[ARENA] ElectroSmog - International Festival for Sustainable Immobility, March 18-20, 2010 - First General Announcement
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International Festival for Sustainable Immobility
Amsterdam / New York / Madrid / Helsinki / Riga / London / Banff /
New Zealand / Munich / & on-lIne
March 18 – 20, 2010
About the Festival:
ElectroSmog is a new festival that explores the concept ‘Sustainable
Immobility’ in theory and practice. Sustainable Immobility is first
of all a critique of the growing global crisis of mobility. Current
forms of hyper-mobility of people and products in travel and
transport are ecologically increasingly unsustainable. The will to
slow down, however, seems thoroughly absent. The economic crisis may
have temporarily slowed matters down, long term projections still
point towards exponential growth of worldwide mobility and exploding
energy needs. Alternatives for the current state of hyper-mobility
need to be designed urgently.
The exploration of Sustainable Immobility is a quest for a lifestyle
less determined by speed and constant mobility. A lifestyle that
celebrates stronger links to local cultures, while at the same time
deepening our connections to others across any geographical divide by
means of new communication technologies, instead of physical travel.
The ElectroSmog festival will engage one of the main promises
information age: that communication technologies can replace the need
for physical mobility and thereby contribute directly to ecological
stability. Our increased tele-connections would lead to a more
rewarding deep local lifestyle (homework in the electronic cottage)
and to richer connected experiences with the rest of the world (the
global village). While these promises have existed since the dawn of
the information age, they were never fully realised. The expanding
mobility and energy crisis requires us, however, to re-examine these
promises and find out how to turn them into viable life-style choices.
ElectroSmog will not take the underlying premises of the information
age for granted. We want to ask questions such as:
Are increased electronic connections truly more energy efficient and
Do they lead to new forms of electromagnetic pollution (electrosmog)?
How can the revitalisation of the local be combined with a
responsible global consciousness?
How can remote connections become a truly rewarding experience in and
Technology alone is never the answer. We are looking for both
technological and non-technological solutions to the central question
of the festival: How can a sustainably immobile way of life be achieved?
Bringing Together a Broad Coalition:
The ElectroSmog festival brings together a broad coalition of
designers, environmentalists, urban and spatial planners,
technologists, artists, theorists, and engaged and concerned
citizens, to explore and ‘design’ sustainable immobility.
ElectroSmog is a truly international festival, with everything you
might expect: international debates and discussions, performances,
art projects, exhibits, site specific projects, screenings, a design
competition, and more. ElectroSmog stakes its claim for a radical
break with the current systems of hyper-mobility not simply by
discussing the issue, but by actually implementing it.
No Travel Allowed!
Connecting the Local Off-Line with the International On-Line:
The very concept of an international festival and its traditional
conventions has been rethought and redesigned from the ground up.
This has lead us to a few basic ground rules that will apply for all
- No presenter will travel beyond their local or regional boundaries
to participate in this event.
- All festival events will always take place in at least two
locations connected in real-time.
- A crucial dimension of the festival will be its on-line presence,
where audiences from basically anywhere with an internet connection
can follow events on-line, join in discussions and debates, visit
virtual theatres in metaverses such as second life, and contribute to
A network of accomplished cultural and new media centres, labs,
theatres and other public venues work together to create the local
‘hubs’ that will inter-connect on-line for the festival.
Beyond the Broadband Enclaves:
ElectroSmog acknowledges from the start that bandwidth is not equally
distributed across and within societies. Therefore remote connection
to lower bandwidth spaces, do-it-yourself telematics, and information
technologies for the majority world will be one the central concerns
the festival will address.
Themes explored during the festival include:
- Global Views on the Crisis of Mobility
- The Promise of Ubiquity: Being everywhere at once, while staying home
- Designing for Immobility
- The Changing Path of Food to our Kitchen Table: Food and Global
- Do-It-Yourself Telematics: Technologies for everybody else
- Aesthetics of Distributed Space
- ElectroSmog is Good for You!
- Tyrannies of the Real-Time
- Going Slow: Private Agency Towards a Sustainable Immobility
The preliminary festival program will be published on February 1st.
Updates on festival preparations and news will be published at the
festival news-blog and website at:
International Design Competition
ElectroSmog has initiated its own design competition for young
designers, artists, students, and professionals to come up with
design scenario’s, life-style proposals, prototypes or demo-designs
for sustainable immobility.
The competition invites proposals, scenario studies, demos,
prototypes or other innovative ideas to in response to the question:
How can we design sustainable immobility?
The winner will be awarded eternal fame and a fully equipped
residency, generously hosted by the Banff New Media Institute, to
execute her or his ideas.
For details please refer to:
Technology Transfer and Content Follow-up:
ElectroSmog will make extensive use of existing and open source
technologies that will be integrated in a re-useable web environment,
developed in collaboration with the Cool Mediators Foundation and De
Balie in Amsterdam.
The technical processes will be documented in a post-festival
documentation workshop organised with the innovative Floss Manuals
organisation, resulting in a freely downloadable manual and a print
on demand publication available from the Floss Manuals website.
The outcomes of the discussions, debates and theoretical seminars
will lead to an international follow-up publication, currently under
negotiation and planned for the Fall of 2010.
ElectroSmog Partner Organisations
De Balie, Centre for Culture and Politics, Amsterdam
ADA – Aotearoa Digital Arts Network, New Zealand.
Eyebeam – Art + Technology Center, New York.
Banff New Media Institute, Banff.
Medialab Prado, Madrid.
RIXC – Centre for New Media Culture, Riga.
Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
m-cult- centre for new media culture, Helsinki.
Hivos – Humanist Institute for development Cooperation, The Netherlands.
Floss Manuals – Free Manuals for Free Software, (international network).
Engage! Tactical Media, Utrecht.
Cool Mediators Foundation, Amsterdam.
Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Further enquiries can be directed at: info [AT] electrosmogfestival.net
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