Open Call: Lapsus Photography and Video Works Competition


Deadline: February 28, 2013

Open call for photographic and video works.

Lapsus reflects on the ways in which works of art are created, especially in relation to new media, photography and video, which allow artists ever more technical and virtual perfection, at the risk of losing authenticity and uniqueness.

History of art shows us that many works were born of accidental ‘mistakes’ which occurred during the execution of a project, the taking of a picture or the recording of a video; such slips or lapsus’ often occur without the knowledge of the author, who can use them as a point of strength in the final work.

This project also explores the idea of fate and destiny in relation to an artist and his or her artwork, dispelling the myth that a technological slip, error or failure can be determined or planned, instead elevating them to an aesthetic image that is a work of art.


What role does a random accident, a ‘fortunate’ error, a bizarre involuntariness or the failure of an idea, have in the success of a work of art? In the age of Photoshop and digital technology, what value does an ‘error’ have, that unplanned mistake that escapes the consciousness of the artist as he creates his work, but enriches and decrees its success?


Lapsus is an international call for works in photography or video. Photographers and videoartists, regardless of age, sex, occupation or geographic location can participate, as single individuals or in a group.


15 projects will be chosen by the selection panel which includes Martin Breindl, Elena Ceratti and Silvio Wolf. At the exhibition opening on 17 May 2013 the curator of Lapsus, Marinella Paderni, will choose the three winning projects and award € 2,000 prizes.

First: € 1,000
Second: € 500
Third: € 500

Three winning projects, selected by the curator Marinella Paderni, will be announced on May 16 during the opening of the exhibition at fsmgallery in Florence. The exhibition will run from 17 May to 15 June 2013.


To participate it is necessary to pay a non-refundable entry fee by the deadline. Works can then be uploaded within the following 7 days.

Entry fee

Online: € 40 for each project entered directly online, € 30 for each subsequent project.
By mail: € 70 for each project, in which all materials including text and images are uploaded by the Celeste Team.
Each project can contain up to 10 photographs and/ or videos.

To get started:

  • Online: login to your account in Celeste Network, open the box ‘Lapsus’, pay entry fee by credit card on Paypal, then insert texts and works of the project.
  • Payments by bank transfer (takes two business days for payment confirmation and activation): Celeste Network – Banco Posta – IBAN: IT74 W076 0114 2000 0000 5409 079 – BIC / Swift: BPPIITRRXXX

Send your receipt by email to [email protected]

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