Call for Contributions: The City as Interface @ Impakt Online

This is a call for art projects that fit the topic of ‘the City as Interface’. Impakt Online invites artists, architects, urban planners, researchers, programmers and the like to submit their proposals for online projects that consider the city as interface, buildings as responsive surfaces, mobile phones as tools for playing and mapping, and technological traces as data for art and research. With the Impakt festival focusing on The Matrix City this year, Impakt Online 2010 offers a space to explore the City as Interface.

About the topic

In December 2009, the Amsterdam-based new media research centre Institute of Network Cultures (INC) organized an event on Urban Screens in which artists, architects and theorists presented their research and design projects that regarded the city as a space of informatics, buildings as interactive surfaces, and mobile phones as pocketsize urban screens. Building on this research and design practice, and collaborating with the INC, the International Urban Screens Association, and other parties such as and De Verdieping, Impakt online will commission new works within this field of interest. Engaging with changing conceptions, structures and practices of urban landscapes, the Impakt Online topic of “The City as Interface” works meaningfully with the Impakt festival’s overall theme of ‘Matrix City’.

‘Matrix City’ maps out the recent developments in this new urban landscape along two regularly intertwining lines. On the one hand, the city is viewed as a gathering place of subcultures and communities. Another viewpoint reflects on the city as an immersive audiovisual environment, as a modal structure in which virtual and real systems merge.

About the call

Impakt online will select and support a max. total of three online projects to be presented at In addition, applicants may also submit a proposal for a residency at Impakt headquarters in Utrecht, as part of the Impakt Works program, which includes a workspace and housing facilities for a period of two months.

Deadline for Impakt Online project proposals: April 30, 2010

Please submit your proposal (max 1000 words) and a short bio (max 500 words) to online(at)impakt(dot)nl, by April 30, 2010.N.B. Impakt online projects are indeed presented online, so please do not submit ideas for art installations for the Impakt Festival.

Deadline for Impakt Works residency proposals: March 31, 2010

Please submit your proposal for an Impakt Works residency (max 1000 words) and a short bio (max 500 words) to online(at)impakt(dot)nl, by March 31, 2010.


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