Maker Art – Pandemia

167 accepted applications from around the world; 50 selected artists.

The New Art Fest is in its fourth edition. This time, and against the psychosis caused by a virus, we decided to raise the stakes: everything online, and an international ‘open call’ in full worldwide closure. One hundred sixty-seven candidates responded. We chose fifty.

There are artists mainly from Europe, America and Asia. The United States, Germany, Portugal and Brazil are the countries with the most presence. I also highlight the Chinese participation in this edition of Maker Art.

Pandemic was the inevitable leitmotiv at the moment when we decided to maintain the project despite the uncertainty. The relationship between art and catastrophes, or isolation, is not new. But the crossing of these two realities with the planet of biological and digital viruses, yes, is a unique, remarkable and lasting experience.

Some artists responded directly to the leitmotiv challenge (pandemic), others preferred an indirect response, others not even that, proposing recent works but previous to the epidemic. The result is asymmetrical. The sudden immersion in the digital networks of billions of people, things and processes, is still one of the strongest inspirations of the responses given to the call launched by the festival.

More and more artists find technological immersion in their laptops and mobile phones a way not only for creation (their virtual studios) but also for the diffusion and sharing of their artworks. In some way, we can say that the place for art is moving fast. It is a global, socially assertive and tectonic move that the old bureaucratic and speculative structures of official art, the so-called ‘contemporary art’, are unlikely to resist.

Maker Art Pandemia

Alice Daeun
Amy Youngs
Analema Group
André Sier
Anna Taganzeva-Kobzeva
Autonomia Duvidosa
Bailey Keogh
Daniela Lucato
Daria Milyukhina
Dilum Coppens
Domenico Barra
Edu Fernández
Fabrizio de Potestad
Fay Heady
Fernanda D’Agostino
Francisco Pinto
João Bacelar
João Frazão
João Moita
John-Robin Bold
Jonas Runa
Joseph Ayerle
Kate Walker
Ken Rinaldo (2 obras)
Kristina Petuknica
Leonel Moura
Lina Dovydenaite
Margarida Sardinha
Mateus Domingos
Max Haarich
Melania Olcina
Nenad Nedelijkov
Pedro Ferreira
Red Rubber Road
Regina Frank
Robert B. Lisek
Robert Jarvis (2 obras)
Rodrigo Gomes
Rubens Passaro
Sam Heidt
Sandra Araújo (3 obras)
Sandra Zuzarte
Sun Xiaoxing
Susana Kalemou
Timo Kahlen
Yinglin Zhou
Zael von Mazon

More at the official website of The New Art Fest ’20

Open call: May 22 — July 6, 2020

An international exhibition of theories, pictures, machines, projects, prototypes, and electronic devices.

Maker Art is an exhibition and a workshop, where ‘new media art’ projects are presented as if in a beta stage, probably in search of a business angel to make them true. Maker Art 2020 will be 100% online, addressing Pandemia as an inspirational leitmotiv.

The new coronavirus has brought us to a sudden and extreme dependence on virtual worlds. Social distance induced by our growing reliance on the technosphere is not entirely new, but the new half-living creature (2019-nCoV) housed us in a kind of a planetary concentration camp. Will this global event induce metamorphosis of the human space. If so, what about future art?

MAKER ART is not only an exhibition of freshly squeezed new-media artworks but also the right spot for cross-fertilization processes. From all the accepted applications a limited number of artists will be selected for the exhibition. Artworks in the exhibition will automatically apply to the Black Raven Award.

MAKER ART online exhibition goes from July 29 thru September 16, 2020.

MAKER ART, as part of The New Art Fest 2020, will be widely publicised namely on TV networks and social media.

Black Raven Award

The winner will receive a monetary prize, an artist in residency invitation, as well as the festival’s trophy: the Black Raven.