NEW NOW festival for Digital Arts on Zollverein > Open call for digital works and for artistic-scientific contributions for a conference (Germany / online)

NEW NOW explores phenomena of our times and will take place for the first time on the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site in Essen from August 27 to October 03, 2021. For five weeks, the landmark of the Ruhr area will be transformed into an open production site for Digital Arts: The festival accompanies artists in the development of their works and invites the public to actively contribute. The Digital Arts serve as a venue for speculation. Here, artists and participants alike have the freedom to imagine and test new visions for the present.

Virtual Festival 'Zeche'

NEW NOW is phygital. It does not only take place physically at Zollverein, but also digitally. For the Virtual Festival, a unique "Art-in-Art" experience is being created: the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is being digitally recreated – and at the same time augmented in terms of content and form. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is thus transformed into a digital work of art.

Under the title "ZECHE", participants can look forward to an aesthetic encounter between the historic buildings of the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex and a virtual museum. Digitalisation meets post-industrial culture, the past and the existing meet the future and the im-/possible. Particular emphasis is placed on community and collaboration. The virtual festival platform is interactive and globally accessible online for the duration of the festival.

You want to exhibit your work on the most beautiful virtual ZECHE worldwide? Then submit your digital works by taking part in the call below!

Conference, 'Another end is possible'

As a discursive part of NEW NOW, an international and interdisciplinary conference will take place on September 18-19. Entitled "Another End is Possible", the conference will look at the interplay between humans, nature and technology.

While the world is becoming increasingly complex and the advance of technology is rapid, our environment is becoming more and more imbalanced. The end of the world seems to be approaching. Or has the end - the "doomsday" - already come, as some philosophers argue? Assuming we are already standing on the ruins of our society, how can we achieve a cooperative new start? How can we rethink our coexistence so that humans, biosphere and technology can coexist in the "New Now"?

Together with artists, activists, designers, coders, philosophers and interested minds, we will explore new models of society and dare to create a future worth living.

Do you also believe "Another End Is Possible"? We are looking forward to your contributions to the conference programme!

An invitation to the virtual festival or the conference includes an expense allowance. Any travel and accommodation costs will be covered.The conference will be hybrid (adapted to pandemic conditions) or virtual, if required.

Deadline: 18 April 2021

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