AMRO - Art Meets Radical Openness 2016, Linz
Festival Dedicated to Art, Hacktivism and Open Culture

Open Call
Application deadline: Sunday, 2nd of April 2016

AMRO is a biennial community festival in Linz that probes and engages with new challenges between digital culture, art, everyday life, education, politics, and taking action.

This year’s festival “Waste(d)!” is devoted to aspects of the conditions of our digital infosphere that are increasingly perceived as complex. The act of saving, deleting, or resurfacing data and information has taken on a life of its own, is monitored, monetized and waste valuable natural resources.

What is the cultural, social, philosophical, ecological, and economic significance of producing, saving, deleting, and resurfacing data?

The Open Call is addressed to artists, hacktivists, cultural producers, journalists, F/LOSS developers, idealists, and others who want to contribute (exhibition, workshop, lecture, performance) to this years topic.

This years Festival opens with an exhibition on 25th of May 2016. It assembles artistic positions on the cultural practice of saving, deleting, and resurfacing data.
Along with classical exhibition participation, workshops and performances can also be proposed, which deal with the theme or introduce complementary aspects.

Workshops & Clinic Sessions
Which experiments, alternative tools, and infrastructures give us an idea of meaningful alternatives and do they exist? Where do our digital traces lead us? How do we liberate ourselves from new compulsions?

Producing, saving, deleting, and resurfacing data have become such an integral part of our everyday lives that we are often not really even aware of what we are doing, let alone of the consequences. And have we really lost all possibility of control over the digital traces we leave behind? Yet the traces we leave are not only digital: What are the material impacts of the technologies we take for granted? What options are left to us?

Performances, Nightline
What does our quantified self, acoustic data garbage processing, or a “wasted” planet sound like? Is electronic garbage a valuable cultural good? Less serious contributions based on free/open source software or self-made open hardware are equally welcome.

AMRO (Art Meets Radical Openness) is characterized by the spirit of the free software movement. This understanding is an essential basis for the selection of contributions using software and hardware.