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|[Nettime-nl] Impakt Online: "Database Dilemmas" Call for Proposals|
"Database Dilemmas" Commission Call for Proposals http://www.impakt.nl/online/ Database Dilemmas The third and final theme for this year's Impakt Online commissions will be 'Database Dilemnas'. 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: email@example.com Impakt Festival P.O. Box 735 3500 AS Utrecht The Netherlands http://www.impakt.nl/online/
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