Submit to Vision Quest 2015 – Contemporary Moving Image & Media Arts Festival



Vision Quest 2013 at Mana Contemporary

Vision Quest 2013 at Mana Contemporary

Shana Moulton

Shana Moulton

James Connolly performance at VQ 13

James Connolly performance at VQ 13

Arcane Bolt performance at VQ 12

Arcane Bolt performance at VQ 12

contemporary moving image & media arts festival
presented by
April 2–4, 2015, at Mana Contemporary, Chicago
submission deadline: October 7, 2014
—> SUBMIT HERE is now accepting and reviewing submissions for its upcoming iteration of Vision Quest. We’re currently accepting submissions of video, film, experimental media, moving image installation, realtime audiovisual performance, proposals for digitally exhibited commissioned artworks (DECA — more info on this to be posted soon), and more.

Based in Chicago and presented by, Vision Quest is a three-day festival celebrating the most innovative contemporary moving image and media art culture from artists worldwide, with salient interest in supporting artworks made using unconventional processes and emerging technologies. Vision Quest is presented in a multimodal and multimedia format, where audiovisual performances are cross-pollinated with time-based media screenings and digitally exhibited commissioned artworks (DECA) to present a showcase of the most essential contemporary media culture.

Thus far, over 100 works have screened at Vision Quest, many of them being national and international premieres, and some of which were made by artists that have exhibited at a variety of festivals, museums, and galleries of note including: MoMA, Tate Modern, the Whitney Biennial, New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sundance, MCA Chicago, Threewalls, London Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Toronto International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Forum, Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Migrating Forms, Museum of the Moving Image NYC, Eyebeam NYC, Viennale Austria, and MoMA P.S.1.

Submitting is free of charge; if you’re interested in submitting, please complete the submission form below before October 7, 2014.

To better understand what we do and what type of work we’re looking for, we strongly suggest you look at our 2012 program & 2013 program. Also view photos from the 2012 program here and photos from the 2013 program here & here.

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Nick Briz Performance at Vision Quest 2013


Here is a nice video recapitulation of Nick Briz‘s performance at DINCA Vision Quest 2013 (at Mana Contemporary, Chicago), a performance that lead to a new-media Holy Communion of sorts, where the audience joined in a line and received bread (mini cookies) from Briz.

A very special thanks to Anja Jamrozik for shooting and editing this video.

More documentation of VQ13 forthcoming.

Vision Quest 2013 (11/21–11/23) Entire Program



November 21–23 2013 at Mana Contemporary
2233 S. Throop St. Chicago, IL, 60608 (map) — 7pm
Curated by Andrew Rosinski & Fern Silva

Vision Quest is this week, 11/21–11/23, at Mana Contemporary Chicago. Check out the official festival site with full program at

Featuring *live a/v new-media* performances by Nick Briz, A Bill Miller, Jon Satrom & Ben Syverson (pox party),James Connolly, and an open call NO-MEDIA performance.

Vision Quest will screen works by Ben Russell, Laida Lertxundi, Michael Robinson, Bunny Rogers, Alexandra Gorczynski, Anthony Antonellis, Kim Asendorf, Stephanie Barber, Sabrina Ratté, Leslie Thornton, Trisha Baga, Deborah Stratman, Shana Moulton, Jennifer Reeder, Andrew Lampert, Jennifer Reeves, Jesse McLean, Tomonari Nishikawa, Jennifer Chan, Theodore Darst, Kerry Laitala, Darja Bajagić, and more. Find links to artist websites on along with much more.

Featuring after party sounds from Sich Mang, DJ BLACKTWITTER, and Violet Systems, with visuals by Theodore Darst, Effie Asili, and Sam Goldstein.

Spread the word, it will be fun. Use #VQ13 on twitter and facebook if you feel inclined. Invite your friends to the FB event here.



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Vision Quest 2013 — Mark Your Calendars, Nov 21–23 at MANA Contemporary



November 21–23 2013 at Mana Contemporary
2233 S. Throop St. Chicago, IL, 60608 (map) — 7pm
Curated by Andrew Rosinski & Fern Silva

Aloha folks, mark your calendars for Vision Quest 2013 — which is less than two weeks away — and will feature an abundance of new media art, video art, internet art vids, and avant-garde film, with subsequent new media performances and after parties.

This years festival will run Thursday–Saturday (11/21-11/23) featuring work by Ben Russell, Laida Lertxundi, Kim Asendorf, Rick Silva, Anthony Antonellis, Bunny Rogers, Darja Bajagic, Alexandra Gorczynski, Shana Moulton, Trisha Baga, Kerry Laitala, Michael Robinson, Sabrina Ratté, Tomonari Nishikawa, Stephanie Barber, Theodore Darst, Jennifer Chan, Chris Collins, Andrew Lampert, Deborah Stratman, Leslie Thornton, and many more.

Real-time A/V performances will feature Nick Briz, A Bill Miller, James Connolly, Jon Satrom & Ben Syverson, and an open call NO-MEDIA performance.

After parties will be DJed by Sich Mang, DJ BLACKTWITTER, and Violet Systems.

Soon our VQ micro-site will launch and will include all of the program information, we’ll keep you posted.


Max Hattler’s HATTLERIZER 2.0 A/V Performance at Schaustelle, 2013

Max-Hattler-HATTLERIZER-2.0 Audio Visual performance, 2013

HATTLERIZER 2.0 at Schaustelle 2013 by Max Hattler

Here’s some video documentation from Max Hattler‘s HATTLERIZER 2.0 audio/visual performance at Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne, in Munich, Germany, on June 15, 2013.

Hattlerizer 2.0 is the latest incarnation of Max Hattler’s audiovisual live performance practice. Using custom-built software, Hattler expresses an abstract optical terrain in which hard-edged geometries and supple organic forms proliferate, interact, and wane. Aesthetics of metric shapes and colours coalesce with optical feedback recursions to engross the audience with virtual realms that range from the soft, nebulous, and celestial, to the frenetic, psychedelic, and dissonant.

Paying homage to influences in improvisational jazz and avant-garde animation, Hattler plays his visual instrument in an ad lib manner, resulting in a radiant spectacle that is at once arresting, rapturous, and starkly original. Vesper On accompanies Hattlerizer 2.0 with an experimental electronic soundtrack composed and performed exclusively on a Nintendo Game Boy. — Schaustelle