[artinfo] State Machines: Open Call for works

Inte Gloerich inte at networkcultures.org
Sat Jan 27 11:37:25 CET 2018

Reminder that the deadline for the State Machines 
Open Call is almost here: 31 January 2018. See 
more information below:

Open Call for works

Machines is a programme of activities devoted to 
the investigation of new relationships between 
states, citizens and the stateless made possible 
by emerging technologies. Focussing on how such 
technologies impact identity and citizenship, 
digital labour and finance, the project joins 
five experienced partners 
- <http://aksioma.org/>Aksioma (Slovenia), <http://drugo-more.hr/>Drugo 
More (Croatia), <https://www.furtherfield.org/>Furtherfield (UK), <http://networkcultures.org/>Institute 
of Network Cultures (Netherlands) 
and <http://www.neme.org>NeMe (Cyprus) together 
with a range of artists, curators, theorists and 

Every time a smartphone powers up, their user is 
tied inextricably into data, laws and flowing 
bytes to different countries. Their every 
personal expression is framed and mediated by 
digital platforms which now include those 
operating new kinds of currencies, financial 
exchange, and labour relations that bypass 
corporations and governments.

Meanwhile these same technologies increase 
governmental powers of surveillance, allow 
corporations to extract ever more complex working 
arrangements, and, although seemingly the epitome 
of globalization, they do little to slow the 
construction of actual walls along actual borders.

We ask how might the digital subjects of today 
become active, engaged, and effective digital 
citizens of tomorrow?

State Machines now launches an open call for a 
new commissioned artistic project.


We are interested in works that explore shifts in 
agency towards individuals, groups and commons 
from nation states and private companies. We 
invite proposals that draw on first-hand 
experiences in:

efforts and actions that resist new enclosures 
and preserve mobilities, freedom of assembly and 
other hard-won rights
unintended impacts of digital flows on physical 
bodies, places and infrastructure
shifting techniques for controls and flows of 
information and finance by governments, private 
companies and individuals;
public deliberation and free speech in social 
media - algorithmic and human corruption and its 
new tools and data for wrangling the personal and 
political impacts of cloud computing
The call is open to artists, technologists, 
activists, inventors and individuals, groups and 
hybrid human - artificial intelligence 

We are interested in all art forms and actions 
that can be encountered and experienced across 
networks, online and in physical exhibition. We 
welcome diverse viewpoints, experimental and 
playful approaches.


1.	State Machines will support the 
production of the selected proposal with 5.000 ¤ 
towards fees and production costs.
2.	State Machines will assist in all phases of the production process.
3.	The final project will be exhibited in at 
least two offline and one online exhibition 
during 2018 & 2019.
4.	Depending on the nature of the project, 
State Machines 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 technologies 
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 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 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.

Applications must be received by 23:59 (CET) on Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Complete application must include the following:

1.	Resume - 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 <mailto:marcela at aksioma.org>marcela at aksioma.org.

For >5MB attachments, please use file transfer 
services like Wetransfer or provide a link to 
your own server space.

Marcela Okretiã
Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Komenskega 18, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
gsm: + 386 - (0)41 - 250830
e-mail: <mailto:marcela at aksioma.org>marcela at aksioma.org

Inte Gloerich

<http://www.networkcultures.org/>Institute of Network Cultures
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

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