June 13, 2008 - Tina B — The Prague Contemporary Art Festival - Ongoing Projects
June 13, 2008

Ongoing Projects

Photography: Martina Chloupa, Adam Vackar, Marek Tomin

TINA B. 2008 ONGOING PROJECTS

TINA B. 2008
The Prague Contemporary Art Festival

BILLBOARD TEXT ART: EMERGING WOR(L)DS
June 2007 – October 2008

MOBILE VIDEO ART: INTIMATE LIFE OF THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
Second Edition: June – October 2008
Call for Artists

www.tina-b.com

www.mobilevideoart.com

The third edition of TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival would like to announce the continuation of two of its major projects – Billboard Text Art: EMERGING WOR(L)DS and Mobile Video Art: INTIMATE LIFE OF THE GLOBAL VILLAGE. Organised by Prague’s Galerie Vernon, TINA B. strives to combine the creative energy of the cultural scene in Central and Eastern Europe with emerging talents and trends from around the world.

Billboard Text Art is a one-year international site-specific project featuring textual and word-based artworks on billboards at various locations in the Czech Republic’s capital Prague. Entitled EMERGING WOR(L)DS, the project is a platform for diverse art interventions, messages and statements, tackling a broad spectrum of issues and subjects concerned with the complex social, political, corporate and cultural structures currently emerging within the context of the post-Cold War – and post 9/11 – world.

Rather than using billboard spaces dedicated to the project for its entire duration – performing the function of a public art gallery – EMERGING WOR(L)DS’ artworks are interspersed among commercial advertising hoardings. Each month, the website www.tina-b.com (under Sections – Billboard Text Art) carries maps displaying the locations of the current billboards, as well as providing details about each artist and a translation of the key textual element of each artwork. Having reached its halfway mark, the first phase of the project runs until October 2007 and more than 100 artists are expected to participate.

EMERGING WOR(L)DS is curated by the collective Grey Zone. So far, contributors have included Kendell Geers, Kay Rosen, Vittorio Santoro, Jonathan Monk, Bethan Huws, Koki Tanaka, Adam Pendleton, Solange Fabião, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Claire Fontaine, Kimberley Rugg, Deatnico & Lain, Artus de Laveillon, Franco Angeloni, Hiroshi Sunairi, as well as internationally renowned Czech artist Jiri Kovanda and emerging Czech artists Guma Guar, Pode Bal, Jiri Skala, Jan Serych, Tomas Vanek, Adam Vackar, Zbynek Baladran, Jan Nalevka, Petra Feriancova, Mario Chromy and Katerina Seda.

An exhibition of the billboards displayed within the framework of the project is planned during the Main Event of TINA B. 2008, which will take place from September 25 and October 15, 2008. The project and exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive publication.

MOBILE VIDEO ART: INTIMATE LIFE OF THE GLOBAL VILLAGE

This year’s second ongoing TINA B. project is Mobile Video Art, the first festival devoted entirely to video art created with the mobile phone, exploring its use as a contemporary art tool and medium, as well as its possible aesthetic and ethical impacts on contemporary art and culture. Curated by the collective Grey Zone and Francesca di Nardo, Mobile Video Art is designed as both an art laboratory and a popular festival for the general public, employing the website www.mobilevideoart.com to involve the audience in the creative process, engendering a stimulating creative dialogue on the nature and essence of contemporary art.

Subtitled INTIMATE LIFE OF THE GLOBAL VILLAGE, Mobile Video Art explores social, political, cultural and personal aspects of everyday life in the 21st Century as influenced by the interweaving of global and local cultural symbols and artefacts. This year’s Special Category is entitled INTIMATE LIGHT OF THE
GLOBAL VILLAGE
.

The body of work submitted by renowned and emerging artists, as well as the world’s general public, is forming a dynamic and constantly evolving collage of perceptions of contemporary life and culture. Last year, contributors included Stafano Cagol, Sookon Ang, Valter Luca Signorile, aiPotu, Alek O., Sabine Delafon, SEMP, Kirsimaria E. Törönen-Ripatti, Vladimir Skrepl, Aisen Chacin and many others. Artists may submit their work via the website www.mobilevideoart.com

TINA B. 2008 – THE MAIN EVENT

The Main Event of TINA B. 2008 will take place from September 25 until October 15, 2008. TINA B.’s third edition has adopted the leitmotif FORMS OF ENGAGEMENT. By focusing on art in public space, including billboards, video screenings and light art, as well as the new media generated by digital and mobile technologies, TINA B. 2008 places emphasis on the role of contemporary art, artists and artistic practice as socio-cultural agents that not only provide a critique of social order, but also serve a direct, positive and symbiotic social function.

Artists wishing to get involved with either of the two projects mentioned above, or the TINA B. 2008 festival in general, may submit their proposals at the email address below.

For more information, please contact: Marek Tomin, TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, E: marek.tomin@tina-b.com , M: +420 604 237 974.

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