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Call for proposals: The HTMlles - Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture

October 1st, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

The HTMlles - Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture 11th edition, November 2014, in Montreal Deadline: November 17, 2013

Taking place in Montreal, The HTMlles is an international biennial festival that brings together artists, scholars and activists who are passionate about critical engagement with new technologies from a feminist perspective. Based on a specific theme, each edition addresses urgent socio-political questions by pushing the boundaries of artistic and feminist practices.

The HTMlles is produced by Studio XX, a bilingual feminist artist-run centre for technological exploration, creation and critique. Initiated in 1997, the festival began as an international platform for introducing women’s web art. Collaborating closely with partner organizations, The HTMlles has become a multi-site festival dedicated to the presentation of women’s, trans and gender non-conforming artists’ independent media artworks in a transdisciplinary environment that strives for anti-oppression.

THEME FOR THE ELEVENTH EDITION The HTMlles 11 - ZERO FUTURE The future is obsolete.

Zero. Zero as in inertia. Zero as in deterritorialization. Zero as in noise. Zero as in Generations XYZ = Generation 0. Zero as in Ground zero. Zero as in zero budget, zero time, too much #work & #information (0’s and1’s), not enough kisses. Zero as in the economy of death. Zero as in WTF. Zero as in rewind. Zero as in zero emails, zero texts, zero views, zero likes, zero followers. Zero as in rest. Zero as in refusal. Zero as in degree zero. Zero as in Day 0.

Future. The future as in an idea that was invented in the previous century by modern capitalism. The future as in the myth of progress for all (but not really). The future as in debt. The future as in something that is constantly put off because the present is just too much. The future as in a dissolving horizon. The future as in Back to the Future. The future as in “poetry from the future.”

Call-out for proposals in English:

Call-out for proposals in French:

The HTMlles 11 is seeking submissions that shed light on the perception of “today’s futures” by different generations, including critical and creative propositions inspired by (but not limited to) afrofuturism, chicanafuturism, feminist cyberpunk, utopian and dystopic cyberfeminism or other feminist sf and queer futurity, for instance.

The HTMlles 11 welcomes project proposals from self-identified women, trans and gender non-conforming artists, curators, activists, collectives, and organizations.

Examples of media/formats: net art, audio and electronic art, radio art, video art, installation, locative media, 3D animation, game art, augmented reality, digital storytelling, short film, bio art, public interventions, open source and community-based practices, performance and interdisciplinary practices, workshops, roundtable discussions- or something so futuristic, we haven’t even heard of it yet…

NOTE: The HTMlles and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (IGSF) will also organize a conference as part of the festival. A call for papers will be published in January 2014.

For full details, follow the links above. Submission deadline November 17, 2013.

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