Call For Submissions: Vaporwave

Call For Submissions: Vaporwave


Video Out Distribution
Call for Video Submissions | VAPORWAVE
Due: June 20th 2015

Video Out Distribution is seeking experimental or feature-length video work that relates to the aesthetic theme “Vaporwave” – an internet art aesthetic phenomenon that invokes a pastiche of imagery that ranges from Renaissance motifs, 1990’s clip art, glitch graphics, and early computer generated animation.

Works must have been completed after January 2014. To submit please send a weblink of the work, a short synopsis, and an artist bio to Digital submissions only. Please send email submissions with the subject LastName_vaporwave by Saturday, June 20th 2015.

Video Out Distribution is an international, non-exclusive distributor and is a part of VIVO Media Arts Centre located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Works selected from this call for submissions will be screened at VIVO’s monthly series New Additions, at the July 14th 2015 installment, and will also be entered into distribution.

For further information please contact:
Shauna Jean Doherty, Distribution and Outreach Manager
2625 Kaslo St.
Vancouver, BC

More on Vaporwave:

Vaporwave is an artistic style that has emerged as an internet art phenomenon within the last 4 years. The form, though somewhat obscure and disparate due to its predominantly online origins, can be characterized by its ironic combination of visual references that range from the iconography of classical antiquity (white marble, plaster busts), simplistic digital renderings of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, and the lo-fi aesthetics of CD-ROM imagery especially clip art or primordial animation. Discussed at length in Rddit discussion boards and underground internet art communities, Vaporwave is defined and redefined by those who make it. The aesthetic is often deployed as a critique of consumerism through its use of satire and ironic nostalgia.


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