[artinfo] Call for ideas: Open hardware fellowship
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Call for ideas: NEXT THINGS 2014 - PERSONAL
Global art & technology challenge
Open hardware fellowship
Submision deadline: January 16, 2014
Telefónica R&D and LABoral are proud to organize
NEXT THINGS 2014 - PERSONAL, the third global art
& technology challenge.
The goal of the challenge is to bring together
art and technology, artists with technologies,
and to unleash the huge potential of mixing the
creativity and perspective of artists with the
nowadays powerful open hardware technologies.
NEXT THINGS 2014 - PERSONAL pursues innovative
and breakthrough ideas on the internet of things
in the context of art and technology.
In this edition we focus at the personal level,
trying to go beyond the implications of personal
data, understood strictly as data and software.
Participants are invited to explore the extent
and implications of the existence, collection,
use and distribution of personal data, also from
the point of view of physical devices-internet of
things and M2M.
In particular we want to explore the balance or
imbalance, symmetries or asymmetries between
privacy and control of personal data.
Participants are encouraged to question and
amplify the very definition of "personal data"
itself. Participants are encouraged to explore
the management of personal data in centralized or
distributed fashions and the balance,
confrontation or collaboration in this area
between public and private approaches. Also the
relationships between transparency and control,
including the personal and collective management
of personal data. The relationship between
opportunities opened up by protecting or sharing
personal data is also a field of exploration.
Participants are invited to explore these
dimensions with respect to the actions and
reactions around technology (including the
internet of things) that can be actively
developed by individuals themselves considered as
isolated entities or as organized groups or
It is important to reflect on these frameworks
and to explore the impact that the internet of
things, and interactions machine to machine (M2M)
can have on the lives of people, on a scale that
spans from individual to whole societies.
It will be appreciated in the proposals:
-That may be converted in manufactured objects,
employed by people and societies.
-Connected wirelessly to the internet.
The call is open to all creators in the space
between art and technology. The selected project
will be awarded with a six-month artist
fellowship, split between LABoral Centro de Arte
y Creación Industrial (through Plataforma 0.
Production Centre) in Gijón for two months and
Telefónica R&D (Telefonica's technology research
and development arm) in Barcelona for four
months. The goal of the fellowship is to enable
the fellow to bring the chosen idea to life. The
fellowship will start on April 1, 2014.
The artist will receive 12,000 euros gross as
fees and a grant of up to 2,000 euros gross for
travel, accommodation and expenses at LABoral.
Please send a one-page idea proposal, a one-page
visual description and a CV in PDF format to
<mailto:produccion at laboralcentrodearte.org>produccion at laboralcentrodearte.org
before January 16, 2014. The proposal should
outline the project and describe-on a high
level-the building blocks required to make it.
for the rules.
For any additional information or queries on the
call <mailto:produccion at laboralcentrodearte.org>produccion at laboralcentrodearte.org.
Telefónica is one of the world's leading
operators in the integrated telecommunications
sector. With presence in 24 countries, the
company provides infrastructure and
communication, information, communication and
entertainment to over 315 million
customers. Telefónica Digital is a global
business division of Telefónica. Its mission is
to seize the opportunities within the digital
world and deliver new growth for Telefónica
through research & development, and digital
services. Telefónica R&D is within this division.
Telefónica R&D is the research and development
company of the Telefónica Group. Founded in 1988,
its mission is to contribute to the Group's
competitiveness and modernity through
technological innovation. To achieve this aim,
the company applies new ideas, concepts and
practices in addition to developing products and
advanced services. It is one of the first private
R&D centres in Spain as regards activity and
resources, and is the first company on the
continent by number of European research projects
in which it participates. The main asset of
Telefónica R&D is its staff, which is 97 percent
composed of university graduates from 18
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is
an open platform for research, production,
dissemination and interpretation of emerging
cultural forms that result from the shifts
brought by the creative use of new technologies.
Inaugurated 30 March 2007, the Centre is located
in Gijón (Principality of Asturias), within the
framework of Universidad Laboral-today, Ciudad de
la Cultura [City of Culture].
Plataforma 0. Production Centre
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial has
put its Production Centre. Plataforma 0, at the
disposal of the cultural sector for the
production of projects in the intersections of
art, science and new technologies with the
intention of facilitating the production of
artistic projects and their introduction into
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