INTERSECTION


Entries for the ninth edition of Interpret Durban 2018 are now officially open.


Held annually, Interpret Durban aims to create a platform for Durban Artist and to showcase the vast talent that exists here. The Interpret Durban competition is open to all South African artists. Artists can submit their artworks in one of the categories – Visual arts, Video, Photography, Illustration, Spoken word, Short Story, Youth Category.


Download the 2018 Entry Form here 

 

Artist brief – Visual Arts, Video, Photography, Illustration

The overarching theme for this year’s Interpret Durban is Intersections. Artist may choose to explore this through one the following sub-themes.

(Choose one theme from below)

 

Sub-themes:

 

 

  • hybridisation and purity: purity of numbers, contributions on identities, diversity and pluralism, migration and urbanisation as well as notions of democracies. We invite contributions on the purity of technology, sound, light and the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ (artificial intelligence, virtual reality), networks and net neutrality, as well as on the digital divide and technology for development.

 

  •  emancipation and pain: critical assessments on surveillance and intelligence; ‘high art’; elitism and exclusivity, popular culture and inclusivity. Contributions are welcomed on revolutions, reclaiming spaces and places, the ritualised everyday, contested notions of ‘informality’ and as well as on voice and voiceless. It provides for contributions on xenophobia, colonial legacies and new powers, addressing the challenges of diversity.

 

  • spirit and flesh: contributions on intangible and tangible heritage; as well as indigenous knowledge systems, reality and lived experiences. It also includes contributions on the self and the body as well as on infinity and life beyond. In addition, 

 

  • in between the cracks: contributions of the hidden spaces, the unseen or underground. Looking deeper and finding intersections.

COMPETITION SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

 

 

Category Specifications

 

Visual Arts:

  • Choose from one of the sub-themes above and create your interpretation

  • Please collect allocated canvas for a cost of R20 – canvases can be collected at KZNSA during their operating hours.

  • All artwork in this category to be submitted on pre-collected canvases only using one side

  • This category is open to all mediums

  • Please do not sign artwork - signature can be made on the back

  • Landscape or portrait accepted

  • Work must be submitted with entry form.

 

 

Photography:

  • Choose from one of the sub-themes above and create your interpretation

  • The photograph can be submitted in colour, sepia, or black and white

  • No watermarks or any other graphics to be included on the photograph

  • Landscape or portrait photographs will be accepted

  • Photo file must be submitted digitally in the following format: high resolution

  • The file can be emailed: submissions@interpretdurban.com (or wetransfer – if you do not receive an email acknowledging the receipt we did not get it) or dropped off on USB (we can not return or hold onto your USB) to one of the drops off spots to be announced.

  • Interpret Durban will only print the selected photos from the Judges

  • Work must be submitted with an entry form

 

Video:

 

  • Choose from one of the sub-themes above and create your interpretation

  • We are looking for a 90 sec or less public service announcement that aligns with the Interpret Durban 9 theme and sub-theme of your choosing.

  • Video must not be more than 90sec

  • Two versions to be submitted one with title and credit one without for judging purposes

  • Accepted file formats: MVO, MPG2, AVI, MP4

  • Only HD submissions will be accepted

  • Videos previously submitted to interpret Durban will not be accepted

  • Video content can contain a mix of original and archival footage (provided you have consent which needs to be attached to submission)

  • The video can be animated, stop motion, experimental or live action

  • Any spoken language used in the video other than English must be accompanied by English subtitles

  • Please submit on data disk, cd or usb - or submit via wetransfer to submissions@interpretdurban.com (please advise if you do not receive an email from us acknowledging the receipt we did not receive it)

  • Work must be submitted with entry form

 

 

Illustration:

  • Choose from one of the sub-themes above and create your interpretation

  • Submit high-quality Adobe files

  • Submit two versions on with signature one without

  • Submit work to be ready to print on A2 size

  • No past submissions to interpret Durban will be accepted

  • No signatures can be incorporated on illustrations work for judging purposes.

  • Only original design and illustrations will be accepted

  • Please submit on data disk, cd or usb - or submit via wetransfer to submissions@interpretdurban.com (please advise if you do not receive an email from us acknowledging the receipt we did not receive it)

  • Work must be submitted with an entry form

 

Artist brief – Spoken Word

The overarching theme for this years Interpret Durban is INTERSECTIONS. Artist may choose to explore this through one the following subtheme.

Sub-themes:

  • Other Realities: Be it parallel realities, other perspectives, different viewpoints

Category Specifications

 

Spoken Word:  Your future in word

  • Submissions must be recorded

  • Submission must be 90sec or less

  • Submission must be sent in the following file formats: mp3

  • Please state title and names before the piece – leave a pause in-between.

  • Submission should be emailed along with entry form to submissions@interpretdurban.com (please advise if you do not receive an email from us acknowledging the receipt we did not receive it)

 

 

 

Artist brief – Short Story 

The overarching theme for this year’s Interpret Durban is Intersections. Artist may choose to explore this through one the following subtheme.

Sub-themes:

  • Decolonizing Futures - Create your Afro-futurism – let your imagination run free

Short Story:

  • Submission of a short story 1,000 words or less

  • Submission must be submitted in PDF format.

  • Please submit two versions one with name and title one just with a title.

  • Submission should be emailed along with entry form to submissions@interpretdurban.com (please advise if you do not receive an email from us acknowledging the receipt we did not receive it)

 

 

Artist brief – Youth Category

The overarching theme for this year’s Interpret Durban is Intersections. Artist may choose to explore this through one the following subtheme.  Youth 18 years and under can enter into this year in the Visual Arts Category and Mobile Photography

Sub-themes:

  • Meeting Points

  • Future of Tomorrow

 

Category Specifications

 

Visual Arts:  (Choose one of the sub-themes)

 

  • Open to all visual art mediums

  • All work to be made on A4 paper

  • No Signatures on work

  • Landscape or portrait accepted

 

 

Mobile Photography:  (Choose one of the sub-themes)

 

  • Take a photo on a mobile device fitting the theme

  • Send JPG to submissions@interpretdurban.com or drop deliver to drop off location.

  • No watermarks or signatures allowed on photo

Landscape or portrait accepted

PROJECT TIMELINE

 

Call for Artist Opens 1st May

Submission drop off 7-9th June 2018 (drop off point will be listed on the website)

Final deadline 20th June 2018 (drop of at KZNSA gallery)

Exhibition and main event ID9 – 30th June 2018 (all details about the event will be listed on event website)

 

 

PRIZES

Prizes will be awarded to first place winners only  - on judge’s selection. Judges reserve the right not to select any work for first prize.

1st place for Visual Arts, Photography, Video, and Illustration: R5, 000 cash prize (plus hampers filled with items from local Durban sponsors)

1st place for Short story and Spoken Word: R2, 000 cash prize (plus hampers filled with items from local Durban sponsors)

1st place for Youth Category: R1, 000 cash prize (plus hampers filled with items from local Durban sponsors)

Additional perks – all qualifying work will be exhibited, all exhibitors get free entry into the event.

 

 

 

SUBMISSION INFO

Please hand in signed and completed entry form with your submission

We can not be liable for submissions not received

Please attach an image of work to submissions form

Only submissions fitting in with theme will be accepted

 

 

BASIC SELECTION CRITERIA

How well does your idea connect to the theme?

Is your idea/concept original and unique?

Final product needs to be: eye-catching, memorable, powerful

One submission per person per category

Judgesʼ discretion will be used in determining which entries qualify for entry into the competition

Prize winners to be announced at the main

 

 

INTERPRET DURBAN 9 event on 30th June 2018.

An exhibition, Awards ceremony, Music and Party

 

 

 

 

About Our Partners

 

INNOVATE DURBAN:

Innovate Durban is a Non-profit Company aimed at stimulating innovation within the Durban region. Its focus is to support and promote innovation by creating platforms that will build and develop the innovation ecosystem in Durban.

 

 

ISEA:

Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international non-profit organisation fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working with art, science and technology. The main activity of ISEA International is the annual International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). The symposia began in 1988.

 

 

ISEA2018:

June 23-30, 2018 in Durban South Africa

The ISEA2018 theme of Intersections positions creative technological innovation as an activist engagement into public space and public practice. Creative collaboration between artists, artisans, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and inventors will take place in a context where survival is the most basic instigator for solutions. In such a scenario, technological developments follow and support these solutions. In addition, the role of the artist is essential in providing opportunities to build new and exciting interactions between people and place.

 

INTERPRET DURBAN:

WHO WE ARE

The Interpret Durban Team is a diverse group of young individuals who are passionate about Durban and South Africa. With a vast pool of experience in event organizing, marketing and the arts & culture sector, they are committed to promoting emerging talent and creating platforms to encourage growth in the creative industry sector

OUR MISSION

We aim to have South Africa’s young and up and coming creatives as a nation offer critic and comment on one of the countries key cities and facilitate that artistic exchange via the Interpret Durban platform.

OUR PURPOSE

Creating a bar against which Durban and national talent is able to measure itself against local contemporaries across various Disciplines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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