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14 Oct 2021

Cut Copy Remix 2022:
Call Out for Artists

After the fun of working with Cold War Steve and Black Hole Club * to explore the creative potential of Birmingham Museums Trust’s Digital Image Resource and brighten up the gloom of 2020, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Black Hole Club are coming together once again for Cut Copy Remix 2022.

This year the project will be spearheaded by Emily Mulenga. Mulenga is an artist who explores the aesthetics, consumption and production of digital media from the high polish of MTV and the jagged polygons of early PlayStation games to YouTube videos, and lo-fi social media posts. Working on Cut Copy Remix, Mulenga will turn her critical eye to the real and digital hybrid existence of the Birmingham collections.

Birmingham Museums Trust were the first collection in the UK that make all out-of-copyright artworks available for free under a Creative Commons Zero Licence (CC0). We want to celebrate this amazing resource and support artists to use the images to inspire new work and are asking for artists working in both digital and analogue fields to propose new work that respond to images from the Digital Image Resource or to the resource itself in some way. 

The successful proposal will be commissioned to make the proposed work for a £1000 fee and will have access to a £200 production budget.

The project will be officially launched online in May 2022 (date TBC) showcasing new work by Emily Mulenga, the selected artist and digital interventions by members of Black Hole Club. Live in-person events at both Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Vivid Projects developed to compliment the project will follow.

Your Proposal

To enter work for the Call Out please submit the following to emalee.beddoes-davis@birminghammuseums.org.uk.

The deadline for proposals is midnight 23rd November 2021.

  • A proposal for Cut Copy Remix of between 1 to 2 sides of A4 or a video/audio recording of around 5 minutes.
  • Up to 2 sides of A4 or a video/audio recording of around 5 minutes that showcase your current work or link to examples of your work online.

The artist for the 2022 project will selected by a panel of judges (Cathy Wade (Black Hole Club), Emalee Beddoes-Davis (Birmingham Museums), Emily Mulenga (Lead Artist) and Lara Ratnaraja (Cultural Consultant) who will consider the following:

  1. The originality, creativity, and skill of the proposed project
  2. The quality of response to Birmingham Museums Trust’s Digital Image Resource
  3. The viability of the proposed work to be completed within the budget and time frame
  4. The impact the project will have on your work.

To find out more about the project, an archive of artworks, writing, press and events from Cut Copy Remix 2020 is available online https://www.are.na/black-hole-club-22g42f7uyaq/cut-copy-remix-2020

If you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to discuss, please contact Emalee emalee.beddoes-davis@birminghammuseums.org.uk

*Black Hole Club is an artist's development programme based at Vivid Projects that supports artists in the West Midlands. Participants are encouraged to explore new areas, including digital art, live performance, experimental audio, film and video, animation and computer-generated art.

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