[ARENA] OPEN CALL paraflows 08 EXHIBITION Vienna

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OPEN CALL paraflows 08 EXHIBITION Vienna


paraflows08  - Festival für Digitale Kunst and Kulturen

paraflows08 - festival for digital arts and cultures

The topic of the 3rd festival for digital arts and cultures in the  
city of
Vienna is UTOPIA.


The term utopia, ‘the non-place’, derived from old Greek ‘u-‘, non, and
‘tópos’, place, denotes a ‘nowhere’ which is untraceable and therefore
projecting all longing into an unreachable beyond. Utopia is  
therefore an
imagination which is thinkable as an idea, yet is not directly  
It is the great dream, concept, and vision of a world or a time with  
a new
social, religious or technical order.

UTOPIA can be traced back to the book ‘De Optimo Reipublicae Statu deque
nova insula Utopia  Libellus vere aureaus, nec minus salutaris quam
festivus (Of the best state law and of the new island Utopia, truly a
golden booklet, as pleasant as it is cheerful)’ by Thomas Morus which  
first published in 1516. The text alludes to positive scenarios of
technical, spatial and social constructs which have not been realised.
Usually, technology plays a major role in utopian phantasms. More often
than not their realistic implementation is a matter of availability of
technology and very often it is – especially in digital art – the  
point of a work of art.

In 2008, Paraflows 08 UTOPIA will try to develop the perspective, the
linguistic roots of which corresponds with last year’s exhibitions.  
In the
context of the topic UTOPIA, we want to gather concepts of a possible
future, draw perspectives, dreams and prognoses, dare take a prognostic
look at the future. Directly tying in with last year’s festival topic
UN_SPACE – which dealt with non-space and impossible spaces – this  
year we
will again strive to provide a multi-layered examination involving the
overwhelming architectonic and historical reality of the venue – the MAK
Gegenwartskunstdepot Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark.

Further information on PARAFLOWS 08 UTOPIA can be found on  
Please submit proposals featuring contemporary artworks dealing with the
topics mentioned above.

Pls send PDF-files via e-mail to utopia  paraflows.at

or post mail to:
c/o monochrom
quartier 21, MQ
Museumsplatz 1
A-1070 Vienna

Mandatory information for submissions:

1) name, institution (if existing), address, e-mail, phone number,  
2) submitted work: title, medium, author/artist, year of production
3) work description: 1 DIN A4-page maximum
4) technical explanation, room/space requirements (hardware, operating
system, additional software)
5) biographies
7) documentation of earlier projects, e.g. a link to your website

Language: all submissions have to be in English or in German or need to
have subtitles in one of the two languages. Works in any other language
have to include a text list in either German or English.

We especially encourage international submissions.

DEADLINE: June 2nd, 2008

paraflows 08 / CONTACT
office  paraflows.at
Festival management: Judith Fegerl, Guenther Friesinger
Office: paraflows headoffice, c/o monochrom, quartier 21, MQ
A-1070 Vienna, Museumsplatz 1, Austria

Paraflows08 is supported by the City of Vienna, MA7, digital arts and

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