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.