International Festival of Mobile Art and Creativity

Call for Papers, Projects, Prototypes and Products.

THEME

How can mobile technology contribute to democracy, culture, art, ecology, peace, education, health and the third-sector?

KEY WORDS

3g, mobile applications, interactive architecture, electronic art, mobile activism, bluetooth, cyberculture, live cinema, mociology, culture, democracy, inclusion design, ecology, education, d-i-y, gprs, gps, LBS, innovation, mobile and wireless games, lbs, locative, geotagging, electronic music, mobile music, m-health, m-payment, m-gov, mobile narrative, peace, interactive net performances with mobile and wireless devices, interchange, video production and distribution, augmented reality, open wireless, mesh, social nets, rfid, expanded classroom, health, sms, mobile streaming, wearable technolgies, tendencies, third-sector, citizen video, video call, TV on mobile, wi-fi, wi-max, zigbee, etc.

INTRODUCTION

Brazil 2009: over 150 million mobile phones.

Mobilefest – International Festival of Mobile Art and Creativity, an event that intends to question and discuss the coming of new mobile technologies in their relations with the most varied sectors of society, being the first international festival of its kind. Our main objective is to provide a multifaceted and heterogeneous environment of discussions, actions and creations that through the virtualities of the new mobile technologies, aim intelligent solutions to solve and discuss questions that afflict contemporary society.

The efforts upon new communication technologies is based on the perception of its exponential growth – over 4 billion active mobile phones in the world nowadays – and its crescent use not only in communication between people but in activities related to education, social inclusion, varied artistic productions, entertainment, safety, content production and distribution, making of social nets, activist actions, health, commerce, advertising, etc.

HISTORY

The I Mobilefest was launched in November, 2006, an international seminar and exhibition, that happened in Sao Paulo, at Sesc Paulista, with free and live transmission over the internet. The seminar counted with the participation of 36 artists and researchers, 16 of which from abroad, and 20 from Brazil. The II Mobilefest (2007) gathered 26 artists and researchers from abroad and 28 Brazilian artists and researchers. We held a 3 day seminar, 2 day boot camp – MobileActive at Mobilefest – and a 30 day international exhibition at Sesc Paulista Gallery.

As its programme grew more widely, the great news were simultaneous events in England (University of Westminster), in Holland, (The Waag Society) and in the US (New York University – ITP and California – USC) through video conferences and presential meetings in those countries. Regarding the audio-visual segment, Mobilefest consolidated the wish of creating an international net of festivals about mobile content production.

The event also counted with the launch of recognition awards for the best works and mobile applications, the 1st Mobilefest Awards, that granted best works in the categories of Photojournalism, SMS Writing (poetry and micro-story), videos, moblogs and videologs.

Also in 2007 Mobilefest became part of the official calendar of the city of Sao Paulo.

Mobilefest’s third edition took place at MIS – Museu da Imagem e do Som (Museum of Image and Sound) and amplified its activities including artistic performances in areas of heavy traffic of Sao Paulo’s citizens like underground stations where over 2 million people circulate daily. The Exhibition and Seminar had 14 foreign artists and researchers and 27 from Brazil, generating excellent background for interchange among them and the audience as well.

OBJETICVES

  • Popularise mobile technology so to contribute with social inclusion through generalisation of knowledge, its forms of usage and possibilities of interaction opened by these new communication medium.
  • Offer the first specialized awards in recognition of works that use mobile technology
  • Promote cultural interchange between national and international researchers of this field.
  • Incite creative thought and production on the new technologies aiming to expand possible hardware and software functions in the mobile technology segment.
  • Encourage content production in the mobile technology segment in Brazil be it in terms of industrial or independent production.
  • Make the participation of all those interested in producing and distributing content through mobile communication networks possible.

DEADLINE

The deadline for call for papers registration is 15th June 2009.
Announcement of selected works will happen until 15th July 2009.

REGISTRATION

Registrations should be sent by 15th June 2009 via email to 2009(at)mobilefest.org with the information as follows below:

Full name:
Organisation/ Company:
Short biography:
Age:
Abstract:
Demo included? YES/NO
New tool or version to open during the event? YES/NO
Format: Conference / Workshop / Demonstration
Internet connection needed? YES/NO
Country:
City:
Landline telephone number:
Mobile number:
University (optional):
Category proposed (democracy, culture, art, ecology, peace, education,
health, third sector or ‘all’)

MOBILEFEST is a transdisciplinary event. The more interconnection of information, the better.

NOTE:

  • Abstracts should be at least 500 words long
  • Papers should be at least 1000 words long
  • Papers sent can be written in Portuguese, Spanish, English or Italian
  • Presentations should be performed in Portuguese or English
  • Works sent are limited to 45 minute presentation
  • Paper should be attached in your email in .TXT, .RTF, .DOC or PDF. formats
  • Technical Rider: installation plan, photos, video and complete description
  • Send as many projects as you wish, but limited to one by e-mail sent
  • Workshop / Demonstration – Format: from 30 minute to 2 hour demonstration / workshop

WHO HAS PARTICIPATED

Adriene Jenik, Alan Kay, Alberto Magno, Alberto Tognazzi, Alexandre Matias, Alvaro Uña, Ami Dar, Amyris Fernandez, Analivia Cordeiro, André Lemos, Andreas Blazoudakis, Angela Bardin, Anilton Salles, Antoni Abad, Armin Medosch, Becky Faith, Brenda Burrell, Bruno Bresani, Camille Baker, Carmen Maia, Carol Mafra, Cesar Jartorelli, Christian Wiener, Chun-Chi Wang, Clóvis Borges, Cory Ramey, Cyrus Frisch, Daniel Araújo, Daniel Florêncio, Daniel Oelsner Lopes, David Barnard, David Cavallo, Douglas Nadalini da Silva, Duncan Kennedy, Eduardo Bicudo, Eduardo Henrique Marcondes, Eliezer Muniz, Eve Arpo, Eugenio Tissello, Eva Weber, Evamaria Trischak, Evandri Ferreira, Evgeny Morozov, Fabio Fon, Fabio Josgrilberg, Jared Hawkey, Felipe Albuquerque Pereira, Fernando Teco Sodré, Gabe Sawhney, Geandre Tomazoni, Geert Lovink, Geoffrey Shea, Georgina Malagarriga, Gilson Schwartz, Giselle Beiguelman, Graham Brown-Martin, Graziela Tanaka, Gustavo Mansur, Gustavo Syllos, Heather A. Horst, Hermes Renato Hildebrand, Hernani Dimantas, Howard Rheingold, Hyejin Choi, Iatã Cannabrava, Irene Karaguilla Ficheman, Jackson Filho, Jane Placca, Jason Lewis, Javier Rodrigo, Jean-Noël Montagné, Jinwoo Chung, Joan Coll, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jorge Lopes Ramos, Juan Carlos Zuñiga Torres, Juca Varella, Julien Ottavi, Karinna Bidermann, Kate Bauer, Kati Hartman, Kati London, Katrin Verclas, Liana Brazil, Lisa Roberts, Lucas Bambozzi, Lucas Longo, Lucie Bélanger , Lucio Agra, Mara Gabrilli, Marcello Dantas, Marcelo Nunes de Carvalho, Marcelo Rubens Paiva, Marcelo Tas, Marcia Tiburi, Marco Chiaretti, Mariana Di Stella Piazzolla, Mario Lynch, Maroussia LÈvesque, Martin Owen, MaurÌcio Hirata, Mauro Rubens, Max Leite, Max Schleser, Mieke Gerritzen, Mimi Ito, Norene Leddy, Oleksandr Demchenko, Otakar Svacina, Paula Carolei, Paulo Henrique Ferreira, Pedro Paranaguá, Rachel Jacobs, Rachel Payne, Renato Cruz, Renato Rollemberg, Riin Kranna-Rõõs, Rob King, Rob van Kranenburg, Robson Lisboa, Rogério da Costa, Ronaldo Simão da Costa, Rosana Herman, Roseli de Deus Lopes, Russ Rive, Sandra Rubia da Silva, Sergio Amadeu da Silveira, Shawn Van Every, Sheila Kinkade, Silvia Regina Guadagnini, Simone Freitas, Sofia Oliveira, Soraya Braz, Suely Rolnik, Tadeu Jungle, Tamaryn Nelson, Tarcísio Bannwart, Toni Eliasz, Victor Rebouças, Volker Grassmut, Wagner Martins, Yara Guasque, Zico Góes.

PARTICIPANT COUNTRIES

Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, England, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Luxemburg, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay, Sweden, USA, Zimbabwe.

MOBILEFEST’S NETWORK OF FESTIVALS

If you’re part of a Mobile Festival and wish to join this net, please contact us via e-mail at 2009videos(at)mobilefest.org.

PARTNERSHIPS NODES + MOBILEFEST LABS

Mobilefest has created Mobilefest “Nodes” in Universities, Media Centres and Research Institutes around the world. If you wish to have your institution linked Mobilefest, please contact us at 2009(at)mobilefest.org.