OFFLOAD: SYSTEMS FOR SURVIVAL
13 - 16 September 2007
CITY WIDE: SPIKE ISLAND, WATERSHED, CREATE, CUBE + OUTDOORS
OFFLOAD SYSTEMS FOR SURVIVAL - is the UK’s first interdisciplinary network media and systems arts event on nature, sustainability and ecology.
OFFLOAD brings together international, national and local artists and practitioners interested in creating socially engaged work that use new and existing media to address the core themes of ‘Trade, Network and Nomads’ and ‘Health, Wealth and Play’.
Over thirty artists will be participating in this city-wide project, presenting work that explores the themes of ‘Trade, Networks and Nomads’ and ‘Health, Wealth and Play’, interrogating ideas such as the commodification of our physical and virtual environments, and exploring the discourses and knowledge’s that have influenced our contemporary sociocultural, economic and ecological circumstances.
Central to OFFLOAD is the concept of ‘SYSTEMS FOR SURVIVAL’ - whether you consider that we have already passed an environmental ‘tipping’ point or that we are living in a post- apocalyptic state, is no longer the issue - as we are in a continual state of survival. To address our current-state-of-play an interdisciplinary approach is central. For this reason, OFFLOAD brings together artists and practitioners from different disciplines - sound and video art, computer science and net art, design, architecture, academia, broadcasting, live art and performance.
To this end several of the practitioners invited to take part in the physical OFFLOAD event have created work, which addresses the working conditions, trade agreements, technological and ecological systems we currently operate in.
Artists and practitioners including: Futurefarmers, Amy Balkin (US), Exzyt (FR), Juha Huuskonen & Tuomo Tammenpaa, Dodo (FI), Interferenze (IT), Andre Goncalves (PT), LYSN ensemble (NL/UK), Minimaforms, Polar Produce, Joby Burgess, Duncan Speakman, Jane Porter & Kat Anderson, Heath Bunting, Kate Rich, Richard Wright/Mongrel, John Thackara, Amy Feneck & James Dalby, Angela Piccini, Birgit Binder, Guy Dobson & Rachel Davies, Simon Harlow, James Kennard, Science Communication Unit/UWE, Jem Noble, Will Plowman, Matt Davies, Umbrellaspokes (UK)
CALL FOR ONLINE SUBMISSION:
Submissions are now open for the OFFLOAD ONLINE EXHIBITION. The online exhibition is a virtual extension of the physical event, which will grow as OFFLOAD develops, plus become an archive and document of work in this field.
To participate and submit your project details, go to:
Full details about online criteria and submission process are accessible via this site.
OFFLOAD was developed and curated by Polar Produce - an interdisciplinary company who work across media-live art and research. The group are based in Bristol, UK and include Teresa Dillon, Kathy Hinde, Philip O’Dwyer and Maarten de Laat.
OFFLOAD was developed in partnership with Watershed, Spike Island and CREATE and is funded by Watershed, The Finnish Institute and the British Music Information Centre with support from Bristol Visual Arts Consortium, BBC, Christian Aid: Cut the Carbon March, Media Arts Bath, Science Communication Unit, Bristol University, Cube Microplex Cinema.