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"Call for Artists: An International Exhibition of Mobile Video"
2004-06-25 until 2004-11-31
Microcinema, Inc. / Blackchair Productions
Seattle, WA, USA United States of America

This exhibition "Mobile Exposure" will be curated by Patrick Lichty, conceptual intermedia artist and curator/writer. The deadline is Nov. 31, 2004 with the project launching in February 2005. Even though the use of mobile phones for still photography is gaining more widespread acceptance, more and more cell phones, PDA's and handheld devices are being equipped with video capabilities. What then, are the potentials of the handheld device as a cinematic tool for expression and activism?

To paraphrase Antin, what are the distinctive qualities of cellphone video, and how do the stories and images from this technological set differ from its predecessors? Does the intimacy and mobility of the video-enabled cell phone create a change in perspective? Does it represent a culture of universal surveillance where there is a universal intimacy but a complete lack of private space? How does the mobile perspective shift our perception in the way the mediated image of the cellular/network individual is represented? Does its low-resolution somehow challenge the aesthetics, 'truthfulness', or technofetishism of the increasingly filmic nature of video? These are some of the questions that Mobile Exposure hopes to address.


The Mobile Exposure handheld video program is an exploration of the potentials of mobile motion imaging. Practitioners are invited to submit all lengths of work, although the focus will be on short works (less than 15 minutes in length).


Along with the video program Microcinema invites scholars, writers, and curators for their comments upon the role mobile cinematography will have in the ongoing evolution of video, as well as the cultural effects that the handheld perspective might shift mediated culture from a critical perspective. Over 1000 words preferred; images are also encouraged, and text format in plain text, Rich Text Format, MS Word, or Word Perfect 9 or less, MLA format. Essays will be considered for inclusion in the exhibition catalogue as well as consideration for publication in Intelligent Agent Magazine.


A brief description of the work(s) of up to 150 words and a short biography of up to 50 words maximum is also requested. Please submit work in DV, VHS, Quicktime, AVI, MPG or other native format (if available). Please keep in mind that it will be intended that these pieces will be converted and shown on a DV format.

Still .jpeg or .gif (PC formatted) should be included on a CD.

Please mail all submissions to:
Mobile Exposure
c/o Microcinema International
1528 Sul Ross
Houston, Texas 77006 United States

Plese address all inquiries to:
Patrick Lichty


Upon acceptance, practitioners will be contacted by Microcinema International regarding the exposure of works through exhibition, online media, screenings, promotional materials, and on print media (prints/catalogues) for gallery showings.

Selected works will be considered for inclusion on a DVD for distribution through Microcinema International's Blackchair DVD Collection, and may be featured on the Microcinema.com website.

About Patrick Lichty

Lichty is an artist, scholar, and curator in New Media and Technological arts, and is noted for his expertise in arts using mobile technologies. He is Editor-in-Chief of Intelligent Agent Magazine. www.voyd.com

About Microcinema International

Microcinema's mission is to curate, exhibit, promote, and distribute innovative international moving image artists whose deeply personal and culturally relevant works are under-represented by the mainstream entertainment industry.

Microcinema's Independent Exposure is a touring screening program of independent films, videos, and digital art that has been in existence since 1996. Independent Exposure is screened worldwide at various microcinemas and alternative venues and festivals around the world. Microcinema has presented the short film, video and digital works of over 1200 artists in 43 countries plus Palestine and Antarctica. Microcinema has recently launced a new DVD label "The Blackchair Label" and a specialty DVD distrubution company featuring international independent labels. www.microcinema.com

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