23 January 2015

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
IN YOUR POCKET: After Midnight 

DEADLINE: February 23, 2015

The immediacy and intimacy offered by smart phone technology is an intriguing way to explore how we record ourselves and each other. Presented during the 2015 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, IN YOUR POCKET is a curated video program inviting artists to explore these recording technologies in their own personal ways.
 

For the 4th edition of IN YOUR POCKET: After Midnight, the RT Collective invites artists to ponder the nightlife. In particular, that moment just after midnight and how it plays itself in our imaginations and realities.

Marking the turning of dates, in popular culture the time just after midnight is one of exciting change and events: bells chime, men turn into beasts, witches celebrate the moon, and the princess turns back into Cinderella. For queer people this is a time of making connection; in bars and parks and more recently through digital platforms. It’s a time when queer people openly occupy streets, spilling out from bars and clubs, taking them over with self-expression. It’s also a time of harassment and homophobic attacks, with the darkness of the night providing cover for the attackers.

Artists will be asked to create work around this theme. Selected works will screen as part of the 2015 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival at an off-site venue.

In an exciting development for this edition, the RT Collective will shift from a submissions- based model to proposal-based model. Unlike past programs where artists were asked to submit complete works for consideration, this year we will ask artists to submit project descriptions and offer a budget/screening fee of $200 to selected projects. This micro-commissioning model not only means more money for artists, but also that artists have a guarantee of having their works screened before completing them.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Artists must be based in Canada. For collaborations at least one artist must be based in Canada. 
  • Works must be recorded on a smart phone, iPad, or webcam (editing can happen on a computer)
  • Completed works should be 4 minutes or less 
  • Works should address the theme After Midnight from an LGBTTIQQ2S perspective
SUBMISSION DETAILS:
  • Proposals must be submitted via email using the attached form.
  • Proposals submitted without the form or with incomplete information will be deemed ineligible.
  • Proposals must include a link to one previously created video work. The jury will watch a maximum of 4 minutes.
  • Proposals received after the deadline will not be excepted.
  • Selected artists will be notified in March 2015.
  • Completed proposals must be received by February 23, 2015.
The submission form is available here
Email questions and submission to: info [at] rtcolletive [dot] ca

27 May 2014



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
IN YOUR POCKET: SHAME
Deadline: Monday June 9, 2014

The third edition of IN YOUR POCKET comes in time for and as a response to Toronto’s World Pride. For SHAME, RT Collective’s curatorial motivation is the question of LGBT inclusivity – who is included in and excluded from the LGBT community. The name of the program references the Pride parties organized by artist and activist Will Munro, whose work engaged with ideas of community building and inclusivity.

For our first Pride edition, we will curate a program examining the complexities and questions surrounding Pride itself. Victories for marriage equality, anti-discrimination legislation, and anti-bullying work continue in Canada, the US, and parts of Europe. At the same time, we have a massive upswing in anti-gay legislation and actions in other parts of the world. Russia, Nigeria, Uganda, Croatia, and India are among the countries that passed anti-gay measures in the last year, ranging from banning gay marriage to instituting the death penalty for homosexual behaviour. LGBTQ people continue to be arrested, tortured, and murdered daily. As we celebrate our victories at home, how do we negotiate our responsibility in what is happening to our communities around the world?

In Toronto, Pride has grown from a small, grassroots demonstration, to a massive, corporately funded party. With increased corporatization, we have ongoing battles about which activities, bodies, and political statements should be included. The participation of groups like QuAIA (Queers Against Israeli Apartheid) and TNTMEN (a male nudist group) is debated every year. As Toronto hosts World Pride 2014, how will these debates around inclusion/exclusion happen?

Selected works will screen over June 23, 2014 at Videofag Gallery.

Selected artists will be paid CARFAC fees for the screening of their work. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  •  Works must be recorded on a smart-phone/iPad/webcam (editing on a computer is fine)
  •  Not previously screened in Toronto
  •  Submissions are accepted from anywhere in the world
  •  Works must be 4 minutes or less
  •  Clear LGBTTIQQ2S Theme
The submission form is available here
Email questions and submission to: info [at] rtcolletive [dot] ca
Regrettably, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

20 May 2014



In Your Pocket: Come Together

25 Queer Artists Come Together 
Creating Short Videos On Smart Phones


Featuring work by:


Drew Lint, Tera Mallette, Tawiah Ben-Eben M'Carthy, Drew Danielle Belsky, Vika Kirchenbauer, Brendan Healy, Alejandro Santiago, Drasko Bogdanovic, Mikiki Mikiki, Raymond Helkio, Apathy Club, Coral Short, Sam Godfrey, Andil Gosine, Manolo Lugo, Grey Muldoon, Claro Cosco,
Philip Edward Villeneuve, Sofonda Cox, and others.

Curated by Marcin Wisniewski and Chris Dupuis

Monday May 26 and Tuesday May 27
7:00-8:30pm


Videofag*
187 Augusta Avenue
Tickets PWYC, Available at the door
* Regrettably, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.


5 March 2014




CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
IN YOUR POCKET: Come Together
Deadline: Friday May 2, 2014

The immediacy and intimacy offered by smart phone technology is an intriguing way to explore how we record ourselves and others. Presented during the 2014 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, is association with Videofag Gallery and Trinity Square Video, IN YOUR POCKET is a curated video program inviting artists to explore these recording technologies in their own personal ways. Ontario-based artists are invited to submit short videos shot on smart phones for consideration.

In its second year, IN YOUR POCKET focuses on the idea of “collaboration”, under the cheeky theme “Come Together”. We invite artists to create works with one or more collaborative partners. The nature of the collaboration is up to the artists, however we are particularly interested in new collaborations or artists working with existing collaborators in new ways.

This year the collaborative curatorial team RT Collective has invited artists Tawiah M'Carthy, Tera Mallette, Drew Lint, Drasko Bogdanovic, and Mikiki, to be part of the program. The remainder of the program will be curated through the submissions process.

Selected works will screen over two days May 26-27th, 2014 at Videofag Gallery, as part of the 2014 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival.

Selected artists will be paid CARFAC fees for the screening of their work. Following the screening, works will also be made available online via Inside Out’s website.

REQUIREMENTS:

- Artists must be Ontario-based
- Works must be recorded on a smart phone or iPad (editing can happen on a computer)
- Not previously screened in Toronto
- 4 minutes or less
- Clear LGBTTIQQ2S theme

The submission form is available here
Email questions and submission to: info [at] rtcolletive [dot] ca
Regrettably, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

25 February 2014

This is the temporary web-home for the RT Collective; a Toronto-based curatorial team made up of Marcin Wisniewski and Chris Dupuis.

We curate screening programs and exhibitions with a special focus on DIY production methods and a decidedly queer sensibility.

Stay tuned for more news!