Do Billboards Dream of Electric Screens?

Trampoline and partners are calling for short, sharp and silent video works by artists working in film and new media to be shown on three outdoors screens across the East Midlands.

This programme of up to 10 works will be launched in late September 2007 for public screening on the new projection screen of the Royal Centre, Nottingham, the Derby Big Screen in Derby’s Market Place and a temporary screen erected on the facade of the Phoenix Arts Centre in Leicester.

In the East Midlands, we are at the beginning of a new era where the trend for large public display screens in city centres has arrived, offering, amongst other things, valuable opportunities for disseminating artistic content in urban space. These electronic spaces offer potential alternatives to a visually overloaded urban horizon that has been hitherto dedicated to advertising graphics.

At this stage in their evolution, urban screens are still accessible for experimentation and represent a medium that has the potential for unique interactions with audiences and for networking across great distances.

Do Billboards Dream of Electric Screens? marks the beginning of a very contemporary exhibition space for the moving image, reaching audiences typically measuring thousands every day.

Do Billboards Dream of Electric Screens? also marks the first Trampoline run up event to the 4th Radiator Festival at the end of Nov 2007.

It is envisaged the programme will receive a repeat screening during the festival and tour throughout the UK and beyond in 2008.

Project partners:

  • Trampoline / Radiator Festival
  • Royal Centre, Nottingham
  • Phoenix, Leicester
  • Quad, Derby
  • BBC Public Space Broadcasting

Do Billboards Dream of Electric Screens? is funded by:

  • Three Cities Create and Connect
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • Arts Council England


Pieces must be:

  • suitable for large, public screening
  • effective without sound
  • up to 60 seconds in length (exceptions possible if appropriate)

Technical requirements:

Submissions to be made:

  • as standard definition DVD or VHS
  • as a file on CD (SWF, Quicktime or Avi accepted use standard codecs such as Sorenson, Cinepak or DivX). Any file that cannot be viewed using standard media players will be passed over.

Selected films to be presented

  • as uncompressed Quicktime on disk OR miniDV tape
  • as PAL, 720 × 576, 16:9 (works presented as 4:3 will be ordered with black)

Please send entries to:

Electric Screens
c/o Broadway
14-18 Broad St

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