[artinfo] transmediale.04 - fly utopia! - call for entries
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Fri Jul 18 13:47:25 CEST 2003
::CALL FOR ENTRIES::
::transmediale.04 and club transmediale.04
transmediale is a festival for art and the creative usage of digital media.
The festival shows new and significant projects of digital culture and
offers reflections about the role of digital technologies in contemporary
society. It is a forum of communication for artists, media workers and
a broad public interested in the arts.
Prizes worth EUR 2,500 will be awarded in each of the three categories
Interaction, Image and Software. The transmediale.04 invites the submission
of artistic projects developed since 2001 in these three fields. The award
winners will be selected by three separate international juries (see
website). The award winning works and others will be invited to
transmediale.04 and will be presented, circumstances permitting, in the
exhibition, screenings, the media lounge or on stage.
The 'Werkleitz Award 2004' is an award for outstanding media art
productions which critically reflect social processes. It is donated by the
Werkleitz Gesellschaft in cooperation with transmediale. The 'Werkleitz
Award 2004' consists of a EUR 2.000 cash prize and additional non-cash
benefits of up to EUR 3.000. The non-cash benefits consist of the temporary
use of the production facilities at the Werkleitz Gesellschaft, logistical
support, free webspace and free participation in an appropriate workshop.
All productions submitted to transmediale.04 in the field of interaction,
image and software will be taken into consideration. A jury of the festival
will nominate the winner.
_IMAGE > linear and non-linear moving images
The category Image includes works that deal with the aesthetics of moving
images and that reflect the role of the image in the age of digital,
interactive and network media. Such works can deal with the transformation
of visual languages and the emerging, non-linear forms of narration, as
well as with innovative forms of presentation and reception and with the
combination of images with sounds and other forms of artistic expression.
Going beyond the by now classical video format, the Image category also
covers projects in areas like video performance, Internet movie or
interactive story telling.
_INTERACTION > Interactive Systems
The Interaction 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 individually or collectively and whose outcome is relatively
open and dependent on the recipients participation. These can be locally
based systems like installations or performances, as well as open,
networked processes or actions. 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
_SOFTWARE > Generative Art
The Software category includes projects whose main artistic material is
program code, or which deal with the cultural understanding of Software.
Thus, software is not understood as a functional tool serving the real
artistic work, but as a generative means for the creation of machinic and
social processes. Software art can be the result of an autonomous and
formal creative practice, but it can also refer the cultural and social
meaning of software, or reflect on existing software through strategies
like collage or critique.
club transmediale is the media art festival´s independent platform for new
forms of digital music and media art in the context of sound- and club
culture. Its aim is to present outstanding productions in digital music,
audiovisual performance and installation, as well as to discuss recent
artistic and technical developments. club transmediale presents productions
that explore performative concepts and the interaction between different
media formats - especially image and sound - in an experimental manner. It
encourages the crossover of institutional, academic and subcultural
contexts. club transmediale reflects on the role of contemporary music
culture as a changing agent for the present society.
The theme of transmediale.04 is Fly Utopia! In contrast, the transmediale
award competition is an independent element of the festival, so that
submissions to the competition can relate to the festival theme, but they
don't have to. Likewise, it is possible to send in concepts, project
proposals and materials about the theme, independent of the competition.
Dreams and illusions have been abandoned by our present society only on the
surface. Rather, after the collapse of the 20th cenutrys grand ideologies
there is once again an increasing search for concepts that point beyond the
restrictions of the factual and that offer visions of the old and the new
potentials of creative action. In this context, digital media, and
technology in general, maintain their ambivalent image as objects of
utopian hope and as signs of an impending apocalypse.
The modern crises of reality are counter-poised by utopian ideas, imaginary
places which offer alternatives to what seems to be unavoidable. These
utopias are at times located in the fantastic worlds of mythical pasts, in
the parallel worlds of the present, or in science fiction futures. These
sites house both positive and negative utopias: while some promise a
paradise of harmony and perfection, others contain the threat of perfected
societies of control and surveillance. Utopias are the vehicles with which
these hypothetical sites can be visited and explored.
Fly Utopia! attempts the journey into the destinations of an imagination
which tries to leave the boundaries of reality behind. What could be the
goals of an artistic practice which tries to overcome the desillusionment
of the present? Is it possible to conceive of utopias that are not
locations, but in themselves practices, lines of flight, or conceptual
zones, only waiting to be occupied?
transmediale.04 is an invitation for an excursion into the utopias of a
time steeped in media and technologies.
The overall festival theme is also the theme for club transmediale. Entries
for club transmediale can but do not necessarily have to relate to the
festival theme. Requested are recent productions in the fields of
electronic and digital music, audiovisual performance, video/VJ-ing,
soundart, installation, clubdesign and light art.
::CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY::
Arrival no later than: 15 September 2003
The submissionform is now downloadable at:
Accepted media: S-VHS and VHS-tapes, Mini-DVs (Pal), DVDs, CD-ROMs, Zip
cartridges, Floppy Discs (3.5), Web-sites. No demo versions - only finished
The evaluation by the jury requires good documentation of submitted works
(especially in the fields of Software and Interaction). Where appropriate,
an explanation should
be given as to which aspects of the works the jury should consider in
Mailing costs will be borne by the entrant. Submissions will be returned on
request only, subject to the following conditions:
submissions from Germany must have a stamped and self-addressed envelope
submissions from abroad must have a Eur 10 bill (cash only) enclosed.
There will be no insurance cover for the material received. Should a work
be damaged through the fault of the transmediale only the material value
will be reimbursed.
Works submitted must be in German or English or have subtitles in either of
these languages. Works in other
languages must be accompanied by a text list in German or English.
The transmediale will only accept packages from abroad whose customs
declaration forms have been completed correctly. Packages dispatched from
outside the European Union must bear the following information: indication
of the content plus the note Not for trade temporary loan for festival.
Value = 0.
The conditions of entry are equally valid for transmediale and club
transmediale. Entries for club transmediale at the same time can
participate in the transmediale award competition. Please mark the
appropriate category in the entry form.
Please send all entries to:
Klosterstrasse 68-70 / 10179 Berlin / Germany
the information list of transmediale
international media art festival berlin
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