Biennale WRO 2021 REVERSO

submissions: Oct 1–21, 2020
opening events: May 12–15, 2021

Biennale WRO 2021 REVERSO

submissions: Oct 1–21, 2020
opening events: May 12–15, 2021


REVERSO is a call to look at what is happening now in art from the underside which, until recently just peeking through, is now becoming increasingly visible, from the reverse of a suddenly upended side, as well as being a device that saves the lives of climbers in case they suddenly fall off the rock, helping them convert an inevitable crash into a controlled rappel.

If the discovery of cyberspace as a social territory in the 20th century is compared to great geographical discoveries, the dissemination, development, and utilization of the internet of the 21st century follow the colonial logic, with its patterns of imposed locality, which is accepted on condition that it yields to imperial globality. It takes processes analogous to those initiated by postcolonial theory to forge new relationships capable of altering their trajectories and changing attitudes to subjectivity, agency, the production of valuable knowledge, unfettered creativity, and the fair space of freedom.

As the Media Art Biennale, dating back to the transformation of the dichotomous world picture in 1989, we cannot but consider it imperative to take part in and represent the currently ongoing shift. We withdraw from the notion of building relevance through incessant growth – of the funding we raise, of the audience attendance figures, of the quantity of works on display, of the number of participating artists, of the range of exhibition venues, of the environmental footprint. In search of a quality path and a redefinition of development: we call for REVERSO.

Technological changes have already become entrenched, and the fields of conquest have not only been outlined but also already seized. There is no going back, unless as a result of a breakdown; change will not be effected by negating technology, yet insistence on change is vital. Advancing of technology must not entail continuing to knock down our globe, yet at the same time new ecology cannot be expected to emerge from “back-to-nature” appeals alone. Similarly, there is no going back to the origins of media art, but it is time to examine current matters and adopted solutions. To combine change with transformations in culture requires the same thoughtful exploration. Hence our call for REVERSO. The shift requires to revise the status quo, to see what lies underneath, study things inside out, be inquisitive, and display sensitivity. This is the function of media art; its chance to operate with the values that are specific to art, and through its capability of fostering unobvious relations while looking not for one method – but for a multiplicity of visions, concepts, and practices.

Submission Terms and Conditions

We invite submissions for the 19th Media Arts Biennale WRO 2021.
A link to the entry form will appear on this page on October 1st.

The WRO Biennale is organized by the WRO Center for Media Art Foundation in Wroclaw, Poland.
The opening events of the 2021 edition of the WRO Biennale, titled REVERSO, are scheduled on May 12-15, 2021.

Find out about the Terms and Conditions below and submit your entry form online.
The remaining requirements must be met by October 21st, 2020.

19th Media Arts Biennale WRO 2021 REVERSO submission Terms and Conditions

  1. Only works made after January 1, 2019, are eligible for submission to the Biennale WRO 2021. The submitted works must apply the artistic potential of new media.
  2. The work may be submitted by the artist/individual, the distributor, the producer, and other eligible entities.
  3. Submissions are made by filling in the online entry form and making the work available for download in a digital form.
  4. The work must be submitted in a manner that enables a comprehensive assessment:
    • a) for video works: in the digital file format;
    • b) for complex and multimedia works (installations, performances, software/net/hybrid media): a description of the work, inclusive of necessary technical details, and a visualization (plus the video and photographic documentation of prior exhibitions/performances, if applicable).
  5. Works should preferably be submitted electronically. In justified cases, materials and data carriers may be submitted by mail to:
    • Biennale WRO 2021
      WRO Art Center
      Widok 7
      50-052 Wrocław
    • a) Mail from outside the EU should be marked with: No commercial value.
    • b) The mailed materials will not be returned.
  6. The deadline for submission is October 21st, 2020, at 23:59 (CET).
  7. No fees are charged for registration and submission of works.
  8. After submitting the filled-in entry form, the entrant will receive an automatically generated receipt confirmation from the Organizer.
  9. Decisions as to the acceptance or rejection of the works submitted for the Biennale WRO 2021 will be made by the Biennale’s Artistic Director and Programme Team. The list of works accepted for the Biennale will be posted at
  10. The entrants whose submissions are accepted for the Biennale WRO 2021 will be individually notified thereof.
  11. The Organiser will provide accommodation for the creators of the accepted works for the period of the opening events of the WRO 2021 Biennale on May 12-15, 2021.
  12. By submitting the work, each entrant grants the Organizer a non-exclusive right to present the work under the Biennale WRO 2021 program and a free-of-charge license to use the work for informing about, advertising, or promoting the Biennale WRO 2021. By submitting the work, each entrant consents to the recording of the work’s exhibition or performance. The Submitter also allows digital access to the submitted work during Biennale WRO 2021 events through Biennale WRO 2021 information channels. The material will be appropriately secured and made available to the audience participating in Biennale WRO 2021 events.
  13. By submitting the work, each entrant grants the Organiser a non-exclusive right to archive the submitted materials and the documentation of the work produced during its presentation at the Biennale WRO 2021 for the purposes of information, documentation, education, and research.
  14. The following prizes will be awarded at the Biennale WRO 2021:
    • a) the WRO Biennale Award;
    • b) the Critics and Editors of Art Magazines Award.
  15. By submitting the work, the entrant consents to the hereby Terms and Conditions.

Processing of the personal data (RODO)

  1. Processing of the personal data takes place in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679).
  2. The personal data will be processed by the WRO Center for Media Art Foundation, the organizer of the Biennale WRO 2021.
  3. More specifically all personal data processing will adhere to the following principles:
    • a) processed lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals;
    • b) collected for specified, explicit, and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes, or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes;
    • c) kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to the implementation of the appropriate technical and organizational measures required by the GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals; and
    • d) processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction, or damage, using appropriate technical or organizational measures.