[NetBehaviour] MOBILEFEST 2008

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Sat Sep 13 17:53:20 CEST 2008


How can mobile technology contribute to democracy, culture, art, 
ecology, peace, education, health and third-sector?

3g, activism, art, augmented reality, bluetooth, citizen videos, 
culture, cyberculture, democracy, diy, ecology, education, electronic 
art, electronic music, gprs, gps, health, innovation, interactive and 
networked performance with mobile and wireless devices, interactive 
architecture, lbs, live cinema, locative, mesh networks, mms, mobile 
activism, mobile and wireless games, mobile applications, mobile 
education, mobile music, mobile narrative, mobile streaming, open 
networks, peace, rfid, sensors, sms, third-sector, trends, video 
production and distribution, wearable technologies, wi-fi, wi-max, 
zigbee, etc.


Mobilefest - International Festival of Mobile Arts and Creativity is an 
event that aims to question and discuss the advent of the new mobile 
technologies in their relationships with the various segments of 
society, being the first International Festival of the kind.

The main objective is to provide a multifaceted and heterogenic 
environment of discussions, actions and creations that seek intelligent 
and innovative solutions, through the virtualities of the new mobile 
technologies, to solve or even discuss the issues that trouble 
contemporary societies.

The effort of the event in regards to the new communication technologies 
is based on the perception of its potential growth - there are more than 
3 billion active mobiles nowadays. The increase of its use is not only 
for communication between people, but also for activities of education, 
social inclusion, varied artistic productions, entertainment, security, 
content production and distribution, socialization networks, activism 
actions, health, commerce, advertising, etc.

The I Mobilefest was launched in November 2006, with an international 
seminar that took place in São Paulo, at Sesc Paulista, with live and 
free transmission via the Internet. In its first edition, it broached 
the social, cultural and aesthetic implications that the mobile ands 
mobile technologies have been promoting in global scale. The festival 
discussed the main outlining of the relationships between mobile 
technologies (like mobile, handhelds, etc.) and the many segments of the 
society listed above. Besides the discussion, the event is made of 
technical and cultural activities and also includes an expositive 
exhibition and the launch of a recognition award of the best mobile 
works in the following catgories: SMS Writing - Micro Stories and 
Poetry, Photojournalism, Video, Moblogs and Videologs , the I Mobilefest 

The seminar gathered 14 foreign artists and researchers and 20 Brazilian 
artists and specialists. The II edition of Mobilefest (2007) gathered 
together artists, researchers and panelists from many countries and had 
considerable increase in the size of its programmation. It was 5 days of 
seminars, 2 days of bootcamp and 30 days of exhibition. The big 
innovation in 2007 was the realization of simultaneous events in England 
(University of Westmister), in The Netherlands, (The Waag Society) and 
in the United States (New York University - ITP). In the audiovisual 
section, Mobilefest consolidated the wish to creat a network of 
international festivals about mobile content production. Aside from 
Telemig Arte Mov (Brazil) and Mobifest (Canada), already present in the 
previous year, other festivals were shown, such as Movilfilm Fest 
(Spain), Pocket Shorts (England and Scotland), Pocket Films (France), 
Microfilmes (Portugal) and The 4th Screen (United States). The extensive 
Mobilefest schedule also includeded: videoconferences, meetings, 
seminars, Mobileactive at Mobilefest and the International Exhibition. 
In this year also, Mobilefest Festival became and oficial part of the 
calendar for the city of São Paulo.

* Popularise mobile technology as to contribute to social inclusion 
through the generalisation of knowledge, its use and possibilities of 
interaction promoted by these new communication media.

* Offer the audience the an award specialised in recognising works that 
use mobile technology.

* Promote cultural interchange among national and international 
researchers and producers of this area.

* Incentive the creative thought and production about the new 
technologies aiming to expand the possible hardware and software 
functions in the mobile technology sector.

* Stimulate the production of content in the mobile technology segment 
in Brazil in terms of production in the industrial segment as well as 
from the point of view of the independent creator, thus intending to 
seek for balanced ways of relationships between these two players which 
will not mean mutual negation.

* Enable the participation of all interested in producing and 
distributing content through the mobile communication networks.

In 2007 Mobilefest introduced the reflection 'Telecommunications and 
information technologies when linking people and ideas remotely help 
diminishing the impact of destructive chain, mainly diminishing the 
harmful effects of carbon emission'. 'How can mobile phones and mobile 
technologies contribute to the environment?'

Choosing the ENVIRONMENT as a theme seeks for civil society mobilisation 
facing the numerous environmental disasters that have already happened 
and for considering this as a rich space for experimentation through 
using mobile technologies.

In 2008, besides the question 'How can mobile technology contribute to 
democracy, culture, art, ecology, peace, health and third-sector?', 
Mobilefest's edition intends to emphasise a contemporary issue "The 
precious and valuable time that people in big cities wasted daily in 
their traffic jams. Be it in a collective way-underground, train, bus, 
vans, school transport - or privately- car, motorbike and taxi, 
inhabitants spend around 1 hour and 20 minutes commuting on a daily 
basis and, slowness increases 15% yearly.

Time wasted commuting plus the harm caused by air pollution sum up 
annual loss of R$ 4,1 billion to Brazilian public safes.

How to transform 'lost time' into 'productive time' using access to 
mobile internet and different ways of wireless connection?

How to improve the use of mobile technology when we are immobile? What 
kind of content can be used for education, culture, art, through these 
technologies? What's the value of mobility in immobile cities? How to 
use mobile technologies to improve chaotic traffic of big cities? 
Despite mobiles with GPS, traffic surveillance cameras and RFID labels 
in public transport tickets, most people still get stuck to a routine of 
slow commuting. How to stimulate the use of public transport providing 
new forms of mobile internet in such means? Personal mobility and 
collective mobility.

Mobilefest 2008 suggests that companies, people and the government 
reflect on how to use mobile technologies to access new information 
sources of education, and entertainment, transforming 'lost time' in 
traffic into 'time for digital inclusion', contributing to forming a 
society that promotes more opportunities and diminish environmental impact.


How can mobile technology contribute to democracy, culture, art, 
ecology, peace, education, health and third-sector?

The deadline for posters, projects and papers is September 30th 2008.
Earlier email correspondence with the festival is more than welcome!

Submissions should be sent by September 30th 2008 via email to 
2008(at)mobilefest.org including information bellow:

Complete name:
Organization / Company:
Short bio:
Summary / Abstract:
Includes a demonstration? YES/NO
A new tool or version is released during this event? YES/NO
Format: Conference / Workshop / Demonstration
Internet connectivity needed? YES / NO
Telephone number:
Mobile number:
University (optional):
University level (optional):
Proposed category (democracy, culture, art, ecology, peace, education,
health, third-sector or “all together**)

** MOBILEFEST is a transdisciplinary event, the more interconnection, 
the better.

- Abstracts must be 300 words minimum
- Papers must be 1000 words minimum
- The submitted paper must be written in English, Portuguese, Spanish or 
- Papers submitted are limited to 45 minutes presentation
- The paper must be attached to the email in .TXT, .RTF, .DOC or PDF files.
- Projects must have documentation: blueprint, photos, video and 
technical rider.
- Submit as many works as you want, one mail submission for each.
- Workshop / Demonstration - Format: 30 min to 2 hours demonstration / 

Adriene Jenik, Alan Kay, Alberto Magno, Alberto Tognazzi, Alexandre 
Matias, Ami Dar, Amyris Fernandez, André Lemos, Andreas Blazoudakis, 
Ângela Bardin, Armin Medosch, Becky Faith, Brenda Burrell, Camille 
Baker, Carmen Maia, Carol Mafra, César Jartorelli, Christian Wiener, 
Clóvis Borges, Cory Ramey, Cyrus Frisch, Daniel Araújo, Daniel 
Florêncio, Daniel Oelsner Lopes, David Barnard, David Cavallo, Douglas 
Nadalini da Silva, Duncan Kennedy, Eduardo Bicudo, Eliezer Muniz, Eva 
Weber, Evgeny Morozov, Fabio Fon, Felipe Albuquerque Pereira, Fernando 
Teco Sodré, Gabe Sawhney, Geandre Tomazoni, Geert Lovink, Gilson 
Schwartz, Giselle Beiguelman, Graham Brown-Martin, Graziela Tanaka, 
Gustavo Mansur, Heather A. Horst, Hernani Dimantas, Howard Rheingold, 
Hyejin Choi, Irene Karaguilla Ficheman, Jackson Filho, Jane Placca, 
Jason Lewis, Javier Rodrigo, Jean-Noël Montagné, Jinwoo Chung, Jonah 
Brucker-Cohen, Juan Carlos Zuñiga Torres, Juca Varella, Karinna 
Bidermann, Kate Bauer, Kate Hartman, Kati London, Katrin Verclas, Liana 
Brazil, Lisa Roberts, Lucas Bambozzi, Lucas Longo, Lucie Bélanger, 
Marcelo Nunes de Carvalho, Marcelo Tas, Maroussia Lévesque, Martin Owen, 
Maurício Hirata, Mauro Rubens, Max Leite, Max Schleser, Mieke Gerritzen, 
Mimi Ito, Norene Leddy, Oleksandr Demchenko, Otakar Svacina, Paulo 
Henrique Ferreira, Pedro Paranaguá, Rachel Jacobs, Rachel Payne, Renato 
Cruz, Renato Rollemberg, Rob van Kranenburg, Robson Lisboa, Rogério da 
Costa, Ronald Lenz, Ronaldo Simão da Costa, Rosana Herman, Roseli de 
Deus Lopes, Russ Rive, Shawn Van Every, Sheila Kinkade, Soraya Braz, 
Suely Rolnik, Tamaryn Nelson, Toni Eliasz, Victor Rebouças, Volker 
Grassmut, Wagner Martins, Zico Góes

Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, 
England, EUA, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Luxemburg, Peru, 
Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, 
Uruguay, Zimbabwe.

MOBILEFEST has started in 2007 a network of mobile content festivals, if 
you are connected with a festival not listed bellow and wish to take 
part of this network, please contact us at 2008(at)mobilefest.org. Our 
partners include:

- Mobifest | Canada
- Pocket Shorts | UK
- Pocket Films | France
- Arte Mov | Brazil
- Microfilmes de Lisboa | Portugal
- The 4th Screen | USA


MOBILEFEST has started in 2007 a network of Mobilefest Nodes in 
Universities, Media Centers and Researches Institutes around the world , 
if you want your institution to be connected with Mobilefest , please 
contact us at 2008(at)mobilefest.org

Our partners include:
- Waag society | The Netherlands, Amsterdam
- Westminster University | UK, London
- New York University - ITP | USA, New York


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