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Open Call: Unsound 2022 – Discourse program: BUBBLES

Text by CLOT Magazine

Unsound Festival has just announced that the theme for Unsound Kraków 2022 – the 20th-anniversary Edition- is Bubbles. Plus, a call for entries from artists, writers, theorists and activists in response to the theme is open until June 15. 

On the one hand, the word evokes the idea of celebration – as this year the festival is celebrating its 20th edition, between 9th-16th October. BUBBLES might evoke a glass of champagne, a cluster of colourful balloons floating up into the sky. On the other hand, BUBBLES also refers to how different communities are isolated from one another and connected, whether through social media, geography or politics.

The first phase in the Unsound 2022 design – created by Warsaw designer Ernest Borowski— is a series of cryptic charts posted on Unsound social media channels.  But the theme also has roots in the theories of economist Hyman P. Minsky, who developed five stages in the concept of a speculative bubble: Displacement, Boom, Euphoria, Profit Taking and Panic.

Although the world is rife with financial speculation – from property to stock markets to crypto – they intend to largely riff on these words as sub-themes, tapping into broader ideas they might evoke in relation to music, culture and society, in light and dark ways.

Those interested should make an initial proposal in less than 500 words, including links to supporting media, and submit it to Between two to five entries will be included in the 2022 programme and will receive a fee of approx 450 EUR each. Unsound will cover the costs of travel and accommodation.

(Visual imagery by Ernest Borowski. Courtesy of the festival)
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