Lo Schermo dell’Arte presents the eleventh edition of VISIO-European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images, a research, residency and production programme dedicated to artists who use moving images in their artistic practice.

The project, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, will be held in Florence in conjunction with the 15th Lo Schermo dell’Arte – Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival (November 15 – 20, 2022). The 8 participants will be young European artists who work with moving images; they will be selected through an open call organised in collaboration with some of Europe’s leading art academies, schools and artist residencies. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 9, 2022.

After 10 years VISIO develops further by introducing the VISIO Production Fund, a €40,000 production fund conceived in partnership with Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato), Fondazione In Between Art Film (Rome), FRAC Bretagne (Rennes) and Seven Gravity Collection.

Eight artists will be selected and invited to Florence and will have the opportunity to develop their own original project in dialogue with international curators and producers. Sharing and exchange between participants and professionals are facilitated by an intensive programme of mentoring sessions, round tables and individual meetings. Funds will eventually be awarded to four winning artists who will work with Leonardo Bigazzi, and the Schermo dell’Arte team, to produce the works and premiere them at the Festival in 2023. An artist’s edition of each of the works produced will become part of the permanent collection of the project’s partner institutions, which are committed to promote and exhibit them in the following years.

The beginning of this new course will also be accompanied by the release of a publication dedicated to the first ten years of VISIO. The book traces the history of the project and promotes the research of the 128 artists who took part in the programme and the exhibitions organised between 2012 and 2021. The book aims to investigate some of the fundamental themes animating the international debate in the field of moving images today through texts commissioned for the occasion and conversations with artists, curators, researchers, collectors and producers involved in the project over the years.

Structure

VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images has a four-part structure:

1. Mentoring Sessions
Critical sessions and one-to-one meetings will be organised with the aim of developing the projects presented by the participating artists. The invited curators will have the opportunity to study the proposals in depth before the start of the programme and then discuss the various aspects of the productions with the artists. The mentors for this edition are:  Sophie Cavoulacos, associate curator, MoMA (New York) and Valentine Umansky, curator Tate Modern (London).
In these sessions the artists will also meet representatives of the project partner institutions with which the winning films will be co-produced: Diego Bergamaschi, Seven Gravity Collection; Etienne Bernard, director FRAC Bretagne (Rennes); Stefano Collicelli Cagol, director Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato); Alessandro Rabottini, artistic director Fondazione In Between Art Film (Rome).

2. Conversation Room
In this space participants will be able to discuss, during round tables and individual 40-minute meetings, with artists, curators, critics, producers and directors of international institutions hosted by the Festival. Whether used as an opportunity to present portfolios or simply have a conversation, these are meant to be moments of dialogue that will foster the participants’ professional growth and extend their network of international contacts. Confirmed guests include artists Rosa Barba and Eric Baudelaire, Erika Balsom, Reader in Film Studies at King’s College London and Andrea Lissoni, artistic director at Haus der Kunst (Munich).

3.  Festival
The participating artists are invited to attend the screenings, meetings and lectures included in the programme of the 15th edition of Lo Schermo dell’Arte – Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival. This year’s edition will feature works by: Rosa Barba, Eric Baudelaire, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Andres Serrano among many others.

4.Online Platform in collaboration with MYmovies 
A work by each of the VISIO participants will be presented online, from 16 to 27 November 2022, on the Festival online platform.  In the 2021 edition, the platform achieved almost 12,000 views.

1. Regulation

Artists are invited to submit a project for an original video work still in the early stages of development. There are no restrictions on the duration and/or format of the proposed work (single-channel, multi-channel installations, VR, augmented reality, etc.). Co-productions with museums, festivals, production companies or other international institutions are allowed.

Through the open call Leonardo Bigazzi will select 8 artists who will be invited to Florence from 15 – 20 November 2022 to develop their projects with the VISIO team. After the week-long residency the participants will have until 5 December 2022 to rework their proposals based on the feedback received during the meetings.

The 4 winning projects will receive 10,000 euros each and will be selected by 16 December 2022 by Leonardo Bigazzi in dialogue with the institutional partners who will co-produce the works: Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato), Fondazione In Between Art Film (Rome), FRAC Bretagne (Rennes) and Seven Gravity Collection. An artist’s edition of the work produced will become part of the permanent collection of the co-producing institution.

The curator and the team of Lo schermo dell’arte will work closely with the winning artists, offering them all the necessary production support until the work is completed and delivered with English subtitles by October 1, 2023.

The winning works will be premiered at Lo schermo dell’arte in 2023.

2. Selection

Candidates must be visual artists who:

  • work with moving images as part of their artistic practice
  • are under 35 years old (born in 1987 or after)
  • are citizens or residents of one of the 47 member countries of the European Council + Kosovo (complete list)
  • hold a degree (M.A. or equivalent) or have had at least one solo show in the last two years
  • have an excellent knowledge of the English language

3. Application and Deadlines

Please download the application form here

Together with the application form you must also submit the following files (in English language):

  •  Production Budget (Annex A)
  • Complete Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Portfolio with web links to previous video works and, if available, exhibition photos (PDF)
  • One portrait photography with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (format: JPG or TIFF)

Optional Attachments:

  • Letters from institutional partners (museums, festival etc.), producers and/or financiers involved
  • Moodboard, images and other visual aids
  • Links to video excerpts linked to the submitted work

 The production budget (Annex A) consists of a detailed cost plan for the realisation of the work. In the event that the production budget exceeds the amount of the VISIO Production Fund (10,000 euro), the economic contributions of other partners or co-producers must be indicated and documented.

Applications must be sent to Beatrice Galluzzo at visio@schermodellarte.org by Friday, September 9, 2022, before 11.00pm (Central European Time).

The eight selected artists will receive email notification by October 3, 2022 at the latest.

The official opening of the sessions will be at 6.00pm on Tuesday November 15, and will end at 11.30pm on Sunday November 20. Participants must attend all events for the whole duration of the programme.

All meetings and seminars will be in English.

4. The 8 selected artists will be granted:

  • A pass providing access to all parts of the festival (screenings, streaming and lectures)
  • Participation in all sections of the programme
  • Hotel accommodation for six nights (November 15 – 20 November | checkout 21st)

Transportation to and/or from Florence is not included.

COVID-19

VISIO is centred on constructing a shared experience, forged by an inclusive community of artists, curators and collectors. That’s why we firmly believe in doing everything possible to help our guests and participants come to Florence safely. We are well aware of all the problems and uncertainties caused by the current global health crisis. If at the time of selection an artist knows it will be impossible to attend, or if their trip must be cancelled for reasons beyond anyone’s control, they will be allowed to participate in all sections of the programme via streaming.

VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images – 11th Edition

Promoted and produced by Lo Schermo dell’Arte

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

in collaboration with

  • Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato)
  • Fondazione In Between Art Film (Rome)
  • Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi (Florence)
  • FRAC Bretagne (Rennes)
  • Seven Gravity Collection

The selection of participants is realised in partnership with

  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera
  • Art House (Scutari)
  • AV-arkki – The Centre for Finnish Media Art (Helsinki)
  • Careof (Milan)
  • Centro de Residencias Artísticas, Matadero Madrid
  • De Ateliers (Amsterdam)
  • Gasworks (London)
  • Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin)
  • La Casa Encendida (Madrid)
  • Le Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing)
  • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam)
  • Royal College of Art (London)
  • Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm)
  • Städelschule (Frankfurt)
  • WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels)

Lo Schermo dell’Arte 2022 is realised with the contribution of
Regione Toscana and Comune di Firenze

main supporter
Fondazione CR Firenze

with the support of
Fondazione Sistema Toscana/La Compagnia
Institut français Italia

in collaboration with

  • Fondazione In Between Art Film
  • Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
  • Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci
  • FRAC Bretagne
  • Seven Gravity Collection
  • Centro Nazionale di Produzione della Danza Virgilio Sieni
  • MYmovies
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze

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