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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 7.19.02
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 19:05:06 -0400

RHIZOME DIGEST: July 19, 2002


1. karen wong: Studio XX - Calls for Submissions
2. ben: Stuttgarter Filmwinter - Festival for Expanded Media -- Call for

3. Lew Baldwin: GOODWORLD now at ARTPORT

4. Jonah Brucker-Cohen: Bunting's A World Without Borders

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Date: 7.17.02
From: karen wong (programmation AT
Subject: Studio XX - Calls for Submissions

Studio XX: Call for Submissions

1. Maid in Cyberspace Festival 06 Active Agent / Radicale libre

2. Studio Residencies Thematic Residency: Home

3. Virtual Garden


1. Maid in Cyberspace Festival 06 Active Agent / Radicale libre
Montreal, February 2003

Deadline for submissions: September 20. 2002

Introduction: In the politico-geographical arena, heavily charged with
oppressive discourses, how does one raise courageous and bold voices,
voices which dare and act in the drifts of cyberspace? How does one
practice resistances, not according to parameters imposed by others,
but by those originating from the ingenuity of individuals and
networks, based upon a necessary and critical solidarity, and a desire
to counter domineering dogmas and regimes?

For the 6th edition of the Maid In Cyberspace Festival, and in
continuity with its critical investigations on women and their
appropriation of technologies, Studio XX focuses on subversive acts by
'intelligent agents' and cultural hackers who strive for original
languages in order to redefine the stakes in question.

>From such acts come questions on notions and protocols of access, the
numerous strategies that women use to invest virtual spaces to impose
their own realities. The possibilities evoked in the proposed
examinations include programming languages, hacking, frontiers,
privilege, open source, accessibility and transgression.

There is also question of alternative customs and uses, nonetheless
valuable and born out of the economic divide which widens increasingly;
localised strategies which mix into the composition of immediate,
polymorphic and planetary phenomenas.

Living flux and new alliances, mobile in the magma of active data,
behind which we discover these operators, resolutely insolent, active
agents, radical and free?

Artists / Collectives

Artists are invited to submit their proposals on-line at There are no entry fees for this
festival. Works will be selected by a jury and artists will be notified

Studio XX favours interdisciplinary approaches and welcomes proposals
by collectives comprised of artists working with other

Independent Curators

Studio XX is seeking proposals for curated new media programs inkeeping
with the festival's theme. Independent curators are invited to make
submissions, accompagnied by a critical essay (500 words maximum).
Applications may be submitted on-line at All projects will be reviewed by
a selection committee.

For further information: E: festival AT

Studio XX will be closed for the summer period between July 15th and
August 18th, 2002.


2. Studio Residencies Deadline: Ongoing

Studio XX is accepting applications for creative, self-directed
residencies by women artists and collectives working with new medias
and technologies. The residencies are 6 weeks in length (maximum) and
offer an a unique opportunity to explore and create new works. Artists
are invited to submit a completed application form (available on-line
July 25th at ), including a
project description, letter of intent and technical requirements. All
proposals are reviewed by a selection committee.

Thematic Residency: Home Deadline: October 15, 2002

The real relations of women to technology reflect their ongoing
rapports to public and political spheres. With electronic progress and
the consequent dominance of economic and financial flux, the arena of
'important' work shifts once again to the home, a territory still
associated with women. However, if there have been social, cultural and
political transformations and a certain disintegration of the frontiers
between private and public, how have they manifested themselves in
relation to the domestic context? What impacts have these new
technologies had in the renegociation of the home's association with
public spaces and how are women adapting to these new socio-spatial
conceptions? The social dynamics of virtual networks applied to
physical conditions (and vice versa), as well as sequential
modifications of media spaces are becoming a platform for new artistic,
conceptual and communication-based collaborations. What are the
emerging definitions and practices of networked communities and
prototypical and future lifestyles?

In keeping with its annual theme for the year 2002-2003, Studio XX is
seeking submissions for residencies which explore notions of home as
related to women's and feminist realities. Artists and collectives may
apply. It will also be possible for applicants to effect a virtual
residency, where they will be allotted a certain amount of server space
and a password in order to publish their projects on-line.

The residency will take place between January 28 and March 9, 2003.

For further information on residencies: E: programmation AT

Studio XX favours interdisciplinary approaches and welcomes proposals
by collectives comprised of artists working with other


3. Virtual Garden Deadline: September 5, 2002

Studio XX , in conjunction with Les Journées de la Culture, is seeking
submissions around the theme of virtual gardens. We are looking for
digital works - splash pages, animations (images, text/poetry),
CD-Roms, sound pieces.

Selections will be presented during the Journées de la Culture -
September 27, 2002 - and participants and the public will be invited to
view them on-site and on the Web at .

Submissions may be made on-line at

For further information: E: programmation AT U:


Studio XX is Montreal¹s foremost women¹s digital resource centre.
Through a variety of creative activities and initiatives, the Studio
works with women to demystify and facilitate access to digital
technologies, to critically examine their social aspects and to create
and exhibit women¹s new digital works.

338, Terrasse Saint-Denis Montreal QC H2X 1E8

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Date: 7.17.02
From: ben (b AT
Subject: Stuttgarter Filmwinter - Festival for Expanded Media -- Call
for Submissions

English version see below:


Call for submissions

16. Stuttgarter Filmwinter - Festival for Expanded Media

Festival 16.-19. Januar 2003 Warm Up 9.-15. Januar 2003

Filmhaus Stuttgart und andere Orte

Die 16. Ausgabe des Stuttgarter Filmwinters wirft ihre eiskalten
Schatten voraus: Künstler, Medienschaffende und Filmemacher können bis
zur Deadline 1. Oktober 2002 ihre Arbeiten einreichen. In den Sektionen
Film/Video und Neue Medien werden Preise in Höhe von ca. 10.000 Euro

Infos und Regularien sind unter erhältlich.
Anmeldeformulare im PDF-Format können von der Festival-Website
heruntergeladen werden.


16th Stuttgart Filmwinter - Festival for Expanded Media

Festival January 16-19, 2003 Warm Up January 9-15, 2003

Stuttgart Filmhaus and other venues

Call for submissions: Artists, media producers, and film makers are
invited to submit their work to the Stuttgart Filmwinter. Deadline for
entries is October 1, 2002. In the fields of film/video and new media
(internet/CD-ROM/media installation) prizes amounting 10.000 Euro will
be given.

For further information and for detailed regulations please visit our
web site Entry forms in pdf-format are
available for download from the festival's web site.


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Date: 7.17.02
From: Lew Baldwin (lewb AT

GoodWorld is a 'wrapping' of the Web. Through the online
experience temporarily becomes one large unified piece.

In reaction to the onslaught of media and advertising that has sunk web
browsing to unimaginable levels in the last several years - and even
more so with the news of our pending threats since Sept. 11th, GoodWorld
is a cleansing of sorts. An idealistic overture to a utopian vision...
or possibly an unsettled dilution of the safe and familiar we've come to

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Date: 7.15.02
From: Jonah Brucker-Cohen (jonah AT
Subject: Bunting's A World Without Borders

A World Without Borders BorderXing Guide

The Euro was supposed to make things easier for Europeans. With one
currency, travel and commerce are simplified and become ubiquitous.
Despite the changeover, questions emerge regarding preserving borders
and European national identities. Does one currency compromise cultural
and social individualism and traditions? If not, why do physical borders
still exist between member states?

In the art world, borders have been a pre-occupation among artists
working in every medium. From early border artists such as the Border
Art Workshop (
protesting the Mexico/US border with mixed-media installations to
Denmark's web-based Border Crossing Hitlist
( that tracks people's border crossing
activities, territorial rights have figured prominently in artistic
expression. Through border art, questions arise as to how cultural
identity transcends physical borders, what psychological obstacles these
barriers represent, and how people respond to these both personally,
socially, and creatively.

On the European side, British techno-artist, Heath Bunting's project,
Borderxing guide (, attempts to create a
virtual map and guide of how to cross European borders without papers.
"I have not been [to Europe] that much this year, " admits Bunting, "But
I did notice that I was often unsure which country I was in."

Instead of having the guide online, the project uses the web as a 'guide
to the guide', where the website features a collection of real-world
computers that carry the information. Therefore if you want to learn how
to border hack, you have to log on, find the closest physical host
computer, get out of your chair, and head out. People can volunteer a
machine to be a 'host' of the guide, but the computer must be publicly
accessible for all.

By giving a physical location to the information we take for granted as
being online, Bunting has made a digital project that requires movement.
"For the sake of elite power, human movement is restricted and
information and money mobilized, " says Bunting. "This project intends
to suggest the reversal of this whereby humans are encouraged to move
and the immaterial is restricted."

Ultimately, Bunting's goal is to make land-based borders irrelevant.
Even with the growing ubiquity of the Euro, the physical barriers
between neighboring states remains an obstacle for tourists and
citizens. Borderxing guide is a first step of social protest against the
idea that physical barriers can curtail the spread of culture across
distance. If the currency is the same, why isn't the continent unified?
Or why not even create a hybrid language that combines every accent?
That might be a long shot, but Bunting sees the future of borders as
'information-based borders' where the only difference between countries
is the information made accessible to us while inside.

-Jonah Brucker-Cohen (jonah AT

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