The festival will not be responsible for the contents of the project.
All transport expenses, including the material as well as the selected work, will be the
responsibility of the participant. The festival will handle all received projects with the utmost care but will not be responsible for providing insurance for them.
Dossiers and other submitted material will not be returned, thus it is recommended that a copy of the work, rather than the original, be submitted.
In the case of murals or textile digital illustrations, the work must not exceed measurements of 3m x 5m. In the case of group projects, a document should be enclosed stating the names of each member of the group, as well as his/her nationality and identification or passport number. Each group should designate one member to be the group representative and to serve as the group contact with the organization for the duration of the festival.
In the case of audiovisual presentations: Works should not exceed 5 minutes duration and, if not in Catalan or Castellano, it should contain subtitles.
Projects will be assessed for selection on the following factors:
- The artistic quality of the proposal and its presentation.
- The accuracy of the work to the theme proposed by the organization
- The viability of the proposal.
- The value of the piece at the moment of the presentation to this meeting.
- The works presented will be selected by a committee of the organization.
- In each section, a selection committee comprised of one representative of the CCCB and commissioners of the Festival BAC! will select those works that will be exhibited.
- The decision of the selection committee will be absolute and final.
The results of the selected proposals by the organization will be published on the website of BAC_2009 (www.bacfestival.com) durng July, 2009. Once the results are published the s
election committee will contact those selected to inform them of the dates of each of the works and the following steps to take. As well, those not selected will be notified of the results by email.
*THE SUBMISSION OF WORKS IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE RULES.
THOSE PROJECTS THAT DO NOT FULFILL THE INDICATED REQUIREMENTS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY EXCLUDED FROM THE SELECTION PROCESS.
INFORMATION FORM COMPULSORY
Complete the following information by typewriter or computer using Times font, font size 10.
The information stated in this document will be considered definitive for its publication in the catalogue and in press releases. Attach 2 copies of this registration form: one stapled to the envelope and the other inside.
NAME AND SURNAME OR PSEUDONYM / IDENTIFICATION or PASSPORT NUMBER / NATIONALITY / MAILING ADDRESS / TELEPHONE NUMBER / MOBILE NUMBER / E-MAIL / TITLE OF THE WORK / ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE (mural
intervention, video art, motion graphics, installation, photography, etc)
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK (Conceptual description of the piece – not technical. This text will appear in the catalogue and should be a minimum of 310 characters and no more than 640.) The Santa reserves the right to make any necessary modifications.