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Night Contact is a new photography and multimedia festival. Supporting and promoting contemporary image making, Night Contact aims to bring together exciting and innovative photographic works that provoke or engage in conversations with other media, such as film, music and literature.

In October 2014 Night Contact will light up the city of Brighton during Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. Screening projections across indoor and outdoor spaces on a single night, Night Contact will showcase a range of still and moving works that explore ideas of collaboration, authorship and influence in relation to the photographic image and the screen. A map outlining a visual trail across the city will navigate visitors through still and moving projections across various spaces in central Brighton.

Night Contact are partnering with Photoworks to offer a £2,500 grant towards one new site-specific collaborative work for Night Contact at Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. The commission will be the focus of Night Contact 2014, and will be shown in a project space for the duration of Night Contact.

The inaugural edition of the festival took place across a range of venues in Dalston, East London in September 2013, presenting innovative work from the new frontiers of photography; screening projections across indoor and outdoor spaces, and illuminating the streets of Dalston with still and moving images. At the centre of the festival were three new multi-channel works, commissioned from photographers working in collaboration with filmmakers and sound artists. Please visit our 2013 section for full information on winners and 2013′s programme.

Night Contact is produced by Contact Editions with the support of the Arts Council England.

For information or enquiries please contact us.

Submissions

Open

Night Contact are inviting open submissions from photographers/artists to respond to one of three lines of text provided by three independent judges.

We are looking for single image submissions that show an inventive interpretation of one of the four texts. The judges will each select around 25 images from the submissions and from this selection create four new stories to be shown as slideshow displays throughout the festival.

This project will explore the ambiguity of the image, how meaning can be constructed through a layer of participants, and the active role of the viewer.

The judges and texts are:

Thurston Moore (musician & writer)

“Speak to the wild / Reach for the wire / Protect your child / (From) empty empire

The king has come to join the band”

Thurston Moore, Speak to the Wild, from The Best Day (Matador, September 2014)

 

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon (Creative Content Director, Nowness)

“All that is clear is the perfection of what we were given, the unworthiness of our response, and the certainty, in view of our current deprivation, that we are judged.”

(Robert Adams, 1986)

 

Rebecca Norris Webb (photographer & poet)

“You can see beauty only from the side, hastily.”

(Tomas Transtromer, from the poem Under Pressure)

 

Esther Teichmann (artist)

“As he swam , he pursued a sort of reverie in which he confused himself with the sea. The intoxication of leaving himself, of slipping into the void, of dispersing himself in the thought of water, made him forget every discomfort.”

(Maurice Blanchot, Thomas the Obscure, translated by Robert Lamberton, New York: Station Hill Press, 1973 (1941))

 

How to apply

Submissions will be hosted by our partners, IdeasTap. Please submit your single images, gifs or silent shorts in response to one of the above texts through the IdeasTap network by creating a free account and uploading your images. Submissions close September 8th at 5pm BST.

Apply here.

Applications are open internationally to artists of all ages.

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We are always on the look out for interesting projects to feature in the rest of our programming, so if you feel your work may be of interest please email [email protected] with details and why you feel it would be appropriate to show at Night Contact. Please do not email attachments. Please note that we cannot guarantee a response to your mail.

Night Contact grant: Call for applications now closed

Night Contact have partnered with Photoworks to offer a £2,500 grant towards one new site-specific collaborative work for Night Contact at Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. The commission will be the focus of Night Contact 2014, exploring notions of collaboration, authorship and influence.

Night Contact celebrates the collision of mediums; the dialogue between the still and the moving, text and image, digital and the object.

Brighton Photo Biennial is the UK’s leading curated photography festival and promotes new thinking around photography through a commissioned programme of events and exhibitions. The festival is produced by Photoworks, an organisation dedicated to enabling participation in photography, the most democratic medium of contemporary visual culture. Photoworks’ programme includes commissions, publishing and participation. In collaboration with local, national and international partners, Photoworks connects outstanding artists with audiences and champions talent and ambition.

Embracing the freedom and flexibility that the projection format allows, and the spirit of experimentation through collaboration, we invited proposals from collaborating artists to produce a work for projection with a base in the photographic.

Details of the commissioned artists will be announced in September.

 

Proposals were judged by:

Celia DaviesDirector, Photoworks & Brighton Photo Biennial
Katrina SluisDigital Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery
Donna Close: Head of Arts at Brighton and Hove City Council
Jason Evans: Photographic artist

2013 Edition

The inaugural edition of the festival took place across a range of venues in Dalston, East London in September 2013, presenting innovative work from the new frontiers of photography; screening projections across indoor and outdoor spaces, and illuminating the streets of Dalston with imaginative still and moving images from national and international artists.

The work selected represented a range of responses to the new digital landscape. NC13 showcased the work by over 50 artists, including international award winners Stephen Gill, Mishka Henner, Christian Patterson, Augustin Rebetez, Clare Strand and Penelope Umbrico, alongside local emerging talent. Three large screens, stalls, pop up bars and street food formed the beating heart of the festival in Gillett Square, and in the lanes and alleys nearby various projections, a purpose built cinema and other visual interventions.

At the centre of the festival were three new multi-channel works, commissioned from photographers working in collaboration with filmmakers and sound artists. Three £1000 grants were available in 2013 for new site specific collaborative works. The winners of the three Night Contact grants were:

Mariah Skellorn, Laura Copsey & Michael Cranny: Forecasting
Maja Daniels & Anne Hovad Fisher: Are You Playing Twins
Steve Ryan, Pablo Jargstorf & Charlie Doran: Dalston Dining

These new collaborative multimedia pieces were premiered on the three large screens at the hub of the festival in Gillett Square. Please see below for more information about the judges as well as a list of the artists whose work was chosen through our open call for submissions of existing work.
NC13 was produced by Anna Stevens, Emily Graham, Tim Bowditch and Ollie Harrop.

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