• Martin Calvino

SUBORDINATED REALITY: open call for [video art + short film exhibition] on behalf of Videokanava art


SUBORDINATED REALITY_ Open Call for video artists and filmmakers

Application Period: March-2 to May-25, 2020

Weblink: http://www.videokanava.com/open-call.html

Curator: Martin Calvino

Venues confirmed for selected works include the cities of Tampere-Finland, Berlin-Germany, and Vienna-Austria. Other screening places will be published later.

Presentation reward for the selected artists is 50 euros.

Videokanava is an organization founded in Finland in 2014 and formed by a group of contemporary artists based in the city of Tampere. It presents videos from international artists and filmmakers and organizes video art festivals on a yearly basis. Each year a different curator selects video works for a themed exhibition from videos submitted. This year the curator selected is Martin Calvino and the theme is Subordinated Reality as it relates to the causes of post-truth.

Curatorial Text by Martin Calvino_

Although objective reporting has been the gold standard of professional journalism, as we transition through an era of post-truth, disinformation campaigns and fake news, balanced reporting has the conflictive outcome of dedicating equal time to truth and to those responsible for spreading falsehoods as means to assert political dominance. When journalists and the media in general, in their strive for objectivity and balanced reporting, present side by side political and social actors that express their convictions untethered from reality and facts with those who fundament their thinking and actions based on pertinent information and facts generated by a network of trusted institutions, they inadvertently equalize falsehood to truth. Despite the importance of an independent and vibrant media to democracy, public trust in legacy media is at all time low. Concomitant with this is the rise of satire and comedy-politics fueled by a pervasive entertainment culture that has turned the news itself into a joke. As result, we are over-entertained and fact-deprived. Together with this, we are also immersed in a political context of hyper-partisanship that is amplified not only by geographic and cultural differences, but also through the echo chamber effects of social media. Without doubt, we are loosing our capacity of sharing a common reality, and we are increasingly looking at it with non-overlapping lenses. Post-truth is here, although it roots has long been in the making. Among them, the smuggling of intellectual and academic discourses on postmodernism and science and technology studies, first by corporations to seed doubt on the association of tobacco consumption and cancer, as well as the impact of human activities on the environment and climate change; and later by political conservatives and the alt-right to subordinate reality as valid mechanism to assert political dominance.

How then should we protect ourselves from misinformation and political manipulation? Video artists and filmmakers not only have the moral, intellectual and aesthetic sensibilities, but also the technical tools to explore the world of the moving image as means to help us answer this question. The open call for art presented here seeks artists addressing issues pertaining to the causes of post-truth, as well as its possible solutions. We look forward to receive all type of video works and short films on the following topics as they relate to post-truth:

Climate Change Denial

Distrust in Legacy Media

Media Manipulation of Public Opinion

Fake News

Satire and Comedy-Politics

Hyper-Partisanship

Eco Chamber Effects of Social Media

The Erosion of a Shared Reality

The Political Subordination of Reality

Postmodernism

Science and Technology Studies

Artists could approach the above topics from two viewpoints: (1) critical perspectives and/or (2) possible solutions.

Note: In Calvino's latest work, he used unsupervised machine learning algorithms to detect political ideology from newspaper articles written about political candidates running for president of Uruguay. This work provided the basis and fundamental knowledge in which the curatorial text proposed for Videokanava Exhibition was subsequently based. The mentioned work can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.martincalvino.co/single-post/2019/11/12/Automated-detection-of-political-ideology-from-text-a-case-study-of-newspapers-in-Uruguay

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