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Friday, July 1, 2011

Billboard Art Competition Art Moves 2011

„Reality or fiction? Let’s pretend it’s not there”

There is no entry fee. The Competition is open and all artists interested in billboard art are invited to take part. The works should be submitted by the 20th July, 2011 via electronic mail to the address:
10 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space during the Art Moves Festival in September /October 2011 in Torun, Poland. The author of the most interesting work will receive the Main Award in the amount of PLN 10.000 [about EUR 2.540, USD 3.770].

Artists are invited to prepare an artwork in response to this year’s competition theme „Reality or fiction? Let’s pretend it’s not there”.

This slogan can serve as a kind of a metaphor of the processes taking place in the contemporary world.
The slogan concerns daily matters and questions whether the things/situations in our daily life are real or fictional and how can we distinguish one from the other. Simultaneously, the slogan also raises a question what we, as individuals or as a community, are trying to hide. Are there any specific phenomena, processes or events we tend to intentionally ignore and pretend “it’s not there”?
Can we say that such social processes as: growing level of fear and alienation or breakdown of interpersonal relationships are real or fictional? However, negative aspects of life are not the only matter we can pretend to ignore. The positive aspects of human life also can be overlooked. Media informs us mainly about negative events and treats the positive ones as mundane and less exciting. By doing so, do they present a real version of the world or rather create a fictional picture? Do the Internet help us to reach something which is real or rather drags us into the world of fiction? Do the hi-tech forms of communication help or hinder our contact with reality? There could be a lot of different interpretations like these above and there are many different answers as well. We think that the question of what is real and what is fictional has a deeper meaning… If we stop asking ourselves what is real and what is not, what we discern and what we overlook, will we be able to say who we are and what world we really live in?

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