Respublika! is a one-week community media arts festival which will take place in Cyprus on 8-16 December 2017. The festival will be simultaneously translated into an exhibition, which will run from 8 December 2017 to 19 January 2018, and will feed into a series of seminars.
After the first call of applications–explicitly focussed on community media affiliated artists–closed on 30 June 2017, we now open a second call for applications. The deadline for this second call is 15 September 2017.
With this second call, Respublika! calls for art projects that relate to (at least) one of the following two objectives, which translate the principles of community media in creative practice:
- to reflect on media, democracy and its participatory component, analysing the (de)centralisation of power in contemporary societies,
- to use participatory mechanisms to produce art projects, working with, and empowering members of one or more communities.
Respublika! is a multi-sited and multi-genre community media arts festival which aims to tap into the creative reservoirs of community media, civil society organisations and social collectives (and their members); but also of artists that are committed to the basic principles of participatory community communication. In doing so, Respublika! very much welcomes contributions by artists, but also wishes to include art projects from individuals and groups that do not explicitly define themselves as artists, but still use a language that is related to the arts in order to reflect and communicate about themes that are part of the festival’s remit.
This openness and inclusiveness also translates into Respublika!‘s spatial politics, as the festival will combine site-specific art projects and non-site-specific art projects. Site-specific art projects (or the so-called platform 1) are art projects whose location is highly significant to the art project itself, and which interrogate the spatial specificity of the location (as part of the festival’s remit). Examples are art projects related to performance art, interventions, and site-specific visual and sound art. The non-site-specific art projects will be exhibited in platform 2, which is the main exhibition hub, the NeMe Arts Centre (NAC) in Limassol, Cyprus. Platform 1 projects will also be represented in the main exhibition hub, while the online hub (which is called platform 3) will act as a facilitator to connect the first two platforms, while simultaneously documenting the entire festival and exhibition.
Respublika!‘s multi-sited approach implies that also international applications are welcome. We believe that Respublika! will be enriched by an a dialogue that transgresses the Cypriot borders and moves beyond the shores of the island.
We now call for applications to participate in the festival. Please check out our call for entries should you wish to submit a proposal. The deadline for applications to the second call is 15 September 2017. More information about the R! time line can be found at the Respublika! Webpage.