Boda Boda Lounge Project 2016: open call

The Boda Boda Lounge Project is a cross-continental video festival that will feature at over 15 spaces throughout Africa between the 18 – 20 November 2016. Boda Boda Lounge Project is currently accepting video art submissions from artists based in Africa and of African descent. Relevant submissions will be put forward for intercontinental screening and exhibition programming.

The Boda Boda Lounge project is based on the conviction that video art can create exchanges between different contexts in Africa that allow both the transcending of physical boundaries and the creation of an intimate atmosphere for introspection and contemplation.

In this year of the second iteration of Boda Boda Lounge, 2016 sees the bending of terrorism torn borders, threats of the building of walls and increasingly squeezed spaces for progressive thought and political leadership worldwide. This state of urgency limits our agency over space and ability to define it in ways that are inclusive and open. Such a belief requires we dare a different reading of space, its scope and its limitations, but also to discover the interstitial spaces, to open up unsuspected pores, to drag along new fluidities, to experiment with new elasticities and, in short, to imagine alternative channels of fluxes, crossings and entangling of energies and meaning.

In redefining space we propose to look down and through rather than around us. Based on the metaphor of the stack of layers, this year’s theme highlights the ability of the artist to excavate, bend and twist spaces. It is to these spatiotemporal crosses the edition 2016 Boda Boda Lounge invites by choosing as theme SuperPosition, an archeology of the present.

Beyond the simple technique gesture to overlay the video elements (superpose), we seek video works for the Boda Boda Lounge project to show the artist's responsibility to stand outside video’s elements and reorganise them in order to better convey its narrative. The 2016 Boda Boda Lounge will exhibit video art works that burrow into the future, like an archaeologist.

The Boda Boda Lounge Project is a collaborative project between VANSA (South Africa), Waza (Congo DRC) and VAN Lagos (Nigeria). It intends to enable wide access for African artists to be part of the festival and to enable a wide range of African arts organisations to take part. It is an engagement with low cost, widely accessible exchange processes on the African Continent.

The project will take place on the same date for 3 days in a number of the venues (Hosting Hubs) across the continent.

Selection Criteria

The works will travel through the many venues during selection period, where each hosting hub nominated jury will do a final selection for the exhibition.

Download application forms here (ENG / FR) and submit them to taryn@vansa.co.za with the subject line [Boda Boda Project Submission]. You can also email this address for enquiries.

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Deadline for submissions: EXTENDED until 24 October 2016

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