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January 30, 2007




Open Video Projects (OVP) is a video archive currently based in Rome, Italy which facilitates screenings throughout the city in conjunction with a weekly appointment at the Blueroom evening at Rialto Santambrogio, a contemporary cultural center in Rome's historic district; Blueroom features a dynamic mix of live experimental electronic music, a rotating DJ line-up, live video-mixing, site-specific video installations and 3500 cm (a weekly exhibition of poster art specially designed by a contemporary artist for free distribution at the event). There has been overwhelming public response with over 1000 guests in attendance each week. OVPs participation in large scale cultural events exposes the public to work it would normally not see, as well as provides a unique form of visibility for the participating artists and filmmakers.

For its second season of screenings Open Video Projects is looking to expand its international network of artists working with film and video. All artists working in these media are invited to submit work to be part of OVP. All submitted materials will be evaluated for inclusion, however, only selected pieces will be screened. Lorenzo Benedetti and Sarra Brill are responsible for the selection of all video entries and will curate the weekly selections. All submitted materials will be collected in a searchable database, accessible on the program's website. In addition to the database, the site will feature a program guide, screening times, and links to websites of participating artists and filmmakers (if provided).


- Subject matter is unlimited;
- Each submitted video must include the name of the artist, title, duration, year of production, contact information (e-mail and home address), biography, and any additional information;
- The sender is responsible for mailing costs of submission;
- Works will not be returned to the senders from Italy and the United States unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included in the package. For submissions outside these two countries, please contact Blueroom by email for return postage instructions.
-Acceptable formats:
Mini DV

There is no deadline for submissions, however it is advised that work be sent promptly as screening slots are limited. Please confirm your submission with an e-mail to submissions[at]openvideoprojects.org Inquiries may be directed to info[at]openvideoprojects.org

Submissions can be sent to:

Open Video Projects
c/o Lorenzo Benedetti
via Ottorino Gentiloni, 41
00139 Roma, Italia

Open Video Projects
c/o Sarra Brill
177 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

We look forward to hearing from you!

Lorenzo Benedetti is an independent curator, Project Curator of Volume! non-profit gallery, and curator of the Sound Art Museum, RAM, in Rome. Sarra Brill is an AV artist as well as co-director of the New York-based art collective, Aviate, organizing audio/visual events in New York and Rome.
Curatorial contributions provided by Andrew Cappetta, Adrienne Drake, Giuliano Lombardo, and Irene Di Maggio.

Posted by jo at January 30, 2007 01:59 PM