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Circuit Bent Festival NYC seeking performers

Submitted by on October 22, 2009 – 12:33 am No Comment

Here’s your chance to show off your Kung-Fu circuit-bending skills. The Bent Festival is looking for performers for Bent 2010 : The 7th Annual Circuit Bending Festival.

Even if you’re not a circuit-bender, if you have the least bit of curiosity about electronics or electronic music, or if you’ve ever just wanted to rip your toys apart, this festival is for you. There are open studios with expert circuit benders and hardware hackers on hand to help you get started.

There will be installation artists building circuit-bent artwork throughout the space. There will be a full schedule of in-depth workshops. There will be nightly concerts featuring some of the best circuit benders and DIY electronics performers in the world. It is pure unadulterated fun for the whole family. You will have a blast.

They’re looking for:

PERFORMERS – Bent Festival seeks bands and/or solo artists who incorporate home built or circuit bent instruments or ideas in their performance. Please email a short description of your act, along with a link to mp3s and photos if you have them. Please do not send attachments larger than 1MB.

INSTALLATION ARTISTS – Bent Festival is looking for installation artists who can commit at least 15 hours to creating site-specific pieces of art at each of the venues during the duration of the festival. Installation artists will be provided with space, materials, electronic equipment and tools. Please submit via email a brief description of your installation idea along with examples of your past work. Please be prepared to commit to spending time in the installation space during the festival and be prepared for a shared and at times hectic work environment. No white walls here!

ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS – In addition to installation artists, we would like to have featured art work that fits with the spirit of the festival from people who might not be able to join us in person or who cannot commit to working in the space during the duration of the festival. Please submit via email digital images or links of your work and a brief description.

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS – Bent Festival is seeking workshop instructors to present on various topics. Topics in previous years have included: General circuit bending workshops for beginners and extremely technical, hands on workshops on a particular aspect or niche of the genre. Please describe the subject you would like to lead a workshop on and provide a one-page description of that workshop, in addition include links or examples of your current and past work in the field.

Stipends for all festival performers, artists, and workshop leaders will be provided. There are a limited number of travel grants available as well. Please contact us for more information.

Tentative Festival Dates:
New York, NY Bent Festival – April 22, 23, and 24

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2009
Participant Notification: December 11, 2009

Please send all proposals and questions to:
New York Bent Festival – bentnyc at

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