Open Call

Deadline January 20th 2017

The call for proposals is open to artists working in the field of the moving image and expanded cinema. We seek works that explore the meeting between the moving image, architecture, and urban public space. The Biennial aims to also include works that unfold between urban material and online space, as framework and/or as exhibition platform.

Context and space

The commissioned works will be presented in public space, along the harbor of the city of Stavanger, and at our online portal. For inspiration, please have a look at the venues from the previous Screen City edition.

Parts of the program will be presented indoors in many of the city’s art institutions, aiming to create a spatial dialogue between indoor and outdoor, offline and online.

Project proposals should build around the Biennial`s theme: Migrating Stories.
This might evoke topics of migration and post-colonialism, new geographies and ecology, real and virtual voyages, storytelling and narratives traveling through time. The Biennial can provide access to local, historical archives and other relevant material for research.


We aim at creating diversity between age, gender, nationalities, types of works and artistic approaches. The submitted work falls in two different categories:

  1. New works
  2. Existing works (not older than 2015)

Submissions should be written in English and include the following materials:

  • CV (PDF)
  • Project description (PDF) with reference to the subject of the call
  • Sketches, images, audio material if possible
  • Image sizes – for each work under consideration. Submit 2-3 images at 2400 px by 1700 px (or larger) jpeg format
  • A brief outline of the technical requirements for the realization of the project
  • If special needs for assistance during production and presentation

Applications should be submitted online via the NIIO Platform. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.


The selected (new) works will be equipped with a production budget, depending on individual production requirements, with a max. of EUR3000* (fee, production & materials). Travel & accommodation will be provided separately by the Biennial.

Existing works requiring adaptation will be provided a presentation fee of up to EUR1000 (fee, production & materials) – and if presented as a single-channel/or part of a screening program EUR300 – for the 2016 Biennial installation period. Duration of presentation depends on the exhibition venue.

*in special circumstances of comprehensive production this fee might be negotiated.

Schedule & deadline

  • Deadline for submission: January 20th, 2017
  • Announcement of selected artworks: end of January
  • Workshop & residency in Stavanger (depending on the project & research needed): March
  • Final production / project framework & text material: June 1st
  • The work selected for presentation must be available from: September 1st
  • Presentation/launch at Biennial: October 


The art works will be selected by the curators & program partners.

Terms & conditions

Copyright: each artist by entering the Screen City Biennial confirms that they hold all intellectual property rights in the work and that they have obtained prior written approval for the use of any third party copyrighted material contained in the submitted work. Artists will allow the work to be reproduced by Screen City Biennial for the purposes of promoting the exhibition including; press and publicity and websites – and including preview of work at the online-biennial portal. Copyright of all works remains the property of the artist. Any enquiries for copyright will be referred to the artist.

Artists (of new works) will be invited to oversee their works, to present their work during the Biennial talk series, and expected to be available for potential press interest.


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