(A)WAKE is pleased to announce its open call for the upcoming New Radicalisms festival.
For its second edition, New Radicalisms takes as a starting point the inquisitive question ‘but… where are you really from?’. This question may arise from genuine curiosity regarding differences or a search for similarities, as much as it undeniably conceals a deep trench between people and pulls to the surface the tensions in questionable dichotomies of the local/foreigner, autochtoon/allochtoon, alien/native, عربي/ نصراني, us/them, expat/immigrant, بلدي/ رومي, or guest/host, lower/higher class. This question usually pops up in the middle of an encounter when the answer to ‘where are you from?’ doesn’t seem to be enough. When your interlocutor detects an unsolved sign of foreignness in you, the ‘really’ is added to drill deeper into the discomfort of being seen as a stranger and explaining your presence.
Within this frame, the festival focuses on nourishing conversations among diaspora from the WANA region (West Asia and North Africa) and their allies. Gathering together in a shared space for a condensed period of time, creates a new landscape from which to explore the meaning of New Radicalisms together from particular experiences of exile. Throughout the festival, subjects are unravelled such as the meaning of being local, (mixed) cultural heritage, transnational solidarities, and our agency and role within digital culture. By informing ourselves and understanding these powers, we can hopefully challenge the political, digital and social protocols to collectively take a more conscious position.
This Open Call is addressed to artists, writers, designers, curators and researchers from West Asia and North Africa, whether living in the region or in the diaspora, for the festival’s Performance and Context programmes. Both programmes will reflect on the themes of the festival around diasporic agency within and in relation to digital culture.
Applications for the Performance strand should be for time-based works (whether previously shown or not yet), which can range from artistic performances to interventions, live-shows, and any forms in between. Applications for the Context programme should be for panel talks, lectures, workshops or artist presentations.
- Performance fee: 250 euros (per person).
- Artist talk: 250 euros.
- Panel talk: 250 euros (per person).
- Lecture: 400 euros.
- Workshop: 400 euros.
- Reimbursement for travel and accommodation costs up to 150 euros per person.
Deadline: 15 May 2022