[Lab] Alpha-ville Festival Call for Submissions

Michael Lechasseur mlecha at artengine.ca
Mon May 14 11:20:42 EDT 2012

Alpha-ville is the London International Festival of Post-digital 
Culture. The festival presents a unique combination of advanced music, 
films, design, digital and new media art exhibitions, community events, 
urban interventions, workshops, labs and a Symposium on Post-digital 

The 4th edition will take place in London from 3-7 October 2012.

2012 THEME: 'Unfinity'

We live in a unique moment in history, between two rapidly changing 
worlds. One is the world of decaying political and economic structures 
and the other is the world of an infinite explosion in technology and 
information. There are conflicting mindsets in every part of our 
culture: the contradiction between ubiquitous virtual presence and 
physical presence creating an identity crisis; the non-hierarchical, 
organic web structure clashing with hierarchical, non-organic real-world 
structures; the myth of the individual as a genius vs the power of the 
crowd and the collaborative practice; the passive and observant attitude 
set against active participation and co-creation. These opposing forces 
are placing us in a paradoxical state that we have named Unfinity.

Unfinity is a pull between these poles, a hybrid space. It’s timeless 
and uncertain. We believe that to ease the state of Unfinity in a human 
and meaningful way it is crucial to be creative, to experiment, to 
challenge and take action.

Alpha-ville 2012 invites artists, designers, thinkers, digital and 
non-digital people to consider, participate in, create and express what 
will be the next steps for building an alternative future that, we hope, 
will belong to the people.

Timeless, Hybrid, Infinity, Code, Data, Body, Physicality, Space, Clould 
Culture, Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, Experimentation, Unfinished, 
Future of Art, New Aesthetic, Failure, Prototype, Interactivity, 
Democratisation, Activism, Hacktivism, Avatars, 3D Printing, Openweb, 
Smart Cities, Sustainability, Internet of Things, Censorship, Privacy, 
Identity, Grassroots, Uncertainty, Collaborative Design, DIY, Active 

Submissions close on Friday 22nd June 2012
Moving Image Submissions will close on Sunday 15th July 2012

Proposals are accepted for the following categories:
AV Performances
Lab, Hack Event or Meet-up
Moving Image
Public Interventions
New Media Art/Multimedia Projects
Critical: Talks, Panels, Workshops, Presentations, Academic Papers

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