[NetBehaviour] paraflows 09 – Festival for Digital Art and Cultures

Olga olga.panades at gmail.com
Tue Sep 8 16:37:52 CEST 2009

paraflows 09 – Festival for Digital Art and Cultures
10. - 20. September 2009

Festival Opening / 10.09.2009, 7 pm
Container Installation, Karlsplatz/Resselpark,
Close-by Otto Wagner Pavillon, Straßenbahnhaltestelle Karlsplatz

The city of Vienna has a long tradition of interventions and actions
in the public space. With this year’s topic URBAN HACKING, the fourth
paraflows festival continues this artistic investigation of the public
and urban space of living. What is more, paraflows 09 will shed light
on the role played by digital media when it comes to exploring,
questioning, and shaping the urban infrastructure.


A container village designed especially for paraflows at Karlsplatz
will provide the space for the exhibition URBAN HACKING, which will
connect the Künstlerhaus, the Karlskirche, and the project space, and
thereby unite the historic with the contemporary. More than 30
national and international positions of digital art and cultures as
well as the artistic strategies connected therewith shed light on
current and older tendencies of interacting with the public space.What
will be put on display are projects on use and intervention, on
hacking and setting up the urban public. A focus will thereby be laid
on the possibilities “urban hacking” offers for the redesign of public

The net, as public infrastructure with its individual elements,
possibilities, and mechanisms, has become integral to social
communication and extended the public space via hyperspace. How these
two parallel layers of reality are organized and impact the
individual’s freedom of movement is one of the questions to be
answered by paraflows 09 URBAN HACKING.

Cultural Jamming Strategies in the Risky Spaces of Modernity.

The three-day program of the symposium corresponds to the thematic
priorities Urban, Hacking, and Risk. The panel Urban discusses the
city as cultural venue, whereas the second the panel, Hacking,
investigates the origin, structures, and evolutionary elements of the
multi-faceted notion “hacking.” The third and final day will be
dedicated to questions of risk, for instance when one – for artistic
or philosophical reasons – transgresses boundaries, as well as
question pertaining to gender in the given context. The symposium also
will serve as a copula between the exhibition and the workshops and
will be accompanied by movie screenings and theatre plays.


Olga P Massanet

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