2018 - Art Meets Radical Openness (#AMRO18)

AMRO is a biennial community festival in Linz that explores and discusses new challenges between digital culture, art, everyday life, education, politics and active action.


Event: Wed. 16.05.- Sat. 19.05.2018
Location: Linz, Austria
Venues: afo architekturforum oö, stadtwerkstatt, quitch

Unmapping Infrastructures

The current issue “Unmapping Infrastructures” deals with the idea of “mapping” as a process of becoming aware and then acquiring a critical position about the current landscape of technological infrastructures.

This conglomerate of machines, human and non-human actors, nation-states and borderless companies is increasingly complex to observe and describe. Nevertheless, we believe that there is more to be seen than a hyper-commercialized structure of interlaced technological layers. Cartographic mapping consists of a series of practices of observing, analyzing and representing a territory to be able to move through it. How can art and activism appropriate the methods of cartographic mapping to produce new, critical and alternative views of the current landscape shaped by different players?

The festival aims at deepening the thematic areas of digital geopolitics, alternative design methods, activist practices and autonomous infrastructures, themes that offer directions for localizing areas of intervention. Throughout the festival, these topics will be further explored through discussion panels, workshops, and performances.


How can we gain a better understanding of the surrounding infrastructure of autonomous machines, large corporations, post-state nations and commercialized networks? Can we influence the current leading tendencies? How can one find places for critical intervention?

Workshop, Hands-on, Presentations

Which experiments, alternative tools, and infrastructures can be used to “map the empire” and act upon its weakness? How can one build an ethical infrastructure that allows autonomy and independence from the “big players”?

Performances, Nightline

If a 3D-rendered tree falls into a virtual forest, and there is no-thing that listens to it, will it produce sound? What is the squawk of the fauna living at the borders of the corporate web? Do bots cry when one is rude to them? We are going to enjoy the sonic-apparatus that can hack data-capitalism.

The Festival program will be online very soon...STAY TUNED!