Mapping Festival 2012 VJ Contest
18th May @ Spoutnik Cinema, Geneva.
One of the highlights at this year’s Mapping Festival was the VJ contest, where the best visual artists from around the world battled it out to be crowned Mapping Festival VJ Champion 2012. This year’s selection showcased so many different styles, techniques and new technology that there was never a dull moment. Back at the official home of the Mapping Festival VJ Contest, the old Spoutnik Cinema in Usine, downtown Geneva, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect venue to host what proved be a very close and eclectic VJ face off.
The event was hosted by the one and only DJ Schnautzi and Gertrude Tuning AKA Jessica Champlaine. As well as some amazing software, hardware and other great prizes, this year the top five finalists got the chance to play a 2hr live mix back2back at Spoutnik Cinema, on the last night of the Mapping festival.
The prize list included:
- A kit Reflex Boitier + Objectif (value 899.- chf)
- A VMX 64 (value 499€, Codanova)
- A GOPRO Camera kit (value 399.- chf)
- Monster headphones (value 349.- chf)
- Some Modul8 licenses (value 299€)
- Some MadMapper licenses (value 299€)
- Some Resolume licences (value 299€)
The contestants chosen to compete in the first round were:
ANDREA FAMILARI (IT) – http://famifax.com
JORGE – PISS & LAUGH TV (ES) – http://vimeo.com/user934322
MOHAMED MAY (CH) – http://phoebus1924.tumblr.com
VENI VIDI VJ (FR) – http://www.venividivj.com
FRANZ KARL (CH) – http://www.franzkarl.ch
EMIKO (PL) – http://vimeo.com/vjemiko
VJ ZARIA (BR) – http://vjzaria.com
VJ JAGO (PL) – http://vimeo.com/36280972
OPTIKA (CO) – http://optikalink.weebly.com
CHINDOGU (UY) – http://vimeo.com/vjchindogu
JEM THE MISFIT (AU) – http://www.jemthemisfit.com
WALLFILLER (NL) – http://wallfiller.com
The twelve participants in the first round had 3 minutes to show the judges what they were made of. The first round is always tough as it’s not usually many VJs style, to give it everything they’ve got in such a short space of time, and there’s definitely no room for errors. The music was preselected by each contestant so we got to see and hear a wide variety of musical and VJ styles. The content and theme could also be selected by the contestant so the sky was the limit, and everyone had such amazing and varied clips.
After all the contestants had played, for the first time ever – the audience were given ballot papers and had to choose the six VJs they thought deserved to go into round 2. Following a brief break, the judges were back to announce was though to the next heat.
Second round contestants were:
JEM THE MISFIT (AU) – WALLFILLER (NL) – CHINDOGU (UY)
OPTIKA (CO) – VENI VIDI VJ (FR) – VJ ZARIA Vinicius Luz (BR)
The rules for round two were, three minutes of mixing, and visual content chosen by the contestant but with music selected at random and played by the amazing host and moustachioed menace, DJ Schnautzi. The tunes selected were a challenging mix which included house, techno, Latin American beats, dub step and even ‘Sabotage’ by the Beastie Boys. A fitting tribute to the much loved and missed, Adam Yauch A.K.A MCA.
Once again the audience, as well as the judges were going to decide who was good enough to progress to the semi-finals. The atmosphere amongst the contestants was less tense before the second round winners were announced, with many of the VJs chatting and sitting together, checking out each other’s clips and having a laugh, but still, you could tell there were excited and nervous.
Rounds 3 and 4 were held on the following day – read our report here.