Pixelache Festival 2011 looks for works that collect, transform, and make use of the data of everyday life in unseen artistic ways.
By the mere fact of living an ordinary modern urban life, we produce a huge amount of information about ourselves that we are hardly aware of, nor we usually see or make use of. Through this data we become traceable, accessible, predictable – and clearly enough – ideal clients of information-based capitalism. So if we cannot prevent the production and the corporate or governmental use of this data without changing our lifestyle completely, how can we at least benefit from it ourselves? How can we share this information with the society at large or the community we live in to our common advantage? And how could we even build systems ourselves that collect data for our own purposes?
Concurrently, the complexity of human actions and interactions increases with the accumulation and growing capacity of the digital tools we are using. We may therefore better understand what’s going on around us if we find ways to visualise and interpret the data which we produce. How can our processes and the correlations of our actions be represented in meaningful and inspiring ways? Are there inventive ways to visualise/represent data that go beyond the pure digital and turn abstract data into concrete entities/objects?
‘map me if you will’ is a programme devised by guest curator Susanne Jaschko. One or two new artworks will be created by invited artists. This open call is for works which will either be presented individually or as a part of a the ‘map me if you will’ seminar. You can also propose workshops, performances and other related programmes.