New media have become a key factor in the development of contemporary art and culture. From 2012 to 2015, Pro Helvetia is exploring the impact of digitalisation on artistic work with its «Digital Culture» programme. The programme is made up of three components, the core one being «Mobile. In Touch with Digital Creation», which aims to support and enhance interactive and transmedia art work in Switzerland. The second focuses on the influence of digitalisation on the promotion and dissemination of traditional art forms. And, with its call for interdisciplinary new media cooperation projects, the third component, Pro Helvetia is striving to strengthen collaboration between art, research and science institutions in the field of new media and technology.
Nowadays, around half the people living in Switzerland use a smartphone. What effect does the omnipresence of this and other mobile devices have on artists and their work? What new forms of artistic expression do they inspire? Questions like these are explored in the Swiss Arts Council’s new programme «Mobile. In Touch with Digital Creation», scheduled to run from 2013 to 2015. The programme’s emphasis is on interactive and transmedia art work.
The aim of «Mobile. In Touch with Digital Creation» is to enable and support work by Swiss artists who make creative use of these new technological possibilities, and to give these artists greater visibility. Two calls for projects and one call for residency applications form the promotional tool’s backbone. They are the «Call for Transmedia Projects» launched by Pro Helvetia in autumn 2013 in collaboration with the Federal Office of Culture, the «Solothurner Filmtage» festival and «Focal» (Foundation for professional training in cinema and audiovisual media); a new edition in 2014 of the «Call for Projects: Swiss Games» aimed at Swiss computer game developers; and an offer of residencies at the renowned European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva. Together with experienced national and international partners, the Swiss Arts Council is also providing various platforms and formats for know-how exchange and enabling representatives from Switzerland to present their work at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, the FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia in Stuttgart, and the Tokyo Game Show. Also planned are workshops, exhibitions, festivals and other conferences.
1.8 million CHF
2013 - 2015
2 calls for projects, 1 call for residency applications, 2 festivals, 2 exhibitions, 20 conferences and other events
Federal Office of Culture, City of Zurich, «Solothurner Filmtage» festival, Fondation de formation continue pour le cinéma et l'audiovisuel (Focal), «Tous Ecrans» festival, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Lift Conference, Haute école d’art et du design (HEAD) Geneva, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Swissnex, Open Data Foundation
Besides giving rise to new kinds of art work and art presentation, digital culture has a strong influence on the way art can be disseminated and on how audience awareness is raised. With the aim of enabling future-oriented instruments of arts outreach, promotion and dissemination, Pro Helvetia supports digitalisation projects of national importance.
The call for cooperation projects in the field of new media and technologies, launched by Pro Helvetia last autumn, met with a big response. Out of 43 applications the Arts Council chose six ground-breaking projects, which were developed jointly with Swiss institutions in the domains of art, research and science. The projects are supported with an overall amount of CHF 450,000.
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