What are the cultural, economic and political conditions for regional cooperations in art, digital culture and the creative industries? Can the working conditions (production, presentation, distribution) of creative producers, artists and art initiatives be improved by means of professional networking?
The Climate change in its cause and physical impact is a matter of the natural siences. But the complexity and vast squareness of its consequences turn the debate into a matter of social and cultural studies. "In climate change lies not only the chance to overcome outmoded standards of living and actings but also to develop new institutional and individual modes of cooperation and cultural techniques for handling large scale threats." What are the chances and possibilities (technological and cultural) of opposing the destructive dynamics of climate change with constructive elements (policy, economy, technology, culture, art etc.)?
Contemporary understanding of air pollution is no longer felt nor experienced, although it remains potentially lethal. It is now less common to see pollution directly. By presenting only knowledge that is measurable, the model is disconnected from the local context and the specific social-economic conditions on the ground that created the pollution in the first place. With their projects hehe involves the audience in a process of monitoring localised pollution at the same time it is produced. A work like Nuage Vert is based on the idea that public forms can embody an ecological project, materialising environmental issues so that they become a subject within our collective daily lives.
Laboratory Planet - Ewen Chardronnet, bureau d'etudes, Michel Tibon-Cornillot
The Laboratory Planet is a periodic journal of philosophy, science and critical writing on technology. The editor Ewen Chardronnet and Bureau d'études work with artistic researchers and activists. Its online platform discusses geostrategic and tactical media issues lurking behind the ambiguous headlines of the mainstream press.
Extreme Green Guerilas - Michiko Nitta
The project The Extreme Green Guerillas reflects on the collaboration between high tech and green movements.
Circle of Satan / HONF
Circle of Satan is a platform for exchanges, meetings, sharing, discussions and common thinking. It expresses the struggle and disadvantage of a developing country. Whenever opportunity arises, another obstacle defeats progress, in either the form of natural disaster or human corruption. Indonesia still remains one of the poorest nations, with a substantial lack of technology for the public. Is there still a dream possible in the face of chaotic infrastructure, corruption, deforestation, illegal loging, the Pacific ring of fire, sweatshops and globalisation.
Atteqa Malik and Nameera Ahmed (MAUJ)
We are a group of media artists working in Karachi as a collective by the name of Mauj. Our initiatives use open technology, art and culture to empower society and people. Our projects engage regional and international participants and audiences. MAUJ explores the phenomena of new media arts and the impact of technology within the context of the city. You're invited to discuss with us some new projects!
Marina Grzinic is doctor of philosophy and works as researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana. She is a freelance media theorist and curator, and has been involved in video art since 1982.
Laura Schleussner is an independent curator and editor based in Berlin. She attended the De Appel Curatorial Training Program and directed the project space Rocket Shop in Berlin for four years. Her most recent exhibition Nothing of North Unknown (2008) dealt with themes closely related to DEEP NORTH: images and perceptions of northern geographies on a warming planet.