The open call is closed! Now is time to review them all and we will get back very soon to each one of you! We are happy to announce that for this year edition after inviting the artist Kim Dotty Hachmann from Berlin (hdpk) she accepted to be a co-selector!
OPEN CALL – LAST 10
WATER TOWER ART FEST
17 – 25.06.2016
We kindly invite you to present an idea for our 10th anniversary at Water tower art fest
CONTEXT OF FESTIVAL – Since 2006 we initiative the Water Tower Art Fest in Sofia. This festival is an international art event with performances, installations, presentations and workshops that takes place every year in different spaces throughout the city of Sofia and beyond in Bulgaria. From very local grass roots based initiative, we have proved throughout the years to be the most important international contemporary art festival in Bulgaria, using abandoned buildings and art in public spaces. The purpose of the project is to attract public attention to our immediate urban environment filled with abandoned spaces and tackle issues of tolerance, democracy and environment via contemporary art using socially engaged artworks. By using the abandoned buildings we tackle issues of importance to the local community, integrate marginal groups and different generations in communication through the arts.
You will be able to present an artwork (installation, projection sculpture, painting, photography, performance, land art project etc.) workshop or talk presentation or both during the festival program
At specific VENUES as follows:
SHORT RESIDENCY – You can also take part in the short artist’s residency either at Fabrika 126 for a 1 week period prior to festival starting 10th of June
TRAIN DEPO PERNIK (tbc)
TRAIN DEPO PODUENE- https://drive.google.com/
“Psychiatric clinic St. Ivan Rilski” at KURILO – the PARK – The clinic is situated half an hour form Center of Sofia and is one of the few clinics that has its own recreational park, which we have the opportunity to populate with sculptures, installations and performance for the opening day. The whole team of the clinic is going to work with us and the main theme is anti-stigma society!
Here is some more info on the clinic: https://docs.google.com/
Additional possibiltiy to show works at a-cube.gallery
*New venue where you can propose your interactive performances or installation is Sofia Airport https://drive.google.com/
REQUIREMENTS – Please send the idea in written statement explaining it and accompanied by short CV, photo material of the work, sketches or videos and detailed information on all the necessary specific materials and equipment needed for presenting your work.
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond our, control we keep the right for altering the venues in question!
DEADLINES accepting proposals until 31.03.2016
Announcing the results 15.04.2016
Sending addition information: 10.05.2016
Residency start 10th of June
Festival opening 17th June – end 25th of June
SELECTION PROCEDURE – Selection is made by curator of festival – Nia Pushkarova and especially invited previous artists participants to festival (tbc)
WORKSHOPS PROPOSAL OPTION: Within the frame of festival we offer possibility for organizing different workshops at your choice, targeting audience: children, students, adults or people with disabilities esp. those with social integration problems art therapy.
PARTICIPATION FEE 25€– TOWARD ISSUING A CATALOGUE. We invite you to be part of our collective catalogue by writing text or sharing idea with your design
We offer possibility to propose text body or visuals for the catalogue only on themes such as, but not specifically connected to: social effect of contemporary art. You may apply only with that kind of proposal, but we will still need the fee of 25Euro for participation.
COMMERCIAL GALLERY SHOW: This year we offer possibility to show commercial work apart from the interdisciplinary approach of festival and open an exhibition to public consisting mainly of commercial art work of our artists. This is going to be organized outside festival period in July 2016 at a Gallery Nuance, so all selected artists are advised to bring one or two art works which can be shown at this exhibition offered for sale. Additional conditions will follow!
What you can expect from us is full assistance in installing your work, finding materials and/or renting out necessary equipment (to be discussed prior to festival’s opening and decided upon our financial possibilities, should it be more than what we can cover, it is possible to arrange renting of all equipment for you to pay the extra) accompanying with team to locations form center of Sofia, in some cases private bus will be transporting us to festivals locations.
SENDING OPTIONS – Mind the formats for sending videos: mpeg, avi, DVD format, please use big file transfer such as we transfer or yousendit, google drive link or vimeo link for downloading. As for big postal packages – please write on top of parcel NOT FOR SALE- use this address:
Street Bogatica 9, ap 12, Sofia 1421, Bulgaria, NGO IME – Director Nia Pushkarova
Please keep in mind that in Bulgaria we use mainly PC not MAC!!!!
PRINTING OPTIONS – at Fabrika 126 you will be able to print anything you want at preferable prices and on any material you choose as well as size.
*We are not responsible for any lost or damaged artwork. We do not cover any travel grants nor accommodation, nor do we pay fees to artists. In some cases we will be able to send out individual invitation letters after selection procedure to help you fund your travel and accommodation.
We will be able to assist you in finding accommodation and a team of volunteers will be available throughout the whole festival period for helping you get around, even meeting you at airport.
For best performance we advise you to send out clear and concise parameters of your work, even if it contains suggestive surprise factor, so we will be able to help you find everything you may need in advance. The whole team will be communicating with you prior to festival, including technical assistance, do not be surprised if you receive messages from same e-mail, but different people. This is how we work – we use the same e-mail.
Last but not least we will be delighted to welcome you at our 10th anniversary which means a lot to all of us.
© Water tower art fest
20.06, Saturday, 18:00 – 23:00 – OFFICIAL OPENING AT TRAM DEPO
SOFIA, Blvd. Maria Luiza 84
Antonio Mas (SP) Woodworm – video projection/видео прожекция
Danica Bićanić (SR)Transformation – video installation
Delphine Reist, Laurent Faulon(CH) – video installation – supported by The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Chelsea Coon (USA) Untitled/ Breathing – performance
Ilina Konsulova (BG) Trapped [The Sims Game Art Experiment] – projection
Lale Altunel (TR) One-Sided Love – video loop
Stanley Février (CA) Under the colour of law- installation
Josh Field (UK) – installation
Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong) Awakening Memory – video projection
PARTY 21:00 – 23:00 - with DJ LONGEVILO & Ad usum delphini LIVE
Cinematic Psych-Out Grooves… From The Garage Daze To The Outer Limits And Beyond!
Sleazy listening of every description with LONGEVILO !
Longevilo is behind some of the legendary underground clubs in Sofia: Chaos (The Punk, Muddy) (1993-1995) and Тri Ushi (1999-2001).
Ad usum delphini – “The soul of the Machine” Sibila Seraphim and Emil Valev
Sibila Seraphim and Emil Vylev offer experimental music with loads of machine and visual effects, as Ad usum delphini- LIVE . Their compositions will be inspired by this year’s festival motto “Towns In Need of Love”.
Ad usum delphini project starts in October 2012, with electro base and guitar (Emil Vylev) and vocal improvisation, analogue synth (Sibila Seraphim). Emil Vylev has graduated in experimental art and painting in Paris. Sibila Seraphim has studied different vocal techniques and piano, and graduated in experimental theater at New Bulgarian University. Sibila and Emil had worked together earlier in the 1990s, as part of the new generation of contemporary artists in Bulgaria.
21.06, Sunday, 18:00 – 20:00 OFFICIAL OPENING LAVELE GALLERY OSNOVA
14 Lavele str., Sofia
Anna-Maria Bogner(AT)/Each Оbject Talks About Space – drawings on paper/Ана-Мария Богнер (Австрия) рисунки на хартия
Domingo Pino (SP)/Доминго Пино – installation/инсталация
Lora Azza, Dimitri Dimov (BG/FR)/Barcode/Лора Аза, Димитри Димов (България/Франция) ”Баркод” – installation/инсталация
Oussama Tabti (DZ)Food for Thought//УсамаТабти (Алжир) ”Храна за размисъл” – photo series/фото поредица
Simon Ingram(NZ)/Саймън Инграм (Нова Зеландия) – ineractive graffiti installation/интерактивна графити инсталация
Violeta Tanova (BG)/Виолета Танова (България) – drawings/рисунки
Elitza Korueva/ Елица Коруева (CA/BG) - installation “Diagnosis”
19:00 – 22:00 CERVANTES INSTITUTE/ИНСТИТУТ “СЕРВАНТЕС”
Sveta Sofia 3, 1000 Sofia/ ул. Св. София 3
Adriana Cerecero(Mexico) Project Ritual/ Адриана Сересеро, Мексико, Ритуален проект
Leticia Muñoz (SP) – Performance 21:00/ Летисия Муньоз Испания- Пърформанс
Marcos Vidal (SP)- installation/ Маркос Видал – Испания, инсталация
PERFORMANCES AT PUBLIC SPACES, SQ. NEDELYA & STREET SOFIA/ ПЕРФОРМАНСИ В ПУБЛИЧНИ ПРОСТРАНСТВА ПЛ. СВ. НЕДЕЛЯ
Catarina Diedrich (SP) Eleven Trees /Катарина Диедрих (Испания) „Единадесет дървета” – installation/инсталация
Fito Valencia (MX)/Фито Валенсия(Мексико) – stencil art/шаблонно изкуство
Qing Sonnenberg (CN) Colorful Star//Кинг Соненберг (Китай)”Цветна звезда” – interactive live art/интерактивно изкуство на живо
Mariano Equizzi (IT/BG)/Мариано Екизи (Италия/България) K-Sofia/”К-София”
Ingebjørg Torgersen(NO) – Sleep and Sheep /Ингебьорг Торгерсен (Норвегия) ”Сън и овце” – installation/инсталация
Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre(AU)/ Всичко е валиден танц театър(Австралия), performance/пърформанс When We First Met/”Когато за пръв път се срещнахме”
1 audience member per performance/ from Monday to Friday 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm from the foyer of Lavele Hostel duration 35 min/ перформанс за 1 човек от Понеделник до Петък от Лавеле хостел в 11ч, 12,14,15 и 16 – времетраене 35 мин.
Mariko Hori (Japan) “In the end what is left behind is love”/ Марико Хори(Япония) “На края всичко което остана е любов” интерактивна инсталация на различни локации
22.06, Monday/Понеделник, 21:00 – 22:30 SCREENING NIGHT LAVELE HOSTEL GARDEN/ФИЛМОВА ВЕЧЕР В ГРАДИНАТА НА ХОСТЕЛА
ADDRESS/АДРЕС: 14 Lavele str., Sofia/ ул. Лавеле 14
Katya Stoycheva (BG)/Катя Стойчева Love By Analogy/”Любов по аналогия”
Kim Dotty Hachmann (DE)/Ким Доти Хакман KünstlerinMutter/
Maia Iotzova (CA/BG)Film Green Dream
23.06, Tuesday/Вторник, 18:00 – 20:00 OFFICIAL OPENING SAMSI/ОФИЦИАЛНО ОТКРИВАНЕ САМСИ
2 Cherni vryh Blvd., Sofia/ бул. Черни връх 2
Daria Tchapanova(AT/BG)/Дария Чапанова (Австрия/България) Love for the detail/”Любов към детайла” – photography/фотография
Delphine Reist, Laurent Faulon(CH)/Делфин Райст, Лорънт Фолкон (Швейцария) – installation/инсталация
Iskra Ivanova (BG)/Искра Иванова (България) – Communication Project/проект ”Комуникация” – photography/фотография
Kalin Plugchiev(BG)/Калин Плугчиев(България) More Likes/”Повече харесвания” photography/фотография
Lars Åsling(SE)/Ларс Аслинг(Швеция) The Bureau of Holistic Investigation/”Бюро за Холистично разследване
Niclas Hallberg(SE)/Никлас Халберг (Швеция) – prints/отпечатъци
Nia Pushkarova (BG)/Ния Пушкарова (България) – photo project/фото проект
SOFIA WORKSHOPS & TALKS AT THE FRIDGE/РАБОТИЛНИЦИ В СОФИЯ И БЕСЕДИ В THE FRIDGE
8 Madrid blvd., Sofia/ бул. Мадрид 8
22.06- 23.06, Monday,Tuesday, 14:00
Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong)/Уай Кит Лам (Хонг Конг) Reshaping Sofia/”Преобразявайки София” – 2 days photography workshop/двудневна фотографска работилница
Equipment (by student): ‘Point and shoot camera’ or smart phone
Knowledge requirement: Basic knowledge of using camera or smart phone
camera/Оборудване (от ученика): Любителски фотоапарат или смартфон
24.06, 18:00 Wednеsday/Сряда
Dagmara Gieysztor (PL/AU)/Дагмара Джиейстор (Полша/Австралия) Forum about site specific art projects/Форум за спецификата на художествените проекти в среда
19:00 Serena Chalker – Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AU)/Серена Чолкър (Австралия) A discussion on the meaning and terminology associated with site specific performance/Дискусия за значението и терминологията, свързвани със специфичното представяне в среда
OFFICIAL OPENING PERNIK” TO PERNIK WITH LOVE”/ОФИЦИАЛНО ОТКРИВАНЕ В ПЕРНИК”ЗА ПЕРНИК С ЛЮБОВ”, 17:00 – 20:00, MINING MUSEUM/МИНЕН МУЗЕЙ
Pernik, Fizkulturna St 2/ ул. Физкултурна 2, Перник
*** (В деня на откриването – 25.06. и на 26.06 специален минибус на фестивала ще пътува до и от Перник: тръгване 16:00ч. – от Лавеле Хостел, последен курс на обратно 23:00ч.;
At the day of opening 25.06 and 26.06 a special minibus will travel between Sofia and Pernik starting 16:00 at Lavele Hostel – last return from Pernik 23:00)
Lale Altunel (TR)/Лале Алтънел (Турция) One-Sided Love /„Едностранна любов”– video loop/видео луп
Lyubomir Ignatov (BG) – photography/фотография
Eeva-Liisa Puhakka(FI)/Еева-Лииса Пухака (Финландия) Smell, memory, sound/”Мирис, памет, звук – installation/инсталация
Radostin Sedevchev (BG)/ Радостин Седевчев (България) – installation/инсталация
Petra Hudcova(CZ/UK)/Петра Худцова (Чешка република/Обединено кралство) – installation/инсталация
Qing Sonnenberg (CN)/Кинг Соненберг (Китай) Colorful Star – interactive live art
Adelina Ivanova (BG)/Аделина Иванова(България) A Water Tower on the Way of Time/”Една водна кула на пътя на времето” – photo exhibition
Elizabeth Coleman-Link(UK/DE) - Wanderlust Collection – Mail art presentation “To Pernik with love”
Mariano Equizzi (IT/BG) – “K-Sofia”
21:00 – 22:30 “STRUMA” PERFORMANCES
Fabian Schalekamp Hess(SP/NL) – Vegetable bumps – installation
María Uribe(SP) – installation
Nicholas McArthur(UK) – “This concrete is rotten, but I can use its ghosts”– performance
Lars Åsling(SE)/Ларс Аслинг(Швеция) The Bureau of Holistic Investigation/”
Ina Weise, Nima Keshtkar, Danielle Kourtesis, Iva Kirova (DE/BG) Pernik is for lovers – installation at the Struma factory
Katrin Stoichkova(BG), Albena Budinova(BG), Borislava Kadiiska(BG), Evelina Velichkova (BG)
’Woven memories” – installation at the WaterTower, Pernik
26.06.Friday – 18:00 -21:00
PERNIK WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES FORRTESS “KRAKRA”
Dagmara Gieysztor (PL/AU) ARTS PARTICIPATION WORK – PEOPLE MAPPING
Heidi Seppälä, Andi Pils (AT/FI) – dance performance – mapping – tracking – workshops In a Different Light
Mariko Hori(Japan) “In the end what is left behind is love” – interactive installation with paprika spices
Simon Ingram(NZ) – ineractive graffiti installation
27.06 Saturday – FORTRESS KRAKRA, PERNIK
II.Group, two workshops /„ Kiss with a stranger”-11.30ч.
„How does Love Affect Us” -14.00 ч.
III.Group – Theatre workshop – 18.00ч. – MINING MUSEUM, PERNIK
- Theatre workshop – discussion panel theatrical sketches
Our map of venues 2015
*All works are for sale, just ask the organizers for more info
** Changes may occur in the program beyond our control, check our site and FB profile for any amendments
The event is officially part of Cultural calendar of Sofia Municipality and Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria
Organizer NGO IME
Design In.Vento R
©All rights reserved Water tower art fest 2015
thanks to all of you who proposed those wonderful projects, which are inspiring to us.
Now we are entering the selection procedure, which is not going to be easy, believe us.
Stay tuned on our site and facebook profile for further news, we also will be contacting you via email shortly.
Good luck and thank you
FOR NEXT EDITION OF
WATER TOWER ART FEST 2015
20- 28 June 2015
Water Tower Art Fest is an artist run initiative and the biggest international contemporary art festival in Sofia, incorporating alternative spaces in series of exhibitions in June each year since 2006.
The festival now has developed as a platform of exchange of national and international artists working in all disciplines within contemporary visual art. It gives the opportunity to share ideas and to question the sociopolitical situation with its socially engaged works done especially for the venues and showcase of contemporary artworks with notion of overcoming the paradigm of our age, dominated by economic structures that obstruct our very prime right to exist.
Part of the festival this year will take place in the city of Pernik, (very close to Sofia ½ h) which in the 1980s boasted more than 80 working factories with heavy industry – now, nearly all shut down, abandoned and in ruins, especially after the earthquake 3 years ago. In the face of this visible product of post-communist catastrophe, the notion of being politically correct is no longer satisfactory and we take a stand with the unquestionable power of art. The hunches we follow this year are mere ideas to be where needed, as artists and fully aware of the function art has in society nowadays.
We are calling for revival, trying to bring back hope and sense in hopeless places and senseless time.
You are invited to contribute towards the revival trial and searching for sense during the 9th edition of Water tower art fest 2015. The general theme this year is:
“Towns in need of love”
Public spaces around the city of Sofia – 20 – 28 June
Old tram station DEPO – one day action only
SAMSI – ARSENAL museum of contemporary arts
Lavele hostel art gallery
Square of St. Nedelya and Cervantes cultural center
City of Pernik 25- 28.06.2015 “To Pernik with love”-
Old fortress “Krakra”,
Old Machine factory “Struma”
Different public spaces
Click on link to view venues in separate folders: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2gqDgNTx6J-Rk52SjdLSm44dm8&usp=sharing
Note: The team of WTAF preserves the right to change, add or replace venues destinations, due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond our control.
Open call launch – 25th of February, 2015
Deadline for proposals – 01.04.2015
Announcing the results – 15.04.2015
Festival dates 20-28th of June 2015
Chief curator: Nia Pushkarova (BG)
Maddalena Mauri (IT)
Niclas Halberg (SE/Serbia)
Marcos Vidal (SP)
Who can apply?
Anyone, working in the fields of contemporary visual arts, with no restriction to age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or education!
We accept proposals on the basis of our proposed venues being site specific or according to our theme. We also accept proposal topics for our discussion panels during the festival and workshops.
Selection committee consisting of prominent art figures in the world of art is invited to assist us in choice of artists.
NOTE: Artists are responsible for their own travel and shipping of artworks, unless otherwise arranged, under third parties relations made in advance. What we can do is send an invitation to be used for applying to available funding and grants at selected artist’s countries of residence.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR APPLYING:
Please send in a proposal, consisting of:
• a detailed explanation and concept of your proposed art work, including visuals (photos) or sketches
• specific technical requirements and material needed for its implementation
• Short CV or resume mentioning name, country of origin, gender and past artistic history and/or general interest in the arts sphere
What you can expect from us during WTAF 2015:
— Free access to all events of festival
— Extended coverage in media and official catalogue of the fest and site along with publications in different medias with links to websites
— Assistance in finding affordable accommodation – hostel or private based with discount being part of the festival
— Recommendations and invitations for travel funding
— Technical and other assistance during the festival, assistance in finding materials and equipment, if not exceeding certain amount, is covered by festival
— Overall guidance and assisting in production of work by our volunteers and professional technical team
— Possible airport pick up and accompanying to hotel or accommodation by team and/or volunteers
— In case your artwork requires special equipment hire, please state this in your application, so further arrangements can be made, if possible
— Great time interacting with different artists, both local and international, a chance to get valuable contacts for your professional and personal life
— Generally meeting great people and experiencing festival’s frenzy in its full
Please distribute or repost this open call freely.
P.S. The festival is under the Cultural Calendar of Sofia Municaplity for 2015 and National
P.P.S. Also the festival is in close partnership with Nomadic village which has its own open call and program within the festivals program in Pernik 2015: http://nomadic.cd/
Water Tower Art Fest Team
9 Bogatica Street, app. 12
* Special sending requirements will follow if needed.
Director of NGO IME and organizer/chief curator of Water tower art fest
Member of Bulgarian Festival Association (BFA)
The pictogram animation „Tower to the People“ which was realized for the opening of the Water Tower Art Fest 2014 has been nominated for the German Multimedia Art Award for the young generation (Deutsche Multimediapreis). The awards ceremony takes place in the Technical Collection in Dresden on 15th of November where the project will be presented to the public during a festival of exhibitions, workshops and performances.
For more information visit mb21.de/
Water Tower Art Fest is an artists-led initiative, began as a small-scale event and grew over the years, becoming a significant international forum in Sofia and the country, representing local and international artists working in the contemporary visual arts field.
Part of the festival, now in its eighth year, will be traditionally presented in alternative spaces around the country as an act of decentralization of cultural life in Bulgaria. In Plovdiv this is the newly opened gallery space of eXAF – at 89 Ruski Blvd.
Artworks from this year’s June edition of the festival will be presented where more than 45 international artists from around the world took part. In the selection you can see presentations of video and spatial installations of artists from Bulgaria, Korea, Japan, Britain, Germany and USA.
Welcome to our “temporary protected spaces” with faith in the future and enthusiastic perseverance!
Opening: 03.10.2014 at 19:00 h.
Sat & Sun from 12:00 till 20:00 h.
89 Ruski Blvd., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria