basic.fm: Call for Participation

basic.fm is a new radio station that forms part of Pixel Palace, an exciting programme of digital arts and new media at Tyneside Cinema. It hosts Broadcast Art, Sound & Independent Culture, aspiring to be a space that can be inhabited by artists, curators, thinkers and interesting people with something to share and will be gradually be populated with work, projects, shows and archived events.

Since launching in November 2011, basic.fm has commissioned an exciting number of leading artists, including Mark Vernon, The Noize Choir, Ed Carter, Sarah Boothroyd and People Like Us.

Call for Submissions:

Pixel Palace are seeking submissions of new or existing works to host on basic.fm. Selected works will form part of a series of curated programmes (one-off’s and regular shows) that will appear on basic.fm from April 2012. Work can include sound art, spoken word, field recordings and artist interviews within the context of Broadcast Art, Sound & Independent Culture.

This is an unpaid opportunity but all selected contributions will be fully credited and linked appropriately to relevant websites and/ or sources. This call is open to all artists, musicians, field recordists and sonic artists regardless of nationality, age, or career stage.

Submissions must include:

• Title and description of new or existing work(s) for basic.fm (100 words maximum)
• Examples of past work (please provide links to work as large email large media files cannot be accepted)
• CV and contact information

About Pixel Palace:

Pixel Palace is the exciting programme of digital arts and new media at Tyneside Cinema. This programme takes the form of arts residencies, commissions, live events and exhibitions. We experiment with new ways of sharing creative work, ideas and stories as we move towards the future of cinema.
Tyneside Cinema’s mission is to bring together people to experience, enjoy and engage with the past, present and future of cinema. Pixel Palace aims to extend and deliver this mission by working with new media artists and curators embracing digital arts, not only to reflect upon the cinema’s past, but to engage new audiences in its expanded present and pervasive future.
Jean Luc Goddard’s classic film “Alphaville” provides a creative starting point for Pixel Palace to explore the influence technology has upon us, shaping our behaviour and understanding of the world.

As Godard predicted, life is indeed shaped by computers. In Alphaville, in our world today, the cinema is everywhere, in the flick of a cigarette lighter, in the glow of a light bulb… it is in the way we perceive our world, in the way we speak, in the way we dream. We have no need of entering a movie theatre to experience cinema; life itself is just like a movie.

Kelly Brougher (2008). ‘The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving image’

Pixel Palace aims to work with artists to investigate the way in which the cinema reflects life but also the way in which technology has an “Alphaville” effect.

How to apply:

Please email submissions to Dominic Smith, Digital Arts Manager at the Tyneside Cinema: info@thepixelpalace.org with the subject heading ‘basic.fm’
The deadline for submissions is Monday 20 February 2012 at 5pm.
Artists will be notified via email regarding the outcome of their submitted work(s).

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