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Institute for flexible cultures and technologies

Open call for exhibition Autonomies

Event type: exhibition info
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Date: 01/06/2013

Call for works


Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – Napon

from 7th untill 28th  November 2013

Novi Sad



Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies – Napon, is looking for works by art practitioners and others for exhibition “Autonomies”, that will be held from  7th until 28th  November 2013 at Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina  in Novi Sad. The exhibition is a part of Techno-ecologies project.




Exhibition concept:


Machine intelligence has been a part of the human imaginarium for more than a century, and the approach to the subject matter is inevitably marked by Sci-Fi utopian/dystopian scenarios with automatised societies of our near future. The efforts to make machines more independent from the environment, with the possibility of independent action in relation to man, have produced an increase in efficiency, human emancipation from alienating serial production (manufacturing, or later fordist), technological unemployment, and entirely new areas of ecological risks.


Technological development based on machine autonomy produced enthusiasm and fears, it is an emotional and theoretical battleground that endures to the present day. In parallel with these technical challenges, there is questioning of the independence of the autonomic system, its ethical position towards human, and its capacity to learn and improve. Regarding the relationship between society and technology, the concept of autonomy is most easily defined as a certain type of independence from management and, ultimately, independence from control. Transferring some crucial social, cognitive, and biological processes to machine intelligence resulted in evident concerns for many people that such a scenario could take away the human decision making processes which once defined him/her as a social being.



Areas of interest: machine autonomy / monitoring of public and institutional sector / technological unemployment / robotic arms race / machinic capitalism / technopolitcs / Finance Automation / High-frequency trading / automation systems in decision making / sociotechnological knowledge production / technoecology / Energy autonomy / practices and economies of sustainable technology / alternative economy


Project  is supported by EU and Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.

Project partners are: RIXC, The Centre for New Media Culture (Latvia); Baltan Laboratories (Netherlands); Ars Longa (France); The Finnish Society BioArt (Finland).



Application form sent to   office@napon.org   in subject field write for artist call


Application form can be download here:


Application form Exhibition Techno Ecologies


Deadline is Jun 1st 2013