2004-07-10 RAM_6 call
call for contributions/proposals:


The 6th RAM workshop entitled "Social Interaction & Collective Intelligence"
will take place from August 25th to 29th, 2004 in Vilnius, Lithuania, organized by jutempus interdisciplinary art program. RAM6 takes place at CAC - Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius and in a forest out of the city.

The aim of the workshop is to explore socially engaged concepts and practices and to investigate phenomena of collective intelligence creating a temporary media place and performing a character for a program that contributes to a critical discussion in society by employing an analysis of the new media apparatus. The ram workshop series provides the platform for the first annual event of VILMA - Vilnius Interdisciplinary Lab for Media Arts.

During spring 2004, the VILMA psyche started as a group of the local community in Vilnius contributing local desires to chart the pathways for a future VILMA scenario and generating the basic parameters to articulate the issues of RAM6.

The notion of “forest” re-appearing in these desires encloses point of departure “to get out of the forest of nature” and “not to be lost in the forest of technology”. These points unfold directions for RAM6 as a movement between two forests that link local desires with global scripts.

The first forest refers to the sense of a natural forest in Lithuania as an important cultural icon that takes a large portion of Lithuania, geographically, and culturally. The forest resonates with the special relation of nation to nature, signifying our past, our psyche, a place where all archetypes of resistance and rebellion, from Pagan to Partisans, and guerilla stories radiate.

The second forest is the media. A technology related terrain over the internet has become the forest that blocks the trees for many, as well as a mythic matrix and an impenetrable set of codes and rituals that can be either the access to alternatives or exclusionary.

The two forests are mixed in real time and the mix is translated through the interface, one center of the event. Joining these forests at the displaced center, is the VILMA identity in process, an interface which narrates the event in terms of performative and discursive syntax.

The RAM6 workshop is structured as a performance through various stages of scripting by a local group (psyche); a rehearsal with an international group of theorists and practitioners that contribute tools & techniques, methods & theories for orientation, exercising the idea “how to give a voice to” through transmission, broadcast, interface and translation, social networks and information visualization.

Forest 1: archetypes, archiving, collaboration, games, gpsm, locative, mapping, memory, narrative, nature, orientation, psychogeography, survival.

Forest 2: behavior, connectivity, creative commons, decoding, encoding, hacking, interaction, information society, language, mobile, networks, open source, poetics, recording, satellite, scripting, software, transmitting, web technology, wireless.

VILMA: identity, interface, open center, performative, representation, spokesperson, streaming, translation, transformative and transgressive character, voicing.
The workshop addresses cultural & media producers, scientists, theorists
activists and programmers, however it is open for everyone interested.

To apply, please go to www.vilma.cc/RAM6_application.htm
to fill in the application form or send an e-mail to: info@vilma.cc

Please enclose:

- full contact information (name, e-mail, phone number, address)
- short CV blurb / URL reference
- short motivation / contribution / statement
of your interest in the issue and/or what you might like to propose.

Applications must be received by August 1, 2004!
Please contact:
RAM6 is part of the "Re-Approaching New Media" series of workshops and events being held across 6 Nordic and Baltic countries.
The project is a collaboration between CRAC (SE), Olento (FI), RIXC (LV),
Atelier Nord (NO), E-Media Center (EE), jutempus (LT).

RAM - Re-approaching new media is a project with the support of the Culture 2000 Programme of the European Union and the financial assistance of the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology.

RAM6 workshop is organised by jutempus in collaboration with CAC, Contemporary Art Centre with the support of the Ministry of Culture.