Online Arts Festival
Euro-Med Young Artists Network ( EMYAN )
Online Arts Festival
Web 2.0 is a term describing the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies.
In order to promote the use of internet tools in arts, EMYAN launched in May 2007 art 2.0 Initiative. Leaping into the world of information and communication technology gave the today arts a new dimension which will help forming the arts of the future. Giving new ideas of creation of new arts and also merging of some of the existing arts. New aims and purposes of art have been arisen in the last few years arguing the world to put a definition of this newly created multi-purpose easy to distribute art.
Euro-Med Young Artists Network launched a call for entries for its 1st Online Arts Festival which was held online in October 2008.
The festival was in its pilot edition and was being organized under EMYAN ZeroBudget Initiative, if it is proved to be successful and gets good
The festival was open for young artists (up to 30 years old) living in one of the 43 Euro-Med countries in all fields of arts that can be published on the web, special section for web-based arts.
The call for entries was launched on July 2008 for young artists between 15 – 30 years old from all over the Euro-Med region to submit their artistic productions in all the categories of art.
The website of festival had provided since the announcing of the call for entries tutorials on how to use 10 of the most famous social media websites to produce, license and publish young artists' productions as well as reviews about 5 good practices for online artistic communities focusing on Europe and the Mediterranean. Till the deadline 20 September 2008, the coordination team received more than 150 entries submitted via the online festival entry form, only 105 entries were considered for the festival. The 49 young artists selected have submitted their entries under 18 categories varies from Photography, Visual Arts, Painting, Music, Web-Base Arts…etc. The festival, with a geographical scope on the Euro-Med region with its 43 countries, only 21 countries has been represented in this edition. The largest representation was for Italy with 7 individual young artists + 1 band. Maria Tutu from Romania has both the title of the youngest participant (16 year old) and the highest number of successful entries per participant with 13 entries, comes next Jan Kubeš de Ardoise from Czech Republic with 12 entries. Photography was the biggest category to receive the highest number of submitted entries with more than 21 entries, comes next Painting with 15 entries.
During the festival, OAF has promoted 3 musical concerts from participants broadcasting live over the internet from their cities. 2 of them were successful Marco Saltatempo live from Naples, Italy and A.I.R.E & Libera via live from Venice, Italy and 1 had technical problems prevented them from going live GiLA from Barcelona, Spain. The Online Arts Festival website received a high number of visitors during the days of the festival. The peak number of visitors was achieved during the 2 live musical concerts. The visitors were also given the opportunity to rate entries.
Articles of the 1980 Recommendation related to this theme:
V. Member States should promote and protect the status of artists by considering artistic activity, including innovation and research, as a service to the community.
VI. 6. Member States are invited to:
(c) compensate any prejudice artists might suffer in consequence of the technical development of new communication and reproduction media and of cultural industries by favouring, for example, publicity for and dissemination of their works, and the creation of posts. (…)
Points of the 1997 Declaration related to this action:
14. The new technologies help to promote artistic exchanges. These technologies constitute a vast field of investigation for artists in terms of their creative and training potential.(…)
The arts and the new technologies:
34. The success of electronic information and communication networks depends to a large extent on the quality of the contents that they will be able to transmit. For this reason :
a) the information technology sector should be encouraged to facilitate the provision of the necessary equipment to art teaching institutions, particularly in the developing countries ;
b) artists should be encouraged to become better acquainted with the new technological tools with a view to increasing their creative opportunities. Co-operation between artists and experts in the new technologies should be strengthened to that end ;
c) it is recommended that the new technologies be used for the safeguarding of the cultural heritage and oral traditions.
35. So as to preserve artistic and cultural diversity, States are requested to support professional organizations of artists in their efforts to master new communication tools, with a view to guaranteeing all artists free access to the distribution of their works while safeguarding their rights.
EMYAN has decided to organize the 2nd Edition of its Online Arts Festival in October 2009 under a new theme. More information regarding OAF v2.0 will be published on www.emyan.org.
Visit the Online Arts Festival website: www.emyan.org/onlinefestival/
OAF.2 Project Coordinator
Tel: +65 91 66 28 37
Euro-Med Young Artists Network