MindAIness : Digital Intimacy

BcmA are excited to invite performance artists to participate to our performance month in Berlin in May 2024
The dreamscape of a science-fiction reality with flying cars and hologram phone calls once seemed an unattainable future; a contradiction of our body-based life on earth. But as our lives become more entangled with technology, where the body ends and technology begins are perhaps no longer an easily answered question. Digitality and AI has become an extension of our brains and fingertips which impacts the way we communicate and express ourselves– both in our close personal relationships, yet also in a larger, geo-political way. Are our human longing for closeness and contact being compromised or made easier by the means of avatars and AI written love letters? By focusing on body and technology, we can explore the relations between these two entities that once were seen as opposite, but now are enclosing parts of human existence. Referring to digital communication as a different reality not real life no longer withstands. The notion of digital intimacy thus covers to the deep emotional between human that can support without the need for physical presence. Establishing and maintaining close and meaningful relationships are now within the digital proximity.
 We encourage all performance artists who engage with bodyless bodies, digital intimacy, AI (artificial intelligence as a subcategory of technology replicating human intelligence), and emancipation through technology to apply to this open call. We are seeking proposals for performances that engage with our concept and reflects on the relevant intersection between body and technological tools.
We are open to a variety of performance styles, including dance, theatre, spoken word, multimedia, and experimental forms. Furthermore, we warmly encourage women artists, artists from BIPOC communities, refugees, or with migrant backgrounds, and from the LGBTQI+ community to submit. 
The festival will take place in the BcmA gallery space on 10.-11.5 and 24.-25.5 2024.
Deadline for submissions – 22.4.2024
Once the artists are selected to participate the detailed schedule during these days will be aligned with them. The performances will happen in the BcmA Space at Manteuffelstraße 42, 10997 Berlin.
Please note that you’re able to alter the gallery space but the walls or floors cannot be painted.
To apply, please submit a proposal through the form that includes the following information:
–   A brief description of the performance you would like to create. This should include visuals such as photos or video.
–   Your approach to incorporating the concept into your performance
–   A list of any technical or logistical requirements for your performance
–   A brief bio and CV
Proposals should be submitted here We encourage artists of all backgrounds and experience levels to apply.
The curatorial team
Karina Villavicencio, Fie Ellen Jannerup & Ricardo de Larrea
BcmA – a non profit art space
BcmA operates as a non-profit platform that nurtures the growth of art and culture through a collaborative project space. Our core mission is to empower both emerging talents and established artists, enabling them to curate, exhibit, and collaborate, thereby invigorating the vibrant Berlin art scene. We want to clarify that we do not assume any costs for the participant artists who apply for the festival open call. Production budgets, artists fees and travel or accommodation expenses can not be covered by BcmA. We believe that artists should have the opportunity to showcase their work and explore the festival’s themes without any financial burden. However, BcmA is covering costs of the venue and digital marketing to promote the selected artists who participate in the open call. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to fie.bcma@outlook.com.
We take data privacy seriously and are committed to handling all personal data collected through the application process in compliance with GDPR regulations. This means that any personal data we collect from applicants will be processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently. We will only use the personal data collected for the purposes of evaluating applications for the performance art open call and event, and we will not share this data with any third parties without the explicit consent of the applicant. We will keep all personal data securely and will only retain it for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected. Applicants have the right to request modification or deletion of their personal data at any time. If you have any questions or concerns about how we handle personal data, please contact us at fie.bcma@outlook.com. 
By submitting this form, I confirm that I have read and understood the guidelines for participation and that the information provided is accurate and complete.

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