Call for Book Artworks for the 2nd geekFest Bienalle – deadline 12 May 2008

Call for Book Artworks for the 2nd geekFest bienalle. 26&27 May 2008.

piCOt invites submissions for an Artists Book Library for geekFest 2008 – a two-day festival of digital, live art and time-based practices by cultural experimenters.

geekFest presents work which is hybrid, interactive, relational and negotiates a space with the audience through technology. Through various media; action, installation, performance, new media and book arts the festival presents the ways in which artists use technology to explore the location/situation of the festival.

We invite you respond to the idea of art and technology / borders and meeting points.

geekFest takes place at the coastal location of Branksome Dene Chine in Poole, Dorset. The word ‘chine’ means a ‘deep, narrow ravine cut through soft rocks by a water course descending steeply to the sea’. This landscape is peculiar to Dorset and the Isle of Wight. As the walls of the chines erode continually, the strata are clearly visible. Chines are therefore very important for their fossil records, their archaeology and the unique flora and fauna they provide shelter to. The walk between the chines of Bournemouth and Poole is approximately 3 miles.

More about the festival: Building on the success of the 2006 festival geekFest aims to create a professional situation and a supportive environment for experimental artists to show new work and to develop a dialogue with existing and new audiences. geekFest aims to actively promote and celebrate the diversity of experimental culture.

For more information on 2006’s festival please visit – 2008’s website will go live on 12th May.

Submission Criteria.

For selection please submit up to 6 photographs (jpg or tiff format) of a new or existing book work which responds to the brief above, an approx. 200 word artist’s biography and description of the work, including dimensions. Please include contact details, preferably an email address with your submission.

Please send this information either by email or post to reach us by 12noon on 12th May to:

Esther Yarnold
c/o Image Lab
Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts
21 Kingland Road
BH15 1UG

esta [at]

This is an open submission. Please note that your work will be exhibited in a ‘Library’ installation alongside other artists’ work. All work will be made available for visitors to handle – please do not submit work which is fragile, or that should be displayed behind glass. piCOt cannot be held responsible for any damage to the work, and artists must provide their own insurance.

We will let you know if your work has been selected by email by 16th May. Work will need to be delivered or dropped off in person to the above address by 5pm on 21st May.

We will catalogue all work upon receipt and return to you after the festival – if your work requires packaging larger than an A5 jiffy bag, please provide this with your submission of the work. Alternatively we can arrange collection from Lighthouse. All work will be returned by the end of June.