Art Meets Radical Openness 2020

Art Meets Radical Openness 2020
20th - 23rd of May 2020
main location: architekturforum oö
other locations: Stadtwerkstatt, Kunstuniversität Linz

Of Whirlpools and Tornadoes

AMRO is a biennial community festival in Linz that explores and discusses new challenges between digital culture, art, everyday life, education, politics and activism. The 2020 edition of AMRO festival is characterized by the reflection upon the „centripetal“ and „centrifugal“ dynamics of acceleration visible in contemporary society and the ways artistic practice, activism and radical thinking can engage with it.

"Of Whirlpools and Tornadoes" would like to give a picture of current social and technological movements which reflect the situation of diverse troubles we face in our economic and political system at present. The speed of production and consumption of new technologies is inevitably linked to the waste of natural resources that humans inconsiderately exploit and use to their own only advantage without thinking about the equilibrium of the ecosystem.

The acceleration of the effects of climate change runs in parallel to the unstoppable race for the technological development, which is often misunderstood as a solution - rather than a cause - of the inevitable environmental catastrophe. Many groups of activists are now trying to push the governments into doing more. But there is still very little discussion about models of sustainable technological infrastructure and how this infrastructure can be built and look like. In the mean time, the next generation of smart products is developed, which will be more and more connected to the internet. Behind the smooth surface of our daily electronics, even more machines will stream data 24/7 all around the world – meaning more data centers and more energy needed.

How much digital do we still need, considering that every cloud is a server farm and wastes a lot of resources as energy, water, fresh air and raw materials?  

Throughout the festival, these topics will be further explored through discussion panels, workshops, performances and showcases of artistic work. The Open Call is addressed to artists, hacktivists, cultural workers, journalists, F/LOSS developers and “improvers of the world” who want to make a contribution (exhibition, workshop, lecture, performance) to the topic.