The 15th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) began its yearlong exploration of Microtopias with concerts, workshops, master classes, performances, and films during the spring. The exploration continues this fall with a juried competition and online exhibition.
FLEFF invites submissions of new media art, tactical media, radical cartography, computer games, locative media, and interactive video for Distributed Microtopias, a juried competition and online exhibition for which one prize of USD250 will be awarded.
Micro means small, utopia identifies imagined, cooperative systems of harmony.
Microtopias ask us to imagine the world otherwise, without constraints and limitations, to improve the immediate environment. Microtopias congregate people, ideas, and practices on a local, sustainable, decentralized scale. Microtopias catalyzes social interaction, collective participation, and changes in the landscape. Microtopias transform the world by making policed boundaries more permeable.
If utopia resides nowhere, microtopias emerge everywhere. If utopia suggests perfection, microtopia defines adaptation. If utopia is remote, microtopia mesmerizes. Utopias never change; microtopias never stay the same. Tactical, temporary, disruptive, distilled, microtopias show us how to inhabit the world in a better way. Ephemeral and transitory openings, microtopias map the realm of the possible, an invitation to live in a shared world. Rather than a grand narrative and a large scale, microtopias propose temporary, dynamic, shared worlds, a field of forces shaped on a sustainable scale.
Distributed Microtopias seeks projects that run across distributed networks like the Internet to provoke and educate from remote locations on a sustainable scale, that expand knowledge rather than contain it, and that invite participation and exploration, and that unhinge familiar habits of thinking to envision new possibilities for historical and cultural clarity.
Enrico Aditjondro of EngageMedia (Indonesia) will serve as the juror for the competition with FLEFF Digital Curator Dale Hudson of New York University Abu Dhabi (UAE/USA).
Please send submissions with a brief bio in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15 August 2012. The exhibition is scheduled to go live in September 2012.
For additional information about FLEFF, including last year’s Digital Checkpoints and Trafficked Identities online exhibitions, please visit festival web site.
FLEFF: A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT