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Dale Hudson on Fri, 13 Oct 2006 23:40:09 +0200 (CEST)

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Subject: Call for Online New Media/Digital Art: ?Undisclosed Recipients¹ at
FLEFF 2007 (01/11/2006; 26/03­02/04/2007)

Web address: <www.ithaca.edu/fleff>

Types: Call for new media art, digital art, opportunity, announcement

Radically reconfigured for the 21st century in 2006, the Finger Lakes
Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) is a multimedia festival that explores
the theme of sustainability and the environment within a large global
conversation that embraces a range of political, economic, social, and
aesthetic issues, including labour, war, health, disease, music,
intellectual property, fine art, software, remix culture, economics,
archives, AIDS, women¹s rights and human rights.  The festival will take
place from 26 March to 2 April 2007 in Ithaca (New York), USA, and on the

The curators of ?Undisclosed Recipients¹, the online digital art exhibition
for FLEFF 2007, are looking for submissions of online new media/digital art
that explore issues related to the four ?content streams¹ of this year¹s
festival: maps and memes, metropoli, soundscapes, and panic attacks.  (See
details below.)  We are particularly interested in works that underscore the
aesthetics of the political and the politicisation of the aesthetic.
Submissions from artists living and working in the global South are of
particular interest.  Selected works will be exhibited and archived on the
festival¹s official web site.  The exhibition aims to deploy potentially
progressive aspects of globalization, such as digital technologies and
internet communication, as a means to prompt critical dialogues on the often
repressive aspects of globalization, including the rapidly accelerating
disparity among populations in terms of wealth, power, and access to basic
human rights.  ?Undisclosed Recipients¹ aims to bring new media/digital art
that is artistically innovative, socially engaged, and politically urgent to
a larger audience of ?undisclosed recipients¹.

1. Maps and memes

Mapping marks the intersections and exchanges between the real and the
virtual, the material and the abstract, the environment and the conceptual,
the colonial and the emancipatory, the lost and the locatable, the lived and
the imagined.  Maps and mapping stage power relations, control and
surveillance but they also can create trajectories for resistance,
subversion, detours, reorientations. Memes are contagious ideas that travel
through social networks and spaces?often without a map.

2. Metropoli

Fostered by the violent enclosure of the commons and the ruthless
manipulation of nature, the early modern European city personified
capitalist ascendency, imperial ambition, and utopian fantasy. The
21st-century metropolis, however, is a shifting outpost in the global
imaginary: sprawling, fractured, unmappable, unsustainable,
hypercapitalized, terrorized, transfrontiered, post-suburban, subtopian,
ex-urban, new urban, eco-urban, anarcho-urban, cyber-urban, megalopic.

3. Panic attacks

Panic skirts the borders of its own indeterminacy, undermining faith in the
legitimate fear of calamity.  Panic implies overreaction, irrationality,
intense misperception, loss of self, mental and physical suffocation.  As a
social process, panic polices the territories of morality, propriety,
sexuality, racial and gender difference. Oddly, people court panic, at
amusement parks and horror flicks, on cliff sides, in gambling casinos, and
via the intake of psychotropic substances. Panic, after all, reminds us that
we¹re still alive and still want to be.

4. Soundscaping

The environment often fuses with the empirical: the visible and the
measurable. But sound also constitutes its own environment, an endlessly
mutating, mobile, and ephemeral experience inscribing our bodies through
rhythm, pitch, tonality, dynamics.  Soundscaping reconsiders sound as a
sensual, interactive process beyond sight. It immerses us in material,
natural, and social environments.  Soundscaping transforms the aural
landscape, reorganizing our relationships to sound.
See <www.ithaca.edu/fleff/content_streams.php> for expanded descriptions of
this year¹s content streams.  The FLEFF web site also includes links to
works included in ?EcoPoetics¹, the net art exhibition for FLEFF 2006.

Please send submissions, with links and a brief bio, to *BOTH* Dale Hudson
<dhudson {AT} amherst.edu <mailto:dhudson {AT} amherst.edu> > *AND* Sharon Lin Tay
<s.tay {AT} mdx.ac.uk <mailto:s.tay {AT} mdx.ac.uk> > no later than 01 November 2006.
Only work that can be exhibited online can be considered for this exhibit.
Artists working in offline formats, whether analogue or digital, should
submit work to FLEFF under other calls.


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