On the day that Cathy Wilkes is announced as British representative at the Venice Biennale 2019, ALDEBURGH IDEAS announces ALIVE in the UNIVERSE, its installation at the Venice Biennale.
ALIVE in the UNIVERSE builds on the themes which Cathy Wilkes explores. Emma Dexter, commissioner of the British Pavilion describes her work, which evokes “…the rituals of daily life while alluding to existential questions at the core of human existence”.
The theme of the every day and meaning of existence is further explored through ALIVE in the UNIVERSE. Artists, poets – all of us – from all around the world, are invited to express how it feels to be alive in the universe through very short (up to one minute) art-films or poetic haikus. In addition, we are all invited to present a found meaningful object for The Found Matter Plinth inside the Palazzo.
All art-films and haikus will be screened at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout during 2018, and selected ones at the Bermondsey Project Space, London SE1. At the Venice Biennale next May/June a selection will be screened in the dramatic canal-side setting of the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.
In addition, at the Venice Biennale, ALIVE in the UNIVERSE will present BIG BANG. Each day a different artist from around the world will present a work of art or performance or installation of huge impact, alongside the films, haikus and The Found Matter Plinth.
“We are all unique participants in one creative universe”, says Caroline Wiseman, founder of Aldeburgh Ideas, The Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and co-curator of ALIVE in the UNIVERSE. ”Art is a powerful way of expressing our unique creativity, giving each of us a voice, and bonding us as one human race.”
ALIVE in the UNIVERSE brief for artists
“Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way.”
- Albert Einstein
This innovative, international art-film project is open to everyone in the world.
Brief for Entries:
By yourself or with friends, make a short art-film (from one second to one minute in length, excluding credits), expressing how it feels to be alive in the universe.
And or, send us a favourite line of poetry, haiku or philosophical quote for inclusion in the project.
The theme, ALIVE in the UNIVERSE is especially pertinent now when people around the globe are experiencing unprecedented social, political and technological change, challenging our values, our creativity and our future. ALIVE in the UNIVERSE brings us together as one human race in a fascinating universe.
All films will be screened at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout during 2018 (this historic Lookout is a catalyst for challenging, innovate 21st century
ideas); selected films will be screened at the Bermondsey Project Space (a contemporary art gallery in London, SE1 3UW) during 2018, and selected art-films at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in the heart of Venice, during the Venice Biennale in May, June 2019. We are planning more screenings around the world for future years.
All digital video formats are welcome, preferably in 16:9 or square ratio.
There is an admin fee of £20 per film for UK entries, payable online.
Please email your film to firstname.lastname@example.org via a large free file share system like wetransfer.com or similar.
Be sure to include your own name in the file name and include any other info (such as collaborator credits, release/permission forms etc) in a separate text file or covering note
Ensure you have clearance to use footage of people, words and any music you use.
Deadline for inclusion in the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout summer screenings is 29th June 2018.
Visit www.aliveintheuniverse.com for more details, or find the ‘ALIVE in the UNIVERSE’ Facebook page for up to date events.
And visit www.aldeburghbeachlookout.com to see recent art projects.