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RYBN on Mon, 22 Sep 2008 23:39:48 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> :::Chain Reaction::: The 3rd Upgrade! International meeting - Skopje, Macedonia

"Chain Reaction"
11.09.08 - 14.09.08

The 3rd Upgrade! International meeting
in Skopje, Macedonia

It's our pleasure to announce the 3rd Upgrade! International meeting
"Chain Reaction" that will take place in Skopje, Macedonia from
September 11th to 14th, 2008. Growing from the Upgrade! International
community, this event takes the form of a city-wide digital art and
networked culture festival including exhibitions, screenings, live local
and streamed performances and a program of critical and active lectures
and workshops exploring numerous facets in the field of digital art.
Chain Reaction brings together artists, curators and art producers from
more than 20 cities worldwide (Asia, Canada, Europe, North America,
South America, South Africa, New Zealand)

The artistic program shows current tendencies in the use of hardware and
software development for artistic means. The artists presented here are
the emergent creative force on the international new media art scene.
Some of the works have been part of other exhibitions and festivals, and
others have been created exclusively for this event. One of the dominant
principles that have emerged in this collection of works is the blurring
of the boundaries between art, cultures, technology and physical
surroundings. This blurring is not about fading out; it is about
illuminating and distributing new kinds of practices. It is about
multiple modes of participating, navigating and deconstructing.

Chain Reaction explores issues of cultural development and growth in the
local region as well as within digital networks. Exhibiting works and
presentations from over 20 cities across the world, the organizers
expect this event to be a catalyst for dialog, future collaborations and
new cultural understanding.

The meeting theme "Chain Reaction" illustrates the network itself, the
way it works and functions, correlates and interacts. The
Upgrade!International started as a creative spark that gradually grew
into an international group of nodes influencing each other continually
through permanent communication. The meeting gathers Upgrade! nodes into
one core event in Macedonia and will hopefully cause a positive chain
reaction. Upgrade! network gathers annually or bi-annually, each time in
a different city for a festival by artists who participated in the
Upgrade! meetings around the world.

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