The Vegas Institute of Contemporary Engagement (VICE) invites video artists, filmmakers, installation artists, performance artists, practitioners of new media, old media, home video enthusiasts, found-footage collagists, genre satirists, Instagramers, Tik-Tockers, and others to make experimental video art for “VICE presents Experimental Video Shorts.”
Run by MFA students in art, VICE supports the research of students at UNLV by facilitating opportunities for engagement and exhibition.
VICE would like to see what you can make right now, confined in your domicile, with a high cabin fever. How can experimental videos examine, distract from, or react to being restricted to social distancing? As the world starts to open back up, how can you capture the feelings you are experiencing in experimental video?
Video art doesn’t necessarily rely on the conventions of theater, such as plot, dialogue, or even the use of actors. Experimental video art often uses video technology to explore the medium’s potential for expression beyond the narrative conventions of television and movies. Experimenting with technology yields unexpected results, and the space for contemplation of time in video is specific to video. Video art, while traditionally referring to physical videotape, now also includes digital output we still sometimes group with video art. The technology to record images in time is now much more readily available than it ever has been, and thanks to current technology, anyone with a phone can become a video artist or auteur to tell their story, explore, or investigate. And this is exactly the point. What can you do with video?
1. Please submit an mp4 or website link (Vimeo, Youtube), the maximum length is 5 minutes.
2. Include a password for password protected videos.
3. Maximum of 3 submissions per applicant. Please label files last name_title_file ie. McVay_VegasVideo_mp4
4. Send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Your Last Name - Video Call.”
5. In the body of the email include work descriptions of your entries: Title, Medium, Date with a short synopsis (optional) no longer than 35 words.
6. Optional: send an artist bio, statement, and/or CV weblink for promotion.
7. Deadline: submissions will be accepted until 06/01/2020.
Selections will be announced by mid-June, and the selected works will be posted on the V.I.C.E. website at the end of June, with a Facebook Live stream event.
It’s free to enter!
Location: Online, hosted on the VICE website and possibly shared with UNLV social media platforms
About the Curators
John McVay is a 1st-year MFA candidate at UNLV whose work investigates value, control, and expectation, using various media from printmaking, to collage, installation, and sound.
Emily Sarten is a 1st-year MFA candidate at UNLV whose work explores desire, memory, consumerism, and beauty. Sarten works primarily in video and installation.
Our mission is to advance the understanding of art at UNLV, spread awareness of the UNLV Department of Art on and off campus, and expose the population in and around UNLV to contemporary art. The Vegas Institute for Contemporary Engagement takes on a variety of projects, including but not limited to: curation of spaces, supporting and creating artist opportunities, screenings and exhibitions, and other campus involvements.