ENTER | 4th international art/science/technology festival
April 18-25, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic
Project of CIANT | International Centre for Art and New Technologies
Over 80 participants from over 20 countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Venezuela, have contributed to the festival program of performances, exhibitions, workshops and lectures scheduled throughout one week between Saturday, April 18, and Saturday, April 25, 2009.
ENTER is an international biannual showcase of creative practices positioned at the intersection of art, science and technology. In 2009, the fourth edition of the festival brings together artists and researchers to present and discuss current developments in what we sometimes call new media art, while addressing a theme of adaptation. The projects of Czech and international artists share the following set of tags, among others: nano, micro, macro, living, non-living, luminescence, ionosphere, space, data, exploration, spectrum, magnetic, perception, primitive, ritual, brain, code, motion, robot.
ENTER festival is scheduled to run in parallel and collaboration with Science beyond Fiction: The European Future Technologies Conference (FET09) that is a new European forum dedicated to frontier research in future and emerging information technologies. Leading scientists, policy-makers, industry representatives and science journalists will convene over 3 days (April 21-23) to discuss today’s frontier science, tomorrow’s technologies and the impact of both on tomorrow’s society. (http://ec.europa.eu/fet09)
WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR
For the fourth time we are bringing together sound and visual artists with scientists and creative technologists to engage in a dialogue framed by the ENTER festival. This time we are all addressing an intriguing theme of adaptation, ranging from biological sciences, complexity studies and research in artificial intelligence to global issues of high-speed urbanization and massive-scale social networking.
The festival is a great opportunity for personal meetings and time for productive exchanges of ideas. Spreading over the whole week, from Saturday to Saturday, the programme of exhibitions, performances, debates, presentations and workshops taking place in such great venues as new centre for contemporary art DOX, French Institute or MeetFactory, is full of surprises and extraordinary artistic achievements that take the risk of positioning themselves at the intersection of art and science. Moreover, the festival is scheduled to run in parallel and collaboration with Science beyond Fiction: The European Future Technologies Conference (FET09), organized by the FET scheme of the European Commission, which we think renders this Prague art/science gathering truly outstanding.
It is my pleasure to share a statement with you that ENTER festival has evolved into a landmark event in the Czech cultural scene being the leading presentational platform for frontier technological arts research. It continues to play a vital role in introducing Czech artists within the international context as well as confronting Prague audience with creativity and innovation that challenges stereotypical views of what art is, should and will be.
We, on the side of organizers, mainly a team of energetic young curators, researchers, arts managers, artists and scientists associated with the International Centre for Art and New Technologies (CIANT), but also a great number of invited collaborators from all over Europe and beyond, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Athens and cultural initiatives such as CO-ME-DI-A, e.mobility, European Tele-Plateaus, HAIP goes Hype, IMMEDIATE or X-OP, we all believe that democratization of and access to emerging and future technologies is a key factor in advancement of understanding of human nature and the overall development of our society, not only art. Moreover, we think it is essential to give voice to and create still more platforms for experimental interdisciplinary practices that have no fear of software, hardware and other modern tricks of present day networked communities.
The festival is a multisource output of what we have been researching, developing and creating within the last few months: all the artworks are fresh, sometimes even in progress. However, they act as signals for contemporary reflection on arts as they provoke urgent questions including the one about the role and place of art in early 21st century globalized and networked world.
I would like to thank all ENTER participants, partners, and supporters for all the efforts in making Prague once again a unique place for broadening definitions and bringing light > electricity > contemporary technologies: where needed.
Pavel Smetana, Director of CIANT
Pavel Smetana – Director
Pavel Sedlák – Chief curator & catalogue / web editor
Daphne Dragona – Curator of Tag Ties & Affective Spies exhibition
Petr Svárovský – Curator of Young & Sound exhibition
Michal Mariánek – Curator of Evolution Night
Darina Alster – Co-curator and production manager
Robert Carter – Business development manager
Jan Šebek, Michal Máša, Stephane Kyles – Technical production
Marta Procházková, Aurelie Besson – Production officers
Terezie Chlíbcová – Graphic design
Lucie Klabanová, Eduard Piňos – Media relations via media-form.cz