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MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute 2018 Open Call for Festival/Symposium

MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute 2018 Open Call for Festival/Symposium

Festival/Symposium III: Surveil/Surveilled is a weekend of public presentations of artistic, scholarly and activist work and deep-dive conversations around an annual theme. This year we explore the intersections between documentary and surveillance.

Calling all documentary practitioners, scholars, media activists and surveillance studies scholars to submit their work!
Each June, Skidmore College’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) Storytellers’ Institute hosts a weekend-long Documentary Festival/Symposium – public presentations of artistic work and deep-dive conversations around an annual theme. Public activities are free of charge.
In our 3rd year, we welcome submissions that explore the theme Surveil/Surveilled in the following forms:

  • creative presentations of documentary work in all mediums (films screenings, artists talks, audio listening sessions, interactive experiences, photography, performances, etc);
  • pre-constituted panels/conversations;
  • skill building workshops;
  • individual papers (to be arranged into panels by the organizers).

The act of observing, watching, listening and recording, is fundamental to documentary practice and to surveillance. The documentary maker surveils a/the subject.  As populations are increasingly surveilled by all levels of government, through security and military interventions into public space, we also increasingly surveil ourselves. Personal data is collected and mined by private companies through social media and other forms of internet archiving that so many voluntarily use on a regular basis. What happens to this growing amount of documentary material amassed by surveillance systems? What rules govern its use? As with all archival material past and present, the entity that controls the content controls access, availability, and how stories are told and remembered. We want to convene documentary makers, activists, learners, scholars and the general public to create an open dialogue that is applied and transformative.
Important Dates
Deadline: submissions due by December 15th 2017
Notification of acceptance by: February 2018
Festival/Symposium Dates: June 7th– 10th 2018
Festival location: Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Saratoga Springs is under 200 miles from Boston, MA; Montreal, CA, and New York, NY, and may be reached by car, bus, rail, and at the Albany, NY airport (approximately 30 miles).
There is no registration fee for the Festival/Symposium. A limited number of travel/board scholarships are available. Funds will prioritize organizations and individuals without institutional support for participation in conferences. Meals will be provided for festival participants.
Please click here to submit an event.
The Programming Committee will respond to all proposals by in February 2018.
For information please contact: storytellersinstitute@skidmore.edu

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