ed marszewski
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OPPORTUNITY

Call for Participation VERSION>08 DARK MATTER


Deadline:
Mon Feb 25, 2008 00:00

Version>08 DARK MATTER
April 17 - APRIL 27, 2008
Chicago, USA
Call for Participation
Deadline for submissions: FEBRUARY 25, 2008
version site:: http://www.versionfest.com

DARK MATTER
In 2008, Dark Matter is all around us. Us artists, us activists, us outlaws. All of us, we are engaged in a culture war and economic struggle against establishments in all their guises. We form communities to counter the alienation of everyday life, and the commercial and institutional structures that stifle reality. We desire another world.

And we're not alone. As artist-activist Greg Sholette says, "a hidden social production has always found its own time and space apart from hegemonies of power and the objectifying routines of work. This dark matter resistance extends well beyond conventional conflicts between labor and capital to form a murky excrescence of affects, ideas, histories, sentiments, and technologies that shift in and out of visibility like some half-submerged reef."

In 2008, we think it's time for things to shift. It's time to re-ignite dormant forces within the murky worlds of radical culture. It's time to dive.

And how? From April 17-27 (11 days), we are gathering to celebrate, identify, discuss and act on the workings of Dark Matter. Version>08: DARK MATTER will showcase emerging, progressive trends in art, politics, technology and music. We'll gather and see how our peers in the counterculture create work, spaces, tactics and strategies. We'll witness multiple possibilities for the future, and leave ready to act.

Please visit http://www.lumpen.com/V8/theme.html to see what we are looking for and submit your project.


OPPORTUNITY

Proximity Magazine Beta issue


Deadline:
Sun Mar 02, 2008 00:00

The producers of Version Festival ( http://www.versionfest.com ] would like to announce a call for proposals for our new project, Proximity magazine. We are seeking columnists, writers and critics to join us in producing the beta issue. Please check out our writer guidelines if you are interested. http://proximitymagazine.blogspot.com/
or email:: proximitymagazine@gmail.com |

:: what is going on::

Proximity is a magazine dedicated to contemporary art and culture. Our mission is to amplify discourse on local and global art ecologies. We hope to serve as a map - of artists, collectives and alternative spaces to commercial galleries, museums and universities - as means of connecting and cultivating sustainable creative communities.

We want to see our practices in proximity to each other. We want to see comprehensive coverage of art practices in Chicago and beyond. Our hope is to promote healthy, diverse and participatory art worlds for all. We feel now is always the time to bring allied fronts in art and culture, criticism and production to a wider audience. We feel that a magazine which covers a wider range of art practice in the city and beyond can help fuel an increased awareness of art in the Chicago mediaverse.

:: specifics ::

Along side thematic essays and articles, Proximity will feature artist, gallery/space and collector profiles, exhibition reviews, critical essays on contemporary art practices, an Artist Portfolio displaying high quality reproductions of artist's work, columns and commentary on Chicago and regional art scenes, and an extensive Directory section giving coverage to cultural places and events. Maps, personal guides, and in-depth coverage of local cultural scenes will ensure that our magazine becomes a useful and critical guide to Chicago's art worlds. The magazine's online component will also host a guide to the best cultural offerings of the city, contain a database of gallery and space listings, up-to-date exhibition and artist reviews, discussions, commentary and access to editorial content of the magazine.


EVENT

Version>08 DARK MATTER


Dates:
Fri Feb 01, 2008 00:00 - Fri Feb 01, 2008

Version>08 DARK MATTER
April 17 - APRIL 27, 2008
Chicago, USA
Call for Participation

Deadline for submissions: FEBRUARY 25, 2008
version site:: http://www.versionfest.com

DARK MATTER
In 2008, Dark Matter is all around us. Us artists, us activists, us outlaws. All of us, we are engaged in a culture war and economic struggle against establishments in all their guises. We form communities to counter the alienation of everyday life, and the commercial and institutional structures that stifle reality. We desire another world.

And we're not alone. As artist-activist Greg Sholette says, "a hidden social production has always found its own time and space apart from hegemonies of power and the objectifying routines of work. This dark matter resistance extends well beyond conventional conflicts between labor and capital to form a murky excrescence of affects, ideas, histories, sentiments, and technologies that shift in and out of visibility like some half-submerged reef."

In 2008, we think it's time for things to shift. It's time to re-ignite dormant forces within the murky worlds of radical culture. It's time to dive.

And how? From April 17-27 (11 days), we are gathering to celebrate, identify, discuss and act on the workings of Dark Matter. Version>08: DARK MATTER will showcase emerging, progressive trends in art, politics, technology and music. We'll gather and see how our peers in the counterculture create work, spaces, tactics and strategies. We'll witness multiple possibilities for the future, and leave ready to act.

Please visit http://www.lumpen.com/V8/theme.html to see what we are looking for and submit your project.


EVENT

Version>03 festival


Dates:
Wed Mar 26, 2003 00:00 - Sat Jan 18, 2003

Version>03 :: Digital Arts Convergence
Exploring the multitudes of technology / society / arts / activism and culture

March 26-30 2003 : :: Chicago

For its second annual festival of digital media arts, the MCA and Select Media examine two forceful trends, Globalization (the merging of economies) and Singularity (the adaptation of man to machine), as seen, created, and debated by programmers, artists, scientists, activists and critical thinkers. The five-day festival, Technotopia vs. Technopacalypse, brings together emerging and leading practitioners employing or responding to the latest advancements in virtual reality, robotics, biotech, and other such technology defining our time. The roster featured in concerts, films, installation labs, workshops, and panel discussions consists of proponents as well as critics of the latest developments.

Many believe the earth as a living system may collapse within the next few decades unless we take global actions at every level to bring in sustainable development and change the direction of the current dominating systems. Others believe benevolent applications of technology and science will save us from ourselves. And still others think the techno fetishization is a waste of time.

Version>03 will explore technotopian and technopacalyptic visions of the present and future through discussion, symposia, workshops, performance, installations, video and film screenings, and exhibitions. By examining practices, tools and ideas that direct us into the future, we hope to encourage dialogue, direction and action towards addressing real and speculative forces arrayed in the 21st century.

We will have conversations and investigations on topics identifying the technologies, cultures and economies affecting the creation of technotopian and technopacalyptic futures such as: wireless networks as strategic media; contestational robotics; new and old tools for radicals; tactical media projects; freenet open source cultures; fear and terror economies; resistant virtualities and global solidarity networks; security culture; robot armies and non-lethal weaponry; direct action strategies; parasitic media; genetically engineered foods; nano-technology; campaigning; tactical magic; technology and agriculture, and many other issues.

Projects to be featured at version>03 include:
tactical vending, freenetproliferation, gameboy music workshop, skillshare workshops, direct action workshops, experimental lectures, telepresence, virtual reality devices, streaming media workshops, surveillance practices, version>03 Video library, alt.space networking, power mapping and others.

This year Version>03 will take place at seven locations througout Chicago centering around the loop and the West Town areas. The central conference and performance program will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The MCA theatre program offers four days of musical performances, films, and a series of panel discussions. The Version Lab, adjacent to the theater, provides performance space for multimedia artists, video makers, and musicans. The lobby is transformed into an informational space for web installations and demonstrations by some of the best in the emergent media arts cultures.

As part of Version>03 the Chicago Cultural Center hosts Temporary Reconstruction Network Structure (TRNS), a thematic exhibition on the Singularity. The central component of TRNS is a series of immersive structures constructed using geodesic domes/pods. Supplementing these domes/pods are video projections, video and sound installations, sculpture, and robots. A film series runs during TRNS hours in the Claudia Cassidy Theater.

Alternative art/performance spaces, Buddy, Heaven Gallery, and Open-End Gallery as well as SAIC's 1926 gallery will host installations, events/performances and the 2nd Annual Cassette Jockey Battle. The Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois Chicago will be open to the public during the festival featuring works by VR artists. A free bike system will be available to visitors and attendees of version>03 for transport to and fro the locations of the festival. Mass transit also provides easy access to all of the facilities.

Selected programs of Version>03 are organized with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; the Department of Film, Video, and New Media at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC); the Visiting Artist Program at SAIC; Nomads & Homesteaders at SAIC; the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois Chicago; the Department of Radio, TV, and Film at Northwestern University; and the Block Museum of Art.

Four-day pass to panels, films, lectures, hands-on workshops at MCA $15
Each 8pm concert at MCA $15
Chicago Cultural Center and 1926 gallery programs are free to the public
Electronic Visualization Laboratory programs at the UIC are also open and free to the public
Version Evening events (after 9pm) are $5-10 at Open End, Buddy and Heaven.

Inquries regarding :
articles interviews and essays, web based works, film and video submissions are still welcome. A festival cd, dvd, and festival reader will be released during the convergence.

inquiries to ed marszewski ed@lumpen.com

materials to:
version>03
960 w 31st street
chicago ill 60608
u$a


DISCUSSION

V.03 Call for ideas: technotopia v. technopocalypse


Call for ideas::

Version>03 a.digital.arts.convergence
technotopia vs technopacalypse
exploring the multitudes of technology, society, arts, activism and culture

Co-presented by Select Media and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Chicago March 27-30 2003
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and other sites

There is no question that technological growth trends in science and industry are increasing exponentially. There is, however, a growing debate about what this runaway acceleration of ingenuity may bring. A number of respected scientists and futurists now are predicting that technological progress is driving the world toward a "Singularity" - a point at which technology and nature will have become one. At this juncture, the world as
we have known it will have gone extinct and new definitions of "life," "nature" and "human" will take hold.

There is no clear definition, but to many the Singularity is meant as a future time when societal, scientific and economic change is so fast we cannot even imagine what will happen from our present perspective, and when humanity will become posthumanity. Another definition is used in the Extropians FAQ, where it denotes the singular time when technological
development will be at its fastest. To others the singularities have serious class conotations. Of course, there are some who think the whole idea is
just technocalyptic dreaming.

"We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth," San Diego University Professor of Computer Science Vernor Vinge first warned the scientific community in 1993. "Within 30 years, we will
have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will end."

Some scientists and philosophers have theorized that the very purpose of life is to bring about the Singularity. While leading technology industries have been aware of the Singularity concept for some time, there are concerns that, if the public understood the full ramifications of the Singularity, they would be reluctant to accept many of the new and untested technologies
such as genetically engineered foods, nano-technology and robotics.

Many believe the earth as a living system may collapse within the next few decades unless we take global actions at every level to bring in sustainable development. Others believe benevolent applications of technology and science will save us from ourselves. And still others think the techno fetishization is a waste of time.

version>03 will explore the technotopian and echnoapocalyptic visions of the future, past and present through discussion, symposia, workshops, performance, installations, video and film screenings, and exhibitions. By examining practices, tools and ideas that direct us into the future, we hope to encourage dialogue and direction in this brave new world.

We hope to have conversations/dialogues on topics including identifying the technologies and cultures and economies affecting the creation of singularities and multitudes, building networks, contestational robotics,
alt spaces,developing theories on globalisation, tactical media projects, freenet open source cultures, security culture, border politics, robot armies, direct action, new tools, strategies for communication and many
other subjects.

Current and possible projects we will feature at version>03 include:
artist interface devices, tactical vending, freenetproliferation, gameboy music workshop, skillshare workshops, direct action workshops, robot block, experimental lectures, telepresence, virtual reality devices, video gaming, streaming media workshops, version>03 Video library, alt.space networking, war driving, more..

Current programs and themes are evolving in several simulataneous threads.
Including but in no way limited to:
Tactical media practices
Green/movement actions strategies
Scientific/poltical discourse of the emerging technologies
Sci-Fi or real life technotopic dreams and dystopian nitemare scenarios
Techno topic demonstrations and installations
Multitudes of the Singularity

The MCA will be the location of the majority of programs and presentations.
Other locations will feature additional workshops, installations and post MCA program parties/gatherings.

Specifically we are seeking:
Workshop proposals, Performance proposals, Panel proposals (with speakers and participants flushed out)
New media Installations (multi channel works / kiosk based- other),
Papers/articles ,Visual arts work that relates to the themes to be printed and/or exhibited, Film.video new screen projections, Public intervention projects, Writers to present works, interview artists thinkers/participants

inquries regarding :
editorial submissions, web based works, performance, panels and workshop ideas, installations, film and video submissions will take priority.

Some ideas to think about or comment upon:
what is the singularity?
how do we conceive the singularity/multitudes? ,
What are the limits to technology?
How can/are artists and other "non-experts" creating interventions to open up public response and discourse about the new social realities and creating new social relations?

Positons in exploring the future., genetics/ robotics /
nanotechnology / global justice movement,
Strategies for confronting the singularity.
How do we navigate and find a public in a corporate controlled digital world?
What are the projects opening up the space for
communications?

version>03 is also a contribution to the N5M4 international tactical media festival taking place year round all over the world to culminate in May
2003.

send proposals and ideas to ed marszewski ed@lumpen.com
january 15 is a deadline to check.

materials to:
version>03
960 w 31st street
chicago ill 60608
usa

Select Media is a sister project to Lumpen

Version>02 was our first experiment in bringing the house down and making some conversations to connect our local scenes with those on the coasts and
in between and beyond. Last years program can be downloaded at:
http://www.versionfest.org/
The site is temp but will be rejuvenated in a month or so.