OPEN CALL: Simultan 2015 "Talking to Strangers".

In Open Calls / July 29, 2015

11th edition / 7-10 October / Timisoara RO
Media Art / Exploratory Music and Sound

What would Voyager 3 contain if it would be re-launched today, after 38 years? In 1977, an information package was launched into space, a symbolical selection for the human civilization, launched with the intention to be intercepted or discovered by an alien civilization. A sort of “hello” from the humans, a way of saying “we are here”. Today, maybe, such a package would contain microchips, texts with smiley faces at a correct decoding. We would probably brag about the invention of a virtual communication system, about our intelligent control systems? Our self-control or the controlling of others. We might also include some e-books about the human nature, on micro-sd cards, because we also advanced our knowledge in the field of psychoanalysis. Why wouldn’t we send a picture of Osama or of other terrorists that we cannot find, maybe they would help us with that. Maybe we could simply send a cry for help, in the hope that in the thousand years that would take them to discover it, there would still be a chance for a few of us to be saved. Or Voyager 3 could be a new Noah’s ark, a capsule of DNA for a possible reconstruction.

In the end, the important thing to know is that we are not alone. And also, it is important to understand how did we end up here. But does it worth the effort? Or wouldn’t it be wiser to enjoy our mere existence and to co-exist peacefully without exploiting each other for the sake of profit, without exercising our power and dominance over each other.
Is this exploitation of others human nature? Is it the engine of progress? Is this evolution? Or is it evolution the creation of virtual realities where we can feed our brains with “01”? Till then, we have other serious problems. Soon the Earth will become overcrowded and under the human influence, the fight for territory drives the species to the verge of extinction. For now, we are preparing a colony to Mars… But meanwhile art must go on, contemplating and acting, re-acting with our creative means, being aware of the power of now. Hope exists as long as we believe in hope, as long as we believe in our creative power in order to save ourselves and hope for a broader echo.

SIMULTAN is an annual festival dedicated to media art and artistic experiment, creating a bond between different media. Initiated by a group of artists, the festival was born as an artistic project having the goal to create a cultural context of the ‘here and now’ on the local scene, encouraging new and innovative forms of artistic expression, as visual and sound language. Annually, in the 3 days of events, take place video art screenings, audio-visual live performances, experimental music concerts, installations and lectures. The festival features local artists and projects, as well as national and international artists and projects, with the support of the different cultural centers which activate in Romania. Thus, the event intends to establish new cultural and artistic bonds between the Romanian and the international art scene.


Submit your video works to our screening program!

Deadline:: 10 August 2015 

The 11th edition of the Simultan Festival will take place between 7-10 October, under the theme “Talking to Strangers.”
Simultan is open for submissions of innovative video works, which is related to the theme.
– categories: video, experimental video, fiction, documentary, experimental documentary, motion graphics, experimental animation, digital/generative
– number of works: 2 max./ author
– duration: 10 minutes max. (each)

Application method – online
– fill the online application form
– include the preview link of your video/s uploaded to – vimeo, youtube, dailymotion, etc.

All works will be watched and selected by a jury. Only those accepted will become part of the festival screening programme. The decision of the jury is final.
Selected artists will be asked to send the screening version of the work/s.
The list of the participating artists will be published on the website at the beginning of September.

– all selected works may be used in other presentations or partner events with the aim of promoting the Simultan Festival, but not for commercial purposes.
– submitted works will be stored in the Simultan Association archive.
– no entry fee!

For any additional information, please write to: application [at]

For othe project proposals ( AV / sound performance, media installation, lecture etc.), please use the contact form


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