Lapsus: Photography & Video Works Competition

Deadline: 28 February 2013
Open to: Photographers and videoartists, regardless of age, sex, occupation or geographic location
Prize: € 500/1000


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.  The project Lapsus was born from an idea by the critic Marinella Paderni, and is a collaboration between Celeste Network and Fondazione Studio Marangoni.


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 investigates the positive and constructive values of an accidental photographic error, an un-sought-for error, that at the time of its occurrence decides the fate of a work or a project.
The project Lapsus takes into consideration all those photographic and video works in which an accident during their execution, a sudden and unintended erasure, an unexpected détournement during development of a work, or conversely, the research of an impossibility lead to the success of a work of art.


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.


  1. First: € 1,000
  2. Second: € 500
  3. 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.

Application procedure

You can join this competition by registering here. All projects submitted must relate to the theme proposed by Marinella Paderni. Each project can contain up to 10 photographs and/or videos (max 10 minutes), and must be accompanied by a statement. Both artworks and statement are to be submitted directly in the ‘Lapsus’ box in every artists’ personal account in Celeste Network. Once confirmed, projects will be published immediately onsite in a special area called ‘Lapsus.’

Last hour to join is midnight Italian time on 28 February 2013. To participate it is necessary to pay entry fee by the deadline hour. 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 join:

  • 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]

The fee is not refundable.

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