Open Call

We invite designers, artists, researchers, and practitioners of diverse backgrounds to submit their work reflecting the festival theme Designing in Troubling Times. We are interested in participatory works and proposals for collaborative doings open to interventions and renegotiations by other festival participants. The curatorial collective is enabled to accommodate a variety of formats; including workshops and walk-shops, performative enactments and interventions, interactive gestures and experimental processes, roundtable discussions and debates, and any other relevant formats that might not exist yet. It is vital for all accepted projects to enable active engagement of other festival participants and visitors; both lay and expert. Projects that support multi-species and more-than-human engagements are especially welcomed. Our aim with Uroboros is to create an open, experiential ecosystem for authors to cross-fertilize their work through a lively, rich exchange of thoughts and practices. We are committed and materially enabled to support a long-term duration of initiated collaborations and extend them beyond the temporality of the festival.

Submission criteria
please submit your project as a single PDF file (10 pages max), including:
— A description of the project (including the proposed form of audience participation)
— A biography of max. 250 words (incl. website and social handles if any)
— Minimum three images to illustrate the project
— A detailed tech rider 

We are able to provide some financial support with your production expenses (to be discussed with each accepted participant individually). Unfortunately, we cannot provide travel and accommodation reimbursements. 

Please note that the max. length of your participatory contributions at the festival is 2 hrs (e.g. workshops, walkshops, performances, experiments).

Key Dates
Open call released: January 31th, 2020
Open call closes: March 31st, 2020
Decisions sent back to authors: April 14th, 2020
Uroboros festival: May 13.-16, 2020

The 4-day festival will take place in DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (Poupětova 1, 170 00 Praha 7 – Holešovice, Czech Republic). DOX is a 3000 m2 multi-functional space located in a reconstructed factory in Prague’s Holešovice district (included in the best 1000 architectural projects in the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture). DOX’s program is articulated primarily through art and design projects incorporating critical reflection on current social, political, and philosophical topics. 

The festival is part of the #DATAMAZE project which has been on view at DOX Centre since June 2018. Here, the concept of an exhibition as a work in progress is combined with a workspace and library. Aside from a permanent installation,  #DATAMAZE currently features three short-term projects focused on the hidden layers of the internet and digital technologies in general.

The Uroboros festival is curated by ALTTAB, a Czechoslovak collective of designers, technologists and researchers gathered around a shared interest in the ethical implications of emerging technologies.

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