Call for applications

Boda Boda Lounge Festival: Open Call for Video Art


Deadline: 31 August 2018

Courtesy of Artist, Euridice Zaituna Kala, to Pimp a Butterflly, Video still, 5'', 2018

Boda Boda Lounge is a cross-continental video art festival that will take place at over 15 spaces across the African continent from 16–18 November 2018. Boda Boda Lounge is currently accepting video art submissions from artists based in Africa and of African descent. Selected submissions will be put forward for intracontinental screening and exhibition programming.

The Boda Boda Lounge festival is based on the conviction that video art can create exchanges between different contexts in Africa that allow both the transcending of physical boundaries and the creation of an intimate atmosphere for introspection and contemplation.

An English text translated into French and then translated into Xhosa. The same text in Xhosa is then re-translated into English and French. And through language, various contexts and cultures are used to arrive at another imaginary place consequently multiplying mythologies.

This year’s edition titled Soft Pow(ers) is conceptualised by artist Euridice Zaituna Kala. Artists are invited to respond to Édouard Glissant’s (1) notion of Tout Monde (all the world) (2) : to deepen and complicate the links amongst the complex African worlds that go beyond the inherited Anglo, Luso and Franco worlds, to creolise rather than hybridise, and to compose a new language within these parameters – that Tout Monde identity, that soft pow(er), that is at times operating covertly. This is a call to re ect on identity not as a single strand or a single truth but one that has been shaped and reshaped by different encounters, resulting in a dynamic identity that is not bound by place especially in this moment where technology temporarily attens space.

One is therefore confronted by a possible loss of perfect diction – an inability to articulate in one language, when accepting the Tout Monde as each individual nds new ways for the practice of the everyday that is informed by a multitude of contexts. Artists are invited to respond with works that refer to multiple pers- pectives of the self, their practice and their complex contexts.

 

Application requirements:

  • Any artist from Africa or the diaspora working in digital and multimedia art can participate
  • Works should have been produced in the past 5 years
  • Artists can submit a maximum of 3 videos
  • Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes
  • Each work must be accompanied by a new application form

Applications can be sent to bodalounge@vansa.co.za by 31 August 2018 (wetransfer/dropbox links are acceptable)

 

About Boda Boda Lounge

The term Boda Boda is an adaptation of the word border and alludes to a cross-border movement, suggesting physical mobility and movement across lines that universally represent the divide of land and space.

Boda Boda Lounge is project, which aim to diffuse video art across the continent. It was initiated by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Centre d’art Waza (Lubumbashi, DRC) in 2014. Boda Boda Lounge intends to enable wide access for African artists to be part of the festival and at the same time working with a range of African arts organisations. It is an engagement with low-cost, widely accessible exchange processes on the African Continent. Soft Pow(ers) will be the 3rd edition of the project.

 

Euridice Zaituna Kala is a Mozambican artist and trained photographer, currently based in Paris. She is a gra- duate from the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg. She is the founder of the entity e.a.st. (Ephemeral Archival Station), a laboratory for artistic research practice. She has exhibited in South Africa, France, Mozambique and Senegal amongst others. Her interests in history take her to spaces of metamorphoses, mythology, cultural manipulations i.e. culture as power, etc.

 

 

1 Éduardo Glissant Martiniquan poet, writer, and philosopher whom articulated the concept of identity as Rizhome of disseminated roots of a plant which is linked to one’s identity.

2 Glissant Édouard. Traité du Tout-Monde: Roman. Gallimard, 1993.
http://www.tout-monde.com/- created in 2006, the Institut de Tout Monde (All World) as a place « rhizome », « inescapable », incorporating the in its essence the poetic approach of Glissant

 


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