BEAST FEaST 2020

 
 
 

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Come Together

Thursday 30 April – Saturday 2 May 2020

University of Birmingham, UK

Three days of music, meeting, and ideas

In 2019, three years after the election of Trump and the Brexit vote, it has become a cliche to say that we live in an increasingly divided world, with our societies polarised along cultural and political lines. While the political and media framing of the debate has undoubtedly emphasized disunity, it surely remains crucial to question the extent to which these divides are real, permanent or insurmountable.

 

BEAST FEaST 2020 invites submissions which joyously defy the idea of a divided and disunited world. In what ways can electronic music overcome ‘tribal’ splits, political, musical, or otherwise? What is the music of reconciliation and restoration, of crossing the boundaries of belief systems to places of cross-cultural understanding? Where is the art which still has the hope to say that we can be more and better than we are when we overcome division and come together?

 

Join us for three days of music, meeting, and ideas, along with featured guest artists Beatriz Ferreyra, Hans Tutschku, Heather Roche, Eva Zöllner, Simon Emmerson and Christopher Fox.

 

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Call for Works

For BEAST FEaST 2020 we invite submissions that touch on any aspect of the theme Come Together described above. We seek to represent the broadest range of electronic music practices and practitioners at the festival; we aim for diversity of music, background, and ethnicity; and are committed to balance in gender representation. We therefore encourage all to submit to our call for works, and ask that you repost this call as widely as possible.

MUSIC SUBMISSIONS

Works and performances of electronic music of any style are welcome. We encourage you to exploit the capabilities of the BEAST system and schematics are available via the online application system. Works involving video are welcome, as are works involving live performance (including instrumentalists). Works and performances of electronic music of any style are welcome. We encourage you to exploit the capabilities of the BEAST system and schematics are available via the online application system. Works involving video are welcome, as are works involving live performance (including instrumentalists).

Please be aware that any costs or fees arising from including performers will most likely need to be borne by the submitter. Due to limitations on space, and our desire to include as many artists as possible, we will only be able to consider works of under 14 minutes duration, and will prioritise shorter works. Since we feel that community is a crucial part of BEAST FEaST, and because of the very high level of interest in past years, we regret that we will only be able to consider works by artists who can commit to attending the festival. At the time of submission applicants will be required to submit a programme note and biography (in final, print-ready copy), complete technical requirements and a brief statement of how the work fits the festival theme. Incomplete or over-length submissions will not be considered.

Online submission system (includes sample system schematics): https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/beastfeast-2020-music-and-installation-submissions

INSTALLATION SUBMISSIONS

We invite proposals for installations that reflect the festival theme and respond to the campus surroundings. We invite proposals for installations that reflect the festival theme and respond to the campus surroundings.


Examples of potential and past installation sites

Accepted installations will be expected to run for the whole duration of the festival (Thursday to Saturday evening) and artists will be expected to handle their own installation/de-installation. Any transportation costs arising will most likely need to be borne by the submitter. At the time of submission applicants will be required to submit a programme note, biography (in final, print-ready copy), technical requirements and a brief statement of how the installation fits the festival theme.

Online submission system: https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/beastfeast-2020-music-and-installation-submissions

TALK SUBMISSIONS

We invite short informal talks on relevant topics. Academic topics are welcome, as are intellectually demanding ones, but talks should be pitched for a general festival audience rather than a group of specialists.

The BEASTdome system (30+ channel periphonic setup) will be available for all presentations, so multichannel demonstrations are possible and welcome. Applicants will be required to submit an informal description of the talk, biography (in final, print-ready copy), technical requirements and a brief statement of how the talk fits the festival theme.

Online submission system: https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/beastfeast-2020-talk-submissions

COSTS

We know that many artists struggle with costs when attending events of this type. We aim to keep these as low as we can, but must balance that with our goal of keeping the call open to as many as possible. We regret that given the numbers involved we are not able to offer fees or travel support for artists selected via this call. That said, we are happy to confirm that as in past years there will be no conference fee, that talks and installation access will be free and open for all, and that accepted artists will be offered a low price discount pass to attend all other concert events in the festival. We are of course happy to support applications for external travel funding for accepted artists.

Submissions are open until:

Talks: 8 Sept 2019 @ 23:59 UTC+1

Music: 15 Sept 2019 @ 23:59 UTC+1

Info: beast@contacts.bham.ac.uk (submissions sent to this address rather than the online system will not be accepted)

Notification: Autumn 2019