The Association of Visual Artists of Užice (UVUU) has announced a competition for the fourth contemporary art festival - Videopark. The festival will take place in Užice, Serbia, from July 21 to 23, 2022. The topic of this year’s open call and the program is Migratory Anthropocene.

With the topic of Migratory Anthropocene, the festival focuses on many complex influences of the human body, being, and entity, as well as forms of behavior towards nature itself and life. Migratory Anthropocene includes a migratory aspect of body and soul, understanding the relationship between home and place, the territory where the main focus is on nature and environment by adjusting the internal aspects according to the characteristics of external influences on our spiritual being, movement, insecurity, action or creation.

The goal of the Videopark festival is to acquaint the general public with contemporary artistic practices in the field of video, film and moving images, as well as to point out the insufficient affirmation of this type of artistic expression. Presenting experimental works that through a wide range of visual forms, processes and practices include questions and contribute to a creative and critical understanding of reality, as well as the application of forms of modern digital media, are just some of the things promoted by Videopark. Working with the local community, supporting decentralization in the arts and creating a platform for all young artists, UVUU aims to relocate the center from major cultural centers, festivals and art fairs to smaller places, and to create a place for all visual artists through mutual and mutual support. they mostly use video as the basic language of artistic expression.

Additionally to the movie screenings, the Videopark will once again host numerous artists on its residency program, which will last from July 16 to 24. The artists will try to combine and translate their experiences in communication with the locals into the medium of film, performance, dance, and other types of visual mediums. Focusing on the key problems facing this community - depopulation, ecology, transition and the economic crisis - they will develop works that connect the different impressions created during their research in the surrounding villages of the city of Uzice.

The application deadline is June 26, 2022.

Application conditions:
- The video should not be longer than 20 minutes
- only single-channel video works are taken into account
- only works created in the past 3 years are accepted
- The jury is international, so it would be desirable to fill in the form in English

The results of the open call will be announced a few days after the closing of the competition. The jury will select:
- 3 to 6 artists will be shortlisted to present their work in the program of our partner festival XX ART FLANERIE on July 2 in Vienna.
- 25 to 33 movies will be shortlisted for the screening at contemporary art festival - Videopark from July 21 to 23 in Užice, Serbia.

Jury:
- Miloš Vučićević, artist and curator (Gallery Reflektor, UVUU, Contemporary Art Festival Videopark)
- Justina Špeirokaitė, curator and cultural organizer (Improper Walls, XX ART FLANERIE, LT.art Vienna, QUESTION ME & ANSWER)
- Ale Zapata, curator (Improper Walls, XX ART FLANERIE, QUESTION ME & ANSWER)
- Urtė Špeirokaitė, curator and project manager (Improper Walls, XX ART FL NERIE, QUESTION ME & ANSWER)

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  • Thank you very much for the festival! Organizing festivals in our time is a feat!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dmitri Frolov! Thanks for your support!