I was recently contacted by a content curator at ikonoTV about a unique opportunity for calligraphers interested in exhibiting their work. Ikono has an art channel running 24/7 called ikonoMenasa in the Middle East-North Africa-South Asia region, which shows art with no commercial breaks, no added narrative or sound— “a pure visual experience with no geographical or language barriers.”

If you are interested in participating, see the Open Call below, or visit the ikonoTV website.

Open Call
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2011
ikonoTV is inviting artists from all over the world to propose material for ikonoMenasa based on our current theme:

A number of cultures throughout the world draw upon calligraphy as a prominent source of artistic practice from ancient times to most recent contemporary styles and movements. A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner” (Mediavilla 1996: 18). Calligraphy has also arguably become the most venerated form of Islamic art. Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish calligraphy is associated with abstract arabesque motives on the walls and ceilings of mosques as well as on the page. Contemporary artists in the Islamic world draw on the heritage of calligraphy to use calligraphic inscriptions or abstractions in their work.

The ikonoMenasa Open Call invites people from around the world to present their work inspired by or drawing directly upon calligraphic elements.

IkonoTV offers the opportunity of increasing visibility and awareness of the Menasa culture and artists from within this region. We will broadcast your work on HDTV via satellite on Arabsat. Arabsat offers a unique platform for artistic exchange reaching more than 16.5 million households in Northern Africa, the Middle East and parts of Europe.

If you would like to participate, please send a link of your work to info@ikono.tv.

Preconditions and Requisites

We are looking for:

  • Video Art under ten minutes
  • High resolution images (JPG or TIFF format) for us to produce short films from
  • Animations
  • Motion graphics

We are not looking for:

  • Documentaries
  • Narrative videos
  • Commercial content
  • Total or partial nudity
  • Religious scenes

All material must be accompanied by the following production information:

  • Applicant’s Name
  • Country
  • Contact Information
  • Year of Production

Full credit information and links to be shown on ikonomenasa.tv
Ideally, a short explanatory text will accompany your submission. The art works must be your property and you must own the full copyright. This applies to all visual and audio content.