Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival
...is the first medium-specific festival for video art in Australia since the 90s. We know! It’s crazy! Especially considering how ubiquitous video is – not just in the art world, but in our every day lives. Channels is an artist-led festival which is brought to you by the collaborative good juju of people and initiatives such as Tape Projects, Speakeasy Cinema, Short Play and Next Wave Festival. We are young(ish) and passionate about video art. Through Channels, we aim to share the eclectic and outstanding work of today's video artists and to showcase the breadth of video as the artistic, cultural, political and social phenomenon of our age.
Our ambitious program will showcase video art across its many mutant forms, including installation, a public workshop, live AV projections, performances and screenings, alongside a talks program and our online stuff. Best of all, Channels will be FUN [cue excitement explosion OMG]! It’s not called 'the democratisation of media' for nothing! We want people to walk away from Channels beaming, fuming, hearts pounding, heads swimming, eyes agog – to paraphrase (and pixelise) John Baldessari: We will not make any more boring video art!
With wonderful support from Arts Victoria, The Centre for Creative Media (La Trobe), Screen Space and our venue and media partners, we have come so far...but we need your support and generosity to help us get over the last hurdle!
What We Need
$6000 to get us over the line. The main expense that we cannot cover with our Arts Victoria funding is artist fees, accommodation and transport for interstate artists confirmed in our commisions program. This is an international festival with an Australian focus, and we want to bring some of our finest video art brains from all over the country, to you. Nothing fancy, just modest artist fees and a contribution towards lodging and travel. Other items which this campaign will help cover include:
Artist fees for single-channel screening. We want to pay every festival artist, including those in our single-channel screening for their work (generally artists who submit works for screenings have to pay a fee to submit their work, but we want to reverse that by paying them).
Marketing and promotion. It wouldn't be a festival without an audience, so we need help getting the word out! We have a great network in the art community, but we feel it’s just as important to engage the broader public too. So, much needed funds will go towards a street poster campaign that will help raise our profile and get people talking about Channels.
What You Get
Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our friends at Tape Projects, Speakeasy Cinema, Short Play, ACMI, Three Thousand and Art Guide, we have a brilliant selection of limited edition artist publications, subscriptions, cinema and festival tickets as thanks to our Indiegogo campaign supporters.
Tape Projects (TAPR) have been producing innovative and experimental events, exhibitions, talks and publications for over 6 years. We have limited edition DVD series to give away, featuring early works by stellar artists such as Clare Rae, Soda_Jerk and Simon O'Carrigan and many more. TAPR have also donated several of their locked groove records and locked groove/flip book sets – an incredible project featuring over 60 artists and sound artists matching 10 second artist flip books to 10 second locked groove tracks of sound art.
Short Play is a beautifully-produced, limited edition DVD publication, carefully curated by Channels Co-director Rachel Feery. Features a fine selection of video art from 2010, themed around the idea of Play, and comes with a stimulating and engaging booklet of essays.
Channels Booty: we will also be giving away festival session tickets, festival passes and artist-signed, limited edition festival catalogues to supporters who go that extra mile. We will list you as an official supporter of the festival on both the website and the catalogue (unless, like Ted Danson, you decide to take the honourable path of anonymity), and you will be able to bask in the golden glow of the art patron, confident in the knowledge you have given back to society and furthered the advancement of the arts!
PLUS LOTS MORE GOODIES from our festival partners! See incentives for more...
If We Don’t Reach Our Goal
Our priority will be to fund the interstate festival artists (who need to travel to Melbourne to install or perform) who are already confirmed in our curated installation and live art programs with the additional funds distributed towards artists fees for the single channel screening and marketing and promotions as listed above.
Festivals are unique in being able to be responsive to cultural moments - they are temporary institutions, spontaneous celebrations that have the flexibility to reflect what is going on ‘right now’. Channels will see the establishment of a new cultural home for video, gathering together a diverse community of practices, in order to cross artistic and social boundaries to provide an important access point for artists and audiences alike. We aim to make Channels a momentous event in the history of the medium of video in our country. The team behind Channels have a strong track record of bringing good art to good people. Backing Channels is backing a sure thing!
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that not everyone will be able to contribute financially. But if you like the sound of Channels and want to help in other ways...
Make a noise: share the link to our indiegogo campaign on your social networks and via email.
Volunteer: we have a very limited budget, and during the delivery of the festival, we will need enthusiastic and friendly video lovers to help man/woman the galleries, theatres and ticket stations of our festival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out as a volunteer.