Leap Second Festival 2016: “JUST A SEC…” – AN UNTIMELY INTERVENTION



Leap Second Festival 2016

Open call: Projects and works lasting one second or less.

Submission deadline: 24.12.2016

Contact info: leapsec@noemata.net

The festival takes place New Year's Eve, 31th December 2016 23:59:60 UTC on
the extra leap second squeezed in between 2016 and 2017. During this second
all the projects and works will be exhibited, performed, and executed.


For the 2016 festival we are looking for works that emphasize a
collaborative, experimental, project-based approach that in various ways
embed the leap second idea and function as events in themselves. With its
awkward and impossible format, the focus of the festival is a questioning
of art and its appearance, materiality, objecthood, phenomenology, or their
negations or impossibilities, leading to an exploration of media in search
of itself as an appearing/disappearing form or questioning/rejecting it.

How can an artistic practice catch/reflect/express such a precarious
situation, an uncertain non-event, an immaterial/virtual moment, an
untimely, unsuitable intervention? And how can it challenge exhibition
models and force new ways of disseminating works?

We're also looking for projects and works exploring deviation, glitch, and
wobble; interventions in and hacking of the machination of time; reality
check and celebration of natural cycles alining systemic/conceptual cycles;
precarity as an unpredictable and insecure condition of a technology of
time and production affecting material/physical and social/psychological
welfare; a marginal and intermittent existence, short and discontinuous,
autonomous and freely self-inserted/-exploited/-realized/-precarizated;
untimely art, out of time, out of order, out of line, a defiant leap.


The Leap Second Festival is a distributed, decentralized event for art,
technology and precarity, coordinated on the net. This is the third
festival in the series. The festival is held on leap seconds announced by
IERS (International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service). The
previous festivals in 2015 and 2012 saw more than 100 works worldwide, from
split-second videos, audio and musical works, to conceptual- and
instructional art, network- and timespecific performances, and sculpture.
The festivals have support from the Arts Council Norway.

The Leap Second Festival 2012 and 2015 catalogues are available at
http://noemata.net/leapsec26/ and http://noemata.net/leapsec/

Deadline submission: 24.12.2016

Leap Second Festival 2016: 31th December 23:59:60 - 1st January 2017 00:00:00 (UTC)

Contact/Submit proposal: leapsec@noemata.net


Ars Publica/noemata - http://www.noemata.net
BrowserBased group - http://www.browserbased.org

[Link to this call: http://noemata.net/leapsec/2016/ ]

#nfcdab_2 – Lawn Enforcement


Lawn Enforcement is a section of the #nfcdab proposed and organized by BrowserBased to cheer on and partake in Dominik Podsiadly’s 2nd iteration of #nfcdab, a DIY biennale. Dominik P. is an active presence on the scene and has been a  member of BrowserBased on Facebook. But cooperations with Mr. P. also go way further than Facebook and take place IRL, too. (See: NFC biennales, Wroclaw; ADAF 2015, Athens; Yami-Ichi, Amsterdam and Bring Your Own B*, Amsterdam).

At the core of the DIY biennales are NFC and QR techs that provide and establish, as a figure of speech, access points in versatile contexts of urban settings such as vacant plots, forking paths in parks and commuter trams. The temporary as well as independent character of these biennales preserve and fertilize much valued informal channels for participating artists and audiences.

The planter signs we chose because they are just as easy to place as to take away and re-enforce an important aspect, in the #nfcdabs, of whimsy!


Cem Berendsen, Dave Hagen, Domenico Dom Barra, Dominik Podsiadly, Eltons Küns, Emilie Gervais, Florian Kuhlmann, Guido Segni, Jan Robert Leegte, Jeannot GrandLapin, Jonaas Westerlund, Joubin Zargarbashi, Julianne Aguilar, Karina Palosi, Laurus Edelbacher, Maaike Stutterheim, Maarten Schuurman, Philipp Teister, Rad0van Misovic, Tibor Horvath, Tobias Rothe, Wouter Smit, Zsolt Mesterhazy.

Opening: 5 – 7pm, 17.06.2016, Wyspa Słodowa, Wroclaw.


Lawn Enforcement – Location: HQ, Wroclaw – Day -2:

Lawn Enforcement – Location: Wyspa Słodowa, Wroclaw – Day 1:

Lawn Enforcement – Location: Uniwersytecka, Wrocław – Day 2 & + +:




With 69.numbers.suck BrowserBased follows certain types of graffiti on the public phone booths of Athens. By mapping the (re)appearance and cross-references of those writings, we read the everyday anarchic networks of scratch and pen, as they reuse in the way of quizzical nodes the withering public phone infrastructure in transition to “private” networks.

Going mobile is all location independent but addressed by the very written 69 prefix of crossed-over digits in obscured messages – are they squabbles or competitions? And? Readings of those glyphic scratches, brassed off phallic symbols, derelict prophecies, frappe stains, their patterns and misdialled callers reveal mostly fragments in hindsight.

The changing nature registered is shaped by streetwalkers, their paths and territories as they are being drawn and redrawn.

Browse with ease!

69.numbers.suck is a BrowserBased production by:
Alex Zakkas, Joubin Zargarbashi, rad0van misovic, Zsolt Mesterhazy

Thanks to http://2016.adaf.gr for the great festival!

Thanks to the Stimuleringsfonds for travel expenses and a roof above our heads!


0,1 // assume both



0,1 // assume both
Does 0 mean off?
Does 1 mean yes?
// 011100110110111101110011

The nature of the real is disputable. Is the digital any different? Are they even separate?
Even though it is presumed that digital spaces are neatly organised – they are in fact as kludgy as the next space. Every slot has its own standard, every platform its own handle, every socket its own protocol. With “0,1 //assume both”, BrowserBased illustrates some of these ambiguities in a playful manner.

BrowserBased Group functions as a practice oriented, open research platform which deals with the browser based context and net-culture as a space for knowledge creation and dispersion. We organize live coding sessions, gatherings for guest speakers, workshops, international exhibitions and more.
Currently, the geo-marker of BrowserBased is set in Amsterdam, where the group was first formed from the need to organise a physical hub for the networked arts. We offer a platform for net art, maintain archives of recorded streams and our exhibitions and run an open page on Facebook. BrowserBased focusses on the progressive and dominant influence of the Internet, spurred on by the net being the central medium for communication, research, discourse, (re)presentation and art itself. Since we do not believe in geographical constraints and the governing academic conventions, we are constantly looking for collaboration with like minded, international communities.