Spark (http://spark.cla.umn.edu/) invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres.
Submissions are accepted in the following categories:
- Installation+Visual Art
Works for Outdoor Public Spaces
While the festival provides technical support for the accepted works, we do not provide musicians. Submissions are therefore limited to works that are performed by the composer or by musicians/performers congregated by the composer.
Spark receives submissions strictly through the online system. We encourage submitters to provide a URL to supporting audio/video media in the highest quality possible. In cases where high quality audio is not available online, file uploads are accepted (.wav or .aif, less than 128 MB in size). Video file uploads are not accepted.
The submissions deadline as been extended:
All submissions must be received by May 15, 2010 at 11:59PM Minneapolis Time (CST).
Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts 2010
September 28 - October 3, 2010
University of Minnesota
Ali Momeni, Artistic Director
For one week each year, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts gathers creators and performers of new media arts from around the world to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA to showcase their work to the public.
The Spark Festival was founded by composer Doug Geers seven years ago. Now in its eighth year, the Spark Festival showcases groundbreaking works of music, art, theater, and dance that feature use of new technologies. Spark invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres. Past Spark Festivals have featured a diverse array of guests, including Paul Demarinis, Richard Devine, Alvin Lucier, Morton Subotnick, DJ Spooky ,Wafaa Bilal, Kanta Horio, Scanner, Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, Phillipe Manoury, Paul Lansky, and others.
This coming year, the Spark Festival will take a leave from Minnesota's winter and move to the fall season. The next Spark Festival will take place in October of 2010. The Bedlam Theater, home of Spark 2009's Nightlife programming, will be the Spark Head-quarters. The call for works for the 2010 Spark Festival will be announced in March 1st, 2010 and submissions deadline will be May 1, 2010.