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The Oberhausen Seminar 2020
Open Call for Applications

The Oberhausen Seminar 2020- 13 - 18 May 2020

The Seminar is an experimental course exploring contemporary artists’ moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival.

The Seminar is addressing primarily young and upcoming professionals. It is open to international artists, filmmakers, curators and researchers who work with moving images and in particular with artists' film. Efforts will be made to create a diverse grouping of participants from different geographic regions, and to create a balanced mix of artists, curators and critics. All Seminar activities will take place in English. Only 25 applications will be selected.

Curriculum: To prepare for the Seminar, a syllabus with recommended readings will be sent out in advance. This document will also include logistical details about how the festival operates, and the Seminar’s place within it. A set of screenings for all Seminar attendees to attend will be set by the seminar leader, which will correspond to the Seminar conversations and guests. In advance of the Festival, all participants will be invited to submit a short bio, and/or a video work which will be shared with others in the cohort through a Seminar blog.

For five days of the festival, the participants will meet daily to engage in in-depth conversations. Meetings will alternate between two approaches: a) group conversation (responding to a specific programme or topic); b) guest conversation (dialogue with curators, filmmakers, artists, distributors). Following the festival, participants will be asked to write a short critical analysis on a particular aspect of the festival of their choosing (max. 1000 words). Oberhausen will reserve the right to make some of these available on its website or other outlets.

The Oberhausen Seminar 2020 will be lead by Jörg Heiser.
JÖRG HEISER is an art critic and curator based in Berlin. During twenty years he worked as an editor for international art magazine frieze and continues to write for numerous magazines and newspapers. He is a professor and the Director of the Institute for Art in Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Amongst other curatorial projects, he was Co-Curator of the Busan Biennale, Korea, in 2018. His books include All of a Sudden. Things that Matter in Comtemporary Art (2008) and Double Lives in Art and Pop Music (2019).

Seminar Fees: The Seminar fee of Euro 250 (excl. transaction fees) covers all Seminar sessions plus a festival pass and catalogue, providing access to all screenings, events and talks during the Festival, as well as refreshments and lunch for the festival period ( five days). Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation (rooms at affordable rates can be provided).

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2019

Please include a description of your work, your motivation to apply for participation and examples of previous projects if relevant. Selected applicants will be informed by 2 March 2020.

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