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.
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