Open call for projects – Visualizing the Sound 2017

stephane clor
WASP STUDIOS in co-production with 4Culture Association launches a new call for artistic projects within Visualizing the Sound program.
Dedicated to young artists or groups of artists passionate and interested in sound art, the program endorses proposals for the trans and interdisciplinary sound installations, reflecting the curatorial concept. Six selected proposals will be created and exposed at WASP – Working Art Space and Production in Bucharest in the period September – November 2017, and further presented in Iasi and Arad.
The submitted project applicants should prove knowledge in the used technology, should be conceptually and materially possible.
The sound installations should integrate other media such as video and light. Proposals are encouraged to pay particular attention to audiences that include people with visual impairment and / or hearing.
Each of the selected artists will receive a production fee for project implementation.
For international and Romanian artists, who are not living in Bucharest, the organizers provides accommodation, travel and a small residency grant fee (for local transport and food).
Application methods:
Send us the application dossier containing:
• Application form, completed and signed
• CV (compulsory) and portfolio (selected projects, 5 pages max, pdf)
• Other relevant attachments for the application, 5 pages max, pdf (detailed project description, photographs, documentations, sketches, etc.).
*Video and sound material can also be sent as dvd, mp3 or mp4 format, only via wetransfer, myairbridge or dropbox.
All the documents should be sent by the 18th of August 2017 at following e-mail address:, with the subject Visualizing the Sound Application.
Application period: 31st of July – 18th of August
Application selection: 19th – 23rd of August
Announcement on selection (only selected artists will be informed by email): 24th – 31st of August
Projects implementation period: 5th of September – 15th of November
The dates can be modified up to organizers’ decision.
“Through an international opening, Visualizing the Sound project has managed since the first edition to activate an insufficiently explored segment in the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary multimedia area of contemporary local art. Thus, the sound and video installations have integrated various technological and performative dimensions, with a series of language and concept transitions at the boundary between sound, generated image and visual construction. In the sound architecture of WASP (white box and black box), new audio and video creation solutions from electro-acoustic music, kinetic systems, sound performance, immersive installation, computer sound graphics, live opera, open sound art Software and financial exchange, real and artificial environmental sound. Visualizing the Sound brings together not only a diverse audience, but also creative groups from different areas of audio-visual culture, composers, musicians, performers, computer scientists, visual artists, DJs and VJs, and so on.
The new edition of the project follows the continuity of this concept introducing a new challenge in the relation between sound and image, namely light art.
Light art is a form of art cultivated starting with modernism and urban development, but the predecessors of electrical power used for artistic purposes were the stained glasses of cathedrals and temples, dependent on natural light, the nineteenth-century Chinese fireworks, and last but not least the shadow theater described by Plato in the Allegory of the Cave. A series of currents were born around light such as Op Art, Neon Art, Kinetic Art, and Lumino Kinetic Art. Contemporary art juxtaposes increasingly media technologies that imply light, such as video art, photography, multimedia, projection and 3D mapping, but using light as an artistic medium moves the focus from the instrument to visual creation and artistic message.
In an area of economic precariousness, the relationship between art and technology is confronted with serious limits of development, although capitalist systems make the most of technological opportunities for profit and entertainment. At the same time, where technological resources are minimal, technological creation develops through imagination and self-sustaining options and DIY (do it yourself). Supporting technological development, including in the artistic environment, is important for the passage of new creative borders with profound impact on the dynamics of contemporary society. Here we are not just referring to the direct social impact on disadvantaged communities (such as Little Sun, the project by Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesenand dedicated to a sustainable and accessible energy form), but also to the impact on the development of artistic communities and the valorisation of creative work.
Visualizing the Sound aims at creating sound, image and light installations, encouraging the use of alternative solutions, their own solutions in relation to the technology available in the spaces provided to artists. It is a project that aims to diversify the perspectives on contemporary creation by relying on inter and transdisciplinary collaborations and imaginative development of art with technological components, with minimal resources. The current edition focuses on light art, a component with its own dimensions in the sound viewing process. “
Olivia Nitis si Ciprian Ciuclea
Curators Visualizing the Sound 2017
“AquAcus Tectonium” – instalatie de Catalin Cretu realizata in cadrul Visualizing the Sound 2016
“Perspective, thread and speakers, space installation, variable dimension, 2016“ – instalatie de Stephane Clor, realizata in cadrul Visualizing the Sound 2016

Producer: WASP Studios

Co-producer: 4Culture Association

Partners: UNARTE – National Art University, Zeppelin, PostModernism Museum, Tandem Association, Contemporary Photography Center Iasi

Cultural project co-funded by AFCN – National Cultural Fund Administration.
Cultural project funded under the Cultural Program “Bucharest Participatory City”, through the Cultural Projects Center of Bucharest – ARCUB and the City Hall of Bucharest.