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Art In The City’s BLAST! 2017 is coming! By expanding the open call to everyone, the special project provides a larger platform for digital media creativity – consciously reaching out to professionals beyond the field of art. In the age of the Internet, everyone has the necessary tools to realize quality content. The Open Call will explore how this intersection between accessibility and artistic intention affects contemporary digital art in Asia.
BLAST! is disseminated through an array of multidisciplinary platforms and pertinent social media channels. BLAST! Visions seeks cutting- edge moving image, animation, cartoon, and computer-generated video, capable of cultivating interactivity and more. BLAST! Sounds explores new music, including: acoustic, electronic, experimental, noise, pop, rock, found or environmental—anything goes. BLAST! 2017 will be the primary focus of Art In The City Festival, taking place from September 15 to October 8 at Hima Art Space.
The open call is devoted to creating a more compressive stage for audiences to discover the emerging multi-media talents of creators in the 21st century. BLAST! 2017 will select one winner from this year’s 16 finalists. The winning artist will receive a 3-day FUMO Motion Design Master Class (September 15 to September 17) and a round-trip to Shanghai worth 20,000 RMB.
A jury of professionals from the fields of digital and contemporary art will select this year’s finalists.
BLAST! 2017 will be chaired by
Davide Quadrio – Curator and Arthub Founder;
Massimo Torrigiani – Curator and Fantom Edition Founder;
Christopher Doyle – Filmmaker and
Shaway Yeh – Group Style Editorial Director, Modern Media.
Jury Members include:
aaajiao (aka. Xu Wenkai) – New Media Artist;
Gao Jiafeng – Musician and Music Producer;
Fito Segrera – Head of Research and Creation of CAC;
Cao Dan – Editorial Director of LEAP;
Roberto Gianstefani – Founder and Director of FLATMIND;
Maria Taniguchi – Artist;
Colin Chinnery – Curator and Artist;
Guo Hongwei – Artist;
Wu Junyong ¬– Artist;
You Mi ¬– Curator and Researcher;
N+N Corsino – Choreographers and Researchers;
Martino Coffa – Recipient.cc Founder;
Antonio Scoccimarro ¬– Associate Editor of Mousse;
Zhu Xiaowen – Media Artist;
Julian F. Krueger – Executive Creative Director of The Marmalade ;
Matthias Winckelmann – 3D and Animation Designer.
This year’s winners will include 8 visual and 8 sonic finalists, whose submissions will premiere at Art In The City Festival, followed by presentations at exhibition spaces across Shanghai. In addition to these physical locations, this year’s video winners will be featured on NOWNESS and Arthub’s Screening Program—online platforms that provide temporary access to video works outside of physical spaces.
BLAST! is organized by Art In The City in collaboration with Arthub, Flatmind and Hima Art Space.