A part of FUTURESONIC 2007
10-12 May, Manchester UK

In 2007 we are inviting submissions of projects at the cutting edge
of immersive sound and image.

Futurevisual forms the centrepiece of Futuresonic Live at Futuresonic 2007 in Manchester/UK, and a dedicated space – the Futurevisual Lounge – will be available at the main festival venue for Futurevisual screenings. A selection of works will be shown at partner festivals in South Korea and Brazil, and as part of The Bigger Picture, Big Screen Manchester on a 25 square metre video screen with full sound system situated in Exchange Square, a public area regenerated after the IRA bomb in 1996, that has an estimated daily footfall of 50,000 people.

WHAT IS THE THEME?

Futurevisual is a celebration of all things audiovisual, with a focus on audiovisual projects which emerge from, reference or are inspired by the transfusion of visual media and visual technologies within music culture, and the mixing of visual culture and music culture.

This will be a homage to the 40th anniversary of seminal multimedia events in 1967 which, like Futuresonic, came not from film but a collision of music and art worlds. At events such as The 12 Hour Technicolour Dream and Games For May, and the UFO club, London’s psychedelic underground exploded into the daylight. These were at the beginning of a seminal year which saw a coming together of the worlds of music and visual art, a crossover between avant garde and popular music, and also the introduction of the Moog at Monterey.

In what is also the 20th anniversary of another key year for immersive sound and image, the birth of UK electronic dance culture in 1987, Futurevisual goes back to the future – revisiting one of the inspirations of the first Futuresonic festival in 1996, and the theme of Audiovisions in 2000 – to look at the cutting edge of immersive sound and image today.

Futurevisual will feature work by leading local, national and international artists working in sound and moving image. Some of the original figures involved in 1967 will play key roles in Futurevisual. Alongside them will be contemporary musicians and artists who can connect with the energy and openness of that year, and bring it bang up to date.

WHAT KINDS OF PROJECT WILL BE ACCEPTED?

We accept proposals for projects in any format. The Futurevisual Lounge will be available within at the main festival venue for Futurevisual screenings. Opportunities and spaces at Futuresonic 2007 for complex live projects and installations are limited. To check formats accepted for the Big Screen Manchester see The Bigger Picture submission guidelines http://www.biggerpicturemanchester.com

HOW ARE PROJECTS ASSESSED?

Projects are assessed by an international Jury:

  • Casey Reas (Processing, USA)
  • Charlie Gere (Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster/UK)
  • Colin Fallows (Liverpool School of Art & Design, UK)
  • Drew Hemment (FutureEverything, UK)
  • José Luis de Vicente (ArtFutura/Sonar, Spain)
  • Kwong Lee (Director, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester/UK)
  • Lassi Tasajärvi (Creative Director, Evenlake Studios, Finland)
  • Lucas Bambozzi (Curator, arte.mov, Brazil)
  • Michael Connor (Head of Exhibitions, BFI Southbank, UK/USA)
  • Patrick Lichty (Artist & Editor-in-Chief of Intelligent Agent, USA)
  • Suhjung Hur (Curator, Art Center Nabi, South Korea)
  • Plus more TBA

IS FUNDING AVAILABLE FROM FUTURESONIC TO COVER THE COSTS OF PRESENTING THE PROJECT?

Please note that in 2007 we are only asking for submissions of projects that can be presented without financial support from Futuresonic.

HOW TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS

Please complete the online form to submit your project.
www.futuresonic.com/07/2007_submissions.html