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Marl Media Art Awards – Call for entries

Submission deadline: May 30, 2016

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Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
Creiler Platz 1, Rathaus
D-45768 Marl

Marl Media Art Awards 2016: Space
Dealing with Space in Video and Sound
Historically and spatially, the Marl Media Art Awards refer to the orientation as a sculpture museum and to the modernist architecture of the Marl Town Hall completed in 1966. Because spatial reference is the key criteria for sculpture, for the third time the competition invites media artists who deal with all facets of space in their works to participate.

Since 1984, the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl has hosted the Video Art Award, and since 2002 the Sound Art Award, which has been further developed into the EUROPEAN SOUNDART AWARD. The two media, which define themselves principally through video and sound, have much in common: not only are they both time-related, but in many video works the acoustic level is very important, while more and more sound works include moving images. The Marl Media Art Awards will present the results of both competitions in one exhibition at the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl.

Marl Video Art Award 2016
The works submitted for the Marl Video Art Award 2016 must relate—thematically, formally or in its presentation—to the specific space. The spatial reference here also means avoiding linear narrative structures while featuring a different, non-linear temporal structure, such as a loop, which is ideal for presentation in a museum. Classic, single-channel videos, shown on a monitor or projected on a screen, remain acceptable. Overall, however, the international competition gives preference to multi-channel installations and installations extended through use of additional materials. 20 works will be selected for the exhibition and will compete for the Marl Video Art Award 2016, with 5,000 EUR in prize money. The prize money will be aimed at acquisition of the awarded piece for the permanent collection of the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl. The Marl Video Art Award will be awarded by the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl.

For the EUROPEAN SOUNDART AWARD we are also looking for works explicitly related to the space and sound creations that characterize the space. Along with artistic quality, convincing acoustic and plastic form will be a particularly relevant assessment criterion. In addition, three of ten contestants selected for the exhibition will be invited by the same jury to visit Marl in the summer in order to develop concepts for a to be selected space in Marl. One of these concepts will be awarded the EUROPEAN SOUNDART AWARD and 7,000 EUR as money prize for its immediate realization. WDR 3, the Stiftung Hören and the European Soundart Association strive for closer networking of the European sound art with the European cultural radio stations and will therefore also check all submissions for suitability for possible radiofonic realizations. The EUROPEAN SOUNDART AWARD 2016 will be awarded by the Culture Radio WDR 3, the Stiftung Hören and the European Soundart Association in cooperation with the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl.

General conditions, application and dates
In addition to the thematical and formal requirement of addressing space, works submitted for both sound and video art competitions must have been produced after January 1, 2014.

The deadline for submission for both Marl Media Art Award competitions is May 30.

Two international prize juries for video art and sound art will select 20 video art works and 10 pieces of sound art to be placed in display in a group exhibition in the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl and other venues in Marl. The juries will also select the winners of the Marl Video Art Award 2016 and the EUROPEAN SOUNDART AWARD 2016.

The exhibition opening and awards ceremony of the Marl Media Art Awards 2016 will take place on October 23 in the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl. The exhibition will last till February 2017.

Further information on competition rules and online application forms are available at www.mkp-marl.de.

The Marl Media Art Awards 2016 are supported by (as per April) the Ministry for Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia; the Kunststiftung NRW, WDR 3, Stiftung Hören, the City of Marl, Sparkasse Vest Recklinghausen, EINS DER ZWANZIG RUHR KUNST MUSEEN and Freundeskreis Habakuk.

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