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About

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. The second edition of Night Contact took place across a range of venues in Brighton, UK in October 2014, and formed part of the internationally recognised Brighton Photo Biennial. The programme aimed to deconstruct and question the process of collaboration in relation to the image. The selected work explored ideas of borrowing and influence, collaboration’s affect on individual practice, digital culture and the life of images online, participatory modes of creation, and questions of authorship and re-appropriation. NC14 showcased film and photography by over 180 artists, including international award winners the ARKA Group, Manuel Fernadez, Jason Fulford, Jason Lazarus & Eric Fleischauer, John Maclean, Melanie Manchot, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Joanna Piotrowska, Rick Morris Pushinsky, Ben Rivers, Aleix Plademunt, Bjorn Veno, Isabelle Wenzel & Michel Kouider, alongside emerging talent. Three outdoor screens, one indoor cinema space and pop-up installation in an HGV truck sat alongside stalls and bars stretched over a square mile of central Brighton. A £2,500 grant was awarded to two visual artists, Tom Pope and Terrence Smith, to produce a new work for the festival, encouraging experimentation through collaboration. This was shown in a custom built projection space over the weekend of Night Contact. Over 500 artists submitted work to the event. These submissions were judged by panels of artists, including photographers and filmmakers, musicians and poets, and professionals from organisations such as Photoworks, The Photographers Gallery and Brighton City Council. NC14 was produced by Emily Graham, Tim Bowditch, Anna Gormley, Shannon Ghannam, and Anna Stevens. The inaugural edition of Night Contact 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. Signup to our newsletter for updates on the 2015 edition.    

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Night Contact at Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 took place on 18 October 2014 from 6pm - 11pm, projecting film and photographic works across four spaces in central Brighton: Jubilee Square, Jubilee Street, the Basement, and Circus Street market.
Artists included in Night Contact 2014 were ARKA Group, Manuel Fernadez, Jason Fulford, Jason Lazarus & Eric Fleischauer, John Maclean, Melanie Manchot, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Joanna Piotrowska, Rick Morris Pushinsky, Ben Rivers, Aleix Plademunt, Bjorn Veno, Isabelle Wenzel & Michel Kouider. The programme aimed to deconstruct and question the process of collaboration in relation to the image. The selected work explored ideas of borrowing and influence, collaboration’s affect on individual practice, digital culture and the life of images online, participatory modes of creation, and questions of authorship and re-appropriation. A grant was awarded to two collaborating visual artists, Tom Pope and Terrence Smith, to produce a new work for the festival, encouraging experimentation through collaboration. This was shown in a site specific installation in Circus Street Market. An open submissions project explored the ambiguity of the image and the idea of the viewer as an active participant in photographic works. Four judges selected a line of text of personal resonance for photographers to respond to, and entrants submitted images to one of the four texts resulting in four individual slideshows where each judge curated a selection of responses. Judges were: Esther Teichmann, Thurston Moore, Anne Bourgeois-Vignon and Rebecca Norris Webb.

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REBECCA NORRIS WEBB – “TELL IT SLANT” #5

October 2014

TOM POPE AND TERRENCE SMITH – 7 DAYS, 7 QUESTIONS: DAY 7

REBECCA NORRIS WEBB – “TELL IT SLANT” #4

October 2014

REBECCA NORRIS WEBB – “TELL IT SLANT” #3

TOM POPE AND TERRENCE SMITH – 7 DAYS, 7 QUESTIONS: DAY 6

REBECCA NORRIS WEBB – “TELL IT SLANT” #2

Tom Pope and Terrence Smith – 7 Days, 7 Questions: Day 5

October 2014

Interview with Director of Night Contact Emily Graham

Rebecca Norris Webb – “Tell it Slant” #1

October 2014

Tom Pope and Terrence Smith – 7 Days, 7 Questions: Day 4

Tom Pope and Terrence Smith – 7 Days, 7 Questions: Day 3

October 2014

Tom Pope and Terrence Smith – 7 Days, 7 Questions: Day 2

October 2014

Tom Pope and Terrence Smith 7 Days, 7 Questions: Day 1

October 2014

Interview with Night Contact 2014 Commission Winners Tom Pope and Terrence Smith

September 2014

Commission and Artists Announced for Night Contact 2014

September 2014

Thurston Moore, Open Submission Judge

September 2014

REBECCA NORRIS WEBB, OPEN SUBMISSIONS JUDGE

August 2014

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Open submissions judge

August 2014

Esther Teichmann, Open submissions judge

Interview with Jason Evans, NC14 commission judge

July 2014

Alice Myers

September 2013

Clare Strand

September 2013

Aria – Emma Critchley

September 2013

Festival After Party

September 2013

Fool’s Errands

September 2013

Celia Davies

September 2013

Rebecca Scheinberg

September 2013

Esther Teichmann

September 2013

Arnau Oriol

September 2013

MJR Photo Collective

September 2013

Luke Norman and Nik Adam

September 2013

Melanie Manchot at Baltic 39

August 2013

Stephen Gill, from East London to Amsterdam

Augustin Rebetez selected for Foam Talent 2013

August 2013

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