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AMRO22
Call for Participation


Art Meets Radical Openness – DEBUG

15th–18th June 2022

Core of the 2022 annual program of servus.at is AMRO, Art Meets Radical Openness, the biennial festival for art, hacktivism and open cultures, organized since 2008 by servus.at in cooperation with the Linz University of Art, Department of Time-Based Media.

After the 2020 online-edition, this year we plan the gathering again as an on-site event, enhanced by a system of hybrid interactions. The four-day event will include: a discursive program with keynotes, panels and lectures, workshops and showcases, and a nightline.

AMRO22: DƎBUG

In the technical world, debugging is a set of more or less formalized routines to investigate and fix software malfunctions - bugs. Bugs in this context become visible when a program crashes or the browser window gets stuck; when the developers’ biases come to surface and where the limits of the current infrastructure are reached. We have also learned that the denial of access to widespread commercial services is driven by geopolitical interests.

(Software) bugs are much more than simple technical errors. Under certain circumstances, they can be seen as one of the fundamental features of the current age, which is characterized by ubiquitous technologies and power structures.

Are cultural practices of debugging and fixing bugs within free open source communities transferable to socio-political challenges?

How can we address social inequalities through the lenses of open source cultures and radical, autonomous technologies? And in the case that given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow, how can we strengthen the connection and exchange between individuals and communities aiming at radical openness?

The current edition of Art Meets Radical Openness is dedicated to the rituals and the philosophies of debugging, which will be taken in AMRO22 as starting point for a conversation between artists, groups and communities moving together between the fields of culture, politics and technologies.

Besides the common and familiar cultural practice of the user, such as a reboot, debugging can also mean opening up a black box, examining its inner workings, taking it apart, and isolating what needs to be fixed. This is not just about isolating the problem, but also identifying what works well and using that to find a new working equilibrium, perhaps with a clever hack or freshly gathered knowledge that comes from someone in a community.

AMRO as a gathering of communities with interests across arts and cultures, networked technologies and political action offers space for sharing knowledge and practices, focusing on the potential of debugging both inside and outside of the purely technical realm.

Call for participation

The AMRO program is enriched by a call for participation open to artists, programmers, researchers, activists and free spirits. You are welcome to propose a program point through our form, and we will get in touch with you over the next weeks

The proposal for participation will be reviewed by a group of long-term AMRO community members, who will evaluate the thematic affinity of the proposal with the AMRO22 topic DEBUG and with our Festival Policies (see below).

If your work is selected for the festival, we expect you to be in Linz during the whole event and be ready to present your work in more than one format (eg.: artwork showcase + presentation OR showcase + workshop).

Please consider that our resources are limited. In case your work is not selected for AMRO22, we might still want to contact you for future projects. Your data will not be shared with third parties.

Formats:

AMRO22 Policies


Radically Open Source

AMRO is shaped by the spirit of the Free Software movement. This understanding is an essential basis for the selection of contributions using software and hardware.

Sharing Documents & Files

Please note that we support Open Standards and we try to avoid using 3rd party services as much as possible (Google, DropBox, wetransfer, etc). If you want to share something with us, it must be accessible through publicly available standards.

Onsite Festival (with hybrid appendixes)

Given the current pandemic situation, we are working to organize an on-site festival. We will provide some hybrid settings to reach also the ones who cannot join in Linz, but we are currently not planning to organize fully online events alongside the onsite festival. In case stricter pandemic restictions will be applied again in the upcoming months, we will decide accordingly how to change the shape of the festival.

Support

We are aware of the fact that nobody is able to work for free. During our last events we were able to provide participants with travel support, accommodation, food and an appreciative fee. We will do our best to make this possible again in 2022

How to support us?

In the spirit of sharing the available resources, let us know if you have a regular salary and want to contribute to the festival with your time. This will help us invite more participants.
If you can finance your travel and/or accomodation on your own or through a 3rd party (university, grant, etc.) we are happy to provide you a letter of invitation.

Travel policy

Our budget allows us generally to fund travels from within Europe. We want to avoid flying and support more sustainable ways of travelling – like train, bicycle or boat. Please consider this when applying and preparing your travel to Linz!

DEADLINE:



3rd April 2022, 23:59 CEST


Deadline Extension: 12th April 2022, 23:59 CEST

Here the form link

Application will be reviewed while they arrive

Questions?

Write to amro@servus.at

GOTO AMRO Festival website

GOTO servus.at website