Call for entries
Deadline: 15 October 2011
Phonurgia Nova Arles, France
Sound is art – Phonurgia Nova Awards 2011
Call for works: radio arts and new media
Among the prizes awarded for radio and acoustic art, the Phonurgia
Nova competition has, since 1986, occupied a special place by
virtue of its recognition of artists whose work exploits sound as a
medium for expressing the real and the imaginary. The contest is
open to all radio station formats and to all authors, independant
radio producers, musicians, composers, sound artists and production
Call for Works
This year’s competition will distinguish authors whose work
manifests a keen sense of sound and listening as means of
The jury will deliberate on two areas :
- Radio Arts will privilige all forms of inventive radio
(documentary, feature, fiction, essays, Hörspiel, experimental
- New Media awards will go to “sound installations” or works which
have been specially created for “inter media environment” to bring
new experiences in sound to listeners.
In each category the jury will deliberate on two types of work:
1) completed productions
How to apply
The competition is open to all artists without exception and for
any work produced later than 2009, regardless of language, format,
duration or genre.
Each work or project submitted must be accompanied by a separate
registration form, filled out in English or in French, and must be
sent on a separate CD or other digital medium.
Each submission must include :
- a biography of the author(s) and general information concerning
his (their) habitual manner of working (this will not be given to
- an authorization to participate from the production or the
co-authors of the works submitted
- 30 euros registration fee for each work submitted to the
competition (there is a limit of two works per author).
- for finished products: a digital copy or transfer of the work
(audio CD or DVD), accompanied by a well documented presentation of
- for projects: a description and/or maquette and/or a scenario of
the project, accompanied by any documentation which could inform
the jury as to the intention of and the technical facilities
required for completion of the piece.
One application form per project or production (and not one per
The jury will award: one Radio Arts prize and one New Media prize
and 4 000 euros and two artist’s residencies at GRM/INA and GMVL,
(two famous sound art centers located in Paris and Lyon). The main
selective criterion remains the expression of an original artistic
vision. At least 4 works will be selected for presentation in Arles
in the next year. Additional prizes could be given at this time.
The Jury decisions are not subject to appeal.
Applicants are asked to submit their productions by October 15,
2011 (date as postmark).
Results will be announced on December 11, 2011, at the end of the
Festival of listening. Results will be given to all participants by
email. The terms of artist-in residence will be organized during
the year 2012, in accordance with dates chosen by the prize
winners. Prize winning works, or works produced during residencies,
will be auditioned or exhibited at Arles 2012 Festival and also by
the associated partners.
Authors must make sure that any participant or right owner has
given his agreement. The festival management is not legaly
responsible for any damage caused on any piece of the entry. The
Festival management reserves the right to use any selected work in
order to promote the Festival. The completed entry forme represents
the candidate’s consent to the above rules and regulations. The
french version of this text will be taken in account in case of
A listening room
An online “listening room” on www.transradio.org enable visitors to
have access to some previous selected works.
All the materials received at the Phonurgia Nova contest will
constitue a permanent archive of audio works. This archive will be
opened to the public.