Call for proposals 3: Working digitally in the arts field
FINALIST: Horizontal Webs: a co-op for the liberation of the internet and the championing of digital creation
We challenge the current digital landscape by nurturing a sustainable & playful-driven existence with technology. Returning to the ambitions of the 90's internet, we will foster a community of practice, a new age of collaboration in art that takes on 'open-source' ideas to reclaim agency from big-tech corporations: connecting artists with indie-developers+thinkers in a decentralised digital co-op
We are concerned about how the big-tech companies from social-media (facebook, twitter, tiktok) to specialized software (alphabet, adobe, dropbox) effectively are the owners & patrons of a near-totality of the work being produced by artists at the moment, as they've also been core-disseminators of a significant amount of work made over the last decade. The big corporations operate as agents of capitalism within the structure of the online space, and control how we as users experience digital worlds & their politics. Just like we consider the institutions & venues we work with in the physical world, we want to take an active stance in protecting the ideas & work we generate online when considering the platforms/spaces we chose to share them in - and urge other practitioners to do the same. A community of practice as an open space where practitioners can: interact & learn together; develop a shared open-ended repertoire of resources (experiences, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems); host talks & workshops; share provocations.
Flanders is a region of historically changing borders, a cross of cultures, languages and traditions, and a region where the surgence of the digital happened from the early start: artists and enthusiast of the digital came together to begin working together, rallying and championing each others practices when facing little to no support. Even now, when more support starts to appear or grow, it is often under other titles like 'Experimental' subcategories of Visual Art; digital artists seeing their practice framed as Performing Art or Music, as if their labour is not worth naming. Digital Works, in Flanders as well as internationally, lack the infrastructure and support when compared to other more established, more easily collected/archived art forms. Due to its fast-pace development, and its conservation needs, Digital Work continues to be collected less, receiving less funding, having less opportunity to grow. We want to change that! We want to claim and support what we do, together and from the ground up.
moa johansson (with an*dre neely) - email@example.com
To us, DIGITAL is FREEDOM, it provides limitless potential, access and organic growth. Art should not be defined by institutions or corporate stakeholders. We want to shake the earth. To uncover methods that could allow for a rip in the fabric of MONEY EQUALS, DEFINES AND EATS ART. We seek to enable the development of a decentralised art world.
voices of dance is a call to gather voices from dance communities in Belgium. By gathering, we aim to make voices heard on a political level, and we aspire to contribute to a caring arts landscape. voices of dance began gathering online monthly in December, and for the year ahead, the plan is to alternate between meetings that are open and meetings that focus on specific themes or topics. Also, there is an anchor group (Jacopo Buccino, Claire Croizé, Caroline D’Haese, Karen Joosten, Vera Tussing, Kevin Fay, and more) extending its reach in different directions both to be open and inclusive and to determine systems for rotating responsibilities. Though our focus is currently on young, emerging, and mid-career people, everyone is welcome, and everyone is encouraged to engage.