[PMF~ 2023] Call for Works

Now in its seventh year, the Performing Media Festival [PMF~ 2023] will feature multiple events in South Bend, Indiana with various opportunities to showcase your work. https://www.performingmediafestival.com/
This year’s festival will feature special guest artist Sabina Covarrubias (PhD), headliners After Ours (Eli Kahn & Arthur Schroeder), student electronic music ensemble the Audio Visual Collective, and a full roster of instrumentalists fromEnsemble Concept/21 (EC/21). The festival will take place across the city at the South Bend Museum of Art (Jan 14th – Mar 19th), on the campus of Indiana University South Bend (Mar 9th), and at the arts incubator Langlab South Bend (Mar 10th). To round out the programming we are seeking performative audio-visual works to present at this year’s festival. If you are interested in submitting a work for consideration, please fill out the form below. Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Deadline for submission is November 1st 2022 (11:59 PM EST).

Acceptances will be sent via email by December 1st 2022 (11:59 PM EST).
Confirmation of participation expected by December 15th 2022 (11:59 PM EST).
Media and Parts (if applicable) due by December 31st 2022 (11:59 PM EST).
Applicants can be of any age or nationality, and the artists retain all rights to the works performed.

There are seven categories:

1) Inclusion on a single-channel video reel (1080-4K, stereo audio) installed in the Project Gallery at the South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) (installation runs Jan 14 – Mar 19)

2) Inclusion on a single-channel video reel (1080-4K, monophonic audio) screening on IU South Bend’s IQ Video Wall (installation runs Mar 6-10)

3) Screenings of Generative or Fixed-Media Audio-Visual Works (single-channel 1080p video, 2-8 channels of audio) in the Joshi Performance Hall (Mar 9) or Langlab South Bend (Mar 10)

4) Live Audio-Visual Performances by Artist-Provided Performer/s (single-channel 1080p video, 2-8 channels of audio) in the Joshi Performance Hall (Mar 9) or Langlab South Bend (Mar 10)
5) Live Audio-Visual Works for performance by Ensemble Concept/21 (single-channel 1080p video, 2-8 channels of audio) in the Joshi Performance Hall (Mar 9). Criteria: Works for Ensemble Concept/21 should meet the following requirements:
  • Written for media + Flute (doubling picc), Clarinet (doubling bass), Violin, Cello, Piano, and/or Percussion
  • Written for any of these instruments (solo) or any subset of the ensemble up to the full sextet.
  • Media can be live or fixed. A technologist from IU South Bend’s Music Technology program can be available to perform the work within reasonable technological/musical expectations. Technologists have experience in Max, SuperCollider, Processing and other performing media applications; have access to common controllers (sliders, knobs, pads, tablets, etc..); and can read from score.
6) Live Multimedia Ensemble Works for performance by the Audio Visual Collective (AVC) in the Joshi Performance Hall (Mar 9) or Langlab South Bend (Mar 10). Criteria: Works for the Audio Visual Collective (AVC) should meet the following requirements:

  • Audio-Visual works involve performative media (Live) and at least two performers (Ensemble)
  • Written for electronic instruments and/or computers.
  • Ensemble members have experience working with Max, SuperCollider, Processing, and other performing media applications; have access to common controllers (sliders, knobs, pads, tablets, etc..); and can read from score.
7) Screenings of Generative or Fixed-Media Audio-Visual Works (8k or 4kx4-channel video, monophonic audio) during the Festival Meet & Greet in front of IU South Bend’s IQ Video Wall (Mar 9). Criteria: for this special screening category works should meet one of the following requirements:
  • Single channel video (8k, monophonic audio) across a 4×2 grid of 16:9 screens
  • 4 channel video (4x4k, monophonic audio) displayed in 4 quadrants across 16 total screens (16:9) grouped in 4s.
Note:
  • Works can be considered for more than one category, but please note the expectations for providing media, scores, and/or performers implied by each category.
  • Preference is given to works 10 minutes or less.
  • Artists are allowed to make more than one submission.
  • There is no application fee or registration fee for the festival.
  • We strongly encourage submissions from traditionally underrepresented artists.

Because the festival cannot provide compensation or accommodation, selected artists are not required to attend unless they are performing the work. All selected artists will be provided a copy of the program from the festival. We will also be able to provide artists who travel to perform their work with documentation of their performance. Recommendations for travel and lodging will be available on www.performingmediafestival.com.

Criteria for Selection: Works will be evaluated based on (1) their artistic merit and (2) how well they meet the criteria of “performing media,” and (3) the presenter’s ability to faithfully produce the work at the festival.

  • In 2014 Debora Bernagozzi curated a show entitled Performing Media: Works by Signal Culture Artists in Residence at the Everson Museum. “Performing media”, as Debora called it, eloquently encapsulated the performance of multimedia works that underpins all the events of the current festival, named after that exhibition. Over the years, co-founders Ryan Olivier and Eric Souther came to define performing media as a genre that uses multimedia elements in a performative manner which so far has come to include live audio-visual performances, generative media processes, and edits/recordings of real-time captures. This evolving definition of performing media is re-evaluated each year along with the developing medium.
  • For simplicity’s sake: if one or more performer is actively engaging with some element of the media (performing with or alongside the audio, visuals, or other technological medium) OR the media itself is performative (e.g. generative) then the work likely fits within the conventions of the festival. Remember, edits/recordings of real-time captures are welcomed in the screening categories.
  • While many works in the past have included music and video, the festival has also included works with dance, DIY electronics/lighting, and poetry. We look forward to seeing how the expanding definition of performing media grows with this year’s festival.

-Ryan Olivier (Host)