It was with a heavy heart that we had to announce the cancellation of the performing programme of the AltPitch Arts and Technology Festival only two days before the launch in March due to coronavirus pandemic.
But we are not prepared to allow COVID-19 to stop us from exploring the human relationship with technology through art, or from bringing the best art to our audiences. In fact, the presence of digital technology in our lives has just become more interesting.
So we have made a decision to take the AltPitch online and to create a space where the best projects of all genres that can be delivered through the medium of the web can be presented and rated by the audience.
The Platform, that is currently postponed, will remain an offline participatory event.
We are planning to bring this to you next March. The official call for submissions will be coming out in January 2021. If you are an artist working on a project that might become a part of our programme, or you are applying for funding and would like to receive our support for your application, please subscribe to our newsletter or email the AltPitch Festival at email@example.com.
Please stay strong, stay safe. Wishing the best of health to you and all your loved ones!
When in 1998 Larry and Sergey, two PhD students of the Stanford University, started a research project under an awkward title BackRub, nobody could know that this project will change the entire world forever. When in 2003 “a little intoxicated” Mark Zuckerberg was writing a code for his creation FaceMash in his student dormitory, he couldn’t possibly imagine that only a few years later his company will be a sole holder of the greatest amount of personal data on Earth and will be investigated for interference with such historical events as the US presidential elections and Brexit.
AltPitch festival is dedicated to exploring the relationship between the digital world and humanity, and responsibility that comes with it. A week of exciting performances and supporting events will provoke thoughts and debates, will bring together creativity and innovation, will question our daily use of technology and will leave the audience to search for answers.
The digital world and technology have given us some extraordinary freedoms – we communicate, learn and create as never before. But the immersion into the digital era has side effects: digital environment robbed us of our privacy and independence, subjected us to easy manipulations and challenged our connection to reality. Are we asking enough questions?
The theme for the inaugural AltPitch 2020 – Life & Death in Digital Climate.