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The International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST) will take place from 5 to 8 October 2021, hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI) in the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe. The annual event of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN), the largest international network for sustainability transitions research with around 4,000 members, is one of the most important meetings on this subject for researchers from various disciplines and explores the question of how a transition to sustainability can succeed through co-evolutionary changes and innovations in socio-technical systems.
In 2019, the city of Karlsruhe became the first and so far only German city to be included by UNESCO in the global UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Media Arts. As a UNESCO City of Media Arts, Karlsruhe is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the role of creativity and culture in the construction of sustainable urban societies.
Sustainability concerns all facets of life and in addition to ecological, economic and technological aspects also touches on issues of social justice within a society. The transformation to a sustainable society is linked to fundamental changes in the way societal needs are met, for example in terms of mobility, culture, health, nutrition, or energy supply. Achieving comprehensive and global sustainability is an ongoing and interactive process that needs to be shaped by all parts of society.
Under the theme "Visions of transformations to sustainability", the Fraunhofer ISI, in cooperation with the UNESCO Office of the Cultural Department of the City of Karlsruhe, invites artists or groups of artists to submit project proposals for a media artwork. The aim is to create a digital media artwork that critically reflects on the following questions:
The artwork will be presented in virtual form at the IST Conference on 7 October 2021. Subsequently, exhibitions are planned at various locations and events of the Fraunhofer ISI, as well as within the exhibition format Seasons of Media Arts, organized in Karlsruhe by UNESCO City of Media Arts.
Applications are open to professional media artists from Karlsruhe and the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Applications are open to individuals and groups of artists.
Please note that the selected artist(s) will sign a contract with Fraunhofer ISI regarding future usage rights of the selected artwork.
The selected artist will receive a fee of EUR 9,999.00 (net) for the realisation of the artwork. Additionally, the artist may be granted a subsidy for production costs of up to EUR 5,000.00 (net).
Applications must be submitted online. As this is an international project, only applications in English will be considered.
Application is a two-step procedure.
1. Please fill out and submit theapplication form. Necessary information includes:
2. After submission of the application form, you will receive an email with a link to upload attachments. Necessary attachments include:
The deadline for applications is Thursday, 15 July 2021, 12:00 (CET).
The artist or team of artists will be selected from the submitted project proposals by a jury of experts. The selection committee is made up of representatives from the fields of art and culture, science and research.
The jury meeting is expected to take place at the end of July 2021. The jury's decision is legally binding and not contestable.
15 July 2021, 12:00 (CET) - Application deadline
15 - 28 July 2021 - Evaluation of the submitted proposals
28 July - 9 August 2021 - Notification of selected artist(s)
9/10 August 2021 - Public announcement of the selected artist(s)
before 20 September 2021 - Recording (video) of interview with artist(s)
26 September 2021 - Handing in of the artwork
7 October 2021 - Premiere of the artwork: first presentation at IST 2021, with video of interview with artist
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Tel: +49 721 6809-212
Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Karlsruhe I UNESCO City of Media Arts
Tel: + 49 721 133-4003