Call: Sound is art))) competition

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New call for works
sound is art)))
Phonurgia Nova awards 2008
deadline :15 october

The Loud-speaker is probably the greatest common denominator in all our lives to-day. Video, multimedia, car radios, mobile phones are all crafting a new life for sound. In all domains sound is an objet of research, of reflexion.
It is essential to open up creative, imaginative spaces for sound.
And to encourage people to listen.
Christian Leblé, chairman.

#01 Background
Among the prizes awarded for radio art and acoustic creation, the Phonurgia Nova competition has, since 1986, occupied a special place by virtue of its recognition of artists whose work exploits sound as a medium for expressing the real and the imaginary. The contest is open to all radio station formats and to all authors, independant radio producers, musicians, composers, sound artists and production teams. An international jury panel made up of representatives from the radio industry, the press and the sound art world judge the entries. In 2007, 152 productions from 15 different countries were entered in the prize.

#02 Call for Works
This year’s competition will distinguish authors whose work manifests a keen sense of sound and listening as means of expression.
The jury will deliberate on two areas :
++ Radio Arts will privilige all forms of inventive radiophonic creation (documentary, feature, fiction, essays, Hörspiel, experimental forms etc.)
++ Inter Media awards will go to sound installations or works which have been specially created for “inter media environment” to bring new experiences in sound to listeners.
In each category the jury will deliberate on two types of work :
1)completed productions

#03 How to apply
The competition is open to all artists without exception and for any work produced later than 2005, regardless of language, format, duration or genre.
Each work or project submitted must be accompanied by a separate registration form, filled out in English or in French, and must be sent on a separate CD or other digital medium.
Each submission must include :
-a biography of the author(s) and general information concerning his (their) habitual manner of working (this will not be given to the jury).
-an authorization to participate from the production or the co-authors of the works submitted
-30 euros registration fee for each work submitted to the competition (there is a limit of two works per author).
-for finished products: a digital copy or transfer of the work (audio CD or DVD), accompanied by a well documented presentation of the work
-for projects: a description and/or maquette and/or a scenario of the project, accompanied by any documentation which could inform the jury as to the intention of
and the technical facilities required for completion of the piece.

One application form per project or production (and not one per author/producer)

An application form is available in PDF format from the link below


#04 Prizes
The jury will award: one Radio Arts prize and one New Media prize and 4 500 euros and three artist’s residencies at GRM/INA, IMEB and GMVL, (three famous sound art centers located in Paris, Bourges and Lyon). The main selective criterion remains the expression of an original artistic vision. At least 4 works will be selected for presentation in Arles in the Museum for Contemporary Art Musée Réattu. Additional prizes could be given at this time. The Jury decisions are not subject to appeal.

#05 Deadlines
Applicants are asked to submit their productions by October 15, 2008 (arrival at Arles)
Results will be announced on December 15, 2008. Results will be given to all participants by email. The terms of artist-in residence will be organized during the year 2009, in accordance with dates chosen by the prize winners. Prize winning works, or works produced during residencies, will be auditioned or exhibited at Arles 2009 Festival and also by the associated production partners.

#06 Liability
Authors must make sure that any participant or right owner has given his agreement. The festival management is not legaly responsible for any damage caused on any piece of the entry. The Festival management reserves the right to use any selected work in order to promote the Festival. The completed entry forme represents the candidate’s consent to the above rules and regulations. The french version of this text will be taken in account in case of contestation.

# 07 A listening room
An online “listening room” on enable visitors to have access to some previous selected works.

# 08 Sound archives
All the materials received at the Phonurgia Nova contest will constitue a permanent archive of audio works. This archive will be opened to the public.

For more detail and information see


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