Open Call

We invite designers, artists, researchers, and practitioners of diverse backgrounds to submit their work reflecting the festival theme Designing in Troubling Times. We are interested in participatory works and proposals for collaborative doings open to interventions and renegotiations by other festival participants. Projects that support multi-species and more-than-human engagements are especially welcomed. Given the current pandemic conditions, viable formats are limited to online interactions and can include: workshops and interactive sessions, performative enactments and interventions, discussion circles, co-experimental processes, and various other formats that might have not been named yet. Our aim with Uroboros is to create an open, experiential ecosystem for authors to cross-fertilize their work through a lively exchange of thoughts and practices. All accepted projects will be live-streamed, archived, and made public upon authors’ consent.  

Submission criteria

please submit your proposed project as a single PDF file (10 pages max), including:

– Title and description of the project 

– Technical requirements: format of the project; preferred online co-creation tools to present your project (the festival will be run via Zoom and we will provide Zoom Pro account; indicate if you plan to use other online co-creation tools e.g. for sketching, noting, mapping)

– Max. number of participants (note that the festival is open to the general public)

– Duration (max. 2 hours)

– Your biography of max. 250 words (incl. website if available)

– Minimum three images to illustrate the project

Please note that the max. length of your participatory contributions at the festival (workshops, walkshops, performances, experiments, etc.) is 2 hrs.

 

Proposals (singe pdf file) can be submitted to hello@alttab.design

All authors accepted via the festival open call will be awarded a flat fee of 100€. We are using money saved by not running the festival in a physical venue. Authors without institutional support (such as university funding) will be prioritized in these precarious times. 

 

Key Dates

Open call released: January 31th, 2020
Open call closes: April 19th, 2020
Decisions sent back to authors: April 30th, 2020
Uroboros festival: May 13-16th 2020

Venue

Internet

The 4-day online festival will be accompanied by an exhibition that has been pre-installed in DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague, Czech Republic). Visit the exhibition in a physical or a virtual environment. The Uroboros festival is part of the #DATAMAZE project that has been on view at DOX Centre since June 2018. 

The festival is part of the #DATAMAZE project which has been on view at DOX Centre since June 2018. Here, the concept of an exhibition as a work in progress is combined with a workspace and library. 

Curators
The Uroboros festival is curated by ALTTAB, a Czechoslovak collective of designers, artists, and researchers gathered around a shared interest in the ethical implications of emerging technologies.

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