Ends on November 15, 2017

On Demand

Call for Entry for Digital Content and Time Based Media

Light City 2018



Project Summary

Featured along with the 22 illuminated sculptures on the 2018 BGE Light Art Walk, Light City Baltimore will host On Demand, an exhibition of time based digital content.  On Demand will host a curated program of looped video and time-based media content, exploring the range and diversity of experimental forms of cinema made locally and abroad. Creatives working across traditional and experimental short films, animations, poetronica, music videos, and other forms of digital media are encouraged to submit their existing works for consideration.


Project Details

·         A dedicated stop on the BGE Light Art Walk will host On Demand, an LED screen serving as the platform for looped program. Where possible, this video content may also be made visible on additional Light City branded spaces within the footprint.

·         Artworks should be no more than 7 minutes in length.

·         Artworks may contain a sound component, but should be enjoyable with or without that element.

·         The schedule of videos will be determined based on applications that are received.

·         Only currently existing artworks will be accepted.

·         Once video/time-based artworks are chosen by the Light City Curators for this location, artists will be paid an honorarium of $100.00 to prepare their videos in the format necessary for exhibition. For final exhibition, video files will need to be available in 1920x1080 ProRes LT MP4 or MOV formats.

·         Following selection of the artists, Light City will be working with a video editor to program the selections into exhibition format. No changes will be made to the files submitted by the artist; however a credit frame will be added between each selection to appropriately identify and credit the artist and their work.

·         Light City is a family friendly event and draws audiences of all age ranges, including young children.  Content that is explicit, discriminatory or of a violent nature will not be accepted.

·         Artists may only submit original content. Any works that include images or sounds that are original to another person should have the appropriate rights of usage and be able to supply them to Light City before finalizing any agreements for exhibition.

General Information and Guidelines

·         Light City 2018 will take place from April 14-21, 2018. Operating hours of the festival are 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Sunday; Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am.  Artworks accepted for On Demand will be curated into a looped program of all selected submissions. Light City will make best efforts to inform artists of intended scheduling of the playing of their artworks.

·         By submitting an application, you agree to and accept application requirements and guidelines. This includes the rights to exhibit in public the digital content submitted, to a large general audience. Artists also agree that their work will be promoted through official Light City social media channels. Artists should be aware that due to the public nature of this exhibition, the audience is likely to capture their experiences with the work and share it within their own social networks.

·         Light City is a family friendly event and draws audiences of all age ranges, including young children.  Please keep this in mind when proposing works.

·         Any artist who submits a proposal will maintain their copyright. For proposals that are contracted to participate in Light City 2018, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the Baltimore Festival of the Arts Inc. (BFAI), and its partners including (but not limited to) Visit Baltimore, reserves the right to reproduce images of selected artists’ work for printed or internet publicity, catalogue, map or marketing purposes.

·         Artists may submit up to three digital files for consideration. The volume of applications will determine the number of works per applicant that On Demand is able to support.  

·         There are no geographic or age restrictions for application. Students are encouraged to consider submitting their work.


On Demand and Light City Baltimore 2018 Timeline

Application Open: Monday, August 7, 2017

Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST

Artist Notification: Friday, December 15, 2017

Digital Files due from Artists: Monday, January 15, 2018

Editing and formatting video for exhibition: January 15-April 6, 2018

Digital File Testing & Resolution: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tech Rehearsals: Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dress Rehearsal: Friday, April 13, 2018

Light City 2018: April 14-21, 2018


How to Apply

Application Materials to Prepare

1. Short description of artwork being submitted.

2. The video file you intend to be reviewed, in MP4 or .MOV format.

3. Up to three previous projection and/or video artworks.

4. Artwork list that corresponds with included video images, this list should contain appropriate details such as title, date, medium, a list of where the artworks have previously been exhibited, and dimensions/duration (.pdf format).

5. Artist/artist collaborative resume (no larger than 3 pages and in .pdf format).

For more information regarding the On Demand Call for Entry applications for Light City, please contact Kim Domanski or Ashley Molese at 410-752-8632 or kdomanski@promotionandarts.org or amolese@promotionandarts.org.


About Light City

In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, revolutionizing the urban landscape and forever transforming the city with light. It’s with this spirit of invention and transformation that 200 years later Light City was launched in 2016. In its first year, Light City welcomed nearly 400,000 attendees from throughout Baltimore and the region over the seven night festival period.

Light City is a free, family friendly festival that seeks to reflect Baltimore’s diverse audience.


About The Baltimore Office of Promotions & The Arts

Light City is produced by the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc. (BFAI) on behalf of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that produces events and arts programs as well as manages several landmarks and attractions. It is the official Baltimore City Arts Council. BOPA coordinates Baltimore's major events including New Year's Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor, Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar, School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. For more information, please visit www.promotionandarts.org


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