paraflows .10 - Festival for Digital Art and Cultures

paraflows .10
Festival for Digital Art and Cultures
September 9th thru October 10th, 2010

Festival opening
 / 09.09.2010, 19:30 Uhr
Ort / Künstlerhaus k/haus
Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wien

paraflows opening party / 09.09.2010, ab 21:00 Uhr
Tingel Tangel feat Riegler & Schmelz
brut bar deluxe, brut wien
Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wien


Going into its 5th year, the paraflows festival in Vienna will focus on the interconnection between the programme and the object. Information technology is based on the distinction between hardware and software, and more often than not both systems are treated and discussed as independent of each other. paraflows .10 – MIND AND MATTER seeks to put on display how hard- and software, content and object in contemporary art not only co-exist, but also condition and shape each other.

What role does hardware play for media infrastructure – how is the net set up, what are the real pillars on which virtuality rests? How does the sculptural process look like, from a technological point of view? What are the effects of technological prospects on physical representation?

What are the challenges that digital art must face, when it comes to conserving its works? Additionally to the applications in question, the corresponding hardware needs to be preserved as well. But how does time affect technology-based works, their conditions of production and their archives?

Mind and body are inextricably tied to each other, yet we are tempted to regard mental processes as independent of their bodily basis. Can thoughts, personality or intelligence exist without a body? Or how does the aesthetic image of technology relate to its context, what kind of interconnections are made?