Ljudmila Lab: Obsolete Technologies of the Future, Call for Proposals

*I propose that ALL technologies be henceforth categorized as “obsolete technologies of the future.”

http://wiki.ljudmila.org/Obsolete_Technologies_of_the_Future

OPEN CALL – Interactivos?’12: LJUBLJANA
OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE
Call for Proposals

LJUDMILA = ljubljana digital media lab, in collaboration with Media Lab Prado, Madrid and SGMK, (Swiss Mechatronic Art Society), is seeking proposals for upcoming workshops in Interactivos?’12: Ljubljana in the space of LJUDMILA Media Lab. OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE, collaborative prototyping vol. 1

Call Opens: Monday 14 May
Call Closes: Friday 8 June
Workshop duration: 5–15 September 2012

Calling all hackers, makers, doers, data nerds, hobbyists, artists, scientists, tech geeks, activists, edgy engineers and DIY enthusiasts…

Ljudmila = ljubljana digital media lab seeks proposals for its first ever intensive and mind-blowing workshop on Interactivos?’12: Ljubljana for art tech scientists professionals. Ljubljana’s edition of the workshop will be dedicated to explorations of Obsolete Technologies of the Future, collaborative prototyping vol. 1, rethinking the qualities of outdated technology and making way for a long-term, sustainable usage of technology in our environment in the decades to come.

Advisors: Chris Sugrue (artist, programmer), Luka Frelih (director of Ljudmila, artist, programmer), Yago Torroja (hardware, electronics), Ida Hiršenfelder (art critic, art consultant)

Obsolete Technologies of the Future

The workshops at Ljudmila will enable participants to build prototypes in the fields of art and technology. We are interested in receiving proposals that explore the potential of technological solutions on the aesthetic or practical level. Having in mind that anyone who aims at being contemporary is already dated, we are especially interested in submissions which make use of existing or outdated technologies in an entirely unexpected way to encourage novel approaches, promote sustainability, and explore possibilities in the far future.

The outdated technologies have not been pushed aside and rendered insignificant merely for pragmatic, but also for economic and political reasons. The topic suggests – but is not limited to – dealing with increasing lack of natural resources, and ecological questions in urban environments and overlooked technologies of the past. It could also be connected to media hacking and subverting the automatism of the behaviour in the society, suggesting new forms of social networking that are not dependent on existing corporative hierarchies.

Alongside artworks, innovative installations, collaborative practices, we will also encourage thinking differently about how we set up products and services for our demands and everyday living. A glimpse into the past makes us understand the reasons behind technological development and what role art plays in promoting or challenging the existing modes of behaviour. Is it possible for an artwork to hack the system from within? Is it possible to think outside of our mindframes? To think outside of the binary code? To view the world in nano scale? To explore our perception beyond the virtual and the real? To imagine moving fast without an exhaust engine? To explore how the web should operate? To turn off and tune in? (((Who writes all these awesome rhetorical questions? Can I give them a medal? Is it possible for Slovenians to get any more adorable?)))

Suggested areas of focus include:

– Projects that suggest different usages of existing technological infrastructures.
– Rethinking outdated technologies and recycling the computer and IT wasteland.
– Projects which allow people to interact with technology to provoke new ways of perceiving the surrounding, the self, the visual, the material, and stimulate aesthetic experience.
– Particular attention will be paid to projects which promote open source communities, collaborative work and collective modes of behaviour.
– Playing with data – submissions for works which connect data forms and physically embody data streams, bridging ‘on’ and ‘off’ line worlds.
– Products and services that provide sustainable solutions for our needs, including the use of open data, data mash ups and remixes.

We are seeking proposals for:

Installations (interactive, responsive, generative)
Performances (participatory, gesticular, dance)
Visualisations (moving images, generative, projections, holograms)
Free Software (FLOSS) / Open Hardware / Open Design / Services / Start-ups / Apps / Devices

Apply here:

http://medialab-prado.es/article/interactivos12_ljubljana_future_obsolete_technologies

Find out more about Ljudmila, Media Lab Prado, SGMK, advisors and initiators at:

http://wiki.ljudmila.org/Obsolete_Technologies_of_the_Future

http://www.culture.si/en/Ljudmila_-_Ljubljana_Digital_Media_Lab

http://medialab-prado.es/

http://www.mechatronicart.ch/

Please help us to spread the word about this open call and feel free to contact us if you have any questions at interactivos[at]medialab-prado.es or delavnica[at]ljudmila.org.

Submission Guidelines:

From among the submissions received, a maximum of 6 projects will be selected to be produced in a two-week workshop at Ljudmila in September 2012. The chosen projects will be developed with the aid of several advisors in addition to a large group of assistants and collaborators.

The open call is aimed at designers, artists, engineers, coders, sociologists, architects, city planners, teachers, programmers, psychologists, journalists, environmentalists, or any other person interested in the theme of the workshop.

Proposals may be presented by individuals or groups. Each participant or team may present as many projects as they wish.

Selected projects must be open to the participation of other interested collaborators who will be able to contribute to the production of the pieces during the development of the workshop.

Therefore, there are two levels of involvement in the workshop:
1 – as a project leader
2 – as a collaborator in any one of the selected projects

Once the projects have been selected, the second step in the process will involve a new call for those people who would like to participate in the production of the projects. The call for collaborators will be open from 2 July 2012 at Medialab-Prado’s website (www.medialab-prado.es).

For more information see the general guidelines terms of production for the selected projects.

Obsolete Technologies of the Future is organised by:

Ljudmila = ljubljana digital media lab, Ljubljana and Media Lab Prado, Madrid with support of SGMK (Swiss Mechatronic Art Society).

Obsolete Technologies of the Future
Mentors:
Chris Sugrue (artist, programmer)
Luka Frelih (director of Ljudmila, artist, programmer)
Yago Torroja (hardware, electronics)
Ida Hiršenfelder (art critic, art consultant)

The project is initiated by Robertina Šebjani? (programme coordinator of educational and artistic activities at Ljudmila), Jani Pirnat (programme coordinator of artistic activities at Ljudmila), Marcos García (cultural programme coordinator at Medialab-Prado), Mónica Cachafeiro (project developer at Medialab-Prado), Daniel Pietrosemoli (technical coordinator at Medialab-Prado) and Dr Marc R. Dusseiller (president of SGMK).

Interactivos?’12 Ljubljana: OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE, collaborative prototyping vol. 1 is supported by:

Embassy of Spain in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the EC Seventh Framework Programme in 2011.

Interactivos?’12 Ljubljana: OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE, collaborative prototyping vol. 1 is part of Studiolab, a 3-year Europe-wide initiative that merges the artist’s studio with the research lab. Funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme in 2011, Studiolab is a European network that provides a platform for creative projects that bridge divides between science, art and design.

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