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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.

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Submissions

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Night Contact partnered with Photoworks to offer a £2,500 grant towards one new site-specific collaborative work to be the focus of the 2nd edition of the multimedia festival taking place 18 October 2014 as part of Brighton Photo Biennial (BPB). We are thrilled to announce our commission winners Tom Pope and Terrence Smith who will create an experimental film, Silent Fore to Aft, charting their seven-day journey between London and Brighton by tandem bicycle. They will apply strict rules to their journey, including not speaking to each other, turning their collaborative journey into a performative event. The work will premiere at the festival between 6-10pm at Circus Street Market in a specially designed truck trailer. The following day (19 October) at 2pm, Tom Pope and Terrence Smith will hold an artist talk about the project at Grand Parade.

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.

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

Open submissions: now closed

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

Four curators – Thurston Moore, Esther Teichmann, Rebecca Norris Webb and Anne Bourgeois-Vignon – each selected a line of text with personal resonance for photographers to respond to. Entrants submitted images for one of the four texts, and in turn each judge will select and edit a selection of the submitted images into a slideshow. Each slideshow is a visual representation and interpretation of the curator’s original text.

The 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))

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Event

Location

Night Contact at Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 will take 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.

  • Jubilee Square
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    19:00 Introduction to the evening
    19.15 Various A programme of invited work and the open submissions project.
  • The Basement
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    18:00 ARKA group

    EXTRAMISSION: On the research of Professor J. Hillard, the ARKA group. 19:19 minutes. Featuring Rachel Elizabeth Gay Commissioned by Cornerhouse, Manchester.

  • Jubilee Street
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    19:00 Jason Lazarus & Eric Fleischauer

    First UK screening of Jason Lazarus & Eric Fleischauer’s feature length film twohundredfiftysixcolors. 97 minutes.

  • Circus Street Market
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    18:00 Tom Pope and Terrence Smith

    Silent Fore to Aft: Night Contact and Photoworks commission by Tom Pope and Terrence Smith. Travelling on a tandem bicycle from London to Brighton over the duration of seven days, the artists will turn collaboration into a performative event, where a set of rules will be in place that influence the outcome, an experimental film.

Artists included in Night Contact 2014 are 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 aims to deconstruct and question the process of collaboration in relation to the image. The selected work explores 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 will be shown in a site specific installation in Circus Street Market.

An open submissions project explores 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 has curated a selection of responses. Judges are: Esther Teichmann, Thurston Moore, Anne Bourgeois-Vignon and Rebecca Norris Webb.

The programme will be available to download from 10 October.

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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