Rome, open your art

open call for video artists

sit side-by-side with the Warhols and Opies

This is no ordinary open call. Thousands of people will come face-to-face with your work in the elevators of our new citizenM Rome Isola Tiberina hotel. We’ll choose only 4 artists – will you be one? Enter by Monday, December 18.

what’s in it for you
what’s in it for you


Alongside the AMAZING exposure, you’ll get:

– $1250 excluding tax
– a silent, elevator installation at citizenM for three years
– a free night at our new Rome hotel (opens fall 2023)
– recognition in our free app alongside hundreds of world-famous artists
– recognition for becoming part of The One Minutes collection (over 17,000 videos) preserved by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Scroll down to meet the judges, read the brief and enter.

citizenM x The One Minutes

who’s involved

Gaia Bobò

Gaia Bobò (Noto, 1995) is currently Curator at Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma. Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg and IULM University, she is pursuing a PhD at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

Auriea Harvey

Auriea Harvey (US/BE, 1971) is a digital artist based in Rome. Her work, primarily in 3D; creating simulations, stills, and video captures, can be found in the Whitney Museum of American Art, among exhibitions at the Tinguely Museum, Basel; the V&A, London and the New Museum, New York.

The One Minutes

The clue’s in the name. The One Minutes is an international stage for people to create and connect via one-minute videos. There are over 17,000 films by artists from more than 120 countries.


To us, Earth without 'art' is just 'eh'. It's why our hotels exhibit nearly 500 pieces. With the help of Gaia, Auriea and The One Minutes, our creative board will choose the 4 artists.


on being stuck

“To be fixed in a particular position or unable to move or be moved; typically perceived as tedious or unpleasant.”

Being ‘stuck’ can make you feel trapped in an eternal present. Like scrolling on social media – indefinitely. But that boredom can also be a fertile ground for new intuitions to take shape...

We want you to address this theme for guests ‘stuck’ in our elevators. As the works will be shown in a public space, they mustn't contain sex, nudity, politics, religion or violence. This is not censorship – we're just avoiding the disappointment of having to take it down later.

what you need to do
what you need to do

how to enter

The deadline to submit your silent video is December 18 (end of day). Read the checklist below then click the button – it’ll redirect you to The One Minutes’ entry page.

Make sure:
1. Your video is exactly 60 seconds (no credits needed).
2. The screening format of your work is 16:9 (widescreen).
3. To export your video in the highest quality for your system.
4. You fill out the entry form – it’s linked on the entry page.

to the entry page!
the small print

your questions, answered

I want to enter. Do I need to be based in Rome?

No, this open call is open to all.

Do I need to create a piece specially for citizenM?

Nope – you may submit an existing piece, but your art needs to fit the brief.

Will you sell my art?

No, your artwork will only be in our hotel elevator. The videos will become part of The One Minutes Collection with over 17,000 works by artists from more than 120 countries. The collection is preserved by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision which manages audio-visual heritage. One Minutes are often chosen for installations, exhibitions and film festivals. If your work is selected, you will receive an artist fee. Read the terms and conditions here.

Will my name be shared publicly?

Absolutely! We'll add an image of your work, your name and art description to our citizenM app later this year.

I have applied – now what?

The 4 artists will be announced and emailed mid January 2024. All submitted videos will become part of The One Minutes Collection. Artists who are not selected will also receive an email.

When will you install the selected videos?

The selected videos will be installed in citizenM Roma Isola Tiberina hotel’s elevators on January 15, 2024.

If selected, when will I get paid?

Your payment will be sent within 30 days.