ABOUT CODED CULTURES -
Exploring Creative Emergences
CODED CULTURES 2009は、日本と欧州におけるメディアを活用したプロジェクト型活動とデジタルメディア系アートの新しい実践の形や創造力の探求を目的とする二国間交流フェスティバル（日本オーストリア交流年2009公式事業）です。本フェスティバルでは、クリエイティブな活動の実態を検証し、メディア関連分野を専門とするアーティスト、キュレーター、あるいは科学者による作品・アイディアを発表し、意見交換を可能とするプラットフォームを提供することに主眼を置いています。「CODED CULTURES ―クリエイティブな発想の出現」では、デジタルメディア時代の諸条件とそれに伴うアートの実践の変容を前提に、分野を横断し、ハイブリッドになりつつある文化と芸術の創造性と実践を規定するコード（記号、規範）の諸問題を検討します。
The second edition of CODED CULTURES is a binational festival (Austria – Japan) in the year 2009 to explore new artistic practices and creative ability profiles within media integrated project-cultures and digital media related arts, focusing on Japan and Europe. The festival is part of the official »Austria – Japan Year 2009«.
Through the establishment of new creative cultures, enabled by digital media and global communication networks, new practices and ability profiles of creative and artistic delineation and exploration are gaining new grounds. Furthermore, economic models are eager to create synergies with symbolic values of cultural and artistic programs to deal with the potentials of »creativity«. At the moment these profiles are roughly subsumed (e.g. as »creative class«), but at the present day it is difficult to predict which catalysts and draft programs can be put into effect for these creative innovation processes. On the other hand it has to be questioned if innovation like it is understood by policy makers of entrepreneurship is a desired state for artistic projects and networks. This phenomena which is set up via global nodes of creativity (e.g. networks, communities, organizations, projects, etc.) is more and more uprooting disciplinary guidelines and permitted structures of local traditions. Therefore, this vectors have changed the ways of cooperation and development in socio-cultural production paradigms. CODED CULTURES is asking how artistic and creative projects are dealing with this conditions and in which way they support or antagonize this developments.
In this context »new« things happen based on cultural conditions of transformation, which have departed from established mechanisms of delineation and creation. They activate an innovation-fabric which does not yet have any adequate surface for the assessment of observations and mediations in such transformation processes. »CODED CULTURES – Exploring Creative Emergences« enables and presents artistic-creative production coherences which are based on digitally linked media-cultural organizations which have actively integrated these into the delineation process of their operating level. Thereby, new options of interaction emerge within the intersection of art / culture / economics / knowledge development / idea aggregation / intermediation a.s.o. This parameters are integrated in the conditions of digital communication and media technologies, as well as their conditions of participation.
Therefore, the festival creates a surrounding in which new ways of emerging arts, creativity, theories, projects and ideas can be explored in the field of digital media related forms of creative delineation and arts. The particular aim is to present, discuss and criticize topics, which are situated on the intersection of disciplines and activities in order to enforce new potentials of artistic practices and positions. By these means, persons who derive joy from discovering ways to circumvent limitations, are welcome to take part of the festival. Regarding this, CODED CULTURES is presenting projects, works, theories and networks which are shaping new vectors of creation and art situated between: e.g. Science & Art, Technology & Art, Design & Art, Fashion & Art, a.s.o.