Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Transmediale: Vilém Flusser Residency Programme

Vilém Flusser Residency Programme

transmediale Award RIP! For the 2012 festival there will be no general transmediale Award and also no Open Web Award. Instead, we are opting for tight curatorial coherence in the programming as well as more community engagement outside of the festival. Related to these changes we are transforming the Vilém Flusser Theory Award into a Residency Programme for artistic research.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2011

For Vilém Flusser theory and praxis are intrinsically tied to each other. His nomadic thinking was shaped by a philosophy of positions, experimental testing of different ways of thinking and the  linking of different disciplines and methodologies played a significant role for him. Not the search for the truth but rather the playing around with the aesthetic constitution of truth characterised his thinking, often developed in dialogue with others. A fundamental principle of his philosophy is the dialogue between the disciplines, points of view and methodologies. Knowledge production as a dialogue between different standpoints, such as between science and art, laboratory and applied research, old and new media, local and global forms of organisation, is therefore the guiding principle for the concept of artistic research, which the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme supports.

In the current times of the crisis of revolutionary movements, artistic research is not only a dialogue between theory and praxis. The work within in-between spaces and moments of transitions is necessary in order to make the complex structures of today's networked culture comprehensible.

We are calling upon artistic research to actively explore the capabilities and limitations of transdisciplinary and transmedial situations in contemporary culture and thus to understand artistic research as exploring the links between aesthetics, materiality and politics.

The newly organised Vilém Flusser Residency Programme supports projects and activities which are simultaneously conceptual and practice-based. The programme is geared towards the initiation of new research or to the further development of existing projects. This is not a production grant and while a public presentation/event will be expected, there is no pressure to present finished works. Where applicable, the support of publications, exhibitions, interventions and other results of the residency may be negotiated on a project to project basis. Special priority will be given to young and/or emerging artist-researchers.

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