[artinfo] Dislocate 08 - Festival for Art, Technology, Locality - Tokyo/Yokohama

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Dislocate 08

International Festival for Art, Technology and Locality

September 2008 Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan

Call for Submissions

Deadline: 14^th April*


Dislocate questions our notions of place and location in the face of
perpetual motion through multifaceted environments. The velocity of this
passage is accelerated through new technologies, but as a result how
does this impact upon our encounter with place and our attempt to
communicate this to elsewhere? Through an exhibition, symposium and
workshop series Dislocate will examine this encounter and communication,
taking a journey through surrounding spaces and exploring our transient

Propelled through so many spaces with such momentum, mobility brings
freedoms but also responsibilities. While in this state of passage how
do we decide which spaces to engage with and what is our dialogue with them?

Considering the locations we constantly carry with us, the interaction
between the internal/external, virtual/physical, real/imaginary, our
locatedness is multiple, fragmentary and in constant flux. Nomadic in
structure the festival will focus upon our kinetic force through these
various intersecting sites. Employing transitions by foot, bike and
public transportation Dislocate will form an expedition into the diverse
routes of the city and its hidden spaces, while questioning our relation
to the ground beneath our feet.

In this state of transit does our mode of transport isolate us from that
which we travel through? Is there a destination? And how do we know when
we have arrived?


Entering the current of the city, conducted through its circuits, in a
constant state of disturbance, is it possible to configure with our
environment? When shuttled at such velocities can we find any point of
anchor? Roaming these streaming channels what do we transmit and what do
we receive?

What makes up our experience and expression of place? How do we scan,
read and send the information before us?

These will be particular areas of discussion which the Dislocate
exhibition will contribute to. There will be an opportunity for work to
be presented in selected exhibition spaces while connecting these sites
with external sites. However the main strategy of the exhibition is to
present itinerant works which investigate the surrounding environment,
taking the viewer on a journey through the city, allowing a new
experience of these immediate spaces and communicating this with other

Required submission materials:
Project Outline
Technical Requirements
Examples of work (images/moving image/diagrams)


Dislocate will hold an International symposium in the examination of
art, technology and locality. The focus of these discussions will be
upon Constructing Place

In our rapid trajectories, what is it that we are moving through? How do
we locate ourselves? How do we position ourselves in relation to our

With reference to the impact of new media, we will examine how we
formulate our notions of place and how we are tied to that which we
inhabit. Does new technology strengthen our awareness of our
surroundings or does it threaten this? In this discourse the potential
of technologies to release us from location, overcome our coordinates,
will be debated, questioning whether place is really something which can
be run from. It may be suggested that location can not be escaped but
nor is it a single point which we are confined within. Place is
something we can not separate ourselves from and while technology may be
a medium for experience, it is also the material of place itself.

The symposium presentations will be encouraged to take a
workshop/discussion format and speakers will be led to consider
alternative locations specific to their presentations, which may also
take the format of excursions through the city.

Required submission materials:
1 page outline
Supporting material


Exploring the pathways of Yokohama
Yokohama is famous as a port of exchange, a gateway for international
relations, a historical site of both commercial and cultural trade. With
its various inlets and outlets,

Yokohama is a buzzing network of transactions and communications. But
with our rapid movement through fluctuating lines how can we take
account of each footstep? Utilizing these networks, trains, subway,
roads, alleys in a scrutinization of the moving city, workshops will set
out an expedition in which we reflect upon our roaming through urban
space and the fleeting exchanges which occur here.

Required submission materials:
Workshop session Plan
Facility Requirements

Deadline: 14^th April

_How to submit_

Material will not be returned

*_ _*

If you are interested to participate in any of the above events please
send proposals to:

Ginza Art Lab
Yogashi West 2F
7-3-6 Ginza Chuo-kuÅ@Tokyo 104 0016Å@

Please state clearly in your application -



Phone Number:

Email address:


Project Title:

Outline of Project:

Technical Requirements:

*moving image works should be sent in mini DV format or avi data format

Application by email is also possible please limit any attachments to a
total of 5MB

Please email to info at dis-locate.net <mailto:info at dis-locate.net>

If you require any further information please contact  Emma Ota at
info at dis-locate.net <mailto:info at dis-locate.net>

Apologies for cross-postings

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