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[Nettime-nl] Impakt Festival 2003 and Impakt.Online Update: NewProjects + Call for Proposals


Apart from the Impakt Festival the Impakt Organisation also organizes 
Impakt Online.
Impakt Online is a series of projects presented on the Impakt website.
In 2003 six artist or artists groups will be commissioned to produce 
and present a project.
We have already selected four projects (see Impakt Online Update). 
Two of these projects, 'Songlines' and 'Life, a User's Manual' will 
also be presented at the Impakt Festival 2003.
All information on the Impakt Festival 2003 is available on
For Impakt Online go to:


Impakt.Online Update: New Projects + Call for Proposals

1) "Art of the Narrative" Commission Projects
2) "Out of the Box" Commission Projects
3) "Database Dilemmas" Commission Call for Proposals


1) "Art of the Narrative" Commission Projects

With the theme 'The Art of the Narrative' Impakt Online wants to 
explore the different possibilities regarding narrative, 
storytelling, use of language and the changes that may occur in 
meaning with the introduction of the computer.

Impakt Online choose to show two different approaches regarding 
narrative: 'Village Voice' by Ramesh Srinivasan resembles the 
traditional oral storytelling, whereas Tamar Schori's 'Beadgee' took 
inspiration from a series of nursery rhymes.

----Village Voice by Ramesh Srinivasan
Ramesh Srinivasan has worked for a long time in a community of Somali 
refugees in Boston. When listening to their stories Srinivasan wanted 
to use the Internet as a form to engender the creation of new types 
of mythology. As history has shown, the empowering of a community to 
create their own stories stimulates a process of reflection, which in 
turn facilitates the sharing of values, knowledge, structure and 

----Beadgee by Tamar Schori
The book 'Three Young Rats and other rhymes' edited by James Johnson 
Sweeny (Museum of Modern Art, New York) served as the starting point 
for Tamar Schori's 'Beadgee'. As a teenager she read this book and 
was fascinated by the rhymes. When she juxtaposed the rhymes with her 
drawings she made privately since she was an art student, accidental 
layers of meanings were created. The drawings are imaginary gizmos 
consisting of entangled parts that can be reassembled. Some of the 
parts (beads) are rigid and some seems to be alive. 'Beadgee' holds 
an abundance of different drawings; each drawing corresponds to one 
rhyme. The user is invited to choose from the gizmos, explode them 
and pick desired beads to comprise a new gizmo. Each individual bead 
within a gizmo is associated with a word from the enclosed rhyme.

'The Art of the Narrative' was conceived by Annet Dekker for Impakt Online.


2) "Out of the Box" Commission Projects

The "Out of the Box" theme seeks to examine how technology and the 
Internet manifest themselves on the human level by asking such 
questions as; where do such on-line concepts as navigation, avatar, 
or algorithm find their place in the "real world" outside the 
computer? And, similarly, where can such physical activities as 
performance, protest, or love maintain their "real-ness" in a virtual 
environment? In short, we seek the point where real-life affects the 
Internet, and (more importantly) where the internet affects real-life.

During the Impakt festival, visitors can participate in projects 
commissioned for the 'Out of the Box' theme by GPSter and Michelle 
Teran. The artists will also explain their projects in an edition of 

----Songlines by GPSter [Marc Tuters + Karlis Kalnins]
SongLines is a locative media installation that draws inspiration 
from the ancient Australian tribal tradition of acoustic cartography 
and the modern nomadic practice of graffiti writing. Fully 
interactive, the project uses wireless networks, GPS location 
receivers, handheld PDA computers, and real-time geo-annotation and 
mapping software to augment urban space with digital text, sound, and 
images. Participants explore the city's secret histories and 
ephemeral moments via wireless interfaces and an online map, and 
leave their own memory traces in space --self-organizing emergent 
social architectures.

----Life, a User's Manual: Impakt Walks by Michelle Teran
Michelle Teran will guide festival goers through this media network 
by discovering the hidden, wireless surveillance cameras behind 
building walls and shop windows. Using two cameras, and a 2.4 Ghz 
audio/video receiver, they will start from the heart of the festival 
and move out through the entire center of the city. How people 
inhabit these hidden 'image spaces' while inhabiting physical outdoor 
spaces will be revealed through the daily practice of walking.

'Out of the Box' was conceived by Derek Holzer for Impakt Online


3) "Database Dilemmas" Commission Call for Proposals

Database Dilemmas
The third and final theme for this year's Impakt Online commissions 
will be 'Database Dilemmas'. The deadline for submitting proposals is 
September 15, 2003. From these proposals, two projects will be chosen 
for the commission, which will be publically launched on December 1, 
2003. Thematic and practical details follow:

The process of collecting, structuring and storing information and 
data is a phenomenon typical of digital times. Obviously, data are 
the fundaments of almost any digital platform. As an archiving tool, 
the database seems to be the most dominant form by which to organise 
and structure information. So far.

The obsession with organising and archiving information has also left 
its traces in contemporary digital art practices. Many artists have 
discovered the database as a new domain for artistic, social and 
aesthetic experiments. In the last decade, these artists have been 
developing several different approaches toward its specific 
characteristics. Their dilemmas concern, among others, the narrative 
[how to create narrative from a static collection of data?], the 
formal/structural [how to change the specific indexical form of the 
database?] and the socio-political [how to change its character from 
a closed, controlled system into an open, public one?].

Impakt intends to seek and show projects from artists that explore 
the phenomenon of data-collections and the particular structure of 
the database from a critical point of view. What are their poetics, 
aesthetics and ethics? How do they visualise collections of 
information in their projects? How do they approach the traditional 
model of the
database? With which aims do they attack, transform and extend its 
static form and encyclopaedic structure?

'Database Dilemmas' was conceived by Deanna Herst for Impakt Online.

Call for Proposals

Deadline for Proposals: September 5, 2003
Project Completion Date: November 15, 2003
Launch: December 1, 2003

*Proposals must be written in English, and the project accessible to an
English-speaking audience
*Proposals should include a project description:
---description of content
---details of the technical implementation, including ALL server-side 
software required
---rough estimate of total project size in Mb
---time line
---relation to the theme
*Proposals should also include an artist[s] biography:
---short CV
---documentation + URLs of previous projects
*Projects should be accessible to users of all three major Operating 
Systems: Linux, MacOS and Win32.
*Previously exhibited projects will be immediately disqualified
*Please do not send any unsolicited large attachments [i.e. >400K], 
as they will not be opened. If you must provide us with large files, 
please send us a URL or FTP location for them.

Impakt will provide webhosting for the project for 1 year, and pay a 
fee to the accepted artist[s] of EURO 1000.

Address for submissions:

Impakt Festival
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3500 AS Utrecht
The Netherlands
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