Call for Web Residencies by Solitude & ZKM > »Planetary Glitch« Curated by Mary Maggic


Climate change, rising sea-levels and the chemical alteration and industrialization of the planet have been largely driven by patriarchal, hegemonic, capitalist forces. These are the very same forces that uphold the all too familiar systems that devalue nonmales, migrants, animals, and nature, and justify the overall exploitation of the planet. This collective mutagenesis paralyzes us as much as it should mobilize us, urging us to seek solidarity and symbiosis among industrial and ecological ruins. Like Xenofeminism suggests, we must seize this »alienation as an impetus to generate new worlds (2),« new myths, new disobediences, and new commonalities.

Let us change the course of this alienation. Both now and the future require a new commons, harnessed and transformed out of the planetary glitch that implicates and connects us all. In response, can we create open–source strategies founded in inclusion, diversity, balance, and equity? Tactics which undermine the glorification of technology and technosolutionism, and remain ever-critical? Might we find resistance in imaginations of the new normal and the new natural? As the mechanical glitch of computers resist their binary language, so too does glitch act as a »much-needed erratum (3)« to our current systems of violence.

This is a call for artists, designers, (bio)hackers, technologists, storytellers, writers, healers and shape-shifters to create new open–source strategies for undoing the trap of this planetary shift. Among these strategies may include kitchen recipes for eating the other, pleasure tutorials, witchcraft and alchemy, collective coping mechanisms, online networks of care, information emancipation, training exercises for becoming-with our mutations, biohacking protocols for freeing toxic substances from their molecular mystique, and digital tools for radical interconnectedness. 

For each call, the curator selects four project proposals, whose creators are rewarded with a four-week residency and 750 USD. All selected web residents are nominated for the production prize HASH by Solitude & ZKM which will be awarded in 2019.

Deadline: 6 January 2019

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