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Open Call – NEW NOW | Festival for Digital Arts

As part of NEW NOW, the new festival for Digital Arts on Zollverein, is looking for digital works for its Virtual Festival and for artistic-scientific contributions for its conference.


How do we want to shape our world? NEW NOW explores phenomena of our times and will take place for the first time on the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site in Essen from August 27 to October 03, 2021. For five weeks, the landmark of the Ruhr area will be transformed into an open production site for Digital Arts: The festival accompanies artists in the development of their works and invites the public to actively contribute. The Digital Arts serve as a venue for speculation. Here, artists and participants alike have the freedom to imagine and test new visions for the present.

NEW NOW is phygital. It does not only take place physically at Zollverein, but also digitally. For its Virtual Festival, a unique “Art-in-Art” experience is being created: the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is being digitally recreated – and at the same time augmented in terms of content and form. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is thus transformed into a digital work of art.

As a discursive part of NEW NOW, an international and interdisciplinary conference will take place on September 18-19. Entitled “Another End is Possible”, the conference will look at the interplay between humans, nature and technology.

Conference “Another End is Possible”

“While the world is becoming increasingly complex and the advance of technology is rapid, our environment is becoming more and more imbalanced. The end of the world seems to be approaching. Or has the end – the “doomsday” – already come, as some philosophers argue? Assuming we are already standing on the ruins of our society, how can we achieve a cooperative new start? How can we rethink our coexistence so that humans, biosphere and technology can coexist in the “New Now”?

We don’t want to see the ruins of our world as the end, but as a beginning. Together with artists, activists, designers, coders, philosophers and interested minds, we will explore new models of society and dare to create a future worth living.”

Submit your works and ideas by April 18 and become part of #newnow21! You can read more information and apply here.

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