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University of Applied Arts Vienna - Artistic Strategies

Beyond Competitive Memory: MDM Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce a call for proposals for From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments (MDM), a new long-term inquiry exploring the “promises” of noncompetitive and transversally connected “multidirectional memory” in memorial practices.
While decentralization, decolonization, immateriality, and appropriation have long been topics of discussion within contemporary arts, From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments considers how they remain mostly absent from more official and politically visible forms, spaces, and institutions dedicated to remembrance. Using Michael Rothberg’s concept of “multidirectional memory” as a starting point, this call aims to gather geographically dispersed examples of memorial practices that might help us move beyond a competitive memory model toward more generative counter-memorial discourses and practices.
A more detailed version of the research context can be found here.

MDM Call for Proposals

From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments (MDM) invites proposals that explore and challenge the questions and complexities outlined above, including: memorials that allow memory practices to unfold in multiple directions, moments for people to gather to remember different events and discuss how they are connected with each other, and places that invite memorialization through connecting people and their stories (past and present). In short, we ask: How do we conceptualize emerging practices and strategies which challenge dominant memory regimes and their collective representation in the public sphere?

With the aim of engaging the broadest range of possibilities, we invite artistic proposals that may take a variety of formats, including, but not limited to, short or long form essays, film/videos, events, and/or other artistic practices in or related to particular (site-specific) contexts and/or online. Expressions of interest should be submitted as a short proposal (500 words max with 2–3 images) together with a brief biography (200 words max).

Please send your proposals (and any questions) to with the subject line “MDM Call for Proposals.”


Further details about artists fee, compensation as well as terms and modalities can be found here.

From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments

From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments (MDM) is an artistic research project by the department of Artistic Strategies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte). With Palais des Beaux Arts Wien (PdBA) as a starting point, MDM has been developed by a core team of artists including Antoine Turillon and Stephanie Misa (University of Applied Arts Vienna, Artistic Strategies), Bernhard Garnicnig (Founder, PdBA) and Seth Weiner (current Artistic Director, PdBA), and Sarrita Hunn (Editor, MARCH: a journal of art & strategy).

MDM is made possible with support from the University of Applied Arts Vienna INTRA program.




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