Megapolis Festival: Call for Submissions

Feb 03, 2010 9:19 pm
Megapolis is looking for performances, presentations, and workshops featuring audio of all kinds to fill our weekend-long festival in Baltimore, May 14-16, 2010. Circuit bending / noisemaker constructions, slumber parties, free-form audio editing sessions, interactive demonstrations, experimental musical practice and theory, film with a heavy audio component, musical performances, subversive audio tours, (un-boring) lectures, and whatever else your brain births.

Special consideration will be given to:

* NEW ARTISTS! We like new blood. If you presented last year you might not get to present this year. Sorry this hath been decreed, but yaknow, if you presented last year you can attend the whole festival this year without having to worry all about that “making people happy” crapola.
* Events that invite participation and active creation among attendees, with created works to be shared during a closing ceremony and on this website.
* Events that touch on our theme for this year: TRANSPORT.

Proposal types:

1. Session: 90- or 45-minute-long presentations, workshops, and the like by one or more presenters. We provide the venue. Megapolis features five 90-minute blocks on Saturday and Sunday during which time multiple sessions will happen at once. Presenters may be asked to repeat their session over the course of the two days.
2. Tour or Soundwalk: One or more presenters leading 15 or fewer attendees outside of festival venues. You choose the length of time on Saturday or Sunday. Usually these meet in front of the festival headquarters.
3. Performance: Performances take place either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night OR Saturday or Sunday day. The nighttime performance are usually ~45 minutes and take place inside. The daytime performances take place inside or out and take place during a 90-minute block during other events. Daytime performances can be part performance/part presentation. NO HIPPIE MANTRAS. YES I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU YACHT.
4. Installation: Self-sustaining and sound-based (obviously) pieces that stay put. Electricity or not is fine. For presentation inside festival headquarters and associated spaces. We encourage a period of ‘activation’ or interactive audience participation with your installation during the festival.
5. Miscellaneous (our favorite): Booths inside and outside festival venues, temporary radio stations, 1-800 numbers, crowd experiments, overnight or lunchtime gatherings, big wheel races captured through contact microphones and broadcast through giant speakers – essentially anything else mind-blowing you can think of outside of the above categories.

A few other things to keep in mind:

* Check out our 2009 archive to make sure you don’t ape a previously selected, previously amazingly original concept.
* If you have questions before or after you fill out this form, ask us at contact at megapolisfestival dot org
* While not required, it helps to submit well before the deadline.
* Reimbursements are available to those artists providing materials to attendees during a Session; other artists should plan to account for the lions share of Session and Installation materials, although we can make arrangements upon special request.

If your proposal is accepted, you get:

* Free entrance to all festival events
* Partial reimbursement for travel expenses from outside of Baltimore
* An invite to a supaexclusive pot luck just for presenters and Famous People
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