What drives us? Festival Sustainability


ONLINE LAUNCH : What Drives Us?
Dates: November 3 – November 30
Location: online
It’s online! whatdrivesus.net

The online publication WHAT DRIVES US? is the result of an ongoing investigation into the theme of festival sustainability. The initiative was started in 2014 as part of the 11th edition of The HTMlles, feminist festival of media arts + digital culture in Montreal, produced by Studio XX.


Anthi Argyriou: An Intimate Look at the Body of Crisis. Revisiting Action Field Kodra 2015|Kodra Fresh: ‘Happy Accidents’

Oliver Baurhenn: “Tools for an Unknown Future” – or how to realise a project with international partners

Andrew Gryf Paterson: Ecogeographic Cultural Production? Appropriate Networking in Pixelache Helsinki & Network

Michelle Lacombe: In Defense of the Impending Death of a Collaborative Platform

Sophie Le-Phat Ho & Katja Melzer: What Drives Us? Thoughts on Festival Sustainability

Paulina Márquez: A study on sustainability and festival networks

Jenny Pickett & Julien Ottavi: Digital art festival sustainability: diversity of artistic genres and differentiation in cultural perspective

Maja Šorli: Building a Female Artery in Slovenia: the City of Women Festival

Hajnal Szolga: Self-Powered Communities: An Overview of Theories of Social Sustainability


Editor: Sophie Le-Phat Ho
Copyeditor: Corina MacDonald
Web Design: Erandy Vergara
Project Coordination: Katja Melzer; with support by Julia Ovcharenko, Christine Rahn, and Hajnal Szolga


Robert Bosch Stiftung, Robert Bosch Cultural Manager Network, Canada Council for the Arts, Studio XX, TMA Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau/CYNETART, Action Field Kodra, APO33/Electropixel, Association for the Promotion of Women in Culture/City of Women, DISK/CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Art, Piknik Frequency ry/Pixelache, VIVA! Art Action

Thanks to all the other festivals and project participants (2014-2015):
Tatiana Bazzichelli, Pascal Beauchesne, Jenny Lin & kimura byol – Qouleur, Audrey Powell – MUTEK Montreal, Andrea Joy Rideout – Edgy Women / Redux, Alain Thibault – ELEKTRA Festival d’arts numériques