By all means?

Security means everything and nothing. Absolute security is an illusion, a promise that cannot be kept in reality. In political conflicts, security is the ace that ultimately trumps.


This is not to be mistaken for social security, which is put on the back burner to be on the safe side, since security has always been regarded as a “right-wing” topic. In the meantime, however, all of the parties represented in Austrian parliament have joined in the security chorus, distinguishable only in the dynamics of their respective registers. The yellow press conducting the country impels a crescendo of this security canon with a carrot on a stick, thus establishing the theme of a threat at the base of the security debate, which is no less fuzzy than the construct of security.

The increasingly vociferous call for security and surveillance measures fundamentally contradicts social freedoms, successively undermines democratic rights and, not least of all, paves the way for the extreme right-wing. These “side effects” are only seemingly coincidental; in fact they belong to the same old strategy: when the public is a power, then it needs to be controlled. And only those allow themselves to be controlled, in other words constrained, who get something for it in return: unlimited security! A contradiction?

The KUPF Innovation Pool 2010 extends an invitation to concretely engage with the concept of security and its implicit consequences, to illuminate continuities, parallels, dependencies or contradictions, to recognize the threat emanating from “security discourse”, and to develop effective counter-strategies to prevent hard-won freedoms from being secured away. The KUPF calls for people to take action and to counter the massive security shift with feasible models. By all means!



Criteria for Subject Matter: The KUPF Innovation Pool invites projects to be submitted, which

  • take place in Upper Austria or have Upper Austria as their starting point;
  • are located in the field of contemporary culture and/or art and relate to the announcement text;
  • have a strong regional or local relevance;
  • take an approach that is sensitive to gender issues in both conception and implementation;
  • do not reproduce mechanisms of social exclusion.


Formal Criteria:

  • Entrants can be independent cultural initiatives or individuals or groups, regardless of origins, residence or nationality. Individuals can submit projects in a collective or in cooperation with a cultural initiative/association. Entries will not be accepted from regional administrative bodies, public departments, churches, political parties, employees and board members of the Upper Austrian Cultural Platform (KUPF) or the KUPF itself.
  • Deadline for entry is Monday, 8 February 2010 (postmarked)
  • Applications must be sent to the KUPF in 10 copies (for jury, sponsors, etc.) on paper.
  • The juried projects must start in 2010. Projects that have already been started or realized cannot be funded by the Innovation Pool. Projects that have already been funded by the Province of Upper Austria/Department of Culture can no longer be funded from the KUPF Innovation Pool (double funding!)


With projects involving both migrants and majority Austrians, the jury will pay particular attention to the process of cooperation (power relations and imbalances in power, task distribution, whether there is a reflection process, financial distribution, how participation is made possible).

Guidelines for Entry The project entry must include the following sections so that it can be judged by the jury:

  • Project description: a detailed description of the project, the motivation for it and its relevance to the theme and the regional situation.
  • Self-presentation of the entrant: who is responsible for the project, which cultural/art projects have already been realized.
  • Budget: realistically calculated project costs and revenues; need for financing from the KUPF Innovation Pool. Do not forget fees for your own work!
  • Brief description of the project (max. 500 characters) and short version of the self-presentation (max. 300 characters) in electronic form for the publication of all entered projects on the KUPF web site and in other media.


The project description and self-presentation must not be longer than 10 pages in total.

Jury: A five-person jury of regional and transregional experts in the field of contemporary art and cultural work will make a selection from the entered projects in an open jury meeting on Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 March 2010, which they will recommend to the government of the Federal Province of Upper Austria for funding.

Grant: The KUPF Innovation Pool is provided with at least 75,000 Euro from the Cultural Support Fund of the Province of Upper Austria. KUPF will endeavor to secure additional project funding. Payment of the funding will be made beginning in June 2010 at the earliest.

Consultation, Information and Publicity: The KUPF team offers consultation for potential submissions. A short version of the announcement is also available in several foreign languages from the KUPF web site.

The KUPF offers a meeting for interested entrants to discuss questions about content and organization: Wednesday, 20 January 2010, 7:00 pm at the KUPF office, Untere Donaulände 10/1, 4020 Linz. Registration is requested:

To support the translation of project ideas into a professional project concept/funding application, the KUPF Academy offers a two-day workshop “Training Camp. Funding Applications in Art and Culture” on 4 and 5 December 2009. For registration and further information, please see www.kupfakademie.ator contact

Legal Regulations The decision of the jury is final. The submission of a project does not entitle the participant to any legal claims. The entrant retains all copyrights. The KUPF is not responsible for any costs arising for the participant due to participation in this competition. The KUPF assumes no responsibility for submitted project materials. Such materials become the property of KUPF without recompense.

The funding to be awarded comes from the public funds of the Federal Province of Upper Austria. Projects already funded by the Federal Province of Upper Austria under the title Cultural Funding are therefore not eligible for additional funding from the KUPF Innovation Pool. The award and accounting of the funds will comply with current regulations of the Federal Province of Upper Austria. The selected projects are obligated to attach the logo of the Federal Province of Upper Austria and the Innovation Pool logo along with the remark "Funded by the Federal Province of Upper Austria in conjunction with the KUPF Innovation Pool 2006" (templates will be provided by the KUPF) to all advertising material and products in conjunction with the realization of the project and to indicate funding through the Innovation Pool in all of their own press releases and press conferences.

Contact: KUPF - Kulturplattform OÖ Untere Donaulände 10/1, 4020 Linz Tel.: (0732) 79 42 88, Fax: (0732) 79 42 89,