Web Residencies No. 4

Frist: Montag, 26. März 2018

>>Ghosted 2018<<

Through colonialism and apartheid, many African cultures were denied participation in the progress of media technologies. Scientific colonialism ensured access to natural resources (the fuel modernism) and the labelling of African cultures as stagnant and stuck in time. These cultures where essentially »ghosted» in time.

This is a call for unpacking the place and role of internet culture and the globalized information economy in line with neocolonialism:

What are the consequences of Western technologies on non-Western cultures?

What are scientific or technological colonialisms in 2018

There is an increasing need in nonwestern cultures for internet use to be intertwined with the importance of self-determination and decolonial thinking. A position evolving from the African continent – but true for many cultures and their development in the presence as non-western knowledges. I therefore ask:

Where are the transformational archives of the South; bringing ghosted cultures to the fore?

Where are the break-up letters for the Western digital world?

The call is addressed to artists, hackers, visual and audio makers, subaltern archivists and southern healers. This call is for creative and artistic practices on non-Western explorations of cultural capital – or the effects of Western cultural capital – via personal or community archives, web performances, web sculpture and various forms of Net art and online interactions that explore meaningful transformation, self-determination, and decolonization, that may include break-up letters.

Personal or community archives, web performances, web sculpture and various forms of Net art and online interactions. All types of work are accepted: websites, videos, writing, 3-D objects, music, or applications. If specific software or environments are needed, please contact us in advance.

Submit your project proposal in the form of:
– a headline
– a concept text in English (1,000–1,500 characters with spaces)
– a header image (high resolution, landscape format)
– a short bio in English (500 characters with spaces)
– a portfolio PDF (images, text, links)

For each call, the curator selects four project proposals, whose creators are rewarded with a four-week residency and 500 USD.