VERSION>08 DARK MATTER
April 17 - APRIL 27 2008
Chicago, USA
Call for Participation
Deadline for submissions: FEBRUARY 25, 2008

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PROGRAM PLATFORMS

The following are some basic submission areas for Version Festival. Most works and projects typically will be programmed under these platforms. Each year we accept hundreds of initiatives, works and projects suggested by participants. Our goal is to help facilitate and realize ones that best fit our festival goals, budget and capabilities. This year's exhibitions and programs include:

* Web Selections
* NFO XPO
* Version Group Exhibition
* Curatorial Projects
* Free University
* Live Musical Performances
* Performance/ Interventions/ Mobile Projects
* Radical Magical History Mystery Tours
* Underground Multiplex (Film/Video)
* Audio Art
* The Other

Please examine our platform descriptions to decide what part of Version you wish to help create.




Web Selections
We prefer to select website and net art projects that highlight experimental technologies and media which directly enrich the public domain. Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM




NFO XPO

The NFO XPO (pronounced "info expo") brings art groups, spaces and community organizations together to exchange information and ideas as well as provide a public platform for each group to present themselves. We see it as a trade show for experimental art, emerging spaces, and radical exchange. It's our version of what an art exposition should be.

Through the simple presentation format of a booth or table, based on a science fair model, we facilitate straight-forward exchanges about what is going on locally in various communities, from disparate neighborhoods here in Chicago to cities across the world. Media and art collectives, anti-globalization initiatives, community projects, alt.spaces, and other art/activist initiatives are highly encouraged to participate. We will provide booth or table space at a very low fee (booths: $175-200 table :$20 ) to help us cover construction and rental costs of the facility as well as for productioof an NFO XPO catalog.

The NFO XPO takes place April 19 and 20, 2008 . View NFO XPO photos here
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM



Version Group Show
This show features work based on the theme Dark Matter. Curated by the festival staff and guest curators, this project is open to submissions.
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM




Curatorial Projects

In order to facilitate wider participation by visiting groups/guests from around the country and abroad we are providing project/exhibition spaces to curators, groups and collectives to share projects, initiatives, exhibitions and networks. Please send your proposal with samples of work that will be exhibited/shared including participant bios. We can provide space but very little remuneration for travel or expenses. If the project can be contained in a 10X10 or 15X15 foot space then you should consider presenting your project during the NFO XPO. (See above)
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM




Free University (FREE U)

We are placing workshops, presentations, demonstrations, talks, lectures and classes within the framework of the Free University platform. Ideas for provocations and projects as well as instructional guides, lecture and class ideas are welcome. Free University Programs will be presented during April 19, 20.Live Musical Performances
Live performance is a strong component of the festival. Performances will take place throughout the city in alt.spaces, clubs and other facilities. We are interested in hearing your music so please provide links when possible. Musical Performances will take place throughout the festival, with a heavier concentration on weekends.
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM




Live Musical Performances
Live performance is a strong component of the festival. Performances will take place throughout the city in clubs, a church Version spaces and other facilities. We are interested in hearing your music so please provide online documentation when possible. Musical Performances will take place throughout the festival with a heavier concentration in the first week of May.
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM




Performance/ Interventions/ Mobile Projects

Performance art in site specific locations. Picnics, tours, public interventions, asphalt canoeing, anarchist marching bands, creative disturbances in public space, initiatives by space invaders and hijackers and performance artists of all stripes welcome.
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM




Radical Magical History Mystery Tours

Version would like guerrilla tour guides and unprofessional historians to give us tours. These can be self-guided, web based maps or guided tours on bike or foot. Tours will typically take place on week days and Sundays during the festival.
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM




Underground Multiplex (Film/Video)

Underground Multiplex is our video screening program. Version and its sister festival Select Media Festival are always seeking fresh video projects: experimental, documentary, animation, and shorts of all types welcome. Send works on DVD or mini dv (NTSC). Send description/synopsis (under 500 words). Do not send masters. DVDs and tapes will not be returned. Curators are urged to send programs. Version typically presents some pretty amazing work.




Audio Art (WPBR)

The net radio and low watt radio station WPBR will be broadcasting 24/7 during the festival. Send your original work or curated/mixed programs. Send CDs or inks to files. Include full description of recordings and set list (if applicable). We are also seeking producers that can interview participants of the festival.
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM




The Other

If you feel your project does not "fit" within one of the platforms we have offered, please explain what you have in mind.
Please use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM


Still not sure your project is appropriate?

Please check out past Versions to see what over 4000 participants have presented in past years:

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