Although 'method' in science and art is perceived as a necessary 'standardization' process, it is also a tool of domination. While this domination often manifests itself as an imposition by the 'first world' on the rest of the world, it can also take the form of the power-holder innocently inserting his or her 'tastes' and way of thinking between the lines. Any ideas, developments and works that do not conform to this hegemony are radicalized and marginalized, excluded from the 'accumulation' or, at best, neutralized by being deemed worthy of a boutique position. In short, anything that does not conform to the template and procedure defined as 'method' is labeled as 'inappropriate'. Eventually, there comes a stage where the method becomes the goal and the content becomes irrelevant.
Yet the fetishization of method - above and beyond everything else - is the greatest injustice that can be done to creativity. Because creativity often (or sometimes) requires an unregulated and uncontrolled production process. The juxtaposition of 'things' without any demarcation, the clashing of forms and contents, the fusion of 'irrelevancies' and the suspension of formal logic, i.e. common sense, is much more in keeping with the nature of the open system of 'life'. In a methodless stance, semantic and aesthetic possibilities are not overlooked, improvization is not missed, the 'aim' meets the 'result' without deviating from its path and without lingering too long.
- Video art works with a screening duration of not more than 5 minutes, including the credits, are sought to be presented within the framework of the subject matter (OPPOSITE FLOW) at the APART International Short Film, Video and Photography Symposium to be held in Istanbul on October 19-20-21.
- There is no participation fee.
- Applications must be made via the submission form until 27 September 2023. https://forms.gle/DQfEPMAtL9aySjC79
- No fee will be paid for accepted works.
- Election results will be announced by 5 October. High resolution copies of accepted works must be available for download by October 10 at the latest.
Curators: (members of APART Art Association & VideoArt.Ist) Devrim Taban and Tahir Ün