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Night of Culture 2020 – Video Mapping Contest – Call for Artists

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Date(s) - 10/14/2019 - 05/06/2020
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NOTE: In an unprecedented step, we have decided to push back Night of Culture to autumn 2020. Moreover, we will make further decisions based on the official announcements and recommendations of WHO and the Polish government. In view of this, we will keep you posted about the exact date of the event. However, we are not planning to cancel our mapping contest. Just like the festival, the date of presentation and resolution will be moved to autumn. We are not changing the deadlines of delivering the projects. The deadline for submitting is still 6 May.

Lublin’s Night of Culture is a festival of light installations and shows in the public space. For the past several editions, its programme has also included mapping and in June 2019 we held the first contest. All submitted projects were screened on the walls of a building in the city centre and the winner took home 5000 PLN. Whether it’s the first time you are hearing about it or regret not submitting last year – now’s your chance!

The building intended for the mapping is the Palace of the Czartoryski Family in Lublin, a Baroque building designed in the second half of the 17th century by the Dutch-born architect Tylman van Gameren. It’s a medium-sized edifice, with cloisters embedded in the façade and a beautiful portico above the entrance. Perhaps on the most magical night in Lublin we will see mysterious shadows, moving architectural elements, dynamic colour changes, or lights flickering rhythmically in blind windows – it all depends on you.

Practical information, timeline and requirements:

  • Deadline for the Organizer to provide the grid/matrix of the building: HERE.
  • Deadline for submitting projects: 6 May 2020.
  • Contest resolution: Autumn 2020.
  • Projection place/building subject to the contest: the Palace of the Czartoryski Family in Lublin.
  • Who can submit: The contest is for persons of legal age, both individual artists and groups are welcome.
  • Prize: 5000 PLN net.

The animation submitted to the contest should be adapted to the building grid provided by the Organiser. The accepted resolution is 1200×1920 pixels in full HD, file format: MOV 25 f/s. codec: H264 or dxv. The animation should be between min. 2 and max 10 minutes long but the Organisers reserve the right to ask the author to shorten the work in case of a large number of submissions.

The jury will evaluate the projects in terms of how well they fit with the architecture, as well as take into consideration the aesthetic and dramatic consistency of the work. The winner of the contest in 2019 was Daria Lytvynenko. Daria enjoys drawing and it leads her to create animations. She enjoys playfulness and experimentation. Through play, she rids objects of their general properties. Through experimentation, she shows that imagination has no limits. Lytvynenko is self-taught, she does not have formal artistic education. She thus describes her contest experience: “Honestly, the contest had terrified me but in the end I decided to treat the building as a canvas where everything is possible”.

The 14th Night of Culture in Lublin takes place in autumn 2020. Admission to all events is free. The full program will be available in May. In the meantime, to get a feel of the event, you can view photos from past editions, available here and on the event’s FB Page. Night of Culture is organized by Workshops of Culture in Lublin. The project is supported by the City of Lublin.

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