Artistic Call

(This call is closed since February 18th, 2013)

The “chercher le texte” event deals with literary issues and text-oriented multimedia practices on digital devices: digital books, texts generated or animated through programming, fiction hypertexts, “manipulable”, playable works, or on the contrary works whose very program embraces literariness. The considered devices range from computers to mobile devices, including social networks. They can be used in various contexts: installations, performances, personal devices designed for digital reading. These contexts range from solo reading to collaborative or participative reading.

This event will represent an opportunity to showcase young artists and bring together two worlds, which otherwise barely come into contact with one another: that of the experimental digital literature forms deriving from the second half of the 20th century avant-garde movements and that of the digital writings, as used by authors coming from the book world and who have taken over the digital technologies, namely blogs and e-books.

In this context, the Musique et Informatique de Marseille (MIM) laboratory associates with team Écritures Numériques from Paris 8 Paragraphe laboratory, the digital literature European network Digital Digital Digital Littérature (DDDL), the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO), the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (BPI), the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), the Cube, the Labex Art-H2H coordinated by Paris 8 and the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD) to organize the following events:

  • An online virtual gallery on the DDDL network website.
  • Four events consisting of performances and projections of works, from September 23 to 26, 2013, in the small room of the Centre Pompidou, the big auditorium of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Cube amphitheater.
  • A six-week exhibition on “digital literatures from the past and future” in the BNF lab room of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, which will be launched on September 24, 2013. This exhibition will feature the virtual gallery and a selection of digital literary works with emphasis on the works designed for touch-pads and e-readers. No installation is possible.

Artists, especially young ones, are invited to propose one or several work(s) for one or more of these devices.

Please use the Artistic Submission Form before February 18, 2013. If you wish to propose several works, please do it in a single document and make sure you detail the nature of each proposal on at least one distinct page (gallery, performance, exhibition). Please write it in English or French in pdf format and include a short biography stating the age of the artist and the following information about each device:

  • The proposals for the online virtual gallery shall indicate the URL at which the work is available for consultation or download, as well as a short description of the work. You may also explain your approach. The works you would like to propose to the gallery must not be published anywhere else, be it in an online magazine or an anthology. However, they may be published on a personal website.
  • The proposals for tablets shall specify the piece of equipment they are designed for (either ipad or android tablets) and the ones for e-books shall indicate the format of the work (epub, pdf). The proposal shall mention the URL at which the work is available for consultation or download.
  • Performances and readings are neither critical analyses, nor academic presentations. The works will be screened, performed or read. The performance or reading proposals shall specify the implemented device (e.g.: multimedia screening or mouse interaction on the screened text…), the technical requirements and duration of the performance (which shall not exceed 15 minutes). Any specific equipment shall be provided by the artists. You shall mention the URL at which the work is available for consultation or download. If your work is a performance, please describe it to us so that we get a good idea of what it will look like. Feel free to provide us with visual and/or sound samples. We are committed to raise funds to pay the selected artists for their performances and readings.

The artistic committee consists of:

Philippe Bootz (Chair)
Sandy Baldwin
Simon Biggs
Laura Borràs
Patrick Burgaud
J.R. Carpenter
Philippe Castellin
Luc Dall’armelina
Jerome Fletcher
Lucile Haute
Emmanuel Mahé
Maria Mencia
Cécile Portier
Alexandra Saemmer
Rui Torres
Nolwenn Tréhondart