OPEN CALL: ARIA, Algo-Rhythmic Ideation Assembly

osmo/za & Cukrarna
10 April – 25 May 2023

Projekt Atol Institute and Šum journal for art and theory-fiction are pleased to announce a pilot edition of ARIA, Algo-Rhythmic Ideation Assembly, a unique summer intensive happening in Ljubljana from August 21 to 25, 2023. 

Structure and mentors of ARIA

ARIA takes the form of an intensive, bringing together artists, critical thinkers, and experts from diverse fields for a program that blends closed-door workshops and public activities. Following the concepts explored, ARIA is structured as an RGP (Real Game Play) designed by OMSK Social Club. 

Confirmed Lecturers: Alice Bucknell, Florin Flueras, Michael Marder, OMSK Social Club, Protektorama toxica [fed and cared for by JP Raether], Simon Speiser, Subash Thebe Limbu, Špela Petrič, Jelena Viskovic, Gediminas Žygus

+more TBA


✴ About the RGP

The selected participants will engage in an immersive role-playing experience, co-creating the story of ARIA, which will provide the binding tissue and frame the activities of the programme. Before the start of the programme the participants will have an introductory online workshop with OMSK Social Club and receive a handbook explaining the mechanics of the game, rules of engagement, the initial story, and exercises for building the outline of their ARIA character which they will inhabit and develop during the intensive. 

The role-playing game is designed in a way to accommodate participants with various backgrounds and experiences. Thus no previous knowledge or experience with live-action role-play is necessary for participation. If you have any questions or need more information while considering applying, please don’t hesitate to contact us (find the link below). 

ARIA is a role-played (improvised) experimental live work that takes place through the lens of a fiction-theory narrative. The narrative is centred around the idea of a group of people who are attempting to synthesise a series of cultural assets, in order to present them to communities who may or may not welcome them into their daily lives. The group utilises the tools of unworlding, unnaming, unlearning, and unbinding (mind games that find images and symbolism in the world) to find the exceptional state of new intra-world visioning. The work brings up questions of consumption and conflict of reality & fiction, translation and identity. It is not utopian nor is it dystopian, it is complex. Exploring social customs, rites, rules and forms of daily practice the group will archive and prototype their ideas over the course of the lab, with added inputs from visiting practitioners.


Mission statement

ARIA (Algo-Rhythmic Ideation Assembly) is a gathering of hyperstitional agents, a chorus of in/human voices on a mission to immanentize the eschatological horizons. 

ARIA is an exercise in unworlding, unnaming, unlearning, and unbinding the entrenched structures of mankind’s current collective hallucination, so that a second rhythm, a refrain for a second life in the material world can start to emerge; planting the seeds for a second nature and our second bodies as the existent ones foreclose around us.

By engaging in unnatural participation with anomalous alliances through techniques of unsorcery and anthropoforming disguised as play with maximal bleed, ARIA will manifest an arrivant cosmo-grammar from chaosmosis to invoke new intra-world visions.




Up to 15 applicants will be selected to take part in the course. There are no restrictions regarding age or education. 

Course fee: 200 eur

Accommodation: Shared accommodation in Ljubljana will be provided by the organiser. However, the participants are free to arrange their own accommodation if they so please. 

How to apply:

Fill out the application form on this link.

The application deadline is May 25, 2023, midnight. The results will be announced no later than June 11, 2023.

Should you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact us.


ARIA, Algo-Rhythmic Ideation Assembly

21 – 25 August 2023

Venues: osmo/za and Cukrarna Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Curated by: Tjaša Pogačar and Brandon Rosenbluth

Production: Projekt Atol Institute

Co-Production: Cukrarna Gallery and osmo/za

Co-funded by the European Union.

ARIA is organized in collaboration with Šum journal as part of the More-Than-Planet project. 

ARIA is part of ISkRA series (Investigative Kernel for Research and Art) produced by Projekt Atol and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Public Affairs and the Municipalitiy of Ljubljana – Department for Culture.