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Syndicate: Call for papers - Pro@Contra (Moscow)

Call for papers
Media Technology / Art / Media Mentality
Pro@Contra â?? MachineMachy

May, 11-14, 2000
(inter--disciplinary international project)
Participants: new technology theorists and practitioners from 
Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, USA, Japan.

With the support of Open Society Institute 
Under the aegis of Ministry of Culture of the Russian 
Culture and Information Department of the Russian 
Location: Russian State Humanitarian University, Media 

Initiative group:
Alexei Isaev (project director), Olga Shishko (curator), 
Tatiana Gorucheva (coordinator) 
Please, mail your proposals to e-mail(s):,,

Sponsors: Russian State Humanitarian University, 
â??Sonyâ?? Company, Embassy of the Netherlands, Goethe Institute, Museum 
of the Cinema.
Information support: â??The Cinema Artâ??, 
â??The Art Magazineâ??, â??The Multimediaâ??, â??The 
InterNetâ??, â??The World of the Internetâ??, â??The 
Itoguiâ??, â??The Media Digital Videoâ?? magazines; 
â??Intermediaâ?? information agency; â??The Moscow Echoâ?? radio 
channel; â??The Cultureâ?? TV channel; 'Russian Magazine'. 

The main practical goal of the project is to integrate Russian 
scientific, theoretical, artistic and institutional experience into European 
community through the Internet.

The festival site will be opened by February, 15, 

The Subject
Total technologization has embraced all life spheres of 
contemporary society.
The very logic of technological development directed to 
progress and innovation might seem to be pursuing and positively affecting 
culture and art that more and more often address technology services. 
Nevertheless, their counteraction brings to life many contradictions, due to 
principal difference in methodological systems.

Within the symposium, weâ??re planning to sharpen attention 
on dual aspect of the â??new technologyâ?? notion in the light of 
functioning of contemporary culture and art in a new informational space.

New technology bears a positive aspect of what we call should 
the progress. This notion includes political, economic, social and cultural 
factors. On the other hand, we could witness that new technology development 
provokes the situation of devaluation. In this case, technology becomes 
repressive, in respect to traditional values of culture, society, economics and 
politics. As a result, an active transformation of traditional culture into new 
representative forms occurs, evoking both well founded and not grounded 
On the whole, this position is based on the state that 
technological progress does not affect essential and traditional interests of 
art and culture.

Thus, a dual evaluation of this problem contains both 
â??proâ?? and â??contraâ?? opinions.
And theorists and practisers expressing different opinions 
(positive and negative, pro@contra) on the problem will take part in 

Structure of the Event:
Pro @ Contra Conference (Media Technology / Art / Media 
Thinking) is a theoretic kernel of the event.

"Machinomachia" â?? International Festival of Net 
Art on the Internet.

Open discussion, round table discussions, workshops on 
â??Contemporary Culture and
Art on the Internetâ??

Accompanying art events (media performances, exhibitions, 
presentation of art projects on Moscow exposition grounds, club parties, video 
display on announced topics)

Presentation of art projects on â??MachineMachyâ??, on video, 

Directions and target groups:
inter = www = internet

    inter-information (electronic mass media, 
    contemporary culture and art) - for specialists in information, 
    electronic mass media theorists and journalists, editors, artists, and 
    inter-art (Internet 
    and art) - for specialists in culture and art on the Internet, 
    theorists, curators, critics, artists, students, and others;
    inter-technology (Inter-technologies) - for 
    inter-technology specialists, directors, marketing staff, programmers, 
    artists, students, and others;
    inter-institution (Internet and 
    institutions) â?? for institutional structuresâ?? 
    representatives, media lab and institute directors, professors (instructors, 
    tutors), students.


Application dead-lines:
March, 1, 2000 â?? for â??Pro@Contraâ?? conference 
reports (Media Technology / Art / Media Mentality); art project presentations; 
reports at open discussions on the offered directions; workshops 
April, 10, 2000 â?? for art projects (video art, CD-ROM, 
April, 10, 2000 â?? for â??Machinomachiaâ?? 
International Festival of Net Art.

Description of the Events:

â??Pro@Contraâ?? Conference (Media Technology / Art / 
Media Mentality) 

Conference Panels:

    Art Beyond Definition
    Problem of the new technology art research. Functional 
    aspects of the role of art activity exploring new technology opportunities, 
    and using them to realize strict creative goals.
    Technological Progress and Technical Regress
    Problem of appropriating new technological devices in art 
    culture, and artistâ??s dependence on pragmatic market-oriented logic in 
    development of information and communication technologies. Status and method 
    of a media-artist â?? researcher, critic, activist, manipulator, 
    To New Axiology
    Problem of quality value, and criteria of the latter in 
    regards to contemporary media art.
    Itâ??s place in art history from the point of view of 
    evolution of ideas, methods and techniques. Media art in the cultural 
    archive â?? the problem of museufication. 
    Informativeness of Communication <Message is the content>
    Content aspect of communication function of media 
    New Tactics and Strategies
Actual methods and forms of putting aims and creatively 
realizing them by artists using the media.

Potential participants shall present topics of their reports 
and abstracts (500-750 words), and their CVs, together with a release of 
interests within the event by March, 10.
Shorts summaries or complete texts shall be mailed by April 1, 

Open discussions, workshops, round table discussions on 
â??Contemporary Culture and Art on the Internetâ??.
This program contains practical goal for Russia, that is 
integration of Russian scientific, theoretical, artistic and institutional 
experience into European community through the Internet.

Priority Directions: 
1. inter-information
2. inter-art 
3. inter-technology 
4. inter-institution 

Official meeting, practical seminars will take place on the 
following directions:
Art Activism (political and activist campaigns of creative 
groups involved in media);
ART'n'SOFT (multi-rational creative teams â?? 
Survival Strategy (presentation of art media labs from 
ex-Soviet republics and Eastern Europe, discussion of their projects and 
possible ways of future cooperation, experience exchange with Western media art 
New Forms of Education (exchange of personal and 
institutional experience among Russian and Western instructors);
Official and Independent Mass Media and Contemporary 
Culture (meetings of leaders of key electronic mass media of Russian, 
critics, and Western specialists presenting a different approach to art 
presentation on the Internet), etc.

Parallel art events: media performances, exhibitions, 
presentations of art projects in Moscow, club parties, video programs.

Planning exhibition grounds: 
Art Media Center â??TV Galleryâ??, XL Gallery, L 
Gallery, â??Spider&Mouse' Gallery, â??Domâ?? Club, 
â??Krajâ?? Club, â??OGIâ?? Club; Museum of the Cinema. 

Presentation of Art Projects on the following 
* Video-art
* CD-ROM and 

Weâ??re planning to present the works in Moscow at:
- Internet café of Russian State Humanitarian University 
- Media Institute (DVD)
- Museum of the Cinema (Video)

Application Form (for presented materials and the 
Name of the Author
Title of the presented work
Abstract of the work 
Date (year) of creation of the work 

Information on the mailed works will be placed in the catalogue 
and launched on the CD-ROM.

Please, mail your works till April, 1, 2000 to the following 
4a, Chernyakhovskogo street, Moscow, 125319, Russian
â??Pro@Contra. Machinomachia'

Net Art (â??MachineMachyâ?? International 
Deadline to present the works: April, 20.

Youâ??ll find the detailed information on the project on 
the festival site.

A catalogue and a CD-ROM containing texts of reports made at 
the conference, round table discussion materials, information on the presented 
exhibitions and art projects, will be issued to result the event.

Moscow MediaArtLab
Chernyahovskogo, 4A
125319 Moscow
Tel.: 7 095 151 8706
Tel/Fax: 7 095 151 8816,