Open Call | Chroniques Call for Projects

In preparation for "Chronicles - Biennial of Digital Imaginaries 2020", Seconde Nature and ZINC renew their support for the production and distribution of original works by the animation of a production platform , supported by the Regional Council Provence-Alpes- Cote d'Azur SUD and the City of Marseille.

Chroniques, it is a route of exhibitions, shows, concerts, performances and live-audiovisuals between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille in autumn 2020. In this perspective, we will support several artists for the creation of works and we will offer them a broadcast as part of the Biennale in Aix en Provence or Marseille. An additional diffusion of the projects accompanied in production will be envisaged in one of the partner places of the tour of the exhibition between January and December 2021.


Eternity is a physical state that is supposed to be independent of time and therefore has no beginning or end. Like levitation, which we explored during the first edition of Chroniques, it can be a state of suspension and immobility and, in the acceleration of our present societies, it brings together artistically and philosophically various forms and imaginations.

It evokes this old human dream of immortality, the quest and the possibility of an extension of life, of which science fiction narratives have largely been nourished. It seems today supported by recent advances in molecular biology and make transhumanists dreamers.

Paradox of the times, when this ancestral fantasy could take shape, the collapse of our civilization has become a recurring subject. With the difference that today, these imaginations leave room for a statement, supported by alarming indicators, which feeds the apocalypses to come: rising waters, air pollution, famines, droughts and collapse of the economy.

This catastrophism ends killing our belief in the future and contrary to Judeo-Christian eschatologies, leaves no room for the coming of a new world.From then on, the apocalypse would become synonymous with an end and no longer a revelation. That is, the time of the end, as Günther Anders put it, where "to the kingdom without apocalypse" promised by modern theories of progress would succeed "the apocalypse without a kingdom". Eternal life and the end of times coexist today and oppose in our imaginations possible futures progress, long synonymous with the collective dream of a better future, which allowed us to distance ourselves from present reality, has become symptomatic of our contemporary fears. It is paradoxically the absence of a future that threatens the present to collapse, as if only the certainty of tomorrow ensured us to live in the present day.

As technological promises accelerate, our future seems unreadable. At that time, the direction of time would be reversed and, as the philosopher Armen Arvanessian analyzes with his concept of Speculativ Time Complex, it would be the future and its anticipation that would influence our relationship to the present, and no longer the past. Time would flow from the future, and the acceleration of technology promises to transform the world at a rate that no extrapolation of the past could have imagined. The promised dystopia would ultimately have a moral role to transform our present behaviors and open the way to desirable worlds.

What future opens to man?

Between collapsology and transhumanism, we are in this moment where we think a future without humanity. At least a future opens in which it is necessary to rethink the living. Environmental awareness redefines our human position as part of a global and complex interrelation, as proponents of Object Oriented Ontology advocate. How will we adapt in this new ecosystem?

What could our utopias look like tomorrow? "For, despite the failures of our historical imagination, despite the confinement of political discourse in the immediate emergency, the future is not absent from our collective representations. The oracles have not disappeared but they have replaced the riddles and the prophecies with prospective scenarios "as François Hartog says.

How to reposition the human imagination? Should we leave the future with powerful algorithms? What new worlds to invent? An infinity of possibilities is offered to us, what to do with the time that remains?

Thematic axes

Eternal Life and Digital Vanity

Collision of times disrupting linear causality. The present is read in the future?

The future can be read in the data of the past / Ruins and disappearance / adaptation

The living and the interspecies / coexistence relationship

Digital Eternities / Scheduled Obsolescence / Traces of Our Digital Lives

Eternity: life proper to the divine intelligence.

Posthuman / Human ghosts

Survival and rebirth: Who will be our heirs?

Prediction and oracle

Technological hi?

Archeology of the Future and Utopia.

Uchronie and desirable futures.

In this perspective, 4 calls for projects are open to national and international artists; Regional Emerging Creation, International Creation, Public Space Creation, Arts-Sciences and Technologies Creation. They offer specific production conditions, residence times, a presentation at the 2020 Biennale and additional diffusion of the projects can be considered in one of the partners venues between January and December 2021.

These 4 calls for projects follow the new theme of the Biennale: Eternity. Links to these 4 open calls can be found below.