Transmediale 2012 – Open Calls: Thematic Call for Works 2012 / Vilém Flusser Residency Programme 2012

Thematic Call for Works 2012
The selected works will form part of our extensive exhibition, screening, performance and conference programme. Projects may also be entered for the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme (formerly Award), taking the form of a 2 month artistic research residency jointly run by tm and Universität der Künste in Berlin (UdK).

With the conceptual framework of in/compatible we are looking for artistic works in any genre and format that either explicitly or in more subtle ways engage the incompatible nature of contemporary technological cultures.  We imagine that these works rather than anticipating resolution, address, accentuate and invest in the unresolved tensions across translocal media practices and systems.  In particular we are calling for works take us by surprise by not quite „fitting in“.

Works taken into consideration for the program can be related to the following keywords and areas: Dissensual aesthetics, hacktivism, operating systems, speculative realisms, queer technologies, strange ontologies, displacements, ecologies, psychedelia(s), glitches, spam, media-archaeologies, technological obsolescence, haunted media, reverse remediations, the untimely, erotics, ambivalences, tools, law, anxieties, confusions, violence, obscurities, junk, addictions, restlessness, user-unfriendliness, destructions, attractions, surveillance, accidents, dysfunctionality, isolation, punk, feedback as distortion, surrealisms, aggressiveness, the uncommon, frustrations, spiritualities, risks, dubious calculations, psychosis, uneven structures, crimes.

Deadline: August 31, 2011
Notification: October 2011

Read about the full conceptual framework, the application procedure and the Conditions of Entry:


Vilém Flusser Residency Programme 2012
For Vilém Flusser theory and praxis are intrinsically tied to each other. His nomadic thinking was shaped by a philosophy of positions, the experimental testing of different ways of thinking and the linking of different disciplines and methodologies played a significant role for him.

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.

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


The program starts from April 2012 on as a 2 month work-and research-residency in Berlin.  The applicant selected by the jury will have the opportunity to further develop the submitted  project during the time of the residency. The program includes:
• travel costs to Berlin
• accommodation costs in Berlin
• stipend of 1000 EUR per month
• studio / workspace in the Flusser Archive at the University of Arts (UDK) in Berlin.

Further details of the project presentation at the transmediale festival and Flusser Archive will be negotiated directly with the applicant.

Deadline: August 31, 2011
Notification: October 2011

Read the full conceptual framework, about the application procedure and the Conditions of Entry:     

transmediale is a project of the Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH,
in cooperation with the House of World Cultures and funded
by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Kristoffer Gansing // artistic director
in/compatible // transmediale.12, 31 jan-5 feb 2011 //

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