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Microcinema International Issues Call For Submissions

Mobile Exposure, international exhibition, highlights cell phone video (June 14, 2004)

Microcinema International has just announced a call for submissions for Mobile Exposure, an international exhibition of Mobile Video. Curated by Patrick Lichty the deadline for submission is Nov. 31, 2004 with a scheduled project launch February 2005.

Even though the use of mobile phones for still photography is gaining more widespread acceptance, more and more cell phones, PDA's and handheld devices are being equipped with video capabilities. What then, are the potentials of the handheld device as a cinematic tool for expression & activism?

To paraphrase Antin, what are the distinctive qualities of cell Phone video, and how do the stories and images from this technological set differ from its predecessors? Does the intimacy and mobility of the video-enabled cell phone create a change in perspective? Does it represent a culture of universal surveillance where there is a universal intimacy but a complete lack of private space? How does the mobile perspective shift our perception in the way the mediated image of the cellular/network individual is represented? Does its low-resolution somehow challenge the aesthetics, 'truthfulness', or technofetishism of the increasingly filmic nature of video? These are some of the questions that Mobile Exposure hopes to address.

Call For Works
The Mobile Exposure handheld video program is an exploration of the potentials of mobile motion imaging. Practitioners are invited to submit all lengths of work, although the focus will be on short works (less than 15 minutes in length).

Call For Essays/Critical Works
Along with the video program Microcinema invites scholars, writers, and curators for their comments upon the role mobile cinematography will have in the ongoing evolution of video, as well as the cultural effects that the handheld perspective might shift mediated culture from a critical perspective. Over 1000 words preferred; images are also encouraged, and text format in plain text, Rich Text Format, MS Word, or Word Perfect 9 or less, MLA format. Essays will be considered for inclusion in the exhibition catalogue as well as consideration for publication in Intelligent Agent Magazine.

Submission Guidelines
A brief description of the work(s) of up to 150 words and a short biography of up to 50 words maximum is also requested. Please submit work in DV, VHS, Quicktime, AVI, MPG or other native format (if available). Please keep in mind that it will be intended that these pieces will be converted and shown on a DV format.

Still .jpeg or .gif (PC formatted) should be included on a CD.

Please mail all submissions to:
Mobile Exposure
c/o Microcinema International
1528 Sul Ross
Houston, Texas 77006 United States

Please address all inquiries to:
Patrick Lichty

Upon acceptance, practitioners will be contacted by Microcinema International regarding the exposure of works through exhibition, online media, screenings, promotional materials, and on print media (prints/catalogues) for gallery showings.

Selected works will be considered for inclusion on a DVD for distribution through Microcinema International's Blackchair DVD Collection, and may be featured on the website.

About Patrick Lichty
Lichty is an artist, scholar, and curator in New Media and Technological arts, and is noted for his expertise in arts using mobile technologies. He is Editor-in-Chief of Intelligent Agent Magazine.

About Microcinema International
Microcinema's mission is to curate, exhibit, promote, and distribute innovative international moving image artists whose deeply personal and culturally relevant works are under-represented by the mainstream entertainment industry.

Microcinema's Independent Exposure is a touring screening program of independent films, videos, and digital art that has been in existence since 1996. Independent Exposure is screened worldwide at various microcinemas and alternative venues and festivals around the world. Microcinema has presented the short film, video and digital works of over 1200 artists in 43 countries plus Palestine and Antarctica. Microcinema has recently launced a new DVD label "The Blackchair Label" and a specialty DVD distrubution company featuring international independent labels.


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