transmediale.09 Award Competition – Call

transmediale.09 Award Competition – Call

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transmediale.09 – DEEP NORTH
festival for art and digital culture berlin
27 January – 1 February 2009

club transmediale.09 – STRUCTURES
festival for adventurous music and related visual arts
23 – 31 January 2009

_Call for Entries_

:: Deadline: 5 September 2008
:: Award Ceremony: 31 January 2009

Find the complete call and submission form for download at:

*transmediale.09 – DEEP NORTH & club transmediale.09 – STRUCTURES*

As leading international festivals for art and digital culture as well as
adventurous music and related visual arts, respectively, transmediale and club
transmediale are calling for submissions to the transmediale Award competition
and the Vilem Flusser Theory Award.

*transmediale* presents and pursues the advancement of artistic positions
reflecting on the socio-cultural, political and economic impact of new
technologies. It seeks out artistic practices that not only respond to
scientific or technical developments, but that try to shape the way in which we
think about and experience the technologies which impact virtually all aspects
of our daily lives. As such, transmediale understands media technologies as
cultural techniques that need to be embraced in order to comprehend, critique,
and shape global societies.

*club transmediale* (CTM) is a prominent international festival dedicated to
contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music, as well as the diverse
range of artistic activities in the context of sound and club culture. CTM
presents projects that experiment with new aesthetic parameters and new forms
of cooperation, develop possibilities for informational and economic
self-determination, and reflect on the role of contemporary music against the
backdrop of technological and social transformations.

For the 2009 edition, the festivals have each set a specific thematic focus.

transmediale.09 – *DEEP NORTH* peers beyond the evolving alarmist scenarios of
catastrophe prevalent in the often contradictory global warming debate.
transmediale.09 shifts this focus to the global artistic, cultural, societal
and philosophical consequences that the presumed imminent collapse of the polar
ice barrier may trigger. Are we about to reach another historically succinct
moment of unavoidable and cataclysmic change – a point of no return leaving in
its wake uncontrollable global transformations? Does climate change elicit
cultural change, a shifting of extremes or a collapse in established, systemic
and network norms? *DEEP NORTH* becomes not a fixed location, but a paradigm
transforming loss, scarcity, inertia and rivalry into urgent and revealing
states of being and expression.

With *STRUCTURES* – Backing-Up Independent Audio-Visual Cultures, club
transmediale.09 presents projects that spring from the critical,
interdisciplinary and experimental practice at the intersections of sound and
other art forms. In recent years, a new breed of hybrid projects and
initiatives that merges experimental audio and media cultures has developed in
the convergence-zone between pop culture, science, arts and media technologies.
This still remains primarily the domain of committed individuals and small,
self-organised groups or networks that, often in the most precarious of
circumstances, provide the supporting platform for these new artistic
articulations and experiments. In its 10th year, CTM looks into the current
state and potential development opportunities of these independent structures.

Together, transmediale and club transmediale invite the submission of works and
projects that respond to these challenges and embody contemporary notions of
art that embrace, question and enrich digital culture. Submissions of art works
for both festivals participate in the *transmediale Award* 2009 while
theoretical abstracts, papers and critical artistic positions are invited for
the *Vilem Flusser Theory Award* with prizes totaling ca. 10.000 EURO.

transmediale is a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin in cooperation with Haus der
Kulturen der Welt :: club transmediale (CTM) is a project of DISK – Sound &
Image Initiative e.V. :: transmediale is funded by the German Federal Cultural
Foundation :: CTM is funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

Situated Technologies call

Situated Technologies: Toward the Sentient City
An exhibition critically exploring the evolving relationship between ubiquitous/pervasive computing and urban architecture


The Architectural League of New York invites architects, artists, designers, technologists, engineers, urbanists, or teams thereof, to submit qualifications for an exhibition that will critically explore the evolving relationship between ubiquitous/pervasive computing and urban architecture. The League will commission five to seven teams to develop urban interventions–to be installed in and around New York City in spring 2009–that will imagine alternative trajectories for how various mobile, embedded, networked, and distributed forms of media, information and communication systems might inform the architecture of urban space and/or influence our behavior within it. Commissioned projects will receive support ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

Call For Makers: Maker Faire Bay Area 2008

We are now accepting entries for the Maker Faire Bay Area, May 3 and 4 at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds.

Maker Faire Bay Area Entries: Deadline March 12, 2008

Key Points:
• Entries Due: March 12, 2008. Space is limited, please submit your entry early!
• Maker Faire Tryouts (See below): February 17, 2008, The Exploratorium, noon – 4pm.
• Notification of Acceptance: Entries submitted by March 12 will be notified by March 19.
• Maker Bay Area: May 3-4, 2008
Hours: Saturday 10-6 pm; Sunday 10-5pm.
• Entry Form

Organized by the staff of Make and Craft magazines, Maker Faire is a newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft and engineering plus music in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers–anyone who is embracing DIY and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.
We encourage you to join the fun and enter a project to exhibit. You can submit an entry through the web using the link described below or you can come show us your work at a Maker Faire “tryout” on Feburary 17, 2008, noon to 4:00pm at the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco. Please RSVP to to request a spot.

The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools. Please provide a short description of what you make and what you will actually bring to Maker Faire. Please link to photographs or videos of what you make. Maker exhibits should be non-commercial. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:
• Things Made From Recycled Items
• Making Musical Instruments
• 3D Printers and CNC Milling
• Textile Arts
• Home Automation
• Rockets
• Ham Radio
• Puzzles, Games and Toys
• Cars (hot rods, custom vans, electric vehicles)
• Airplanes and Aeronautics (models, etc)
• Biology/Biotech
• Chemistry
• Food Makers
• Model Trains and Planes
• Green Tech
• Sewing and Felting
• Kites
• Old Farm or Garden Equipment (Tractors, etc.)
• Temporary Structures (Tents, Domes, etc.)
• Unusual Tools or Machines
• How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Maker Exhibit: Our standard setup for a Maker exhibit is roughly a 10×10 space. Use this space to display your work and/or demonstrate how you make something. You will need to bring your own tables and chairs.
Once we have accepted participants, we will send out a call asking for presentations, performances and demonstration workshops.

Application Form: Please go to the following URL and fill it out the entry form to tell us about your project:

All proposals will be reviewed and we will notify makers of acceptance via email by March 19 (for entries received by the March 12 deadline).

NOTE: Makers whose entries are accepted will receive free registration to Maker Faire. However, we cannot pay for transportation and accommodations.
If you have any questions about participating in Maker Faire, please contact use by email:

Commercial Exhibitors and Event Sponsorship
Makers do not pay a fee to exhibit at Maker Faire and maker exhibits are non-commercial. We welcome paid exhibitors and there are a wide range of choices for space and exposure at Maker Faire. If you have a commercial product or service or represent a company, please contact Sherry Huss
We look forward to seeing you this year in San Mateo.
Dale Dougherty
Editor & Publisher, Make and Craft
O’Reilly Media, Inc.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Survival, Resistance, Gentrification

The Digital Matrix Commissions Program invites artists to create work in digital and new-media forms. Chosen artists will receive an honorarium of $5,000 and a nine-month commission. The commissioned project will be featured on Applicants can be located in any part of the world as the program is predominately internet based. The next commission period runs from January 1, 2009 to September 30, 2009.

This year, we request proposals that explore “mapping” as it relates to survival, resistance, and gentrification. How do artists respond to it? How do these issues affect community? How can the internet or web-based technology be used to address these concerns?

We encourage projects that present a South Bronx context. All projects must feature internet-based interactivity.


Monday, February, 4, 2008


We invite artists working in both traditional and digital media. Artists of color and women, and Bronx artists are especially encouraged to apply.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Previous recipients of the Longwood Cyber Residency or Digital Matrix Commissions, full-time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program during the residency period, and recipients of any 2007 Bronx Council on the Arts’ awards: Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO), Bronx Writers’ Center Fellowship, or Chapter One Fiction Award.


OPEN CALL: Networked at Aferro

Deadline February 30, 2008

Networked at Gallery Aferro
Curated in the New Media Room by Donna Kessinger
April 19-May 17, 2008

“This is an open call for artwork which can be described as networked.
Whether it is connected on the net, or by physical connectors – I am
looking for networked art.

This can be an installation, a projection, monitor based – you tell me
how it is networked. Materials can range from cell phones and GPS,
to ordinary objects connected via wireless network.

Known as Networked Art the projects are based between art and
commerce, and sometimes blur the lines. Projects can explore social
interactions, can function as public art(documentation),
other projects can follow a more traditional fine-arts model.”

DVDs sent to:
Gallery Aferro c/o Emma Wilcox + Evonne M Davis
248 Sherman Ave #43 NY NY 10034

email submissions or questions to:

MobileMusicWorkshop ’08

Frauke Behrendt, who I had the pleasure of meeting at this year’s Conflux when i moderated a talk she gave, sent me the following call and asked me to forward it. Here you go!

5TH INTERNATIONAL MOBILE MUSIC WORKSHOP 2008 13-15 May 2008, Vienna, Austria Call for Submissions: Deadline 10 February 2008

The Mobile Music Workshop 2008 is the 5th in a series of annual international gatherings that explore the creative, critical and commercial potential of mobile music. They are inspired by the ever-changing social, geographic, ecological, emotional context of using mobile technology for creative ends. We are looking for new ideas and ground-breaking projects on sound in mobile contexts. What new forms of interaction with music and audio lie ahead as locative media, ubiquitous networks, and music access merge into new forms of experiences that shape the everyday? Can they change the way we think about our mobile devices and about walking through the city?

The emerging field of Mobile Music sits at the intersection of ubiquitous computing, portable audio technology and New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). It goes beyond today’s personal music players to include creative practices of mobile music making, sharing and mixing. The mobile setting challenges existing notions of interfaces and interaction, stretching music to new creative limits. The workshop has been at the forefront of this innovative area since 2004. Past editions of the event have taken place in Amsterdam, Brighton, Vancouver and Göteborg in collaboration with the Viktoria Institute, STEIM, Waag Society, Futuresonic, NIME and others.

The 2008 edition of the workshop will be held in Vienna, one of the hotspots in the European for laptop, glitch, and electronic music. Hosted by the University of Applied Arts, it will feature three evenings of performances and installations, an exhibition in the heart of the city, invited speakers, paper presentations, posters and demo sessions as well as hands-on tutorials. Besides the workshop proceedings, we will publish a catalogue that will gather key contributions from the last 5 years. We invite artists, designers, academic researchers, hackers, industry professionals and practitioners from all areas, including music, technology development, new media, sound-art, music distribution, cultural/media studies and locative media and more to present and discuss projects, prototypes, applications, devices, performances, installations, theoretical and historical considerations.


Submission deadline: 10 February 2008
Notification of acceptance: 14 March 2008
Submission deadline for final papers: 14 April 2008
Registration deadline: 14 April 2008


Please upload your submission in any of the three following categories
at Submissions will be peer-reviewed by a committee of international specialists in the field.


We invite submissions of workshop papers presenting new projects, approaches or reflections exploring the topic of mobile music. Potential submissions could include but are not limited to mobile music systems or enabling technologies, interface design, legal issues, user studies, ethnographic fieldwork, social implications, art pieces and other areas relevant to mobile music. Accepted paper authors will be given a time slot during the workshop for presentation and discussion of their work. They are encouraged to bring a demo of their work if possible.

Format: 4 pages in ACM SIG publications format (for templates, see More artistic submissions are free to pay less attention to the academic or technical detail of the format, and to include more media instead.

Posters and Demos

We also invite the contribution of posters and demos that document work-in-progress projects or ideas in similar areas of mobile music technology as the papers. There will be a poster and demo presentation session where attendees will be able to discuss work with the authors. The most robust of the demos will be offered the opportunity to exhibit to the general public during the open sessions (although this is not mandatory). Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference.

Format: 2 pages in ACM SIG publications format (for templates, see More artistic submissions are free to pay less attention to the academic or technical detail of the format, and to include more media instead.

Installations and Performances

We invite mobile art installations and performances in the genres of mobile music and locative audio. There will be an exhibition space in central Vienna, and the possibility to show work in the city. There will also be a series of evening performances/concerts/parties.

Format: Please follow loosely the ACM SIG publications format (for templates, see without too much academic or technical detail and include more media instead. Please indicate if your project would be suitable for indoor or outdoor, installation or performance.


The workshop will have both closed sessions for registered participants and sessions open to the general public. The number of participants for the closed sessions of the workshop is limited to 50 places. Accepted submitters are given priority, other participants are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Registered participants will have automatic access to all sessions of the workshops.

Registrations fees for the closed sessions of the workshop have yet to be confirmed. However this will be in the region of 75 € at full rate and 45€ for concessions.

Deadline for Registration: 14th April 2007.


The 2008 edition is hosted and co-organised by the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria (Nicolaj Kirisits). The Steering Committee is formed by Lalya Gaye (Dånk! Collective and IT-University of Göteborg, Sweden), Atau Tanaka (Culture Lab Newcastle, UK), Frauke Behrendt (University of Sussex, UK), Kristina Andersen (STEIM, The Netherlands).

Contact: More information:


I’ve received this announcement and post it as some of you may be interested. I have no affiliation with FILE.

FILE – Electronic Language International Festival – is opening registrations for its ninth edition, that will be held at Sesi Paulista’s cultural space, in Sao Paulo,Brazil, in the period from August 04 to August 31, 2008. Submissions are free and open to professionals, researchers and students of the electronic language.

In the last eight years, FILE has shown what’s been happening in the global networks related to digital and electronic arts, becoming a reference for studies and research on new media. It has exhibited web art, net art, artificial life,hypertext, computer animation, real time teleconference, virtual reality, soft art,games, interactive movies, e-videos, digital panoramas and electronic art installations and robotics, through interactive and immersive rooms.

FILE SYMPOSIUM has become a meeting point in the city of São Paulo, proposing discussions and tackling the electronic-digital culture in its relations to art,science and technologies.

FILE HIPERSÔNICA, the festival’s sonorous branch, is on it’s 6th edition and intends to elaborate connections between the world of images, the world of sonorities and the world of texts. Sound installations and real time performances will be presented by a number of groups and collectives, comprising both erudite and pop electronic music, but also electronic compositions, sound poetry, radio art, video music and sonic landscapes, as well as Djs and VJs presenting their sets through specific apparatus and installations with experimental and immersive projections.

For more information visit: