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<nettime> Migrating Reality call for papers and other variable content

Migrating is reality. Reality is migrating.

The "Migrating Reality Project" ** organized between 04-05 April 2008 at
GdK, Gallerie der Kuenste in Berlin is a live platform to discuss the
mixing and remixing of art forms and digital data flows within the
context of the current worldwide reality of migration.

 From 01 March in cooperation with the online zine balsas.cc for media
and technology (http://www.balsas.cc) we are initiating a focused look
at the migration between reality, media, technologies, art, spaces,
disciplines, politics, and networks. Migration interests us in cultural
and technological aspects as well as in aspects of the movement of
different objects and subjects. Balsas.cc has been publishing online in
Lithuanian and English from Vilnius, Lithuania since 2005. Every fourth
month it announces a new topic and as of now "Migrating Reality" is open
for your interpretation.

We invite the submission of texts, sounds, and visuals (photo, video,
etc) which will help us to delve deeper into the subject during the
Berlin project. Balsas.cc is stimulating interest in the generation and
publishing of ideas online -- the most interesting of which will be
published in the printed catalog at the end of 2008. We are interested
in not only pure texts but also in migrating formats, interdisciplinary
discussions, interviews, and the meetings of artists and theoreticians.
Please submit texts in English, German, and (or??) Lithuanian to
balsas@vilma.cc.  The rolling submission and publication period is from
01 March to 01 June.

Editorial Board: Vytautas Michelkevicius, Mindaugas Gapsevicius,
Zilvinas Lilas and John Hopkins

** Migrating Reality, http://www.migrating-reality.com

The conference and exhibition “Migrating Reality” is organised by >top -
Verein zur Förderung kultureller Praxis e.V. in Berlin and KHM -
Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. It is also generously supported
by the Embassy of Lithuania in Germany within the framework of the
German-Baltic Year 2008.

The event focuses on the Baltic nation of Lithuania. In the last fifteen
years, more than ten percent of Lithuania's population has emigrated,
among them numerous individuals engaged in the cultural sector. Others,
while still living in Lithuania, are deeply engaged with the subject of
migration. Selected individuals from both these groups will present
their work at the conference and exhibition.

Migrating Reality deals specifically with the realities of migration and
migrating realities that are independent of global structural changes
and economic or cultural processes and are opening unique opportunities
for creative exchange.

Electronic and digital cultures generate completely new forms of
migration. In the creative arts, new phenomena related to migration and
the synergies of disparate systems are emerging. Artistic products
evolve from traditional forms to hybrid digital forms. Analogue products
are being digitized; data spaces are trans-located from one data storage
system to another; existing sounds, images, and texts are re-mixed and
fused into new datasets.

The emergent processes of migration generate temporary autonomous zones
where socio-political actions occur without the interference of formal
control mechanisms. These zones and enclaves appear in physical space as
well as in virtual space. By integrating these into available structures
and temporarily interconnecting them, new trajectories and ideas are

Migration is reality and reality is migrating. This dialectic, appearing
as a banal topic in everyday politico-economic debate, includes
unarticulated issues which, by their fragmented nature have to be dealt
with through creative multidisciplinary means. Only occasionally do
components of the migrating global situation surface in the mass media,
within individual mediums of expression, or in exhibitions as
documentation and artwork. This is likely because dealing with the
realities of migration in an explicitly European context means accepting
the potential for conflict.

This trans-cultural German-Lithuanian event will take on the risk in
highlighting certain fragments of the discourse. Participants will be
invited to piece together aspects of this inexorable global mobility on
the one hand and of retrograde power relations on the other.

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