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Shedhalle Tübingen - Forum for Contemporary Arts

Open Call for Entries

Deadline: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 (6pm CEST/UTC+2)

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generate!_lab Festival for Electronic Arts 2018

Performance Festival 10 November 2018

Workshops and Supporting Programme from 29 October to 11 November 2018



GENERATE!° addresses contemporary tendencies of art that are based on the interdisciplinary use of electronic media or on the application of digital technologies. GENERATE!° is especially interested in the interrelations between art, research, and technology against its sociopolitical background. Particular attention is put on works that are dedicated to the reflection on generative processes of production, their conditions and their respective algorithmically controlled outputs.

GENERATE!° as a comprehensive programmatic title implies both the artistic-technical processes as well as the individual question about the possibilities to be creative. Thus, the festival intends to enable a creative and critical discourse regarding the aesthetical, sociopolitical, and economic conditions and effects that are caused by media and information technology of the 21st century. GENERATE!° seeks to explore and shape the ways and forms of aesthetic practice which promote and facilitate a critical and self-determined participation in these developments.

GENERATE!° Festival for Electronic Arts takes place for the fourth time under changing conditions at various locations and with different cooperation partners, following the three festivals of the previous years and in the succession of the light and video arts festival series 2010-2014 as well as several previous media arts festivals.

Following the biennial rhythm, the fourth edition of the GENERATE!° Festival presents itself for the second time as generate!_lab in experimental live format, which is dedicated to a performance and workshop programme without an exhibition section.

Notes on the open call


The festival consists of

  • a performance programme
  • workshops, talks and lectures

spread over several locations in the city between 29 October and 11 November 2018. The main festival day is Saturday, 10 November 2018.

These locations are the Schlachthaus Club (Main Performance Venue), Zimmertheater (Satellite Venue for Performances, Installations, Talks/Lectures), Kino Löwen (Theatre Venue), SWT-Performance-Shuttlebus (Performances, Talks/Lectures), FabLab Tübingen (Workshops, Talks/Lectures) and tba.

Contributions are welcome from all genres and branches of art and beyond which are reflected in the outlined subject area of generate!_lab Festival for Electronic Arts.

Workshops, talks, lectures and site-specific works can already begin before the festival day and their process or results can be presented during the performance day.

For further information and details, timetable, as well as terms and conditions of entry and participation the further tabs on this site are convenient. Don't hesitate to contact us in case of any open questions.

The application must be made via our online entry form.


Possible loose suggestions for contributions can be for example:

  • Connections of technology, science and art
  • Contributions from the field of artistic research
  • Questions about the importance of art and aesthetics in science and vice versa
  • Discussions on digital technologies, both as medium and topic of art
  • Discussions on the significance of digital technologies or scientific results for life and daily routine, and transformation in communication and perception
  • Contributions that find an unorthodox, fancy, misused handling of media and technology
  • Concrete contributions from the digital fields of generative art, parametrically developed sculptures, kinetic objects, interfaces, data visualization, sonifications, robotics, augmented and virtual reality projects, mapped architecture and sculpture projections, Internet-based art, etc.
  • Subversive game development
  • Contributions from the general fields of media, sound and video art
  • Proposals for light installations or mapping projects
  • Projects and interventions in the public space

  • As well as suggestions for workshops and thematic presentations or lectures
  • Experimental music contributions for the club and accompanying programme are also to be submitted

  • If required, a sound system is available in addition to classic PA

    (24 channel Fohhn Airea System with 24 loudspeakers + 4 subwoovers, suitable audiointerface, for circular or square arrangements in space: 24 * LX 10 ASX,  2* AS 10 ASX, 2 * as-22 ASX played via a Focusrite soundcard and Dante).

  • Please let us know if you are interested in accompanying public talks before the festival day (from 29 October 2018).



generate!_lab Festival

Festival day: Saturday, 10 November 2018

Venues: Schlachthaus Club, Zimmertheater, Kino Löwen, SWT-Performance-Shuttlebus

Workshop and lecture period: 29 October to 11 November 2018

Venues: FabLab Tübingen, Zimmertheater, tba


Procedure and notification of the participants

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 6pm CEST/UTC+2.

The programme group meets for the selection and thematic structuring directly afterwards and may, if necessary, answer directly to the contributors with questions.

Participants will be notified by 14/15 October 2018.

The editorial deadline is 21 October 2018.


Set-up and disassembly

The set-up for the performance programme can take place on the day of the event.

The disassembly will take place immediately after the event, at the latest one day after.

Divergent arrangements are made according to individual agreements.


Venues can be visited at regular opening hours or by appointment. Photos and ground plans of the venues can be made available upon request.

Terms and conditions


  • The application has to be made via our online entry form by entering the required details.
  • No fees will be charged for the entry of submissions.
  • Artists, artists' groups or collectives, as well as organizations or third parties acting on behalf of the participant of the submission may submit.
  • Please read the open call, the schedule and the terms and conditions on this page before submitting. These must be approved at the end of the online entry form.
  • If, in addition to the electronic entry via our online form, a postal submission can not be avoided and a return is desired, please enclose a return-addressed and stamped envelope or a prepared package label.
  • For travel, transport, material and other expenses only a limited budget is available - arrangements are made by individual agreements.
  • Simple accommodation can be provided during the preparation and the festival (please make the details in the online form).
  • Technical equipment should be provided by your own as far as possible. Basic infrastructure will be provided, missing equipment we try to obtain upon individual arrangement.
  • Since we have only limited storage facilities and the next events follow, the equipment should be disassembled and collected as soon as possible after the festival according to the timeline. Divergent arrangements can be made by individual agreements.
  • Any equipment to be returned by us, must be delivered/sent with appropriate packaging material.
  • By submitting the entry, the copyright owner agrees that the selected works, accompanying material and resulting documentation may be used for publications by GENERATE!°.
  • Works and equipment can on request be insured for the duration of the festival. For this purpose, we need a detailed list of the contents to be insured. If necessary please note in the online form.
  • If you want to offer your work for sale, please indicate in the online form. In case of sale within the scope of GENERATE!°, we reserve a commission of 25% of the gross sales price.
  • Incomplete or late entries can not be considered. The deadline is Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 6pm CEST/UTC+2.
  • The selected submissions will be announced according to the timeline.

About us


Shedhalle Tübingen has created a forum for contemporary arts located in the former slaughterhouse quarter. Since its foundation in 2001 it realizes exhibitions, artist residencies, art festivals, concerts, workshops and experimental events with the participation of regional, national, and international artists, and links these with the local art scene.

Since February 2016, the Shedhalle was used as a temporary home for refugees. This gave us the opportunity to find new alternating locations for exhibitions and events in town and the surrounding region. The new guests, as artists in residence, were included in current projects. At the end of June 2017 a partial re-move-in of our non-profit art association in the Shedhalle began. At the end of 2018, the association will again have to vacate the space to temporary third-party use for the next three to four years, but will remain in the slaughterhouse quarter for future exhibition programmes. An overview of the previous and current programme can be found at