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Alexandru Patatics on Tue, 19 Feb 2002 15:37:03 +0100 (CET)


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Dear colleagues,
this is the last call for applications which should be sent by March 1st
2002.

Key words: Death, Life, Body, Poison, Oxymoron , Fatal Sex, Biotechnology,
Artificial Life, ...


CALL FOR ENTRIES - BREAK 21/2002

Break 21
6th International Festival of Young Emerging Artists

May 19th – 24th, 2002
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Integral description of the festival: http://www.break21.com

Organiser
K6/4, Kersnikova 6, Ljubljana, Slovenia

THEME

“Dead or Alive”

“Dead or Alive” implicates the urge, which tends to satisfy something at all
costs,
taking no regard whether it demands the life to be taken. It is assumed,
that it
represents something, for which, imperatively, it is greater than life or
death. In
the tendency to give up life as the highest value, the sacrifice is
implicated or
some urgent denunciation in the economy of one’s own life, which we could
call a
particular death, for the sole purpose – to accomplish something.
In the title, the initial question appears. It questions death and life; it
demands an
answer to the question about definitions, what is actually dead and what is
alive.
To what extent something is dead, though only inert; to what extent
something is
alive, though tends to be prolonged with the help of machines; how to
understand organic material in the cryobanks and how biotechnical
mechanisms/organisms? Are the cyber space and avatars with artificial
intelligence, which are present in the Hollywood apparatus of the imaginary
or the
top cyber laboratories, our or the parallel world? Bionics and eugenics
establish
new paradigms of life and death as much as nanomechanics and intelligent
neuronic nets. Artificial life is the oxymoron, which penetrates the core of
our
theme.
Questions, posed to us by high technology, are still utterly legitimate in
traditional sense, since we understand them through the perspective of
modern
age. Intermingling of everyday violence, which we encounter in the streets,
car
accidents, murders, suicides, diseases, wars and catastrophes on higher
scales
are balancing with births, rebirths, changes of identity and initiations,
creations of
new life situations and cosmic phenomena. Religious repertoires and great
ideologies are all built upon dichotomy of life and death. They tend to be
valid
within the scale of the universal, while moments of ecstasy during
meditation or
sex, pain and dreams are utterly intimate and identical to themselves.
Mental
deviations, such as insanity, psychosis, neurosis, obsessions, paranoia and
hysteric states were interpreted as a kind of intermediary state between
life and
death in primitive cultures, while in modern societies, the border between
the
healthy as an attribute of life and the ill as an attribute of death is
being
obliterated.

Life and death are great themes of art and a lot has been said about them,
however, some things can’t be talked about too many times. Our intention is
for
artists to deal with them innovatively, through the perspective of new art
and
research artistic practice, which owns a tactical value that points more at
the
poetics of life than poetics, which is already known from traditional
aesthetic
paradigms. Forms of expression may not be products and aesthetic artefacts
but
rather processes, states, situations … that comprise the dimension of time –
transition.

FIELDS

- THEORY: we will organise a series of lectures and presentations and the
texts
  will be published in the catalogue. We will also publish essays, theoretic
  and critical texts of the selected theme. The emphasis will be put
primarily
  on the texts, which deal with the complex of life and death through the
  perspective of contemporary and new art.
- VISUAL ARTS: computer-assisted art (from web art to robotics), comics,
  graphic prints, digital prints, photographs, interactive works, visual
  communication (subvertising), etc.
- PERFORMATIVE ARTS
- INTERMEDIA ARTS
- MOBILE PICTURES: films in all categories will be presented at the
festival:
  documentaries, fiction, video art, animated films, experimental films,
short
  films ...
- MUSIC and SOUND: concerts, sound installations and intermedia
performances,
  in which sound holds the priority.
- ARCHITECTURE: we are interested in the projects, which sublimate themes of
  life and death in the most radical meanings. Architectural semiology
should
  be oriented towards conceptual projects and less towards utilitarian
  realisations.
- APPLIED ARTS: although we recognise the fashion creativity through fashion
  machinery of the consumer society, we decided to underline the part of a
  designing production, which holds highly personalised approach and thus
point
  at semiology of dressing, which wrenches from the vice of mass economy.
- CULINARY ARTS

DEADLINE

Call for applications should be sent by March 1st  2002 to the following
address:

Študentski kulturni center
Break 21
Kersnikova 6
SI - 1000 LJUBLJANA

e-mail: break21 {AT} k6-4.org


phone: ++ 386 (0)1 438 03 00
fax:   ++ 386 (0)1 438 02 02


Thank you!

Andreja Kralj
Coordinator of the Festival

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