This year, we ask you to submit visual essays on URBAN EXPLORATIONS. Tell us stories about the existing, yet unseen places in or around the urban areas you live/d, visit/ed, encounter/ed. The notion of urban exploration usually entails this sense of off-limits, abandoned, forgotten and neglected places. However, these places, as Josh Clark writes, were once "created with people in mind; they're constructed to serve some function that benefits us. But [once] abandoned, these sites cease to have any sort of purpose. By gazing upon these structures as art or historical monuments, urban explorers give them a new purpose." Hence, our call invites you to leave your "normal" world, venture and wonder through less usual paths. Please share with us your stories of encountering, examining, infiltrating, appropriating the normally unseen or off-limits parts of the urban areas around you. Imagine and image for us what you encounter and what there was once to be seen!
DIPFF&C, an intersection between a film festival and a conference, explores the potential applications of film as one of the most ideal formats through which we can understand people's relations with place and promote awareness and a critical outlook on how we, all of us, experience place so as to have a better understanding of how it works, affects people's lives and people intervene in its making. Held each April in Honolulu, Hawaii, DIPFF presents a wide variety of films from emerging and professional filmmakers. Different from an usual film festival, it is not only themed, but also hosts a keynote speaker who will give an introductory lecture, and the filmmakers are invited to discuss extensively their work during the Q&A session. Yet, though following this conference format, instead of asking for papers, we call for films and videos as visual essays on the yearly theme.
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