[rohrpost] Open Call -- Exhibition "future past – past future" on the ArtUP! platform

Sandra Naumann EnterSandmann at gmx.de
Mit Okt 30 12:49:43 CET 2013

The call is open for artists from Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. The deadline is 10 November 2013.


Open Call -- Exhibitions on the ArtUP! platform

The project ArtUP!, in unique collaboration with artists and curators from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, aims to create an online and on-site network in the three countries and to provide a platform for artists, curators and a wide audience in this deeply and diversely related region. 

After the first exhibition Neighbourhood X.0 (2012) in Ankara, followed by a series of exhibitions under the title PARABOLE (2013) in several cities in Bulgaria and the current exhibition Home/s (2013) in Athens, ArtUP! now collaborates with transmediale, festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, to produce an exhibition that will feature works by Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish media artists. The exhibition will be part of the next transmediale festival programme (29 Jan to 02 Feb 2014 in Berlin), presenting a selection of relevant artworks under the title future past – past future. The exhibition will be hosted in SUPERMARKT: located on the former border between east and west, this project space nowadays lies between Hip and marginalized migration districts. The exhibition in the heart of the new and constantly transforming Berlin is curated by Sandra Naumann.

Open Call future past – past future

Did the future look better back then? Is the future today already obsolete? Or is it perhaps the past, that nowadays seems almost blissful compared to the present we're actually living in? What future utopias exist in times of social, economic and political crisis, in times of spreading poverty, corruption and mistrust towards democratic processes? Are there visions for a better future at all? Or have we already caught up with our blooming future visions and dumped them into the trash can of history?

The title of the exhibition references the story "Days of Future Past" from the 1980’s comic series "The Uncanny X –Men". It tells the story of a dystopian future in 2013, in which the total collapse of the world seems avoidable only through a journey into the past. But as it turns out, this possible future cannot simply be deleted, but only be replaced by a different future. 

future past – past future asks not only about possible alternative future scenarios, but also about the relationship between past, present and future in Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. To what extent do current and historical events play a role for the visions of the future in this inextricably interwoven region? How do these countries’ respective historical identities and individual stories of their own history, shape the ideas of a possible morning? What conflicts exist between those who are looking for the future in the eternal yesterday and those who want to blow open the norms of tradition? 

If time could be turned back and its course opened up to different directions, what would they  be? And what would the past future look like, that in the meantime became the present time? 

The call connects to the theme of the next transmediale 2014. Under the title of "afterglow" the festival deals with the end of the digital revolution - with the fact that digital culture is more and more a post-apocalyptic wasteland that is censored, controlled, monitored and dominated by some few rulers. At the same time, transmediale is also looking for new, unknown forms of culture beyond the digital. 

future past – past future therefore also asks about the power of old and new media. The statement "the revolution has been televised" could be applied not only to the Arab Spring, but also to the mass demonstrations in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey captured by countless mobile phone and television cameras and sent into the world. But what is the reality behind the images disseminated by mass media? And how do these images find their way into an artistic confrontation with the protest movements? How is the expression of public protest reflected in the media arts? What methodologies of resistance have been developed in media arts? How is the battle for media coverage, for dominance in the social networks and government censorship waged?

Location and dates

The exhibition future past – past future will be part of the programme of transmediale, festival for art and digital culture in Berlin. The exhibition takes place from Saturday, 25 Jan until Sunday, 02 Feb 2014. future past – past future will also be presented online on the ArtUP! platform. 

Detailed programme information can be found on the ArtUp! Website, on the websites of the Goethe-Institutes of the participating countries as well as on the ArtUP! Facebook page and on the transmediale festival website.

Conditions for participation

Any artist from Bulgaria, Greece or Turkey, whose artwork is media art based, can apply for participation in the exhibition. How to apply for the exhibition?

Please apply for the exhibition by:
	• Creating an artist's profile and uploading artwork(s) on the ArtUP! media art collection.
	• Filling out the application form and sending it to the ArtUP!-team in your country
Deadline for submissions: 10th November 2013 

For technical specifications for uploading (file size, supported formats) on the ArtUP! media art collection, click here. 

The curator of the exhibition selects artists from each country (Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey) among those who have uploaded their artworks and sent their application form to take part in the exhibition future past – past future. Each of the chosen artists will receive a remuneration of € 500,00.
From each country involved, an artist will be invited to take part in the local event during the transmediale in Berlin. 

About the curator

Sandra Naumann is a curator and media historian based in Berlin. She has curated programs for transmediale, CTM, Werkleitz, sound:frame, Shift, Elektra and others. As researcher she has been working on projects like See this Sound and aux écoutes des images. She studied Communication and Media Studies, Art History and German Literature at the University of Leipzig and the University of Manchester.


I am looking forward to your submissions!