[artinfo] Masters & Servers: OPEN CALL for work
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Masters & Servers: OPEN CALL for work
ÐMasters & Servers is a programme of activities
devoted to the investigation of networked
cultures in the post-digital age. Five key
organisations in the European contemporary and
media arts - Aksioma (Slovenia), Drugo More
(Croatia), Link Art Center (Italy), Abandon
Normal Devices (UK) and The Influencers (Spain) -
have joined forces to map - and possibly
contribute to - a constantly shifting territory
where media-savvy artists, hacktivists and
creators traverse the frontiers of contemporary
art, social intervention and amateur invention.
Masters & Servers now launches an open call for a
new commissioned project across the forms of
interventions, data manipulation, representation,
research or storytelling. Inspired by D.
Rushkoff's thesis that in the aftermath of the
digital revolution, an uncertain condition has
emerged: "instead of optimizing our machines for
humanity, we are optimizing humans for
machinery". Can art be a key force in reversing
this process? How will it deal with the current
social media euphoria (or paranoia)? How should
the world be represented and lived after Edward
Download PDF: http://aksioma.org/mastersandservers/M&S-OpenCall.pdf
WHAT KIND OF PROJECT?
We are interested in work that can cast light
over the dark life of data and other
controversial, invisible aspects of networked
societies. Welcoming proposals related to
practical first-hand experiences in:
* the control of information by governments and private companies;
* the representation of the invisible,
especially in relation to private and public
* the dark side of slick and apparently open social media;
* under-reported people's habits in "the cloud".
The call is open to artists, technologists,
activists, inventors and individuals and
collaborators that occupy the spaces inbetween.
We are interested in different approaches,
including performance, uncanny experiences,
examples of direct resistance or playful
experiments in the grey area where counter-power
is face to face with power.
HOW WE WILL SUPPORT THE PROJECT
1. Masters & Servers will support the
production of the selected proposal with 5.000 ¤
towards fees and production costs.
2. Masters & Servers will assist in all phases of the production process.
3. The final project will be exhibited in at
least two off-line exhibitions in spring 2016.
4. Depending on the nature of the project
Masters & Servers will be excited to present and
distribute the new project through partners'
channels and communication networks. Which a
diverse range of organisations, from museums to
online galleries and project spaces to festivals,
with a range of specialisms across production,
participation, engagement, critical thinking and
* This call is open to individuals or
groups working across any artforms and/or
technology in Europe.
* The proposed project can be online and/or
offline. If online only, please consider how it
could be translated (i.e. shown, exhibited,
narrated) in physical IRL space.
* Applicants should either have an
established background in their respective fields
and/or explain how this opportunity will assist
the development of a new project.
* We will especially welcome proposals for
new work. Yet, we will be happy to help in the
extension of existing projects if our
contribution will be key to develop them towards
a new direction or critically enhance them so
they will achieve a new dimension.
DEADLINE & HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be received by the 23:59 (CET) on Sunday 20 September 2015.
Complete application must include the following:
1. Resume or CV - including contact information, maximum 2 A4 pages
2. Project Proposal - detailing the project concept, maximum 2 A4 pages
3. Project Budget proposal - with a
breakdown of how you will spend the ¤5000 budget,
maximum 1 A4 page
4. Support Material - including examples of
previous work, any relevant urls, any visuals
(data flow, sketches, timeline, schematics, etc.)
that will help us better understand the proposal
and your practice.
Please send ONE .pdf format including materials
1-4 above to info at mastersandservers.org.
For >5MB attachments, please use file transfer
services like Wetransfer or provide a link to
your own server space.
This project has been funded with support from
the European Commission. This communication
reflects the views only of the author, and the
Commission cannot be held responsible for any use
which may be made of the information contained
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