Message posted on 27/09/2023

Call for ART. Book project: realities of Autonomous Weapon Systems

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The realities of autonomous weapons

Call for Art (full call attached)

This call for art invites work that advances synergies between artistic and academic publishing. The book project “The realities of autonomous weapons” explores this controversial technology by analysing the imagined futures that are associated with military AI. It covers not only political images and narratives but also fictional expressions and interpretations.

The ties between fact and fiction are characteristic of the different realities that autonomous weapons systems (AWS) embody. To strengthen these connections, the editors are looking for a contribution coming from the visual arts that helps make sense of these complex relations between fact and fiction, the virtual and the real.

What we are looking for:


-  A chapter of artistic works that feature the hybrid space of
autonomous weapon systems, illustrated in a short portfolio of 10-15
pages & an abstract of 250 words of description.


-  Chapter portfolio in pdf. Artworks have be a minimum 300 dpi.
Text in a supplementary file in Word, pdf, or rtf.

What we offer:


-  The selected artist will be featured in a comprehensive chapter
of the printed book (fully open access) next to the academic texts.


-  Further, the selected artist will be featured on a website where
we host the academic chapters.


-  The book will be disseminated widely by the publisher and the
editors to different academic, public and art institutions - trying
to enable further synergies and collaborations between artists and


-  A royalty of 1000 euros.

The volume is open access and will be published with Bristol University Press in 2024.

Please submit your proposals by November 10, 2023 via


Thomas Christian Bächle

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin

Jascha Bareis

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe

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