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TRANS(e)MISSION – Partnership program of new art/tech festivals and workshops dedicated to digital media impact on visual art and generally on culture in Czech and Norway

Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


RegionNational coverage
Title of the ProgrammeCultural Heritage and Contemporary Art - programme area no. 17
Title of the ProjectTRANS(e)MISSION – Partnership program of new art/tech festivals and workshops dedicated to digital media impact on visual art and generally on culture in Czech and Norway
Number of the ProjectČíslo projektu
Project Promoter

CIANT - International Centre for Art and New Technologies

Name of Norwegian Partner(s)

Teks - Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre

Objective of the Project

TRANS(e)MISSION (TeM) is a bilateral collaborative project of CIANT Prague and TEKS Trondheim. The idea (and its name) is inspired by the fact, that in both countries, there is an relevant growing scene of artists, which expands out of the standard categories, spaces and concepts of evaluation, and uses nontraditional (namely technological) manners of expression.

Those scenes use digital tools (serious gaming, brain/computer interfaces, human/machine interaction, 3D simulations or augmented reality etc.) as a means of expression and as a topic of reflection about the impact of digital technologies on human conditions generally. Yet those works and reflections are very comprehensible if presented to wider public and draw huge attention.

CONTENTWISE, the project is designed as mutual transfer of topics and issues, which expanded recently into artistic and civic society discourse, especially in Norwagian scene, whereas the situation in Czech Republic is noticeably weaker. As such it will swiftly react to the emergence of most fresh and pungent issues
appearing in the space of civic society – technologies – contemporary visual art interaction. Moreover this interaction has its essential specifics in each country / culture, which the Trans(e)mission shall pitch and intertwine.

STRUCTURALLY, TeM project is to enforce the needed channel for mutual transit of ideas, artworks, good practice and know how between Czech and Norway by organizing three interconnected types of activities:

1. Trans-disciplinary Interactive Exhibitions (in the frame of ENTER Prague 2015 and Meta.morf 2016 Trondheim) We will invite digital, interactive and multi-disciplinary artists of Norwayand Czech to the public urban spaces, like the underground or train stations, to bridge the gap between the general public and upcoming artists, and to aim a transnational comprehension of vibrant innovations in artistic creations into Czech Republic.

2. Art/science symposiums (two events: Pilsen 2015 and Trondheim 2016), echoing the impulses of Prague TeM fest, dedicated to trans-disciplinary debate of technological impact on humanity reflected by emerging artistic and scientific projects and researches. Other stream of interest will be technological enhancement in new visual and media art and transgression of classical borderline disciplines – with the accent on visual art and border-line issues.

3. Artistic workshop series (three sessions in Czech: Prague, Pilsen, Ostrava – 4 days each / one session in Trondheim, 4 days).

The spinal workshop series will function as a transit program, stapling the project activities altogether. Participation of Norwegian artists and experts will reinforce transfer of knowledge and know how in the field of technologies employed in conception, design and production of digitally based art form Norway to Czech and vice versa.

Main content is to be 3D graphic coding, interface coding, generative art, sound/music implementation, sense IT and related topics. The workshops will moreover form a perfect space for support of Roma minority inclusion, in the non-stereotype way. We will change the classical roles of Roma as needed to be included by paternalistic majority, to the extrapolation, where Romas will be in the role of workshop leaders and tutors as they in that concrete case deserve.


Approved grant

4 239 000 CZK

Project DurationStart date: 19th May 2015, End date: 30th April 2016