Call for Proposals

The Art of Python, a small arts festival cultivated within PyCon North America, is now accepting submissions for its 2020 season, which will run the evening of Friday, April 17, 2020. Please tell us about narrative, performance, and visual art you'd like to present.

Unfortunately, our Call for Proposals is over. For the latest information about Art of Python, head to the main Art of Python site.


About Art of Python

Performances

Art of Python a small arts festival cultivated within PyCon North America, is now accepting submissions for its 2020 season, which will run the evening of Friday, April 17, 2020. Please tell us about narrative, performance, and visual art you'd like to present.

The event this year will be roughly 2 hours. The first half will be comprised of five 5-15 minute performances. (That is the portion of the program we're taking submissions for.)

Post-Performance Discussion/Workshop

After this, we will break into small groups with members of the audience who are interested in participating. Led by poet and performance mentors, we will use creative exercises to conceive of new works, or workshop existing works, in the vein of Art of Python. The goal of this to expand the body of creators and start creating new works that we can perform in the second half of 2020 and in 2021, at PyCon and other venues.

Encouragement and Help

Please take a look at Art of Python 2019 and the summaries of those performances.

Also take a look at Sumana Harihareswara's post on 2019's Art of Python. This gives a very good synopsis of the inspiration behind our festival.

You can also read the perspective of one of the 2019 participants, MNFChang, in their blog post.

We also have provided a list of inspirations and our play creation guide!

Remember, the goal of this festival is to impart perspective about the emotional and challenging work of programming Python through the medium of entertainment.

This is different from creating work by or with computers, such as algorithmic, generative or robotic art.

However you could, for example, create a performance piece about the experience of making generative or algorithmic art, and or experiencing generative and algorithmic art.

You can use computers and interactive components in your performance, should you so desire, although the main emphasis should be on the human performance.

The organizers look forward to reviewing your unique approach to this goal.

If you have any questions or would like help developing your submission concept, please email meredith.noelle@protonmail.com.. We can also help get programmers to advise and collaborate with playwrights, musicians, and dancers, and vice versa!

Requirements

Submissions should consist of a cover letter with:

  1. a brief bio of each of the major participants (a few sentences is fine)
  2. a one-paragraph synopsis of the planned work
  3. documentation of the planned work (be that an outline, a lyric sheet, or a script in any sense of the word), inline or attached (PDF, plain text, JPEG, PNG, or Open Document Format preferred)

emailed to meredith.noelle@protonmail.com.

You do not need to complete the work before submitting a proposal.

Brevity is key: as the entire festival will run during a single evening, and as the organizers would like to include as many valuable works as possible, we ask that all applicants plan for their entry to run five to fifteen minutes in performance.

Submissions will close on March 15th AoE.

Additional Notes

  1. You will need to be registered for PyCon to participate in the event you are selected.
  2. Financial Assistance applications for PyCon are due by January 31, 2020.

Timeline

  • Call for proposals open: now till 15 March AoE
  • Acceptance and rejection notifications: 20 March AoE
  • At least one Rehearsal video call or IRL workshop with Art of Python organizers and/or theater/poet mentors: TBD, Early to mid March
  • Schedule announcement: TBD, approximately End of March
  • Art of Python committee working with submitters (providing editing, feedback, logistics guidance): through April 15
  • Art of Python festival: Friday, April 17, 2020 - Room 301-305, at PyCon