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#AMRO20 – Of Whirlpools and Tornadoes

20. bis 23. Mai 2020 online!

Kooperation der Kunstuniversität Linz / Abteilung Zeitbasierte Medien und servus.at

AMRO Art Meets Radical Openness

Festival dedicated to Art, Hacktivism and Open Culture

#AMRO20 – Of Whirlpools and Tornadoes

New festival locations: we meet at your place
“Art Meets Radical Openness” is a biennial community organised by servus.at, a net culture initiative based in Linz.
2020 physical gathering was not possible due to the current pandemic situation. servus.at and its community - seeing the urgency of having an exchange about current topics and support artistic and activist work - decided to organize the festival anyway!

AMRO20 becomes moreover an opportunity to experiment how to realize a remote festival through open source tools and independent platforms.

Kunstuniversität Linz is a since long time partner of this initiative and especially in this difficult time the Rectorate and the department of Time based Media give their support to AMRO Festival.


Of Whirlpools and Tornadoes

The 2020 edition of the AMRO festival is characterized by reflections 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 aims to provide a picture of the current social and technological movements that reflect the diverse troubles our economic and political systems are currently facing. The speed of production and consumption of new technologies is inevitably linked to the waste of natural resources, which humans exploit and use to their own only advantage without considering the equilibrium of the ecosystem.

The acceleration of the effects of climate change runs in parallel to the unstoppable race for 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 governments into doing more. But there is still very little discussion about models of sustainable technological infrastructure, how this infrastructure can be built and what it might look like. In the meantime, the next generation of smart products are being developed, which will increasingly be connected to the internet. Behind the smooth surface of our daily electronics, even more machines will stream data around the world 24/7, requiring more data centers and energy. How much more digital do we need to be, when we consider that every cloud is a server farm wasting considerable amounts of energy, water, fresh air and raw materials?

Program Overview

Wednesday, 20th May
7pm: Festival Opening, Keynotes, Conversations
9.30pm: Exhibition opening, Performances

Thursday, 21st May to Saturday, 23rd May
11am-1pm: Lectures, Presentations
2-6pm: Workshops on dedicated platforms
7pm: Panels, Conversations
9.30pm: Nightline


More info about the festival and how to join: radical-openness.org
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