BENT 2008

This open call was just released by The Tank today. It’s the open call for BENT 2008. It will be held in NYC, LA, and MPLS…back to back to back, as in the same fashion done last year. Hope all of you will be able to make it to one of the venues. I regard this event as the highlight of the year for Circuit Bending.


The Tank is currently accepting proposals for:

Bent 2008 : The Fifth Annual Circuit Bending Festival
Festival Dates:

Los Angeles Bent Festival – April 17th-19th, 2008.
New York Bent Festival – April 24th-26th, 2008.
Minneapolis Bent Festival – May 1st-3rd, 2008.

Proposal Deadline: February 5th, 2008
Participant Notification: February 15, 2008

This call is for all three festivals.

Proposals to each festival must be submitted separately.

In keeping with the expanding interests of the community, this year we are continuing to open the Bent Festival to performers and artists that create their own electronics as well as to those who hack, bend, modify and destroy them. We are currently seeking performers and artists to participate at each of the above locations and are specifically looking for submissions in these categories:

Performers, Installation Artists, Artwork Submissions and Workshop Instructors.

Please send all proposals and questions to the appropriate email address:

Minneapolis Bent Festival –
New York Bent Festival –
Los Angeles Bent Festival –

Proposals to each festival must be submitted separately.

Bent Festival seeks bands and/or solo artists who incorporate home built or circuit bent instruments or ideas in their performance.

To have your work considered: Please email a short description of your act, along with a link to mp3s and photos if you have them. (Please do not send attachments
larger than 1MB).

Bent Festival is looking for installation artists who can commit at least 15 hours to creating site-specific pieces of art at each of the venues during the duration of the festival. Each of the three venues (New York, Minneapolis and LA) are quite different but our goal is to have artists creating work for each of them. Installation artists will be provided with space, materials, electronic equipment and tools as we are able.

To have your work considered: Please submit via email a one-page proposal of your installation idea along with examples of your past work. Please be prepared to commit to spending time in the installation space during the festival and be prepared for a shared and at times hectic work environment. No white walls here!

In addition to installation artists, we would like to have featured art work that fits with the spirit of the festival from people who might not be able to join us in person or who cannot commit to working in the space during the duration of the festival.

To have your work considered: Please submit via email digital images or links of your work and a brief description.

Bent Festival is seeking workshop instructors to present on various topics. Topics in previous years have included: General circuit bending workshops for beginners and extremely technical, hands on workshops on a particular aspect or niche of the genre.

To have your work considered: Please describe the subject you would like to lead a workshop on and provide a one-page description of that workshop, in addition include links or examples of your current and past work in the field.

Stipends for all festival performers, artists, and workshop leaders will be provided. We have a limited number of travel grants available as well. Please contact for more information.


Each festival has its own submission email address, so please apply accordingly. To apply to multiple festivals, you must send your submission to each email address separately.

Minneapolis Bent Festival –
New York Bent Festival –
Los Angeles Bent Festival –


Mike Rosenthal
Managing Director
The Tank

*Update* Dates originally posted were incorrect. Everything is groovy now.