FMR – art in digital contexts and public spaces is a biennial festival for artistic processes and positions that reflects the ephemeral nature of our digital and connected present. The ever-advancing digitalisation of everyday life implies an intense overlapping and layering of familiar physical, but also finely interwoven digital spaces. FMR focuses on the shifts, distortions and rifts that arise in this process and presents current artistic positions in this context.
The festival, whose title alludes to ephemerality and short-livedness, presents works whose initial ideas can be found in virtual and/or digital space or have a strong reference to it, but are shown (sometimes in a transformed way) in the physical surroundings of the city of Linz. The focus is primarily on the interstices that arise during these transformations into public space – outside of museums, galleries or art spaces. At the same time, FMR attempts to subject the concept of sculpture to a contemporary update and to reflect on questions of transience, ephemerality and obviousness.
The upcoming 3rd edition of the festival focusses on five different topics: #ephemeralization, #blackout, #circularity, #cooling and #decoupling. To deal with all these topics more intensively, the festival invites artists and art collectives to spend one month creating a new work, or further developing an existing project. The work developed/realised during the residency will be presented within the framework of the festival (depending on the format, as part of the group exhibition, as a performance, or another mode of presentation) and complemented by discursive formats. The artists will also be given the option to be part of an artist talk.
Residencies will take place over one month during February and March 2023, with the festival itself taking place 6-11 June 2023. The organisers will provide:
- 800 EUR artist grant.
- Up to 1000 EUR production budget (reimbursement based on receipts/invoices).
- Up to 450 EUR travel expenses (reimbursement based on receipts/invoices).
- Free use of a studio and free accommodation in one of the flats of Atelierhaus Salzamt for your one month stay.
- Free access to your hosts’ facilities and various workshops at the Art University.
- A professional presentation, exhibition and artist talk (optional) during the Festival.
- Curatorial support during the residency.