a project by 4bid

1ˢᵗ edition //June 2014
for groups AND individual artists
26th – VIDEO
27th – SOUND

see AGENDA for opening hours

MiniKunstFestival is a biannual recurring project, placed in the smallspaces of 4bid gallery. Each edition is characterized by a different topic related to the contemporary Era. For this first edition the theme is Dystopia. The Festival aims to create a multidisciplinary environment where a variety of artistic practices can question each other and their relationship to contemporary art and society.

Theme of the 1ˢᵗ Edition : Dystopia
Yin Aiwen
Lester Arias
Roberto Zanata
Stephanie Hough
Amber Simone Veronica Ablett
Gunnar Gunnsteinsson
Richter / Meyer / Marx
Marco Ferrazza
Alessandro Belli
Haruna Kawanishi & Frauke
Matthew Pell
Tascha Toverwolf
Agnieszka Zimolag
Simon van Steenis & MrHaitiki
Massimiliano Cestari
CELESTE Autoproduzioni
Juan Duarte Regino

Special Guest Sunday 29th June: Pierluigi Santoro from WAT introduces to “Between Art and Science”, installation and presentation of water algae treatment and usage in art.

dystopia (n.)

Imaginary bad place, 1868, apparently coined by J.S. Mill (“Hansard Commons”),  from Greek dysbad, abnormal, difficult + utopia.

In this moment of global change, where new technologies have modified drastically people’s life styles it is good to ask ourselves where all this is leading us to and what will our future look like.

“In the last generations, man has made extraordinary strides in knowledge of the natural sciences and technical application of them, and has established his dominion over nature in a way never before imagined. The details of this forward progress are universally known: it is unnecessary to enumerate them. Mankind is proud of its exploits and has a right to be. But men are beginning to perceive that all this newly-won power over space and time, this conquest of the forces of nature, this fulfillment of age-old longings, has not increased the amount of pleasure they can obtain in life, has not made them feel any happier.”

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, 1929, pag.13

Dystopia – MiniKunstFestival wants us to reflect on the future of the present social conditions: extreme division between social classes, overproduction of goods, eccessive abuse of natural goods, pollution, wars, hypertechnology, etc…

How to partecipate?

DYSTOPIA – MiniKunstFestival will take place in Amsterdam (NL), in 4bid gallery space on the ground floor of the OT301 Cultural Centre during the following days: 26/27/28/29 June 2014. The festival will be part of the program in the OT301.

The festival is divided into four categories:

Video // Video art – Short films and feature films – 26th of June

Music // Live music – Recorded music – 27th of June

Performance // All kind of Performance art -28th of June

Publishing // Fanzine – Comic book – Artist’s book – 29th of June

Who can Apply?

Both groups and individuals are invited to apply to DYSTOPIA – MiniKunstFestival. There are no age restrictions.

The proposal

The proposal should be sent to the following email address: 4bidgallery@gmail.com or via post to – 4bid Gallery, Overtoom 301, 1054 HW Amsterdam, Netherland  – BY 15 JUNE 2014.

You should include in the proposal:

Your details: Name, and surname or artist name, biography and artistic statement, the email address to which you would like the answer to be sent in case of successful application, and a phone number on which to contact you.

The description of the concept of your work ( 5 – 250 words) and the technical details of the work (Title, year, medium/duration)

The proposed work should be presented under the appropriate category, with a proposal  attached:

Video – the material can be sent to 4bid on DVD or CD, it can be uploaded on any web platform for video (Youtube, Vimeo, etc..) and give to use the link or sent via Wetransfer to our web address, attaching as a message the name of the candidate. ¹

Music – the track can be sent on DVD or CD, or uploaded on any web platform for music (Youtube, soundcloud, etc..) and give to use the link or sent via Wetransfer to our web address, attaching as a message the name of the candidate. ¹

Performance – you will submit the video documentation of the performance. This might be on DVD or CD, or uploaded on any web platform for video (Youtube, Vimeo etc..) and give to use the link  or sent via Wetransfer to our web address attaching as a message the name of the candidate. ¹

Publishing – if the work is a paper-work, it will be necessary for you to send it². If the work is digital it will be sufficient to upload the file on any web platform for publications (Issue, etc..) and give to use the link or send it over via Wetransfer to our web address, attaching as a message the name of the candidate.

For all the categories the presence of the artist is not necessary, except for performance and live music.

4bid tries not to be strict with the application, but please be punctual and send the requested material.

There is No fee for the application nor for participation.

It is full responsibility of the individual artist or group to face the costs of posting the work or traveling to Amsterdam.

¹ The publications sent over via post will not be sent back and will immediately become part of the gallery’s archive.

² The works in Video/Music/Performance is preferable under 60 minutes.

 The selections

For each category four works will be selected. Besides the selected artists who applied via Open Call, 4bid gallery reserves the right to invite two guest artists per category who’s work is particularly relevant to the proposed theme. The selection of the candidates will be communicated on the day after the deadline. The criteria for selection are the following: Technical quality, Experimental, Conformity to the theme.

The selected candidates, selected by the Artistic Direction of 4bid gallery, will participate to the Festival with the selected work.

The results of the selection will be communicated via official invitation to the successful candidates.

The selected artists will receive exposure to an international panorama as that of Amsterdam and their work will be presented in the catalog of the Festival produced by 4bid gallery.

Technical Details

The gallery gives two spaces: the first, 45m², is a white box (white walls and ceiling), concrete floor and a small bar for welcoming the visitors. The second one is 4WARD a nomadic gallery on a bike, 0,25m³  space, white wooden walls and two people at hand.

Size of the gallery: 4 x 5,20 x 7,75 meters

Size 4WARD:  0,5 x 1 x 0,5 meters

Technical equipment:

n°2 beamers

n°5 Halogen Lamps 200 / 400 Kw

n°4 Speaker

n°1 Amp

for further info


4bid gallery – Overtoom 301, 1054 HW Amsterdam, Netherlands

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