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Call for Virtual Entries and Critical Texts
"(re)distributions: Information Appliance & PDA Art as cultural intervention"
Sponsored by voyd.com
July 1, 2001 October 15, 2001
Patrick Lichty, Curator
As technological forms of art such as web-based works gain acceptance at major
cultural institutions, questions arise to the potential narrowing of
technological works to the browser, and to the representational issues of
technological art in general. Personal Digital Assistants and informational
appliances like pagers, cell phones and connected organizers are creating a
culture of distribution and nomadism, intimacy with our machines combined with
the resultant ‘precious-ness’ of the information appliance, and a closer
integration of technology of the body. The IA/PDA poses to create new cultural
modes of representation as these technologies create their own communities and
networks while not wholly relying on the Internet proper. What are the issues
of expression and artistic representation (visual, aural, narrative, etc) that
the emergence of wireless technologies creates? How does this technology
affect our relationship with one another and with these new developments?
(re)distributions will seek to address the shifts in cultural practice through
showcasing works that utilize PDA OS, WAP or other wireless technologies to
make visible critical issues (on micro- and macrocosmic levels) relating to the
coming of the embedded self and the wireless Web.
Call for entries:
Projects for consideration will focus on works created for PDAs, like the
Pilot, Visor, and Pocket PC platforms, as well as pagers, cell phones, etc. and
works for information appliances utilizing various protocols, such as WAP or
Bluetooth. Works will be judged a number of criteria, including their critical
engagement with the subject and/or audience and technical accessibility.
Palmtop applications will be hosted at voyd.com, and the artist or their
technical staff will administrate WAP/wireless installations, which will be
accompanied by suitable links and curatorial pages.
In addition, documentation for completed events or works-in-progress will be
accepted as expository works. If response is sufficient, a separate category
will be created for this body of work.
The curatorial staff has access to Palm III only at the present time, so those
submitting other works are responsible for documenting the work in a way that
is accessible (preferably HTML).
No more than 24 works will be included in the exhibition.
Call for Essays & Texts:
In conjunction with the exhibition, critical essays are invited for submission
for inclusion in the discussion of the online exhibition. The archives will be
posted on the site, and proceedings of the works will be electronically
published as well.
MS Word or compatible format, 2500 words max. or multimedia hypertext.
Abstracts (250 words), text only.
Abstracts for essays/works:
June 1, 2001
Note: ONLY MINIMAL TIME EXTENSIONS WILL BE GIVEN, ONLY AFTER CORRESPONDANCE.
June 1, 2001
July 15, 2001 Essays will be placed online August 1
Notification of acceptance:
June 5. 2001
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