© Zhang Xiao, FORMAT11 EXPOSURE exhibitor
FORMAT International Photography Festival Exposure Open Call is now active and ready for submissions for it’s next edition of the festival, held in Derby, UK in March 2013.
The main theme of FORMAT13 centre’s on the FACTORY. This can be understood literally and creatively in terms of process and the transformation of material, live site of production, the products, workers, analogue process, documentary and so on. We are open to your ideas.
Derby, the city where FORMAT is based, has a significant World Heritage Status for being the birthplace of mass production and having the world’s first factory. This world affecting phenomenon, of mechanised production on mass, was one of the factors responsible for timed working life, urbanization, mass production on all scales and the creation of industrial economies. It also sparked the movement towards socialism, unions, futurism and constructivism, during the industrial revolution.
Artists throughout time have reacted to the fast pace of change involved with the mechanisation of life. Today, the art of automation is no longer confined to manufacturing industries but has seeped into every aspect of our daily living. A factory is still a space for production, a space of exploitation. At the same time, it has changed almost beyond recognition.
The typical setup of the factory was an industrial workplace where many parts created on or off site come together to eventually make a whole product, and this is the case still is in many countries. But also now people spend their time in front of computer monitors orchestrating from afar.
Entry is now open to all photographers, artists, curators, collectives from anywhere in the world. We look forward to seeing your submissions! And please, spread the word.