::fibreculture:: Working with ALife? Call for entries : VIDA 13.0

Melinda Rackham melinda at subtle.net
Wed Jul 21 14:22:41 CEST 2010

Fundación Telefónica
Art and technology

Call for entries: VIDA 13.0

At a time when the notion of life is once again located in an  
uncertain domain, a wide range of artistic initiatives come together  
to illustrate and investigate this phenomenon; they examine the impact  
on the collective conscience and the way it is manifested in cultural,  
technological and social thought.

Over the last decade, in the same formal space, VIDA has been bringing  
together inter-disciplinary projects that respond to this situation.  
By means of formal strategies that defy the boundaries between  
existing practices, these projects offer new ways of reflecting on  
what we understand by life and artificial life.

Fundación Telefónica announces the VIDA 13.0 Art & Artificial Life  
International Competition, which for the last twelve years has awarded  
prizes for artistic projects using technological mediums offering  
innovative approaches to research into artificial life.

The projects may be based on systems which emulate, imitate or  
speculate on the notion of life through current research and  
technology. These systems may involve attributes of agency and  
autonomy which display specific behaviour, are dynamic, react to their  
surroundings and evolve, and which question the frontiers between what  
is alive and what is not, between synthetic and organic life.

As in previous years there are two categories to the competition:


In this category VIDA 13.0 will award prizes to artistic ALife  
projects developed after 2008. The sum of 40,000 Euros will be shared  
between the projects selected by the jury: First Prize: 18,000 Euros,  
Second Prize: 14,000 Euros, and Third Prize: 8,000 Euros. In addition  
seven honourable mentions will be awarded.


In this category VIDA 13.0 helps to fund artistic ALife projects that  
have not yet been produced. This is aimed at citizens or residents of  
countries comprising Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The sum of  
40,000 Euros will be shared between the selected projects.

The winning projects will be subsequently exhibited at the VIDA Gallery,
http://www.fundacion.telefonica.com/arteytecnologia/galeriavida/. and  
may be presented in exhibitions related to art and new technologies  
organised by Fundación Telefónica or in which it takes part.


Period for submission of projects: from 19th July to 7th November 2010.


The works submitted will be examined by an international panel  
composed of José-Carlos Mariátegui (Peru), Mónica Bello Bugallo  
(Spain), Nell Tenhaaf (Canada) Rodrigo Alonso (Argentina), Simon Penny  
(USA/Australia), Zhan Ga (China) and Francisco Serrano (General  
Director of Fundación Telefónica).


Queries may be addressed to the FAQs section of the website
by e-mail to vida at telefonica.es or by calling (0034) 91 584 23 00.

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