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Abgeschickt von GUNA KALNACA am 02 Februar, 2007 um 10:01:42

Valmiera, 22 –28 July 2007

Valmiera City Council and the Art Gallery “Laipa” invite artists to participate in the Third Contemporary Art Symposium, which will take place in Valmiera, Latvia on the 22nd to 28th of July, 2007.

The purpose of the Symposium is to support the ongoing process of bringing a closer understanding of contemporary art issues to our community. The Symposium serves to promote involvement in the creative process through a system of recognizable values and emotions. We plan to have artists’ presentations, small concerts, theatre experiments and discussions every evening. The culmination of these activities will sum up in the Grand Finale on the 28th of July in the City Square.
The book, “Understanding Media” by Herbert Marshall McLuhan, shall serve as the theoretical basis for this Symposium. In Mc Luhan’s definition, all media are seen as “hot” or “cold”. A “hot” medium is one that involves one single sense in “high definition” but is low in participation and involvement by observers such as a photograph. (A photograph is visually “high definition”, involving our sense of vision). “Cold” media are high in participation, completion by the audience (all kinds of improvisation, some types of theatre etc.).
This Symposium offers possibilities of communication and project realization in public environment by artists working in twenty different media types.

We are looking forward to applications from creative people in visual arts (painting, photography, video art, installation, theatre improvisation and other kinds of media).

Application should be mailed or sent by post:

Sanda Deisone, project coordinator
Valmiera City Council
Lâčplçđa iela 2
Valmiera LV-4201

Application Deadline March 15th, 2007

Please enclose:
• Application form,
• CV,
• 5 photos of recent works (specify title, measures, year, technique); URL or DVD (up to 10 min)
• Personal photo (preferable in working process) for publicity of the workshop;
• Project conception and realization description.

Organizers` responsibility

Artists are provided with
• Lodging in rooms with 1, 2, and 3 beds, meals 3 times a day;
• Technical help and working conditions for project realization (studio for painters and graphic artists, possibilities for video paste-up, public environment for project realization etc.);
• Creative work presentation possibilities;
• Publicity in Symposium homepage and catalogue;

Participants` responsibility

• Travel to Valmiera and back;
• Creative activity presentation to Symposium organizers and participants;
• Materials needed for project realization;
• Painters shall donate one piece of art created during Symposium to the organizers for the community of Valmiera, graphic artists shall donate two pieces of art created during symposium to the organizers for the community of Valmiera;
• Photographers shall leave in organizers’ possession 10 symposium pictures in electronic format with publishing rights;
• Artists work in other media will be videotaped and shall remain in organizers’ possession.

Participants will be chosen in tender procedure.
Results will be notified personally by April 10, 2007
Application material of all successful participants shall remain in the organizers’ archives.


Valmiera City Council
Valmiera District Council
State Culture Capital Foundation
Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia
Embassy of Italy in Riga
The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Riga


Project manager Guna Kalnača, Phone (+371) 7846239, or (+371) 29112872.

Valmiera, 22-28 July 2007



Name, Surname_________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________

Date of birth __________________________________________________________

Phone _______________, E – mail_______________________, URL________________

Is this your first symposium? YES NO


Arrival date in Valmiera______________, departure___________________________

Special needs (vegetarian, handicapped, other). Please specify:___________________


III PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTATION (to be attached separately)

5 photos of recent works/DVD
Personal photo (preferable in working process) for publicity of the workshop
Project conception and realization description.



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