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call: The HTMlles 10 – RISKY BUSINESS

Call for entries
Deadline: 2 April 2012


The HTMlles 10
RISKY BUSINESS

Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture
10-18 November 2012

The 10th edition of the HTMlles will take up the notion of risk. To
risk: to gain or to lose (it is uncertain), to expose oneself to a
possibility… Risk is a potential. Whether used positively or
negatively, the idea of risk implies that of evaluation, action and
distribution, and thus, power. While the term “risk” evolved with the
development of capitalism, the concept of “risk society” is about
twenty years old and has been used by scholars to describe how modern
society organizes around the idea of risk, that is, in response to a
future (which society should be able to manage). By simply invoking or
imagining the future, one immediately engages in risky behaviours.
Anything and everything can become risky… Indeed, there exists a
global economic and industrial complex organized around monitoring and
moderating “risk”, from insurance companies to investment products, as
well as technologies and approved, standardized methods of risk
assessment and risk management. There are also whole sets of
techniques of calculation, “optimization” and social control that rely
on the presence of a notion of “risk,” from so-called “at-risk
populations” to who are considered “vulnerable,” “suspect” or,
increasingly so nowadays, “insolvable.”

In such a critical moment, it is perhaps crucial to ask (ourselves)
some questions. How does the language of risk articulate itself today?
What is at risk today? How can one take risks today? What are the
different levels of risk in our various (trans)actions? What is the
relationship between risk, technology and power? How is risk both
managed and created? How is it distributed? Since when does one
“invest” in one’s future and what does it actually mean? Do “crises”
serve to pacify the communities being affected by these “crises”? Who
are they? What do artists have to say about these so-called risks and
crises? How is making art risky today? Who speaks? To whom and in the
name of what?

The HTMlles 10 welcomes project proposals from self-identified women,
trans and gender non-conforming artists of all origins on the theme of
risk, as well as proposals for risky projects…

The HTMlles <http://www.htmlles.net> is a feminist festival of media
arts and digital culture produced in Montreal by Studio XX
<http://www.studioxx.org>, a bilingual feminist artist-run centre for
technological exploration, creation and critique. Initiated in 1997,
the HTMlles is an international platform dedicated to the presentation
of women’s, trans and gender non-conforming artists’ independent media
artworks from all facets of contemporary technological creation,
including but not limited to: digital storytelling, cyber art, short
film and video art, audio and electronic art, radio art, installation,
locative media, 3D animation, game art, augmented reality, electronic
publishing, design, bio art, public interventions, community-based
practices, performance and interdisciplinary practices.

The HTMlles 10 will be a multi-sited festival, which includes Studio
XX’s new gallery space, the XX Files radio show, .dpi electronic
periodical and Matricules online feminist archive. RISKY
BUSINESS will be co-presented with several partner artist centres (to
be announced) that focus on either (or both) media arts or feminist
practices, in Montreal. Participants receive honoraria.

OPPORTUNITY FOR EMERGING CURATORS:
The current call is also open to project submissions by
self-identified emerging curators.

To submit a proposal to the HTMlles 10, please follow the guidelines
and email it to: festival (at) htmlles (dot) net

*Deadline: Monday, 2 April 2012*

Download submission guidelines
<http://www.htmlles.net/2012/Call_HTMLLES_2012_EN.pdf> (PDF)

For more information: info@htmlles.net

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