Open Call

Artist cocktails, 'Loving Attention', 19 May 2019

Six Projections events per year were selected from open calls. The twice-yearly Open Call asked for proposals from curators and artists to present new moving image programmes or create live work for the cinema space.

Live events

The live events that we presented were developed from proposals to create new performance or live events that respond to the context of the cinema in its broadest sense. Proposals experimented with the potential of the cinema space for hosting live work by using the apparatus of screen and/or sound system, intervening in the conventional operation of a cinema screening, and responding to or disrupting the dynamic of a cinema-going audience. Most of all we were interested in how artists respond to the particular cultural, social and physical space of the cinema auditorium, or the wider building and its operations.

Curatorial proposals

Proposals from curators interested in conceiving and presenting an original programme as part of the Projections series investigated particular contemporary currents or concerns which were perhaps best or could only be articulated by artists’ moving image practice. Given the context of the series, the ability to respond meaningfully to the site of the cinema – the specific experience of viewing artists’ moving image in the cinema space – was important.

Previous open call events