h2.REVERSE ENGINEERING

The topic of the seventh festival for digital arts and cultures in the city of Vienna is REVERSE ENGINEERING

To achieve a system from an existing thing, to reveal the theory using an example. To reconstruct processes arbitrarily, to employ and reproduce them variably, to make them ready to go into mass production. The word “engineering” contains the words engine – motor – the drive, and also the word engineer – the technician tasked with the implementation – the driven. Being driven and motivated, eternally progressing in creation, immersing oneself in a project, submerging oneself in new subjects – a sensuos devotion. The artist, as an explorer, as a researcher, experiences a renaissance because of the renewed fusion of the disciplines. The high velocity of the industry, however, causes artists to no longer be at the forefront of invention – they rather need to reinterpret, repurpose and augment existing technologies and make them accessible to cultural and sociocultural projects.

Art has in fact become a corrective for industry and science. Technology is not only analyzed and used, but also thematized, documented and criticized. Reverse engineering therefore not only signifies understanding and (re)constructing an existing system, but also implies the yearning for improvement or more applicability, also for adaption to changing requirements.

paraflows .7 – REVERSE ENGINEERING is not only a festival that concerns itself with the analysis of existing systems, but it will also use and adapt an existing system in its own formation and structure. The topic of paraflows .7 permeates content and system.

Mandatory information for submissions:

  • name, institution (if existing), address, e-mail, phone number, website/s
  • submitted work: title, medium, author/artist, year of production
  • work description: 1 DIN A4-page maximum
  • technical explanation, room/space requirements (hardware, operating system, additional software)
  • biographies
  • documentation of earlier projects, e.g. a link to your website

Language: all submissions have to be in English or in German or need to have subtitles in one of the two languages. Works in any other language have to include a text list in either German or English. We especially encourage international submissions.