CESTA’s 12th Arts Festival of International, Interdisciplinary Collaborations

The greatest wastes are unused talents and untried ideas.
William Shakespeare

Without question, waste is a polemic. We treat the object with abandon and the concept with contempt. But waste is full of complexities, and resting in these complexities are dichotomies, integral to development.

We can consider waste as:

everyone’s
something
valued
product
natural
necessary
beneficial
an icon for growth
a harbinger of the future

AND

no one’s
nothing
ignored
by-product
artificial
useless
toxic
a monument to decay
a residuum of history

For WASTE, CESTA invites artists in all disciplines to collaborate in creating works which seek to define the origins, ramifications, uses and abuses of one the most ubiquitous and prevalent elements in our behavior and environment.

CESTA’s festival themes and parameters of cross-national interdisciplinary collaborations represent the center’s commitment to improving communication through creative expression. We base our selection of artists on a review of applications resulting from our annual open call. Applicants request CESTA to connect them with one or more collaboration partners or apply as a pre-formed collaboration group.

For WASTE all final festival collaboration groups must be:

  1. Cross-national: more than one nationality
  2. Interdisciplinary: more than one artistic medium
  3. Collaborative: conceptualizing and creating interdependent artistic work

AND must contain work created exclusively for WASTE.

Festival Application Deadline: November 15, 2006 (postmarked for material submitted by post)

On-site collaborations in progress: August 1-23
Presentations of participants’ past work: August 10-15
Seminars, workshops and educational programs on the festival theme: August 10-15
Final presentations of the collaboration groups: August 24-26
Daily reviews of the presentations: August 25-27
Festival closing forum: August 27

For application guidelines, forms or other information, please visit our website or contact us at:

CESTA
Novakova 387, Tabor 39001, Czech Republic