Daphne Dragona
Since 2004
Works in Athens Greece

BIO
Daphne Dragona is a media arts curator based in Athens. Her exhibitions and events the last few years have focused on the notion of play and its merging with art as a form of networking and resistance. She has worked with Fournos Center for Digital Culture (Greece) , LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre (Spain), Alta Tegnologia Andina (Peru) and with the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. She is also a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies of the University of Athens and a member of the Personal Cinema collective.

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OPPORTUNITY

HYBRID CITY II: Subtle rEvolutions


Deadline:
Fri Feb 08, 2013 23:59

Location:
Athens, Greece

The HYBRID CITY II: Subtle rEvolutions
Conference, workshops, exhibition and parallel events
23-25 May 2013
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
www.media.uoa.gr/hybridcity


Call for projects


Hybrid City II, in collaboration with the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST) addresses a call for projects relevant to this year's conference theme, "Subtle rEvolutions". Works will be presented as part of an online exhibition to be launched during the Hybrid City events and will also be on view at the Media Lounge of the Museum.


Theme

ICTs, whether mobile, wireless or embedded in persistent architectural forms, facilitate the collection and dissemination of data, infusing the physical expression of the city with digital layers of content, contributing thus to the emergence of new hybridized spatial logics and novel forms of social interaction. These systems and the hybrid spatial experience they afford, encourage encounters among users; both embodied and mediated, and influence community dynamics, giving rise to networks around common interests and collectives of affect. Sometimes, such groups, irrespective of how ephemeral, unstable and dispersed they may be, negotiate a new kind of engagement with the urban environment and civic life, suggesting thus an organizational paradigm that manages to surpass traditional vertical hierarchies of space and consequently of power and control. Such configurations among communities, locations, contexts and intentions were manifested intensely in the interlinking of protest events around the world since 2011, the Arab Spring uprisings, the Occupy movement and anti-austerity demonstrations in Southern Europe, but they also gradually permeate everyday life in the contemporary metropolis.
As sharing and collaborative tactics migrate from online culture to the urban realm and ICTs become increasingly open and personalized, rich opportunities for new forms of participation in civic life arise. Citizens may be enabled to access information about the city and also to become involved in the production, collection and distribution of data related to urban matters. Hybrid City considers a further investigation of such processes of crucial importance, so as to gain a deeper understanding of the effect they have on the urban experience and to explore their contribution in shaping the future cities.

Topics of interest:

• Open cities, open urban data.
• Environmental sensing and the Internet of things.
• Urban data visualization.
• Environmental perception, cognition, immersion and presence in the context of hybrid urban spaces.
• Citizen science and peer production of knowledge.
• Psychosocial perspectives into the impact of locative and pervasive media use.
• Placemaking, place attachment and place identity in the hybrid city.
• Cartography of hybrid spaces.
• Mobile commons and wireless practices.
• Public spaces and mediated presence.
• Gamifying the urban space: playful engagement and game-like citizenship.
• Hybrid spaces of conflict: forms of power and counterpower in the networked city.
• Tactical media practices in the urban context.
• From open data to data commons.
• Open source models of policy and governance.
• Emerging currencies and values.
• Issues of data ownership and copyrights in hybrid urban contexts.

Questions addressed:

• Openness vs. privacy. How much openness do we really need? Is there a danger in too much openness actually leading to transparency?
• Whose data is open data? Who has access to them and who could potentially make a profit out of them?
• How can citizens become motivated to contribute? How do they remain actively involved? Who benefits from such collective contributions?
• Are there any dangers in the city becoming too smart? What are potential tactics of disruption of such an emergence?

In this context, we welcome submissions of works that reflect the changes and dynamics of today’s cityscape and offer citizens new modes of information processing and understanding. We wish to present critical perspectives and initiatives which are rEvolutionary, in the sense that through originality and innovation they contribute to shaping the future of the hybrid city, bringing forth change, perhaps subtle or gradual, but radical nonetheless.

This can include, but is not limited to:

• online or downloadable digital tools,

• urban data visualizations,

• data flow mappings, digital cartographies,

• models for emerging alternatives,

• online documentation of innovative practices and tactics.

Projects do not need to be strictly net-based but they do need to provide sufficient information online.
Projects which will not involve digital technology in their production and do not refer to the theme addressed in this call will not be considered.

Submissions should include:


• A 300 word description of the project.

• A 200 word biographical description of the creator/s.

• URL of the project and other related links.

• Technical specifications.

Deadline: 8 February 2013
Please submit your project online: www.media.uoa.gr/hybridcity

All projects will be reviewed and selected by curators from the “Hybrid City II” organization committee, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens and the partner institutions (BIS and CIANT).

Please note that creators wishing to have their work published as a paper and presented in the conference must have already submitted an abstract under the call for papers.

The “Hybrid City” events are realized in the context of the “City as a Hybrid Interface – HYBRI-C” project of the EACEA Culture programme 2007-2013 (the partners in the project are: URIAC, Athens, BIS – Body Process Arts Association, İstanbul, CIANT, Prague and Fearless, Marseille). For more information on the project visit: http://hybri-city-project.eu/.

For any queries or further info please contact us at: hybridcityathens [at] gmail [dot] com


OPPORTUNITY

Hybrid City II: Subtle [R]Evolutions


Deadline:
Sat Oct 20, 2012 23:59

Location:
Greece

Conference, workshops, exhibition and parallel events

23-25 May 2013


Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the urban condition, as a result of ongoing developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and of their integration in the urban physical context. After the successful homonymous symposium in 2011, the second edition of Hybrid City has grown into a peer reviewed conference, aiming to promote dialogue and knowledge exchange among experts drawn from academia, as well as artists, designers, researchers, advocates, stakeholders and decision makers, actively involved in addressing questions on the nature of the technologically mediated urban activity and experience.

Hybrid City Conference 2013, in Athens, Greece, will consist of three days of paper presentations, discussions, workshops and satellite events, under the theme “Subtle r-Evolutions”. The events will be hosted by the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and are in particular organized by the University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC), in collaboration with the New Technologies Laboratory of the faculty. The main venue of the conference is the central, historic building of the University of Athens, while workshops, projects’ presentations and parallel events will take place in collaborating centers and institutions in the center of Athens.

The “Hybrid City” events are realized in the context of the “City is a Hybrid Interface – HYBRI-C” project of the EACEA Culture programme 2007-2013.

Theme – Subtle rEvolutions

ICTs, whether mobile, wireless or embedded in persistent architectural forms, facilitate the collection and dissemination of data, infusing the physical expression of the city with digital layers of content, contributing thus to the emergence of new hybridized spatial logics and novel forms of social interaction. These systems and the hybrid spatial experience they afford, encourage encounters among users; both embodied and mediated, and influence community dynamics, giving rise to networks around common interests and collectives of affect. Sometimes, such groups, irrespective of how ephemeral, unstable and dispersed they may be, negotiate a new kind of engagement with the urban environment and civic life, suggesting thus an organizational paradigm that manages to surpass traditional vertical hierarchies of space and consequently of power and control. Such configurations among communities, locations, contexts and intentions were manifested intensely in the interlinking of protest events around the world since 2011, the Arab Spring uprisings, the Occupy movement and anti-austerity demonstrations in Southern Europe, but they also gradually permeate everyday life in the contemporary metropolis.

As sharing and collaborative tactics migrate from online culture to the urban realm and ICTs become increasingly open and personalized rich opportunities for new forms of participation in civic life arise. Citizens are enabled to access information about the city but also to become involved in the production, collection and distribution of data related to urban matters. The Hybrid City Conference considers a further investigation of such processes of crucial importance, so as to gain a deeper understanding of the effect they have on the urban experience and to explore their contribution in shaping the future cities. In this respect, Hybrid City cordially invites papers both of a theoretical and practical approach that present concepts, case studies, projects, works of art and best practices that promote the discussion on the theme. Emphasizing the inherently interdisciplinary nature of technologically mediated urban activity, we welcome proposals which critically examine, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Open cities, open urban data.
• Environmental sensing and the Internet of things.
• Urban data visualization.
• Environmental perception, cognition, immersion and presence in the context of hybrid urban spaces.
• Citizen science and peer production of knowledge.
• Psychosocial perspectives into the impact of locative and pervasive media use.
• Placemaking, place attachment and place identity in the hybrid city.
• Cartography of hybrid spaces.
• Mobile commons and wireless practices.
• Public spaces and mediated presence.
• Gamifying the urban space: playful engagement and game-like citizenship.
• Hybrid spaces of conflict: forms of power and counterpower in the networked city.
• Tactical media practices in the urban context.
• From open data to data commons.
• Open source models of policy and governance.
• Emerging currencies and values.
• Issues of data ownership and copyrights in hybrid urban contexts.

Keynote speakers confirmed so far:
• Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Technology, University of Texas, Dallas, Co Chair Art-Science Program, Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies, Marseille
• Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing and Head of the School of Computer Science at The University of Nottingham, member of the Mixed Reality Laboratory and of Horizon, author of ‘Performing Mixed Reality’ (with Gabriella Giannachi), MIT Press.
• Eric Kluitenberg, independent theorist and writer on culture, media, and technology, editor in chief of Tactical Media Files, an online documentation resource of Tactical Media practices worldwide.

All accepted papers will be included in the printed conference proceedings.

Submissions for papers:
Submissions should include:
Maximum of 1000 words extended abstract.
Biographical statement of no more than 250 words.
Submissions should be uploaded using the online platform: http://uranus.media.uoa.gr/hc2/?q=submitpaper.
They should be either in Word or PDF format, and not exceed 10 Mb in size.

Important Dates:

All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified before the 20th of December 2012. Final submission of full papers will be expected no later than the 20th of February 2013.
Deadline of Abstract Submission: 20 October 2012.
Notification of Acceptance: 20 December 2012.
Deadline of Full Paper Submission: 20 February 2013.
Conference Dates: 23-25 May 2013.
Language English

The “Hybrid City” events are realized in the context of the “City is a Hybrid Interface – HYBRI-C” project of the EACEA Culture programme 2007-2013 (partners of URIAC in the project are: BIS – Body Process Arts Association, İstanbul, CIANT, Prague and Fearless, Marseille). For more information on the project visit: http://hybri-city-project.eu/.

For any queries or further info please contact us at: hybridcityathens [at] gmail [dot] com


EVENT

Esse, Nosse, Posse: Common Wealth for Common People


Dates:
Wed Apr 28, 2010 00:00 - Wed Apr 28, 2010

Location:
Greece

The network society and especially the internet culture of the last twenty years has changed our mode of working, communicating and living. The numerous and continuously evolving digital networks of people, institutions, movements and organisatations have been based on the new possibilities of technology but have also given birth to new forms of economy and value that fit into the immaterial time and space of flows. The elements of collaboration, collective intelligence, free and common knowledge have now become principal and have empowered a multitude of people that believe in the new potentialities given in the networked reality. This digital multitude, the new contemporary creative working class, surpassed the borders between work and leisure, driven by a desire to learn, to share, to collaborate. The notions of the attention economy, the gift economy, the common wealth, the immaterial, affective but also precarious labour are frequenty used to describe the phenomena of our era. But, what is the meaning of these new features of economy in times of global financial crisis?

What role do the networks really play? Can the offer alternative and sustainable models of collaboration and production? Or they are a contemporary illusion that contributes to the difficulties and adversities that the contemporary multitude needs to face?

The new online exhibition hosted in the website of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, aims to focus on the new forms of labor as well as on the new values and costs emerging in the new connected reality and it therefore presents:

- artists' projects and critical perspectives commenting on the new forms of internet economy,
- initiatives and open platforms by independent creators who encourage the use of free and open software, the exchange of knowledge and experience,
- texts by critics and media theorists on networks, economy and the arts.

Contributing artists and theorists: Burak Arikan & Engin Erdogan (Τurkey), Samuel Bianchini (France), Michael Bielicky, Kamila B. Richter (Chech Republic/ Germany), Marcelo Expósito (Spain), Furtherfield (UK), Pat Kane (UK), Carlos Katastrofsky (Austria), Dmytri Kleiner (Germany) , Nicholas Knouf (USA), Tobias Leingruber (Germany)/ Jamie Wilkinson (USA)/ Greg Leuch (USA), Aarton Koblin & Daniel Massey (USA), Geert Lovink (Netherlands), MediaShed & Eyebeam (UK/ USA), Molleindustria (Italy) Ge Jin aka Jingle (China), Matteo Pasquinelli (Italy), Platoniq.net (Spain), Juan Martin Prada (Spain), Kate Rich (UK), Stephanie Rotenberg & Jeff Crouse (USA), Trebor Scholz (USA), Anders Weberg (Sweden)

Curated by Daphne Dragona

The online exhibition “Esse, Nosse, Posse: Common Wealth for Common People” has the form of an open platfrom aiming to be continuously enriched and updated with proposals, works, initiatives and texts on the specific field.


EVENT

UNREALTIME


Dates:
Thu Oct 22, 2009 00:00 - Thu Oct 22, 2009

Location:
Greece

Mark Amerika
UNREALTIME


Retrospective exhibition

The National Museum of Contemporary Art presents from October 22nd, 2009 until January 3rd, 2010, for the first time in Greece, a retrospective exhibition of the American artist and pioneer in the media arts field, Mark Amerika. The first presentation of his work in Greece took place in the framework of EMST’s online exhibition titlted e-critures (2008).

By emphasizing the construction of new digital identities and fictional personas, as well as the cross-correlation of new histories and mythologies in website, Amerika investigates the ways by which the somatic-sensory experience evolves into a new “Life Style Practice”. He perceives the networked and interconnected digital space as an inventive remix machine, a multimedia network publishing platform, an exhibition space, a performance venue, a conceptual art canvas, a computer supported collaborative research lab and an an experiential design playground. His work, therefore, work is a critical reflection of the different sides of today’s digital culture offering an opportunity to speculate on the ways our lives are changing in the contemporary realm.

Amerika describes himself as a “thoughtographer”, an “artist-medium”, a “fictional philosopher”, a “remixologist”, a “network conductor”, a wonderer who constantly changes identities and roles in a fragmentary world where time acquires an a-synchronic and non real dimension. By trying to express the complexity and the interest of contemporary digital reality, he delves into different aspects of himself and draws on elements and traits that he transfers to the characters of his works, by using the media the technological platforms of our time. Developing projects on the net, filming with mobile phones, remixing common moments and figures of today`s culture in an VJ-like audiovisual rhythm, Amerika redifines the characteristics of today’s culture and opens up the possibilities for new interpretations and thoughts from the audience itself.

Having been characterized as a "Time Magazine 100 Innovator" between the most influential artists, scientists, entertainers and philosophers of the 21st century, and having been acknowledged by museums, art-centers and festivals with solo exhibitions and presentations around the world, Amerika is an example not only of an important artist but of a multi dimensional personality. This becomes apparent not only from his work but also from his lifestyle, which is directly interwoven with digital culture.

Mark Amerika is a net artist, a published novelist, an experimental essayist and a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to his artistic work, Amerika also gives performances, lectures, and workshops on new media culture, electronic literature, web publishing, Internet art and theory, live audio/visual and VJ performance, hypertext, hactivism, and Web 2.0. He is also the author of many books, including the published collection of artist writings META/DATA: A digital poetics (The MIT press, 2007).

http://www.markamerika.com/


Curated by: Daphne Dragona

Opening: Thursday 22 October 2009, 8 pm
Duration: 23 October 2009 – 3 January 2010


The artist will present his work on Friday the 23rd of October, at 7 pm in the context of the programme “The artists meet the audience”.

Title of talk: “Living in Unrealitime: A networked narrative”.




With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens


National Museum of Contemporary Art
Building of the Athens Conservatory:
Vas. Georgiou


EVENT

VIDEO GAMES: Tales of Play, Adventures of the Unexpected


Dates:
Wed Jul 22, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jul 21, 2009

Location:
Peru

VIDEO GAMES: Tales of Play, Adventures of the Unexpected
(VIDEO JUEGOS: HISTORIAS LUDICAS, AVENTURAS INSOLITAS)
23 July - 4 October 2009
Centro Fundación Telefónica
Lima, Peru

“VIDEO GAMES: Tales of Play, Adventures of the Unexpected” is an exhibition
on the fantasy worlds and the gaming territories of our times. Through the presentation
of the works of well-known artists and independent game creators, the exhibition aims to
introduce new perspectives for the worlds we inhabit, the experiences we share
and the ways we are being influenced. Questioning the expectations we have
from today’s games, the roles we are used to take on and the rules we have
learned to pay attention to, the games presented invite us to skip the common
formalisms being imposed to the gaming worlds. Can we jump back into the
magic circles seeking for moments of playfulness, interactivity and exploration?
The works of the artists break down the common barriers, escape the usual
norms and open up to different directions that reform games’ aesthetics,
structures and mechanisms. Vividness and excitement are no longer based on
competition, scores and perplex constraints, but rather on new play tactics and
behaviors that are being encouraged within game environments. Joining worlds of
creativity and collaboration, intimacy and affection, contemplation and care,
adventure and surprise, visitors are invited to keep the play instinct alive,
following their own paths and interpretations.

with the participation of:
Martin Butler, "The Girlfriend Experience"
Brody Condon, "Default Properties();"
Joseph DeLappe, "The Salt Satyagraha Online: Gandhi's March to Dandi in Second Life"
Markus Doninger/ Oma International, "Tagtool"
Yuichiro Katsumoto, "Amagatana"
Julian Oliver, "levelHead"
Ludic Society, "Toygenosonic"
Eddo Stern, "Level sounds like devil (BabyInChrist vs His Father, May 2006)
Tale of Tales, " The Path"
thatgamecompany, "Flower"
Bill Viola & USC EA Game Innovation Lab, " The Night Journey"
Valentin Yoshimoto, "Play it loud!"

curated by:
Daphne Dragona

parallel workshop program with:
Ludic Society, Markus Doninger, Yuichiro Katsumoto, Valentin Yoshimoto

organised by:
ATA & Centro Fundación Telefónica