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
Fabrizio de Potestad
Ken Rinaldo (2 obras)
Red Rubber Road
Robert B. Lisek
Robert Jarvis (2 obras)
Sandra Araújo (3 obras)
Zael von Mazon
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.