[artinfo] FINAL CALL: transmediale.02 award competition (fwd)

Andrea Szekeres asz@c3.hu
Wed, 22 Aug 2001 09:14:12 +0200

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Subject: FINAL CALL: transmediale.02 award competition


[go public !]
international media art festival berlin
5 - 10 February 2002

Deadline: 31 August 2001
Submission form: http://www.transmediale.de (pdf download)

The transmediale is a platform for artistic presentation and critical
reflection on the role of digital technologies in present-day society. The
festival provides a forum for communication between artists, those working
in the media and a wide range of experts and offers a stimulating
environment for the presentation of major new projects from digital

The transmediale.01 invites the submission of artistic projects developed
since1999 in the fields of Interactive, Image and Software Art.

INTERACTIVE - Interactive Systems
This category covers artistic productions focusing on human interaction
with and through digital media. Interactive systems consist of several
components which combine to create an artwork that can be experienced
invidually or collectively and whose outcome is relatively open and
dependent on the recipiant's participation. These can be locally based
systems like installations or performances, as well as open, networked or
activist processes. The evaluation of these works hinges on their
reflection of current social and cultural
conditions and on the choice of adequate media and components which
articulate the intention of the project.

IMAGE - linear and non-linear moving images
This new competition category replaces the old video category which was
part of the competition for over 10 years. The new category focuses on
innovative approaches to the development of moving images in the age of
interactive and net-based media. Of particular interest are the
transformation of visual languages, new non-linear narrative structures and
innovative forms of presentation and reception. The reformulation of this
competition category brings into view formats like video performance,
Internet movie or interactive story telling, which go beyond the classic
video image without developing entirely open and interactive structures.

For the first time, transmediale.01 called for submissions in this category
which, as a genre, is still being debated. For transmediale.02, we again
invite projects in which the artistic process is largely dependent on the
execution of code. Software not as a functional tool on which the "real"
artwork is based, but software code as the material of artistic creation.
Software Art can be the result of an autonomous creative practice, but can
also refer critically to the general technological and social meaning of

The evaluation by the jury requires good documentation of submitted works
(especially in the fields of Software Art and Interactive). Where
an explanation should be given as to which aspects of the works the jury
should consider in particular. For understanding jury requirements, please
consult last year's jury statements which are online.

The selected works will be invited to transmediale.02 and will be
circumstances permitting, in the exhibition, screenings, the media lounge
or on stage. In addition, we are considering continuous availability of the
video works in the media lounge through a local server.

transmediale award

Prizes worth EU 5,000 will be awarded in each of the three categories
Interactive, Image and Software Art. The award winners will be selected by
three separate international juries.

Festival Theme
transmediale.02: [go public!]

How do you "go public" today? 15 minutes of fame through an appearance on
The IPO of a self-founded company? The publication of a press release? A
post-modern shopping-spree? The participation in a street demonstration? Or
rather a permanent online-presence through home-installed Web cameras?
Dreams of
the public sphere as a space free of power relations where citizens
to formulate their joint political will, are long gone. The total public
of mass media is breaking up into a multiplicity of partial publics where
individuals and groups perform and act. Politics is happening somewhere in

The English term "to go public" originally means "to publicise
information", but
today it is used primarily in the context of founding a joint-stock company
its IPO (initial public offering). The stock market crash of spring 2000
meant a
huge disenchantment for this precarious concept which had fascinated the IT
sector for years. Digital media still carry the hope for new forms of
participation. But how far do they really open up cultural and political
where a public sphere can take shape and where you can "go public"? Does
cultural and political effectiveness evolve first and foremost in
spaces? The shopping mall as a democratic forum, the post-industrial
product or
service as a ultimate "res publica"?

The transmediale.02 encourages artists and media producers to "go public!"
at the same time, asks how and where efficient models of public spheres are
being developed. Artists and media producers experience and explore the
frictions and borders between private and public and research the
for constructing new spaces for public action. It remains to be seen
these are to be found on the trading floor or in your home kitchen, on a
server or on a private TV channel.

Klosterstr. 68 - 70 10179 Berlin
Fon ++49 (0)30 / 2472 1907
Fax ++49 (0)30 / 2472 1909

[ go public! ]
5 - 10 february 2002
international media art festival berlin

klosterstr. 68-70
10179 berlin
fon +49 30 2472 1907
fax +49 30 2472 1909
Member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals E.E.I.G.