Art Competition – BLACK BOX 2024: NO MIDDLE GROUND

Mikser Festival, Monolog Gallery and the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade invite young authors to participate in the new edition of the BLACK BOX art competition and submit their digital creations by 15 April, 2024, responding to this year’s competition theme: NO MIDDLE GROUND. Selected works will comprise a collective multimedia installation at Mikser Festival in Belgrade,  23-25 May.

We invite artists to participate in this year’s “Black Box” exhibition at the Mikser Festival in Belgrade, focusing on the theme of “No Middle Ground”. This open call is accessible to artists worldwide, welcoming digital works submissions. The “Black Box” will become an immersive multimedia exhibition, showcasing carefully selected pieces within an installation space at the Mikser Festival in Belgrade. We encourage submissions that make innovative use of modern technologies, including projection, mapping, screenings, and related mediums. The theme of the contest “No middle ground” is a reaction to the fact that anesthetized by social networks and consumed by personal ambitions or struggle, people have an increasing tendency to adopt an opportunistic way of thinking and become insensitive to the problems of others, lacking empathy and not taking a proactive role in preventing injustice in to your environment. In such a world full of lukewarm opinions and attitudes, we believe that young artists have no right to compromise when it comes to defending what is right. This year’s “Black Box” is looking for authors who are ready to use their power, disrupt the status quo and oppose injustice and conflict, push the boundaries and remove the barriers that divide us, break stereotypes and prejudices, unwaveringly express their attitude towards the present and uncompromisingly create their vision of the future. We invite artists to participate in this year’s “Black Box” exhibition at the Mikser Festival in Belgrade, focusing on the theme of “No Middle Ground”. This open call is accessible to artists worldwide, welcoming digital works submissions. The “Black Box” will become an immersive multimedia exhibition, showcasing carefully selected pieces within an installation space at the Mikser Festival in Belgrade. We encourage submissions that make innovative use of modern technologies, including projection, mapping, screenings, and related mediums.

Authors are encouraged to express themselves artistically through various multimedia content in a digital format that corresponds to the theme of the competition: generative art, video art, 3D modeling and animation, web-based art, data visualization, algorithmic art, sound, digital music composition , digital illustration, digital photography and photo manipulation, digital collage, voice recordings or visually interpreted texts (poetry, essays, dialogues), etc.

Alongside the curators of the “Black Box” project – Denis Leo Hegić, creative director of several art platforms in Berlin, Istabnul and Belgrade, artist Marko Lađušić, professor and one of the initiators of the Black box platform together with Maja Lalić, architect and one of the founders of Mikser Festival – this year’s the jury consists of established international authors and educators from various fields of artistic and creative disciplines who will actively participate in conversation and workshop programs with selected young authors at the upcoming Mikser Festival: Asena Hayal, conceptual artist, curator, producer and art director from Istanbul, Nikola Damjanov, the lead game artist  at  the company Nordeus, the architect Sara Jaafar from Beirut who runs the 1 millimeter studio in Athens, Dunja Trutin, an assistant at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, as well as Predrag Todorović, an assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

The selected artworks will be awarded with participation in the collective multimedia installation  “Black Box: No Middle Ground” at the Mikser festival 2024, from May 23 to 25 and active participation in Artist talks with the project curators and jury members, while one selected author (or a group of co-authors) will be additionally awarded with the solo exhibition in Monolog Gallery during 2024 / 2025 season. The gallery award consists of a budget for production, PR and exhibition opening costs.

Competition is open till 15 april, 2024 at midnight.

Winners will be announced on 25 of April, 2024 on mikser.rs.

Full Competition text on this link.

Online Application here.

More info: blackbox@mikser.rs

THE BLACK BOX was initiated in 2015 in cooperation between the Mikser Festival and the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade as a platform for development of young authors in the field of multidisciplinary and experimental arts. An expert jury consisting of well-known artists and educators from the entire region, based on the current topic of the competition, selects authors who will present themselves as part of a collective multimedia installation at the Mikser Festival in Belgrade. The aim of the project is to point out the issues that preoccupy young creators in the contemporary social context, encourage them to express themselves publicly and motivate them to employ their artistic visions in tackling societal challenges. The Black Box also highlights the importance of art experiences in non-gallery, alternative city spaces, their accessibility and exchange with a broad audience, as well as the connection of artistic practice with other spheres of life – science, technologies, economy, politics, and society.