Sponsorship for 12 African media artists (sub-Saharan) to attend ISEA2010 Ruhr

ISEA2010I attended ISEA2008 in Singapore, and it was a fascinating and mind-exanding experience of digital art and scholarship.  It saddened me that, as far as I could tell, I was the only delegate from the whole of Africa. Thanks to the efforts of Andreas Broeckmann and generous sponsorship from the Goethe-Institut, the picture at ISEA2010 RUHR should look very different – twelve media artists from sub-Saharan Africa will have the opportunity to attend ISEA2010 this August.

“The Goethe-Institut South Africa and ISEA2010 are partnering to offer twelve people working within media arts in sub-Saharan Africa a chance to participate in the programme. The partnership will cover costs related to travel and accommodation, visas, health insurance, and a per diem during the chosen candidates’ stay in Germany.”

Here is more detail about ISEA2010 and how to apply for the Goethe-Institut award:

“ISEA2010 RUHR is an international festival for art, creativity and media technology, which will this year take place within the broader framework of the European Capital of Culture, RUHR.2010. The programme will include conferences, exhibitions, audio-visual and dance performances, public art projects, artists’ presentations and workshops, and is set for 20 to 29 August 2010. http://www.isea2010ruhr.org

ISEA was started in 1988, and ISEA2010 RUHR is the 16th incarnation of the International Symposium on Electronic Art. The symposium, which focuses on the role of art in the digital age, will bring together a large international community of artists, curators, theorists and scientists for ten days of discussions, festivities, networking and exchange of ideas.

The Goethe-Institut South Africa and ISEA2010 are partnering to offer twelve people working within media arts in sub-Saharan Africa a chance to participate in the programme. The partnership will cover costs related to travel and accommodation, visas, health insurance, and a per diem during the chosen candidates’ stay in Germany.

The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s globally active cultural institute that encourages international cultural cooperation, promotes knowledge of the German language abroad, and reflects a contemporary understanding of Germany. The Goethe-Institut aims to facilitate a deeper understanding between cultures, through a dialogue rooted in partnership, not political affiliation. There are presently over 147 institutes worldwide in 83 countries, with 10 located in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Goethe-Institut South Africa in Johannesburg coordinates all Sub-Saharan institutes, as well as the 15 Goethe Centres within the region. Our focus is on sustainable development in culture, as well as promoting networks across Sub-Saharan Africa, with our cultural projects the highlights of our programme.

The Goethe-Institut and ISEA2010 are looking for individuals who are well-placed and interested in networking within the African media arts community, as well as drawing connections beyond its borders. Further selection criteria for possible participants are as follows:

– Well-versed in current international media art developments
– Interest and documented work on the way new media and technologies are changing our culture today
– Active in the organisation of networks, institutions and community projects with other artists and cultural practitioners
– Excellent command of English, additional German useful

Please send a short focused CV and a letter of motivation, in total no longer than three pages, to Cara Snyman at pro@johannesburg.goethe.org. Be sure to include all contact details. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2010.”

Cara Snyman
Goethe-Institut Johannesburg
119 Jan Smuts Ave – Parkwood 2193 – South Africa
Private Bag X18 – Parkview 2122 – South Africa
Tel:  (+27-11) 442 32 32
Fax: (+27-11) 442 37 38