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We Are Opening Tonight!

💥 We are looking forward to seeing you tonight after 8 PM @ the backyard of Goethe-Institut to warm up with good drinks and good mood. 🍹😏 At sunset, shortly before 9 pm, the festival program will kick off. 💥

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Videomotion – open-call for short-mute videos recorded via mobile device

With the eighth edition of “180° – laboratory for innovative art” we once again announce our already well-established competition for a silent short film. This year the topic is “ZOOM”. All participants in the festival and in the competition are challenged to construct their personal notion about this word which has gained huge popularity for the past year (and a half).

We do not concretize nor contextualize it so as to give you all the creative freedom to develop your interpretation and directorial vision on the topic. This year, a mandatory requirement is that the videos should be filmed with a mobile phone or a tablet.

The jury will select the finalists among the short films that will be accompanied by live improvisation performances of our guest musicians during the festival, and at the final stage of the competition the audience will choose its winner by voting.

The 180° prize amount for 2021 is set at BGN 300.

Who can participate?

Professionals and amateur film makers – to enter the competition you should be at least 18 years old and you should reside in Bulgaria.

What are the requirements?

Shoot a silent short film (up to 1 min.) on your interpretation of the “ZOOM” topic. This year, a mandatory requirement is that the videos should be filmed with a mobile phone or a tablet. Send it to us by 23 July via our form here.

An international jury will select the finalists.

Open-call for Bulgarian art students and young professionals

Application Deadline: 05.03.2021

180° and International Ensemble Modern Academy(Germany) are presenting the project “In-Situ: Friction”

ABOUT THE PROJECT:
“In-Situ: Friction” is a collaboration project between the 180° – Laboratory for Innovative Art Festival(Bulgaria) and the International Ensemble Modern Academy(Germany), which will create a partnership between the two organizations, allowing students from Germany and Bulgaria to explore the different cultural values ​​of the cities of Sofia and Frankfurt am Main, inspiring them to create innovative formats and cultural projects and meet different faces of the cities.


OBJECTIVE:
Creating innovative creative projects that remove the boundaries between different disciplines and genres and at the same time go beyond traditional methods of creating art. Supporting young artists by providing an environment that promotes freedom of creativity and the study of contemporary art trends.


PROGRAM:
The program will include collaboration with international students and implementation of joint innovative concepts in two phases in May (3 days) and July (7 days) in Sofia and a third phase in August (4-5 days) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany with covered travel costs. The project will offer participants an active educational program with lectures led by prominent interdisciplinary professionals, work in an online platform for the exchange of ideas, work on live projects within the 180° festival and Frankfurt. In case of national social restrictions, the project would be transformed into an online digital format.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR? / WHO CAN APPLY?
We are looking for three students or young professionals up to 27 years old, from all fields of art, which will be selected by the 180° jury. The selected candidates will be announced on March 9th.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
Send CV, short motivation letter (up to 1 page) and portfolio (if applicable) to: artistic@180-degrees.org by March 5th


WHY?
“In-Situ: Friction” provides a unique opportunity for international collaboration with students from the International Ensemble Modern Academy, one of the most prestigious German program for contemporary music. Together with our partners we find a way to carry out this exchange even in very challenging world situations – when it is most needed because of the lower chances for exchange of professional experience with organisations outside Bulgaria.

Team 6 – Outcome

For 4 weeks the artists of “180° – laboratory for innovative art” Festival were collaborating digitally in order to experiment and create art together.

Today Team 6 (Kostadin Radichev, Tamon Yashima, Nefeli Galani, Noah Rosen, Thibaut Surugue and Ya Chu Yang) are posting the video result of their 4 weeks collaboration!

You can find it here together with their conceptboards.

Team 4 – Outcome

For 4 weeks the artists of “180° – laboratory for innovative art” Festival were collaborating digitally in order to experiment and create art together.

Today Team 4 (Rositsa Grancharova, Lina Andonovska, Corné Roos, Holly Workman, Leonel Quinta and Lucia Kilger) are posting the video result of their 4 weeks collaboration!

You can find it here together with their conceptboards.

Team 2 – Outcome

For 4 weeks the artists of “180° – laboratory for innovative art” Festival were collaborating digitally in order to experiment and create art together.

Today Team 2 (Biliana Tokmakchieva, Jacob Krupp, Marc Hajjar, Yezu Woo, Yi Zhou and Tomoki Park) are posting the video result of their 4 weeks collaboration!
You can find it here together with their conceptboards.

VideoMotion 2020 Final

We are extremely happy that once again we managed to announce our annual “Videomotion” competition for short mute movie. We received many wonderful and very creative videos, but our Jury had to choose just 3 finalists, with a decision based on 3 criterias – 1. Creativity/innovation; 2. Connection to the topic “Choros” and 3. Interdisciplinary potential.

The 3 finalists are:

  1. Ruska Zidarova – Human in Space
  2. Evgeni Vatsov – Choros
  3. ZeroOne – Composition

The jury statement:
“We rated the videos in 3 categories, scoring points for each. The first was “creativity / innovation”. Here we looked for ideas, perspectives, methods and stories that would surprise us. The second category was “Connection to the topic”, in which we looked for the relation with this year’s topic “Choros”. The third category was “Interdisciplinary Potential.Since the musicians of the festival are going to overdub the videos, the jury was looking for entrances, that gave a lot of potential for a dialogue between the moving picture and the music. The three finalists are the ones who collected the highest total of points from the three categories.
Another really important aspect for the jury was the fact that this competition is open to everyone, professionals and non-professionals. For this reason, the judging was not based on conventional criteria of movie-making or cinematography, but highly focussing on genuine creativity apart from technique.”
Jury: Florence Ruckstuhl(Director/head of the Jury), Mihaela Dobreva(Visual and Digital Artist/Scenographer) and Alexandar Hadjiev(Musician/Curator of 180°)

The three finalists were overdubbed live while improvising in Zoom by our wonderful musicians: Dora Dimitrova – Violin, Nefeli Galani – Viola, Elif Dimli – Cello, Lina Andonovska – Flute and Hugo Queiros – Clarinet.
You can see the whole live session here:

Now everything is in your hands and you can vote here for your winner by latest Friday July 31st 23:59(Bulgarian time). The winner will be announced on Saturday August 1st at 19:00 on our closing event live here and in facebook.

Discussion #3 – “The Role of the Festivals in the Independent Sector”

In it’s 7th digital edition 180° is starting new discussion series inviting international artists and curators to share their experience and professional journey.

Tonight we are looking at the topic “The role of the festivals in the independent sector” with:
Davorka Begovic (HR) – curator/musicologist (Touch me Festival and Re-Imagine Europe project at Kontejner)
Sara Bizzoca (IT) – choreographer/dancer (KoreoProject)
Rainer Römer (DE) – percussionist (Ensemble Modern)
Paul Frick (DE) – composer/DJ (co-founder of Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble)
Florence Ruckstuhl (CH) – theater director/host of 180°
Alexandar Hadjiev (BG) – musician/host of 180°

!The discussion will take place in English!

You can watch it here:

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