AMRO is a biennial community festival in Linz that explores and discusses new challenges between digital culture, art, everyday life, education, politics and active action. The 2018 edition “Unmapping Infrastructures” dealt with the idea of “mapping” as a process of becoming aware and then acquiring a critical position about the current landscape of technological infrastructure.
Event: Wed. 16.05.- Sat. 19.05.2018
Location: Linz, Austria afo architekturforum oö, Stadtwerkstatt Linz
This conglomerate of machines, human and non-human actors, nation-states and borderless companies is increasingly complex to observe and describe. Nevertheless, we believe that there is more to be seen than a hyper-commercialized structure of interlaced technological layers. Cartographic mapping consists of a series of practices of observing, analyzing and representing a territory to be able to move through it. How can art and activism appropriate the methods of cartographic mapping to produce new, critical and alternative views of the current landscape shaped by different players?
The festival aimed at deepening the thematic areas of digital geopolitics, alternative design methods, activist practices and autonomous infrastructures, themes that offer directions for localizing areas of intervention. Throughout the festival, these topics will be further explored through discussion panels, workshops, and performances.