International Media Art Festival ~ Berlin, 5 - 10 February 2002
CALL FOR ENTRIES The transmediale is a platform for artistic presentation and critical reflection on the role of digital technologies in present-day society. The festival provides a forum for communication between artists, those working in the media and a wide range of experts and offers a stimulating environment for the presentation of major new projects from digital culture.
transmediale.02: [go public!] How do you "go public" today? 15 minutes of fame through an appearance on TV? The IPO of a self-founded company? The publication of a press release? A post-modern shopping-spree? The participation in a street demonstration? Or rather a permanent online-presence through home-installed Web cameras? Dreams of the public sphere as a space free of power relations where citizens communicate to formulate their joint political will, are long gone. The total public sphere of mass media is breaking up into a multiplicity of partial publics where individuals and groups perform and act. Politics is happening somewhere in between.
The English term "to go public" originally means
"to publicise information", but today it is used primarily
in the context of founding a joint-stock company or its IPO (initial
public offering). The stock market crash of spring 2000 meant
a huge disenchantment for this precarious concept, which had
fascinated the IT sector for years. Digital media still carry
the hope for new forms of democratic participation. But how far
do they really open up cultural and political spaces where a
public sphere can take shape and where you can "go public"?
Does today's cultural and political effectiveness evolve first
and foremost in non-public spaces? The shopping mall as a democratic
forum, the post-industrial product or service as an ultimate
The evaluation by the jury requires good documentation of submitted works (especially in the fields of Software Art and Interactive). Where appropriate, an explanation should be given as to which aspects of the works the jury should consider in particular. For understanding jury requirements, please consult last year's jury statements which are online.
The selected works will be invited to transmediale.02 and will be presented, circumstances permitting, in the exhibition, screenings, the media lounge or on stage. In addition, we are considering continuous availability of the video works in the media lounge through a local server.
Submissions Deadline: 31 August 2001
Andreas Broeckmann, Artistic Director "transmediale" Klosterstr. 68 - 70
10179 Berlin Germany Fon ++49 (0)30 / 2472 1907 Fax ++49 (0)30 / 2472 1909
Submission form at http://www.transmediale.de/02/wettbewerb/tm02callEN.pdf