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BEAST FEaST 2020

 BEAST FEaST 2020
Summary:Electroacoustic call/Installations
Deadline: 15 September 2019
Date Posted: 11 September 2019
Details: 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.

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.

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
Web Site:www.beast.bham.ac.uk/beast-feast-2020/