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Open Call: Performance Voyage 7

Theme: Protest Song Competition!

NEW DEADLINE 30 November 2016!

Artists’ Association MUU and artist Heidi Kilpeläinen (HK119) challenge artists to participate in the Performance Voyage 7 project under the theme Protest Song Competition.

• What is the contemporary or future form of the protest song? What is wrong? What are you frustrated with? The political situation? Your next door neighbour? Your own life?
• Artists’ Association MUU and Heidi Kilpeläinen (HK119) invite artists to take a stand – “politician’s are failing, let’s do it ourselves”.
• What is the song/music/video composition that expresses frustration with society or the world situation?
• The theme can also be interpreted loosely or metaphorically. Protest Song can be an instance of the joy of singing, a piece of music, a cry for help, a complaint, an case of nostalgia or a form of collective power.
• This “competition” is laced with irony, DIY attitude and the invitation to get real.
• It’s time to protest!

The first Performance Voyage (2011) was a selection of performances created for the camera. It was published in conjunction with the Performance 2011 Festival organised by MUU as part of the official programme of the Turku 2011 Capital of Culture year. The second Performance Voyage (2012) was a selection of video documentations of performances. The theme of the third collection (2013) was sound and body. The 2014 compilation consisted of video performances under the theme self-portrait. The theme of the fifth collection in 2015 was Domestic. PV6 had a theme “Future/Tomorrow”.

The open call for the Performance Voyage 7 selection is for recent video works, preferably 1–5 minutes in duration (max. 10 min.). Only submit edited footage – unedited raw footage will be rejected. The videos will be showcased as a compilation on a worldwide tour. Note: no videos will be installed or exhibited separately during the tour. The compilation will be presented worldwide in 2017. Works for the international Performance Voyage 7 tour will be selected by MUU. MUU will also publish a Performance Voyage 7 DVD for private and promotional use.
The maximum allowed duration of the videos is 10 minutes. Each submission must include the name of the artist, the title of the performance, the duration of the video and, where appropriate, also information about where, how and when the original performance took place.


We specially ask you to send us URL link for the video work! If this is not possible it is also possible as seconf option to send us physical copy of the video file.

There is such a range of digital formats today that this can be a bit complicated. Ideally we want to get the best quality video possible – particularly if the video was shot in High Definition. Here are a few key requirements: Firstly and most importantly, all videos must be in PAL format (25 frames/sec)!
If the original video is in standard definition (SD), a good option is to send it to us on mini DV tape. You can also export the video as an AVI or Quicktime standard definition DV file and send it to us on a DVD data disk.

If the original video was shot in 16:9 (widescreen format), please export the video with a 16:9 aspect ratio – do not convert it to 4:3 (letterbox) format.

If the original was shot in a High Definition format, we recommend that you send us a copy of the video exported into a HD file format and burned as a data file on a DVD data disk. Alternatively, you can send us a download link to the file.
There are many different HD video codecs in use today. We recommend exporting the edited video using either the MP4 or H.264 codec. Export the video with a 1080p or 720p frame size and use a relatively high data rate. A 10 minute video with a high bit rate should fit onto a 4 GB DVD.
You can also upload the video to MUU’s server. You will need an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client that will transfer your files (video, image, sound) via Internet to our server. For that, you need the recipient’s FTP address (and password, if necessary). FTP requires a fixed broadband connection. Uploading large files, such as videos, is slow and difficult with mobile broadband. For instructions on FTP submission of your video, contact MUU by email muugalleria@muu.fi

Before sending us your video, please try playing it in a VLC player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc). If you can play it in VLC, there is a good chance we will be able to play the video as well.


Send the completed submission form, CV, video still image and the URL link to your video by email to muugalleria@muu.fi

Or by post to
MUU ry / Performance Voyage 7
Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland

If you plan to send your video work via mail, read the instructions above.
NEW DEADLINE for all submissions is 30 November 2016.

You can make your entire submission online by sending your completed SUBMISSION FORM by email to muugalleria@muu.fi

Selected artists will be contacted by email end of year 2016.

The selected artists will be asked to send a hardcopy of their work (for instructions, contact MUU office), or to upload the file to the MUU server. If you wish us to return the tape or disk you sent us, please include an addressed return envelope. Do not send master tapes or disks, as we cannot accept liability for loss or damage.

More info: muugalleria@muu.fi, +358 (0)9 625 972, www.muu.fi