[ARENA] Call: Art of the Overhead Festival, Malmoe, 15 - 31 May 2009

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Segunda-Feira, 23 de Março de 2009 - 09:42:35 WET

From: Kristoffer Gansing <kristoffer.gansing  mah.se>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:45:08 +0100

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Call for Overheads

We are happy to announce "OHPen Surface" - the 2009 edition of the  
Art of the Overhead Festival featuring an exhibition, performances  
and workshops in Malmö, Sweden May 15 - 31 2009.

This years festival will take place at Stapelbäddsparken, a former  
Shipbuilding slipway featuring 3000m2 of largely underground areas in  
Malmö, Sweden. The "OHpen Surface" theme then, refers not only to the  
OHpen Surface of the Overhead projector but also the physical  
location and organisational workshop-based structure of the festival  
itself. However, with this framework we also aim to encourage a  
critical reflection on how technological standards, such as the  
Overhead projector, relates to the dynamic of open and closed which  
is so pervasive in the standards of today's networked media culture  
(read on below for more details on the festival theme).

We are now welcoming submissions for the OHPen Surface workshop and/ 
or festival in the following categories:

* Transparencies for The Art of the Overhead Archive (physical or as  
PDF's for printing). The archive is a wall-mounted installation where  
folders containing the different works can be browsed and projected  
by the audience.

* Installation, works incorporating overhead projection, custom built  
projectors, digital-analogue hybrids etc.

* Performances, live performances incorporating overhead projectors.  
 From live cinema, vj acts or different kinds of kinetic-sound  
generation to the good old conference presentation.

Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2009 - use our "Submit" PDF on the
http://www.overheads.org website for contributions in any of the  
above categories.

* Projects for OHPen Surface Workshop:
For work-in-progress (or more or less finished works which require  
some time for preparation) you may apply for our workshop week which  
will run from May 15 until the opening weekend May 22-23. (NB: you do  
not need to be present the whole week, please state how many days  
you'd like to participate) This part of the festival is organised in  
collaboration with "Kunst und Musik mit dem  
Tageslichtsprojektor" (derstrudel.org, Ralf Schreiber and Tina  
Tonagel) from Köln and focuses on low-tech DIY appopriations and  
performative uses of the Overhead projector.

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"The reason for why we used simple overhead projectors was because of  
their open surface, where you could directly work with your materials."
- Joshua White of Joshua Light Show.

Through performances, installations, workshops and a growing archive  
of overhead transparencies, the festival reflects on the different  
practices connected to the history of the overhead projector, from  
the bureaucratic and educational settings of the classroom or  
business conference to the counter-culture context of the 1960's and  
onwards to the contemporary media culture. The overhead prepared us  
for the cognitive structure of PowerPoint, teaching us the importance  
of keywords, summaries, bullet-lists, illustrative pictures and a  
straightforward way of presentation. In short, the overhead as a  
device for instruction is a disciplinary technology. But there are  
other histories of the Overhead projector as well: from the 1940's it  
was a standard equipment in Bowling alleys for the projection of  
players scores and later in the 1950's and 1960's it was appropriated  
by beatniks and hippies to create psychedelic "light shows".

This edition of the media-archaeological festival The Art of the  
Overhead is centered around the theme of the OHPen Surface, aiming at  
a critical reflection on the role of standards in the contemporary  
mediascape. The overhead projector is a clearly recognisable standard  
for the art of projection: it comes with institutional disciplinary  
settings such as the school or the business enterprise and with  
regulatory frameworks of presentation both of the material (such as  
the illuminated surface and the transparency) and the mental/ 
cognitive kind (presentation guidelines, the do's and don'ts of  
instruction). In our culture of increasingly integrated networks of  
data flows, standards take on a pivotal role, from legal frameworks  
to file formats and communication protocols, we are surrounded by the  
institutions of cultural production that they bring about. What is  
important to remember is that while all these areas define different  
models of the "Open", they, as all standards do, also leave some  
other paths closed. How can such tensions be revealed and acted- 
reflected upon in artistic production?

With this call for contributions for The Art of the Overhead 2009 -  
we encourage artists and other media practitioners to depart from the  
Overhead projector as a standardized technology which has the  
potential for re-activation by way of its near outdated character.  
This entails reflection-as-projection, deploying the Overhead  
projector in the double sense of projection described by Siegfried  
Zielinski: as both casting out images representing the world and as a  
shaping movement, a production or rather a visionary pro-jecting of  
reality as delimited by how we see it through the image. To work in  
one media, criticizing another, or reflecting across a whole domain  
of media culture through a particular and well-known technological  
institution is a kind of non-digitalisable cultural practice that The  
Art of the Overhead is all about, and through the OHPen Surface we  
call for works that engage in this dynamic.

The Art of the Overhead is an international media art festival, which  
took place for the first time in Copenhagen September-October 2005.  
Since then it has been followed by various exhibitions and workshops,  
inspiring the collaborating offshoot project "Kunst und Musik mit dem  
Tageslichtsprojektor" in Cologne 2007. Now we join forces and return  
to Scandinavia for a 2009 edition in Malmö, Sweden.

Concept and Coordinators: Linda Hilfling & Kristoffer Gansing
OHpen Surface is managed by the cultural association The Art of the  
Overhead which is based in the Öresund region and supported by  
Framtidens Kultur and Malmö Stad.

info  overheads.org    http://www.overheads.org

The Art of the Overhead
C/O Kristoffer Gansing
K3 School of Arts and Communication
Malmö University
205 06 Malmö Sweden

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*   T H E   A R T   O F   T H E   O V E R H E A D *   2 o o 9   *    
* Workshops, Exhibition and Performances * May 15 - 31 *  
Stapelbäddsparken, Malmö, Sweden *

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