Open call (CLOSED): Creating a story together

We are using an old story, not to reiterate the past, but rather to present it in a new and unexpected way. With this project, we want to make our voice heard not only as artists but as active citizens, and share how we are experiencing visual storytelling

The world is changing fast and what we thought we could take for granted is just no longer true. The same applies in visual art. We believe we must find new ways of communicating with and engage our audience and we are actually doing it with this project.

The way we do it is by directly addressing each audience member asking to support us in any way she or he can.

Collaborating with artists from all over the world, and working with them in all stages of production. Moving away from the usual path of distribution and bringing WHISTLE project to open art exhibitions, as part of a transmedia experience. An entire thematic section under the same roof, that consists of many visual art forms. 

We call for

Video artists
Graphic designers
3D artists

We are looking for people with a passion for imagery that would love to collaborate on a visual project outside the boundaries of the current or established "art world" order. And that's because we do not think of a visual story as an experience that when viewed fades away, but as an excuse, a triggering event, a reason to produce an artistic conversation and a literal dialogue with everyone interested. This is the way we feel visual art should work.

How did you come up with the idea?

Our background lays mostly in cinema. A visual art that is based on collaboration. It takes a lot of people to work together in order to tell a cinematic story, right? Is that "collaboration" free? Can each artist (illustrator, costume designer, performer, vfx artist, music composer etc...) express oneself freely in such "collaboration"? The answer most of the times is, no. They all have to realise one person's vision. The director's. The same applies in other visual arts.  So, what would happen if we tried the other way around? Create one story, where all participants can add their personal vision/interpretation and create an experience that evolves in time and space. A visual story that develops a mind of its own and invites everyone into a dialogue.

So how it works?
All you have to do is send us an email at stating that you are interested in participating. Don't forget to state your art form and say a few things about you and your work.
We will provide you with details regarding the theme, for more inspiration. You will then tell the same story BUT with your own imagination/interpretation. No restrictions. 
It's an open project. The story is the source of inspiration. You can create any piece of art, using any style, material or technique. Each artist can submit up to three (3) artworks.

What themes/issues are you trying to tackle with this project?

  • Fear and vulnerability. Superstitions existed since ancient times in every culture around the planet. The need of creating a story, an explanation, for things human mind cannot explain with reason is still present today, despite technological evolution.
  • Collective consciousness and Synergy in visual art. International artists working on a common idea, freely with no expressive restrictions or conventional rules. A project with a trans-cultural identity. 
  • Collective storytelling. One story, many perspectives affected by different mediums and cultural backgrounds. The same way superstitions were preserved through the centuries!
  • Interactiveness / Dialogue. The public is asked to participate, question, learn about the theme and visual artistry as a whole and shape the final ending. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Submitted works must adhere to the project's theme (superstition of whistling, fear for the unknown, vulnerability). Artists are free to use any medium, to express their vision.
  • All digital works, must be in the highest quality possible for large scale printing. Works include illustrations, photographs, digital collages, video art, experimental films, graphic designs, posters, concept art, 3d creations, video installations, animations and cartoon. RAW, TIFF or PNG files would be ideal. If not, try aiming at least 300dpi, over 4500 pixels. For video/film the lowest quality must be at least Full HD (1080p).
  • Performances must be filmed in a digital medium.
  • All physical works will be send to WHISTLE project headquarters upon completion. Details will be sent to each artists individually.
  • No entry fees are required.
  • Deadline for all submitted work December 30th, 2018 - January 10th 2019.
  • All artists will be asked to sign a private agreement, prior to participation, regarding official rules and copyright issues.
  • Submitted works published in any online/printed medium or presented to other exhibitions, prior to WHISTLE project transmedia exhibition, will be automated disqualified.