Blue Star Contemporary and Darmstädter Sezession announce international award competition for contemporary video artists in 2021.

Prizes include
-$6,000 USD for one San Antonio artist
-5.000€ for one international artist
-1.500€ prize for reflection on art through language
-Shortlist of video works screened in San Antonio, Texas and Darmstadt, Germany

For its 2021 prize for young artists, the Darmstädter Sezession of Darmstadt, Germany will partner with Blue Star Contemporary of San Antonio, Texas. The Darmstädter Sezession (das) is one of the oldest artist associations in Germany and the promotion of young artists is an integral part of the association’s activities. Every year, the artist association awards an outstanding young contemporary artist recipient as part of an open competition. This year’s competition is presented in partnership with Blue Star Contemporary. Darmstädter Sezession, an artist membership organization, dates back to 1919. Like BSC, das has a long-standing history of supporting artists, and particularly of promoting the careers of emerging artists. The cities of San Antonio and Darmstadt have been sister cities since 2017. As an extension of their Sister Cities International partnership, BSC and das are excited to collaborate on this competition which supports the work of international contemporary artists.

The title “Projection” refers not only to this year’s presentation format of the works, but also to the nature of the collaboration and the general need to develop new visions of the future. Projections, whether understood artistically, economically, politically, or psychologically, always have something to do with expectations. They can be a means of exploring paths into the near future and are thus an important tool in the navigation of societies.

This year’s competition is divided into three categories: Projektion Darmstadt, Projection San Antonio, and the Carlo-Mierendorff-Prize:

  • Projection San Antonio:

    Applicants living and working in San Antonio are invited to submit up to one video work of no more than 10 minutes in length through an online Open Call. A selection of up to 12 works will be chosen for the shortlist by a jury, with a winner receiving a $6,000 honorarim. The films will be screened during the first two weeks of September in San Antonio, including in collaboration with the World Heritage Festival. The San Antonio screening program, will also feature a shortlist of works by das members and the winning film from Projektion Darmstadt. The shortlisted San Antonio works will be screened in Darmstadt, Germany as well. 

Projection San Antonio Eligibility- Candidates must:

-Live and conduct artistic practice in the city of San Antonio. Must have resided in San Antonio for at least the last 12 months.

-Have at least 5 years of relevant experience and/or specialized arts training, such as a degree or certificate.

-Demonstrate a clear investment of time and resources into their artistic practice

-Have professional portfolios that include publicly displayed and possibly published works.

-Submitted work must have been made in the last 3 years.

-Not currently a student.

-Work demonstrates artistic excellence.

-BSC Berlin Residency Awardees from the last two cycles are not eligible to apply

Where to apply for Projection San Antonio:
Apply at Curator Space for Projection San Antonio

How to apply for Projection San Antonio:

-Artist may enter one video for submission.

-The video may be no more than 10 minutes in length.

-There are no perimeters for the themes for the type of content to submitted.

-Submissions will include artist name, artwork title, year, length (duration), video format, description of the work, a preview link, a link to the full video file, a website link, and lastly artist can submit additional information they would like to share in support of their application

  • Projektion Darmstadt:

    Applicants born after January 1, 1981 are invited to submit up to one video work of no more than 10 minutes in length through an online Open Call. A selection of up to 12 works will be presented during a two-week open-air screening in Darmstadt, Germany. A jury will choose a winning work, and the artist will receive 5.000€. The winning work alongside a shortlist of works by das members will screen in San Antonio, and a San Antonio shortlist will screen in Darmstadt.

Apply for Projektion Darmstadt

  • Carlo-Mierendorff-Prize:

     For the first time, the Darmstädter Sezession will offer a prize for people who reflect on art through language (whether writing, a podcast, or vlog, etc.). The Darmstädter Sezession seeks people whose contributions open up new approaches and perspectives on contemporary art. The Carlo-Mierendorff-Prize is open to all applicants born after January 1, 1981, regardless of their nationality or place of residence. However, submissions have to be in German or include a German translation. Applicants may submit proposals via the Darmstädter Sezession Open Call platform, and a jury will review the submissions. The winner will receive a 1.500€ prize. 

Apply for Carlo-Mierendorff-Prize


-Open Call: Thursday, May 20 — July 16, 2021 via

-Review and JuryJuly 26 — August 13, 2021

-Screenings in DarmstadtDates and final locations TBD, end of August — early September

-Screenings in San Antonio: starting early September, 2021 in multiple locations throughout San Antonio to also coincide with the 2021 World Heritage Festival from September 8-12, 2021. San Antonio prize winner announced at screening. 


This collaboration is supported by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture and das.

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