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Open call – Symposium speakers and written articles – Morocco






The Weight of Mountains 2015 (, Sahara, Morocco, are inviting:

1) Symposium Speakers: Expressions of interest are open for artists, scientists, researchers, practitioners, or academics who will present a talk at one of our two symposia opportunities on-site with our filmmakers (deadline: April 30, 2015)

2) Academic, art, or industry papers and articles to be submitted to form a reading archive on-site (deadline: August 1, 2015)

All submissions should relate to the theme:-

The Weight of Mountains is an artistic expedition residency focused on testing and exploring hu-manity within environments on an artistic, philosophical, phenomenological, scientific, social or art theory based point of departure.We are seeking speakers in any field who relate to one or more ideas of: humanity, contemporary film, travel/mountains/the desert/place, residencies and microcosms, sound, light, poetics, socialjustice, human ecology, heterotopias, or time.

If you are able to speak to any of these fields of investigation, or can bring forward a complimenta-ry stream of investigation to form a new and exciting part of our dialogue we would love to hear from you.

Talks will be held at Tissardmine in Morocco in October and November 2015 (exact dates TBC/flexible). 2 nights accommodation with the program and a stipend will be provided (negotiable).

For information:

Please contact Melody Woodnutt with an abstract or expression of interest via with a link to your website/information/CV.


The Weight of Mountains is an artistic inquiry and development residency program for film artists that walks the line between structure and freedom. The program importantly extracts artists from their contexts to enable opportunity for intensive process based research, to innovate new discoveries in contemporary filmmaking, to initiate new artistic development, to facilitate progressive discussion in contemporary practice, to present new unique challenges for artists that push their boundaries and enable new adapted skill sets to emerge, and to connect likeminded forward-thinking-pioneering-
artists in film.The distinct focus of durational dislocation (from regular context), immersion, and remoteness that are inherent to the programs’ roaming global nature become unique motivators for filmmakers to connect wholly with a primordial artistic vision and process. Additionally, this immersion leads to a depth of investigation within one’s work through the close andconstant presence of fellow residents, the curators, and importantly, the intrinsic influence of the unique environment we inhabit together on-site.