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Table of Contents:

   ISEA2004  - CALL for PROPOSALS                                                  
     Amanda McDonald Crowley <amc {AT} autonomous.org>                                    

   Impakt Online: "Database Dilemmas" Call for Proposals                           
     derek holzer <derek {AT} x-i.net>                                                    

   verybusy.org - center for hardwired arts - News                                 
     "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Stephan_\=28Spiv\=29_Schr=F6der?=" <mail {AT} spiv.de>               

   Call for proposals - The Israeli Center for Digital Art                         
     info <info {AT} digitalartlab.org.il>                                                

   Impakt: "Database Dilemmas" Commission Call for Proposals                       
     "geert lovink" <geert {AT} xs4all.nl>                                                

   Call for (creative) contributions                                               
     Lionello Borean <lionello.borean {AT} nline.it>                                      

   ISEA2004 / Deadline: August 15th 2003                                           
     oliver grau <oliver.grau {AT} culture.hu-berlin.de>                                  

   Leonardo Announces New Board & Committee Members                                
     "LEONARDO (mk)" <isast {AT} well.com>                                                

   Visitor Center Opens in Washington, DC                                          
     US Department of Art & Technology <press {AT} usdat.us>                              

   9PIN residency's                                                                
     Andy Robinson <andy {AT} scansite.org>                                               



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Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 17:41:55 +0300
From: Amanda McDonald Crowley <amc {AT} autonomous.org>
Subject: ISEA2004  - CALL for PROPOSALS

            - Stockholm - Tallinn - Helsinki -
                 August 14th - 22nd, 2004

************************************************************
ISEA2004: The 12th International Symposium on Electronic Art
************************************************************
                   CALL FOR PROPOSALS
************************************************************
               Deadline: August 15th 2003
************************************************************

                 http://www.isea2004.net

new media art - media culture research - electronic music -
art and science - cultural and social applications for new media -

New media meets art, science, research, and popular culture at
ISEA2004 in Stockholm - Tallinn - Helsinki. For the first time an
event of this scale is being organised between three cities and on
the ferry travelling between these three Baltic countries.
International participants and local audiences attend thematic
conferences, exhibitions, live performances, screenings, satellite
events, concerts and clubs. Many events are also interfaced via
television, radio, broadband Internet, and mobile networks.

We are encouraging: Socially, critically and ecologically engaging
work; Projects that bring the creative media to the streets; Projects that
are worn on or inside people; Context sensitive work in the museums;
Projects that float, dock or sail; Screen based media as it appears in 2004;
Sea Fair: technological gizmos for ferry travellers and future media
archaeologists to discover; Bridges between club scenes and art venues; Most
engaging works from performing arts that engage new media, users, and
audiences; Networks to network...

Key themes for the event include:
Networked experience (Stockholm)
Wearable experience (Tallinn)
Wireless experience (Helsinki)
Histories of the new: media arts, media cultures, media technologies
- - all cities

Additional themes include:
Open source and software as culture (Helsinki)
Critical interaction design (Helsinki)
Geopolitics of media (Tallinn)
Interfacing sound (Helsinki and on the Ferry - in collaboration with
Koneisto - check out http://www.koneisto.com for details of this year's
Koneisto Festival 24-26 July 2003)

We are currently inviting proposals for projects and papers for the
exhibitions, conferences and associated programs during ISEA2004.  Projects
might include: works for exhibition in a gallery; workshops; installations
in public spaces; live performance; interfaced screenings; games or shared
environments; projects which encourage remote participation - etc.

Proposals for the conference can include papers and panels but we are
equally interested in workshops and roundtables:  discussion formats that
encourage participation and exchange of ideas.

We are also working with a range of local organisations who may be able to
host short and medium term residencies or workshops for artists who are keen
to spend a longer time working with local artists and organisations.
Information on these opportunities will be regularly added to the web site,
so do register to receive updates.  ISEA2004 will be an exciting week long
event, but we are also interested in providing a space to build long term,
sustainable exchange and collaboration.

The time on the Ferry will provide a space for less formal dialogue and
social intercourse, so feel free to propose workshops and meetings for the
exchange of information and ideas.

Our over all aim for ISEA2004 is to create an event which is thematically
and critically coherent and provides new insight.

Please note that ISEA2004 is a forum for artistic, academic, and culturally
or socially relevant work that has not previously been presented in
international forums (you may have showed/presented it in your local
context).

All submissions are done via our website using a web form and stored into a
database. This procedure allows us to have the proposals reviewed by
International Programme Committee (IPC) members.  We very much look forward
to hearing your ideas!


For further information:
http://www.isea2004.net
info {AT} isea2004.net

Our partners for the event are:

MAIN ORGANISER:
m-cult, centre for media culture in finland
http://www.m-cult.org

HELSINKI:
Exhibition: The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
http://www.kiasma.fi
Conference: Media Centre Lume (University of Art and Design)
http://www.lume.fi
Electronic music: Koneisto (Festival for electronic music and arts)
http://www.koneisto.com

STOCKHOLM:
Coordinator: CRAC, Creative Room for Art and Computing
http://www.crac.org
Conference: Moderna Museet
http://www.modernamuseet.se and
Royal University College of Fine Arts (Stockholm)
http://www.kkh.se
Exhibition: Färgfabriken
http://www.fargfabriken.se
Electronic music: Fylkingen
http://www.fylkingen.se

TALLINN:
Coordinator + conference: Estonian Academy of Arts
http://artun.ee
Exhibition: Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia at The Art Museum of
Estonia  
http://www.cca.ee

ISEA2004 is produced in collaboration with ISEA Inter-Society for the
Electronic Arts http://www.isea-web.org

- --
For further information:
http://www.isea2004.net
info {AT} isea2004.net




------------------------------

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 16:55:52 +0200
From: derek holzer <derek {AT} x-i.net>
Subject: Impakt Online: "Database Dilemmas" Call for Proposals 

"Database Dilemmas" Commission Call for Proposals
http://www.impakt.nl/online/

Database Dilemmas
The third and final theme for this year's Impakt Online commissions will 
be 'Database Dilemnas'. The deadline for submitting proposals is 
September 15, 2003. From these proposals, two projects will be chosen 
for the commission, which will be publically launched on December 1, 
2003. Thematic and practical details follow:

The process of collecting, structuring and storing information and data 
is a phenomenon typical of digital times. Obviously, data are the 
fundaments of almost any digital platform. As an archiving tool, the 
database seems to be the most dominant form by which to organise and 
structure information. So far.

The obsession with organising and archiving information has also left 
its traces in contemporary digital art practices. Many artists have 
discovered the database as a new domain for artistic, social and 
aesthetic experiments. In the last decade, these artists have been 
developing several different approaches toward its specific 
characteristics. Their dilemmas concern, among others, the narrative 
[how to create narrative from a static collection of data?], the 
formal/structural [how to change the specific indexical form of the 
database?] and the socio-political [how to change its character from a 
closed, controlled system into an open, public one?].

Impakt intends to seek and show projects from artists that explore the 
phenomenon of data-collections and the particular structure of the 
database from a critical point of view. What are their poetics, 
aesthetics and ethics? How do they visualise collections of information 
in their projects? How do they approach the traditional model of the 
database? With which aims do they attack, transform and extend its 
static form and encyclopaedic structure?

'Database Dilemmas' was conceived by Deanna Herst for Impakt Online.

Call for Proposals

Deadline for Proposals: September 5, 2003
Project Completion Date: November 15, 2003
Launch: December 1, 2003

*Proposals must be written in English, and the project accessible to an
English-speaking audience
*Proposals should include a project description:
- ---description of content
- ---details of the technical implementation, including ALL server-side 
software required
- ---rough estimate of total project size in Mb
- ---time line
- ---relation to the theme
*Proposals should also include an artist[s] biography:
- ---short CV
- ---documentation + URLs of previous projects
*Projects should be accessible to users of all three major Operating 
Systems: Linux, MacOS and Win32.
*Previously exhibited projects will be immediately disqualified
*Please do not send any unsolicited large attachments [i.e. >400K], as 
they will not be opened. If you must provide us with large files, please 
send us a URL or FTP location for them.

Impakt will provide webhosting for the project for 1 year, and pay a fee 
to the accepted artist[s] of EURO 1000.

Address for submissions:
online {AT} impakt.nl

Impakt Festival
P.O. Box 735
3500 AS Utrecht
The Netherlands

http://www.impakt.nl/online/



------------------------------

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 23:33:55 +0200
From: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Stephan_\=28Spiv\=29_Schr=F6der?=" <mail {AT} spiv.de>
Subject: verybusy.org - center for hardwired arts - News



Verybusy.org - center 4 hardwired arts ::::::::::::::::::::: :: : .. . .
.
 
Urgent Newsletter July 2003 - Verybusy.org nominated for digisax award
03.
========================================================================
==
 
ENGLISH:
 
After years of hard work, verybusy.org your searchengine for netart and 
mediaart has been nominated for the digisax award 2003 in the category
of "education / best interactive online resource". 
 
If you like verybusy.org show your support by voting for us and have the

chance to win a free notebook. The vote submission is in german but
should
be easy to handle. 
 
Vote here:
http://www.digisax.de/nominees/nominees.php?c=3
<http://www.digisax.de/nominees/nominees.php?c=3&sc=2> &sc=2
 
(left column, last but one row)
 
***************************
 

DEUTSCH:
 
Nach Jahren erfolgreicher Arbeit wurde verybusy.org die suchmaschine für
Netzkunst
und Medienkunst für den Digisax Award 2003 in der Kategorie "Bildung /
interaktiv
bestes Online Angebot" nominiert. 
 
Freunde und Nutzer möchten wir bitten für uns zu stimmen. Darüber hinaus
wird unter
allen Stimmen seitens Digisax ein Notebook verlost. 
 
Stimmen Sie hier:
http://www.digisax.de/nominees/nominees.php?c=3
<http://www.digisax.de/nominees/nominees.php?c=3&sc=2> &sc=2
 
(linke Spalte, vorletzte Zeile)
 
 
 
Vielen Dank - Thanks,
Stephan Schröder / www.verybusy.org <http://www.verybusy.org/>  admin
staff
 

 


------------------------------

Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003 06:12:43 +0300
From: info <info {AT} digitalartlab.org.il>
Subject: Call for proposals - The Israeli Center for Digital Art

> This message is in MIME format. Since your mail reader does not understand
this format, some or all of this message may not be legible.


+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Call for proposals
Deadline 31 August  2003
The Israeli Center for Digital Art
Digital ArtLab
info {AT} digitalartlab.org.il
16 Yirmiyahu st, 
Holon 58373, Israel.
www.digitalartlab.org.il

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon was formed in 2001 with the
objective of advancing and promoting New-Media art in Israel, as well as to
act as a clearinghouse for communications between artists and between
artists and the public. The Center is committed both to a dynamic view of
the contemporary art and culture spheres, and to publicizing the influence
of new technologies on today¹s society. To that end, the Center hosts both
Israeli and foreign artists¹ video art, net.art, sound and interactive video
exhibits. A special emphasis is put on Cooperative projects between Israeli
and foreign artists, and between artists and the community, to bringing
digital art works to outlying areas, developing training programs and
workshops for school-age children and artists using digital media, artist
workshops and more.

Out of a desire to catalyze the discourse on the influences of digital
technologies on contemporary culture in general and Israeli society in
particular, and out of a recognition of the need to create a platform for
communications between artists, activists, media people, film makers, and
the general public, during the coming year, the center will oversee three
projects under the them ³Hilchot Shcheinim³ (Halachot for neighbors) [a
reference to the laws of division of property and boundaries codified by the
Rambam in his Mishna Torah, a commentary on the Torah].

Hilchot Shcheinim is comprised of three main exhibits, each accompanied by
video screenings, lectures, performances and workshops. The exhibits will
act as a laboratory for ideas about art and media and the marketplace and
exchange, and will examine the manner in which social, cultural and
technological changes, influence art and artists.

The Hilchot Shcheinim events should be apprehended as an up-to-date source
of information that offers a panoramic view of our lives via the combination
of the language of art and the tools of contemporary culture, the various
media, politics, and the economy.


Project I: November 2003 ­ January, 2004
 - will focus on the mapping of independent organizations of artists who
have found for themselves a place where they can create without relocating
to the center, or without being ³directed from above² by the main art hubs.
The exhibit features projects run jointly by art centers in outlying areas
and projects by artists in adjoining areas that reflect the changes taking
place in the art scene as a result of the globalization movement. Preference
will be given to artists working in the Middle East.

Project II: March- May, 2004
- - will focus on tactics and strategies used by artists, groups of artists,
activists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to create cultural
networks and cooperation. The emphasis will be on the ways in which
capitalism and the globalization movement shape the media and the use that
artists make of media technologies in their work.

Project III: September - November, 2004
we will attempt to diagram life in the world of the Empire - Globalization,
proposing the Internet as a positive model for globalization. Not only is
the Internet a model wherein the countries of the world, giant corporations,
political and social organizations, and individuals are equal, but it is a
model of a decentralized network without centralized control or enforcement
that cannot monitor either the flow of information or number of its
³citizens². Moreover, it is a virtual, apolitical structure with a weak
capacity for control that is vulnerable to disruptions, ³street action², and
revolts, yet it does not collapse as a result. At Hilchot Schcheinim III, we
will attempt to examine how a vision of such a world is conceived of by
artists, and what the effects are of such a world on the art realm.

Visual artists, media artists, musicians, activists, and collectors are
invited to propose projects. Preference will be given to artists working in
the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Proposals for projects for project I must be sent by August 31, 2003 along
with the accompanying form.


Submit to:
The Israeli Center for Digital Art
Digital ArtLab
info {AT} digitalartlab.org.il
16 Yirmiyahu st, 
Holon 58373, Israel.
www.digitalartlab.org.il



++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Hilchot Shcheinim
Israeli society, most critics agree, is represented by a rich and
occasionally contradictory world of images concerning its character, its
borders (both political and social), its population makeup, its cultural
origins, and its political directions. Thus, for example, Israel is
presented in its political discourse by the following attributes, to name
just a few: ³The only democracy in the Middle East², ³A country of
immigrants², ³A melting pot², ³An armed ghetto², ³A bi-national state², ³A
Levantine society², ³A Western island in the East², ³A little America².

These images, with their double messages, have a significant impact on
Israeli society. They are understood within the context of larger issues
that are at the center of public discourse, running deep within the hidden
processes shaping the definition and the representation of individuals and
groups in the society. Under these conditions, most of the discourse in
Israeli society and its cultural sphere deal intensively (even obsessively)
with the attempt to understand, explain, and decode the cultural
environment.


The contradiction and the multiplicity of views in Israeli society and its
culture derive their origins from the dichotomy between East and West,
between "Ashkenazi" and "Sepharadi". This dichotomy manifests itself on the
Israeli art scene in the tension between the "local" and the "universal".
Israel exists in the Middle East, a space wherein nationalism and religion
play central roles, on the one hand holding onto its national and religious
identity, viewing itself from the outside in, and at the same time trying to
preserve its acceptance to the world¹s ³Western club² by building a
free-market economy, implementing widespread privatization, a near-total
adoption of Western cultural symbols, and so forth.

In her article ³Eyes Wide Shut: On the Acquired Albino Syndrome on the
Israeli Art Scene² (Theory and Critique, vol. 20, 2002), Sarah Hinsky
describes the place of the West in Israeli art and culture.

>From its earliest days until now, the concept of ³the West² was firmly
rooted in the Israeli art scene as a guiding principle and shaping it on the
European art scene model. In this sense, the Israeli art scene exists in a
tension of two opposing categories: art that tries to be at the same time
universal and local, when the ³universal² model is actually European.

This affinity is a fundamental force in the Israeli art world, and its
origins are identical to Western - Europeans origins of the Zionist
movement. The establishment of a Jewish state in the Middle East was
perceived by many in the Zionist movement as creating a European ³annex² in
the Middle East wherein nationalist and colonialist aspirations could be
realized.

It is from this perception that the closed attitude of Israeli culture
toward the surrounding Arabic culture stems (as well as from the grappling
with the culture of Jewish immigrants from Arab lands), resulting in the
perception of the latter as inferior. This closed-mindedness has only begun
to disperse in the past two decades, allowing the inflow of Eastern-Arab
influences, mainly felt in Israeli music, upon which there has been a
conspicuous influence, and in which there is much collaboration between
musicians from the neighboring countries.

Against this backdrop, the Israeli visual arts are preoccupied with
conducting a dialog with Western ³power centers² of art, which is perhaps
the main reason why an effort is not made today to create a network of
exhibits and artist exchange projects with the neighboring countries such as
Turkey, Greece, or even Egypt or Jordan.

The cultural conflicts described herein can be viewed in a wider context as
part of global processes taking place in other regions of the world
involving societies, countries, organizations, and individuals undergoing
redefinition and creating new paths and meanings for their activities

Two main events (up until now) of the new millennium‹or the fact of their
being defined as main events‹have been the destruction of the Twin Towers on
September 11, 2001 and the war in Iraq, both having sharpened the
differences between expectations of a post-nationalist world wherein global
power is given priority the Nation State, and the reality of a
nation-oriented world in which national rule within conventional borders
remains, and in which ethnicity and religion still have a central place in
determining the internal and external ³rules of the game² of the individual
country.

The process of change will slowly affect the familiar world division of East
and West, of the free world and the enslaved world, of free-market economy
versus a controlled economy, of superpowers, and of a world order that will
be rebuilt anew, including a change in relations and agreements between
countries, citizens, communities, and neighbors: social, professional, and
cultural divisions will alter themselves and be refashioned.

Technology has a central role to play in these processes: As it becomes more
accessible, it seeps into more and more spheres, influencing more and more
aspects of our lives as individuals and as a society. It is superfluous to
say that this process is not progressing linearly, but rather is developing
at different paces in various places in the world.

The process of redefinition in which we find ourselves affects almost every
aspect of our lives, demanding reexamination of fundamental concepts and
assumptions that up until now were perceived as unassailable. In addition,
we must investigate how these changes manifest themselves in art, and in the
relationship between art and society. What is the place of art in the
globalization process and the world that it is creating? Which strategies
have artists chosen for coping with these changes? These issues have emerged
in the local-Israeli context, and stemming from a desire to create a link
with other outlying areas in which similar conflicts are taking place, The
Israeli Center for Digital Art, through Hilchot Shcheinim, will examine them
in the coming year.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
++++++++++++++++++


The Israeli Center for Digital Art
Digital ArtLab
16 Yirmiyahu st, 
Holon 58373, Israel.
www.digitalartlab.org.il
T. + 972 3 5568792
F. + 972 3 5580003

________________________________________________________________________

1. Type of work/project

2. Title

3. General Details

  Organization/Institution
  ________________________________________________________

  Name
  ________________________________________________________
  
  Street
  ________________________________________________________
  
  Zip Code                    City
  _________________________        ________________________

  State                        Country
  _________________________        ________________________

  Tel                        Fax
  _________________________        ________________________

  E-mail                        URL
  _________________________        ________________________

4. Media
  
(VHS, S-VHS, PAL, NTSC, SECAM)___________________________

  Digital (Mini-DV, CD-ROM, DVD, Floppy, Zip) ____________________
  
  Operation System (Windows, Linux, MacOS, Other) _______________

  An Internet Project at http://__________________________________

    System Requirements (software, hardware)______________________

  Other Media ______________________________________________

5. Production

  Country of production ________________    Year ______________

6. Additional Materials
  Please add additional materials and mark here:

Description ____    Documentation ____    Photographs ____  Costs/Budget
____    CV ____    Other ____

                   












------------------------------

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 11:48:01 +1000
From: "geert lovink" <geert {AT} xs4all.nl>
Subject: Impakt: "Database Dilemmas" Commission Call for Proposals

"Database Dilemmas" Commission Call for Proposals
http://www.impakt.nl/online/

Database Dilemmas
The third and final theme for this year's Impakt Online commissions will
be 'Database Dilemnas'. The deadline for submitting proposals is
September 15, 2003. From these proposals, two projects will be chosen
for the commission, which will be publically launched on December 1,
2003. Thematic and practical details follow:

The process of collecting, structuring and storing information and data
is a phenomenon typical of digital times. Obviously, data are the
fundaments of almost any digital platform. As an archiving tool, the
database seems to be the most dominant form by which to organise and
structure information. So far.

The obsession with organising and archiving information has also left
its traces in contemporary digital art practices. Many artists have
discovered the database as a new domain for artistic, social and
aesthetic experiments. In the last decade, these artists have been
developing several different approaches toward its specific
characteristics. Their dilemmas concern, among others, the narrative
[how to create narrative from a static collection of data?], the
formal/structural [how to change the specific indexical form of the
database?] and the socio-political [how to change its character from a
closed, controlled system into an open, public one?].

Impakt intends to seek and show projects from artists that explore the
phenomenon of data-collections and the particular structure of the
database from a critical point of view. What are their poetics,
aesthetics and ethics? How do they visualise collections of information
in their projects? How do they approach the traditional model of the
database? With which aims do they attack, transform and extend its
static form and encyclopaedic structure?

'Database Dilemmas' was conceived by Deanna Herst for Impakt Online.

Call for Proposals

Deadline for Proposals: September 5, 2003
Project Completion Date: November 15, 2003
Launch: December 1, 2003

*Proposals must be written in English, and the project accessible to an
English-speaking audience
*Proposals should include a project description:
- ---description of content
- ---details of the technical implementation, including ALL server-side
software required
- ---rough estimate of total project size in Mb
- ---time line
- ---relation to the theme
*Proposals should also include an artist[s] biography:
- ---short CV
- ---documentation + URLs of previous projects
*Projects should be accessible to users of all three major Operating
Systems: Linux, MacOS and Win32.
*Previously exhibited projects will be immediately disqualified
*Please do not send any unsolicited large attachments [i.e. >400K], as
they will not be opened. If you must provide us with large files, please
send us a URL or FTP location for them.

Impakt will provide webhosting for the project for 1 year, and pay a fee
to the accepted artist[s] of EURO 1000.

Address for submissions:
online {AT} impakt.nl

Impakt Festival
P.O. Box 735
3500 AS Utrecht
The Netherlands

http://www.impakt.nl/online/




------------------------------

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 02:15:22 +0200
From: Lionello Borean <lionello.borean {AT} nline.it>
Subject: Call for (creative) contributions


>=20
>=20
>=20
> Plug'n'Pray - 'Pray by wire' gallery
> CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
>=20
>=20
> PRAY BY WIRE hunts for photos and pics taken from real life that illustra=
te
> this curious (see below), and at the same time widespread, relationship. =
The
> images can be personal interpretations of this phenomenon or straightforw=
ard
> documentary. They can be ironic or they can just portray objects and
> memorabilia. The content is up to you, but please remember that we will o=
nly
> accept photos, so no computer art please.
>=20
> -----------------------------------
>> High-tech religion and religious technology. When wired belief becomes a
>> religious asset. Find out how new media and technology interact and inte=
rlace
>> with religion and superstition. Discover how technology (both high- and =
low-)
>> helps and supports religion.=A0
> -----------------------------------
>=20
> An image gallery / exhibition is one of the initiatives we want to realiz=
e to
> promote the Plug'n'Pray site, English version (online from September 2003=
).
> This project aims at gathering works and contributions from all over the
> world, with the idea of setting up a dedicated site and organizing an
> international exhibition in London and Amsterdam, during Spring 2004.
>=20
>=20
> follow --> http://www.plug-pray.org/wired.htm





> Lionello Borean + Chiara Grandesso
> usine de boutons (padova) italy
>=20
>=20
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
> http://www.plug-pray.org
> Plug'n'Pray: scegli la religione che pi=F9 ti conviene
>=20
> commenti, complimenti e rimproveri, e le novit=E0 del sito su
> http://www.plug-pray.org/ITA/News.html
> ---------------------------------------------------------------


------------------------------

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 13:02:44 +0200
From: oliver grau <oliver.grau {AT} culture.hu-berlin.de>
Subject: ISEA2004 / Deadline: August 15th 2003


             - Stockholm - Tallinn - Helsinki -
                  August 14th - 22nd, 2004

************************************************************
ISEA2004: The 12th International Symposium on Electronic Art
************************************************************
                    CALL FOR PROPOSALS
************************************************************
                Deadline: August 15th 2003
************************************************************

                  http://www.isea2004.net

new media art - media culture research - electronic music -
art and science - cultural and social applications for new media -

New media meets art, science, research, and popular culture at
ISEA2004 in Stockholm - Tallinn - Helsinki. For the first time an
event of this scale is being organised between three cities and on
the ferry travelling between these three Baltic countries.
International participants and local audiences attend thematic
conferences, exhibitions, live performances, screenings, satellite
events, concerts and clubs. Many events are also interfaced via
television, radio, broadband Internet, and mobile networks.

We are encouraging: Socially, critically and ecologically engaging
work; Projects that bring the creative media to the streets; Projects that
are worn on or inside people; Context sensitive work in the museums;
Projects that float, dock or sail; Screen based media as it appears in 2004;
Sea Fair: technological gizmos for ferry travellers and future media
archaeologists to discover; Bridges between club scenes and art venues; Most
engaging works from performing arts that engage new media, users, and
audiences; Networks to network...

Key themes for the event include:
Networked experience (Stockholm)
Wearable experience (Tallinn)
Wireless experience (Helsinki)
Histories of the new: media arts, media cultures, media technologies
- - all cities

Additional themes include:
Open source and software as culture (Helsinki)
Critical interaction design (Helsinki)
Geopolitics of media (Tallinn)
Interfacing sound (Helsinki and on the Ferry - in collaboration with
Koneisto - check out http://www.koneisto.com for details of this year's
Koneisto Festival 24-26 July 2003)

We are currently inviting proposals for projects and papers for the
exhibitions, conferences and associated programs during ISEA2004.  Projects
might include: works for exhibition in a gallery; workshops; installations
in public spaces; live performance; interfaced screenings; games or shared
environments; projects which encourage remote participation - etc.

Proposals for the conference can include papers and panels but we are
equally interested in workshops and roundtables:  discussion formats that
encourage participation and exchange of ideas.

We are also working with a range of local organisations who may be able to
host short and medium term residencies or workshops for artists who are keen
to spend a longer time working with local artists and organisations.
Information on these opportunities will be regularly added to the web site,
so do register to receive updates.  ISEA2004 will be an exciting week long
event, but we are also interested in providing a space to build long term,
sustainable exchange and collaboration.

The time on the Ferry will provide a space for less formal dialogue and
social intercourse, so feel free to propose workshops and meetings for the
exchange of information and ideas.

Our over all aim for ISEA2004 is to create an event which is thematically
and critically coherent and provides new insight.

Please note that ISEA2004 is a forum for artistic, academic, and culturally
or socially relevant work that has not previously been presented in
international forums (you may have showed/presented it in your local
context).

All submissions are done via our website using a web form and stored into a
database. This procedure allows us to have the proposals reviewed by
International Programme Committee (IPC) members.  We very much look forward
to hearing your ideas!


For further information:
http://www.isea2004.net
info {AT} isea2004.net

Our partners for the event are:

MAIN ORGANISER:
m-cult, centre for media culture in finland
http://www.m-cult.org

HELSINKI:
Exhibition: The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
http://www.kiasma.fi
Conference: Media Centre Lume (University of Art and Design)
http://www.lume.fi
Electronic music: Koneisto (Festival for electronic music and arts)
http://www.koneisto.com

STOCKHOLM:
Coordinator: CRAC, Creative Room for Art and Computing
http://www.crac.org
Conference: Moderna Museet
http://www.modernamuseet.se and
Royal University College of Fine Arts (Stockholm)
http://www.kkh.se
Exhibition: Färgfabriken
http://www.fargfabriken.se
Electronic music: Fylkingen
http://www.fylkingen.se

TALLINN:
Coordinator + conference: Estonian Academy of Arts
http://artun.ee
Exhibition: Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia at The Art Museum of
Estonia
http://www.cca.ee

ISEA2004 is produced in collaboration with ISEA Inter-Society for the
Electronic Arts http://www.isea-web.org

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http://www.isea2004.net
info {AT} isea2004.net


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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 13:51:32 -0700
From: "LEONARDO (mk)" <isast {AT} well.com>
Subject: Leonardo Announces New Board & Committee Members

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Leonardo/ISAST=20
Welcomes New Members to Its Governing Board,
International Advisory Board, and Leonardo Editorial Board
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Anne Pfister, Michael Grey, Sundar Sarukkai, Julio Berm=FAdez, and Doug Vakoc=
h
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Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology i=
s
pleased to announce the addition of new members to its Governing Board,
International Advisory Board, and Leonardo Editorial Board.

Anne Brooks Pfister and Michael Joaquin Grey will join the Leonardo/ISAST
Governing Board, a group that consists of prominent figures in the fields o=
f
art, science, and technology. The International Advisory Board welcomes
Sundar Sarukkai from India and Julio Bermudez from Argentina to its ranks o=
f
art-and-science luminaries throughout the world. Governing Board members
meet face-to-face at regular meetings several times a year, whereas
International Advisory Board members communicate via email and telephone on
an ad-hoc basis. Both groups participate actively in reaching decisions for
Leonardo/ISAST. Douglas A. Vakoch will enter service on the Leonardo
Editorial Board, a group of experts in the fields of art, science, and
technology who determine content for the journal Leonardo.

ANNE PFISTER AND MICHAEL GREY JOIN THE
LEONARDO/ISAST GOVERNING BOARD

Anne Brooks Pfister is entering service on the Governing Board. She holds
degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as art history, and i=
s
currently employed at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in
Berkeley. Pfister=B9s background is in marketing, both for science and arts
organizations,  and in both the non-profit and commercial sectors, includin=
g
experience at KALA Institute, Quantum Dot Corporation, and Onyx
Pharmaceuticals. She is active on the Board of Directors of the University
Art Museum Council, UC Berkeley, and as a volunteer judge for the Berkeley
Middle School Science Fair Program. She is eager to bring a Latino
perspective to the Governing Board of Leonardo/ISAST.

Also joining the Governing Board, Michael Joaquin Grey is an artist,
designer, inventor, and entrepreneur best known for his popular and highly
acclaimed educational toy ZOOB. Winner of honors from ID Magazine, Consumer
Reports, Dr. Toy, Family Life Magazine, Astra, and the American Toy
Institute Award, ZOOB merges genetic engineering with tinker toys. Grey
founded Primordial, LLC, which produced ZOOB, and currently serves as
President of the Sound of Time, a multimedia editing system. As an artist,
Grey has exhibited internationally and won the Golden Nica Award from Ars
Electronica. Michael Grey has a long background in combining industrial
design, mechanical engineering, entertainment and education. He orchestrate=
s
collaborative efforts between various educational institutions, including
Cal Tech, the Art Center College of Design, and the Berkeley
Interdisciplinary Design Institute. Grey has served on the boards of Zero
One, ATC, and Eyebeam Atelier, among others.

Grey and Pfister join Roger Malina, Chair; Martin Anderson, Treasurer; Mark
Resch, Secretary; Mina Bissell; Penelope Finnie; Lynn Hershman; Ed Payne;
Sonya Rapoport; Beverly Reiser; Joel Slayton; and Stephen Wilson on the
Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board.

=20
SUNDAR SARUKKAI AND JULIO BERMUDEZ JOIN THE
LEONARDO/ISAST INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD
=20
Beginning a term on the International Advisory Board, Sundar Sarukkai is a
Fellow in the History and Philosophy of Science Unit, National Institute of
Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He receive=
d
his Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics from Purdue University. Recipient
of various fellowships, including the Homi Babha Fellowship and David Ross
Fellowship, Sarukkai has been a visiting scholar at MIT and Stanford
University. He authored the books Translating the World: Science and
Language and the forthcoming The Philosophy of Symmetry. Sarukkai publishes
and lectures worldwide in science and philosophy journals and conferences.
Sarukkai currently serves as a consultant to a project on the relevance of
Gandhian thought to contemporary India.

Julio Berm=FAdez, hailing from Argentina, joins the International Advisory
Board as an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of
Architecture & Planning. His research and creative work have focused on
digital media and the application of architectural concepts to data
environments. Berm=FAdez has received international recognition as a design
expert on hybrid representations, methodologies, and technologies involving
analog and digital systems. Of particular relevance is his invention of
CyberPRINT, a virtual reality-based performing art project that brings
together dance, choreography, music, engineering, medicine and architecture=
.
This and other works have been widely published, exhibited, and/or performe=
d
in the U.S. and elsewhere. Berm=FAdez is currently involved in several
interdisciplinary projects dealing with information architecture applied to
medicine, finance, process control, and network monitoring.

Sarukkai and Berm=FAdez will serve on the Leonardo/ISAST International
Advisory Board along with Beverly Reiser, Chair, USA; Mark Beam, Mexico;
Annick Bureaud, France; Nic Collins, USA; Nisar Keshvani, Singapore;
Christine Maxwell, France; Michael Naimark, USA; Michael Punt, UK; and
Rejane Spitz, Brazil.

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DOUG VAKOCH JOINS THE LEONARDO EDITORIAL BOARD
=20
Starting his term on the Leonardo Editorial Board in 2004, Douglas A. Vakoc=
h
is the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute,
as well as the only social scientist employed by a SETI (Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence) organization. Vakoch researches ways that
different civilizations might create messages that could be transmitted
across interstellar space, allowing communication between humans and
extraterrestrials even without face-to-face contact. He is particularly
interested in how we might compose reply messages that would begin to
express the human experience.

=20
ABOUT LEONARDO/ISAST

Leonardo/ISAST serves the international art community by providing channels
of communication for artists, art historians, technologists, scientists,
educators, students and others interested in the arts, with an emphasis on
documenting the voices of artists all over the world who use science and
developing technologies in their work. Leonardo began international
publication of its print journal in 1968 and evolved into the International
Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology in 1982 to broaden its
exposure of artists who work with science- and technology-based art media.
Leonardo/ISAST also functions as an international meeting ground for
artists, educators, students, scientists and others interested in the use o=
f
new media in contemporary artistic expression. Further information may be
found at www.leonardo.info

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Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 09:17:37 -0400
From: US Department of Art & Technology <press {AT} usdat.us>
Subject: Visitor Center Opens in Washington, DC

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US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC
http://www.usdat.us
press {AT} usdat.us


Press Secretary
For Immediate Release:  July 22, 2003


Visitor Center Opens  in Washington, DC
"Enter a Citizen, Exit a Revolutionary"

WASHINGTON, DC - On August 15th, 2003, the US Department of Art & 
Technology opens its Visitor Center at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 
Washington, D.C. A special VIP pre-opening event will take place on 
August 14th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The Secretary and his staff, along with 
military aides and secret service, will be on hand to greet visitors. 
Curator Paul Brewer will host.

Two years ago, following 9/11, the President made a dramatic move to 
embrace the arts through the creation of the US Department of Art & 
Technology. The US DAT Visitor Center tells the story of how the 
Department was formed by artists seeking to reclaim America's 
Government. The appointment of Randall M. Packer as the Department's 
first Secretary was one of the most radical decisions made in the 
history of the White House. Packer's vision for the nation is "to 
promote cultural growth, improved aesthetic standards for all 
Americans, and to insure that the artist as visionary, as social 
revolutionary, has voice in the national dialogue."

Only a block from the White House and just a short walk from the 
nation's historic Mall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art stands as a major 
center dedicated to the avant-garde. It is a place where culture 
reflects everyday life and breaks through the illusion established by 
the spectacle.

In choosing the Corcoran as the site of the US DAT Visitor Center, 
Secretary Packer states, "The Corcoran is a remarkable institution 
that believes art must be active within the culture, not owned by it. 
With the museum's close proximity to the White House, we now realize 
our ideals to reconstruct the environment in order to bring about new 
behaviors through experimentation and propaganda."

The exhibit, with its theme, "Enter a Citizen, Exit a Revolutionary," 
features a unique collection of tactical media, information panels, 
and a historical timeline detailing the chronology of the Department 
and its extraordinary development. Also included is a video promoting 
the Department's "Experimental Party," featuring speeches and 
announcements by Secretary Packer, National Chairwoman Roberta 
Breitmore, avatar-candidate for President Abe Golam, WeTheBlog.org 
founder Jeff Gates, and the Exquisite Corpse.  "We are proud to be 
able to bring our story to the public's attention," said Tanya Spam, 
the Department's Assistant Secretary of the Bureau for the 
Conservation and Preservation of the Suspension of Disbelief, and an 
independent writer and editor in Washington, DC.

The Visitor Center, which will be on exhibit through October 6, 2003, 
was organized by the US Department of Art & Technology, the Corcoran 
College of Art & Design, and the White House Office of 
Appropriations, in cooperation with the National Park Service.

In conjunction with the show will be a 24/7 live web broadcast over 
Tel-SPAN (usdat.us/tel-span), the telematic channel of the US 
Department of Art & Technology, featuring up-to-the-minute 
proclamations, rants, remixes, manifestos, and other forms of 
anarchist entertainment by sound artists DJ Spooky, Rick Silva, Trace 
Reddell among others, as well as a first glimpse of the Media 
Deconstruction Kit.

The US Department of Art & Technology Visitor Center, located at the 
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., N.W, Washington, D.C. from 
August 15 - October 6, will be open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Closed 
every Tuesday. Extended hours Thursday evenings until 9 pm and for 
special Situational Events sponsored by the Department.

*****

Contact: Press Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology
press {AT} usdat.us

The US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdat.us

The US Department of Art and Technology is the United States 
principal conduit for facilitating the artist's need to extend 
aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real 
action. It also serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of 
all Americans by supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity 
from the extension of new media technologies into the social sphere.

The Experimental Party
http://www.experimentalparty.org

The Experimental Party - the "party of experimentation" -  is an 
artist-based political party that has been formed to activate 
citizens across the country in an effort to bring the artists' 
message to center stage of the political process. This is a political 
awakening, 'representation through virtualization' is the major 
political thrust of the Experimental Party, it is the driving force. 
The Principal Artists are Roberta Breitmore (created by Lynn 
Hershman), Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Abe Golam (from Mark 
Amerika's Grammatron), Jon Henry (Exquisite Corpse), Randall Packer, 
and Wesley Smith.

Tel-SPAN
http://www.usdat.us/tel-span

Tel-SPAN is a public service of the US Department of Art & 
Technology. Its mission is to provide global access to the artistic 
process in an increasingly cybernated society. Tel-SPAN provides its 
audience access to live, real-time distribution of broad forms of 
cultural content, and to other forums where critical artistic issues 
are discussed, debated and decided - all without editing, commentary 
or analysis and with a balanced presentation of all radical points of 
view. Tel-SPAN is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Digital 
Media Center and the Open Source Streaming Alliance. The Principal 
Engineer is Joe Reinsel.




Subject: 9PIN residency's

9PIN
Call for Proposals
Deadline for submissions: August 8 2003


Contents
1. Background to SCAN
2. 9PIN the project and how to apply
3. Related Activities
4. Background on SCAN consortium organisations
5. URLs




9PIN is funded by Arts Council England, South East
1. Background - SCAN

SCAN is a network consortium of 10 organisations in the UK (mainly based in
the South of England) who are working together to promote emergent,
collaborative and experimental practice using new and emergent technologies.
SCAN is committed to identifying new models of production and distribution
of artworks and other cultural products.

SCAN aims to provide an expansive and fertile space for artists,
practitioners, writers, audiences and organisations to engage with its
projects and initiatives. This will be provided through the SCAN website and
through the physical spaces in its member organizations. It is a unique
collaboration and will be a major resource for the development of practice,
projects and ideas.

The organisation was set up in 2001 as a platform for collaboration and
sharing of resources between the consortium members. 2003 sees a new phase
of development within SCAN through the appointment of a Director in January
2003, and the launch of a website and other activities including 9PIN in
September 2003. 9PIN will be pivotal in the development of SCAN and in
defining its role in relation to the consortium members.

Whilst SCAN is driven mainly by new media, it welcomes innovative ideas and
practice that also involve other forms. SCAN provides a network for
practitioners, information and opportunities, training, exhibition and
equipment to support the production of new work and educational initiatives
involving digital arts and/or hybrid practice. It is intended to be a focal
point for a wide spectrum of activity such as critical debate, community and
education projects, on-line journals and communities, collaborative arts
production and project partnerships between the private and public sectors.

SCAN¹s current members are:
ArtSway, Sway
Aspex Visual Arts, Portsmouth
Lighthouse, Poole Arts Centre
Mount Pleasant Media Workshop, Southampton
Salisbury Arts Centre
New Greenham Arts, Newbury
Animation Station, Banbury
The Living Archive, Milton Keynes
Platform One, Newport, Isle of Wight
Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Affiliated members and partners are:

University of Portsmouth
London College of Music and Media
University of Plymouth
Oxford Brookes University
Lighthouse Media Centre, Brighton
PVA, Bridport




Please read these notes carefully and ensure that you address the contents
in your proposal.

2. The Project

9PIN (Nine Points of Investigation)
A SCAN consortium project 2003/4

SCAN is looking for artists, writers, creatives and practitioners from all
fields (who may also want to work collaboratively) to respond to and
investigate the environments, landscapes and demographics of the SCAN
network. The Nine Points of Investigation are based around the locations of
the 10 core Consortium Centres all of whom to date are Independent Arts
Organisations. The principle criterion for the 9PIN project is to commission
inventive engagements with the geography and communities of the consortium
locations. Proposals must consider the network as a whole, or in part (two
or more locations), for investigation; a collection of multiple sites to
cross between, travel through, engage with, rather than focusing on a single
location in isolation. Proposals may also want to look at how the SCAN
network operates in relation to other sites and locations globally both
currently and potentially.

The project will take the form of a residency period (between September 2003
and December 2004) to be negotiated with the consortium members and SCAN. It
could be a continuous period or a series of shorter periods. A wide range of
options and timescale have been allowed in order that people can respond to
seasonal change and activities taking place in the 9PIN locations. We expect
the nature of the 9PIN residency to be experimental with a view to
developing outputs at a later stage. This is largely because the consortium
venues are programmed at least two years in advance. However, if applicants
wish to make small interventions in the venues, work in public spaces,
produce publications or have a website presence this may be possible
(subject to discussion with venues).

Dependent on the budgets submitted in the proposals, it is anticipated that
3 - 5 individual or group projects will be selected for 9PIN. It is hoped
that at points these projects will overlap and that, where appropriate, a
dialogue might take place between the different project participants. All
selected projects will be asked send a representative to take part in the
Tactical Media Lab in Portsmouth (and a networked part of  Next Five Minutes
festival in Amsterdam) on 21 ­23 September, 2003 either as a core
participant or through a presentation of their work (see information below).

The nature of the projects will be defined by the proposals submitted, but
we hope that some projects might have a component that engages with
communities and develops audiences. We also see this project as a way of
learning to cohere or distinguish the consortium organisations each of which
represent very diverse environments and demographics. Finding inventive ways
of mapping these places is likely to be central to the project. Mapping
could take place electronically, socially,  through the presence of a
particular material at the locations or a combination of these. These are
initial ideas ­ we welcome any developments or diversions from these that
might add an interesting approach to 9PIN. It is also hoped that project
representatives will be willing to take part in educational work related to
their projects. An educational component may also be integral to the project
proposal.

This project represents a very significant period of SCAN¹s development and
we look forward to receiving proposals of an experimental nature which will
set a precedent for SCAN¹s approach to its projects in the future. In the
sections below , there is information on each of the consortium members with
URLs which will give a better idea of the constituent member organisations.









Equipment Resources:

All SCAN member organisations have a G4 Mac and iMac computer with the
following software and peripherals:
Scanner, Digital Camera, Printer, Premier 6, Photoshop 6, In Design, After
Effects, Illustrator, Live Motion, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Director, Flash
Most machines are still operating on OS9 but some have OS10 available
(Platform One, ArtSway, Aspex, Mount Pleasant Media Workshop)

Some organisations have specific facilities eg Platform One ­ sound studios
and media suite; Mount Pleasant Media Workshop ­ media suite and darkrooms;
New Greenham Arts ­ media suite and artists studios; ArtSway ­ media suite;
Animation Station ­ media suite and animation facilities; Lighthouse, Poole
­ media suite and darkroom; Living Archive ­ recording facilities and media
suite

Each organisation offers a variety of spaces such as exhibition galleries,
theatres, cinemas, performance areas,  and education rooms. See URLs for a
detailed description of each venue and their programmes.

The SCAN website (available from late September) offers a database driven
web facility with opportunities for on-line forums, studio spaces and stand
alone projects.
This will provide a significant resource for the 9PIN project.
www.scansite.org

Details and How  to apply

Length and location: Projects to take place any time from Sept 2003 ­
December 2004 for a period specified in the submitted proposal. Please
suggest a timescale and the venues you would like to be resident in, where
appropriate, and we will try to accommodate this. Whilst we realise that
some work can be done remotely or out of the organisations, it is hoped that
project participants will be resident at least for a part of their work at
the agreed locations.

Budget: Projects from £1000 - £6000 to include fees, expenses and
production. 
Fees should be calculated on the basis of £150 per day and an allowance for
travel and accommodation should be included with the production budget to a
maximum total budget inclusive of fees of £6000.

Submission: Please submit a written project proposal, budget, and supporting
material (eg cvs, slides (6max), CD, DVD, details of urls and printed
material ­ please ensure that text is compatible with Office 2001 and
software is compatible with OS9.2 Macintosh computer). If you would like to
discuss any aspect of the brief, please contact Helen Sloan, Director, SCAN
01590 682824 or 07973 919210, helen {AT} scansite.org or Andy Robinson, Project
Co-ordinator 9PIN 07739 667734 or andy3471 {AT} hotmail.com
Submission deadline: Proposals with documentation of previous work to arrive
by 5.00pm  Friday 8th August 2003. We can accept e-mail applications but not
attachments. Please send supporting material by alternative means.
Please send to: 9PIN, SCAN, c/o ArtSway, Station Road, Sway, Hants SO41 6BA
Please include a SAE for return of submitted material (same value of stamp
as for sending)
SCAN will make every effort to respect material supplied for selection but
can take no responsibility for loss or damage.

Selection: Selection will take place on August 12th . The panel will be made
up of representatives of the consortium organisations, Helen Sloan, Andy
Robinson, Tessa Fitzjohn, New Media & Individual Artists Officer, Arts
Council England, South East (tbc) and an independent advisor (tbc).


 3. Related Activities

Tactical Media Lab
What is local in a globalised society?
21st ­ 23rd September 2003
Aspex Gallery and University of Portsmouth

In September 2003 over three days, SCAN, Aspex and University of Portsmouth
will be hosting a Tactical Media Lab (TML) in Portsmouth which is one of a
series of events held as a complement to the Next Five Minutes www.n5m.org
festival based in Amsterdam. This TML is a particularly important one in
that it will be held a week after the fourth festival (Next Five Minutes,
Amsterdam 11 ­ 14 September, 2003) and will form part of a follow up to the
event. The Portsmouth TML will be held across Aspex Gallery (SCAN consortium
member), University of Portsmouth and on-line.

The purpose of this event is to provide three days of screenings,
presentations, interventions, workshops, networked activities and talks
looking at what defines community and the idea of the local in today¹s
culture. A core group of about 20 people will be involved in the whole event
whilst others will take part in presentations, screenings or debates. The
proceedings of the TML will be placed on the SCAN and the Next Five Minutes
websites. The event will provide a lab space for interested parties to
express their views and experiences about the subject area and to develop
ideas for future projects.

The programme is still being finalised and to date we have approached Mike
Stubbs, Julie Penfold and David Garcia as moderators. As other contributors,
we are approaching a number of people including Armin Medosch, Samar Martha,
Martin Reid, Lizzie Sykes, Brand Art, Mette Houlberg, Tina Sotiriadi, Sean
McAllister, and we hope that representatives from the 9PIN projects will at
least make a presentation at the TML if not be involved in a broader
capacity.

Representatives of the group will come from an older people¹s reminiscence
project based at ArtSway and facilitated by Mette Houlberg and Lizzie Sykes,
asylum seekers groups and other community groups as well as from the above
list of contributors and staff at University of Portsmouth.

SCAN Launch Event
24/25 September (date & venue to be confirmed)

An evening event to launch the newly created SCAN website (www.scansite.org
- - there¹s not much to see at the moment but by September we will have
developed it in its first phase) and to introduce the activities of SCAN.
This will be an informal event of sound, music, performance, on-line
activities and refreshments to introduce the SCAN consortium members and the
work of the organisation. 9PIN will be introduced at this event.
 4. Background on Consortium Member Organisations:



1) ArtSway (SCAN office location), Sway.
A gallery and media suite offering an experimental approach to the
production and distribution of art work. ArtSway deals with all media but
recently has focused on video and new media and runs a programme of
residencies which allow artists to develop their process before exhibiting
their work at the gallery. The gallery has an extensive education programme
catering for wide audiences and interest groups.

ArtSway is situated in the New Forest in a tourist area as well as being
part of the commuter belt of London and Southampton. It is the only resource
of its type in the heart of the forest and offers real opportunities to
study rural surroundings and industries. As it is also near the coast, there
are opportunities to look at leisure and fishing industries. The diversity
of communities and income brackets in the area is very broad.


2) Aspex Visual Arts Trust, Portsmouth.
Aspex is a gallery and resource located close to the Eldon Building of
University of Portsmouth which houses the School of Art & Design. It has a
commitment to showing experimental and innovative contemporary visual arts
in all media and has a strong contextual programme with its gallery.
Emerging artists are to be further supported by the organisation through the
establishment of an Artists' Resource due to be launched in September 2003.
Its programme of solo, group and themed exhibitions concentrate on the work
of younger or emerging artists, while Access Aspex, the gallery's small
exhibition and project space, focuses on the work of artists based in
Portsmouth and the surrounding region.
Aspex Gallery's education activities include a programme of gallery talks,
together with participatory opportunities such as the Saturday Art Club for
8-12 year olds, and other workshops.

Portsmouth is a military town and port and in the current political climate
holds a lot of possibility for investigation into military policy and its
impact on local communities. It is also of course an urban environment with
all the characteristics of such an environment.


3) Mount Pleasant Media Workshop, Southampton
MPMW is a photography darkroom and media suite with open access based in
Mount Pleasant area of Southampton. The organisation works on projects with
community groups, runs courses and provides an equipment resource for the
general community. They mainly work with local people but have worked more
widely with communities in the Southern Region. They have expressed an
interest in working particularly on themes around asylum seekers (a
contentious issue in their area), and also have good links with the Afro
Caribbean Centre close by with whom they would like to develop their work.

Mount Pleasant is in South East the of the city which like Portsmouth is
also a port. The activities of the town are less predicated on the military
and more on industry and import and export. Southampton is the largest urban
conurbation represented by the SCAN consortium.


4) New Greenham Arts, Newbury
New Greenham Arts is a young arts centre with a strong focus on creativity
and production. They seek to work at the edge of arts and technology,
encouraging cross art form working and learning across disciplines. With
eight resident visual artists, a resident dance company and drama company
the centre is a lively place to work. Currently they have a visiting
resident artists  Hywel Davies - who is creating a sound installation for
what was the control tower of the airbase, and Kevin Todd who is working
with a rapid prototyping company based in one of the business units at New
Greenham. Performing companies who have been in residence include Kaos,
Earthfall and Leikin Loppu.

Situated in the midst of a business park which was once one of the world's
most notorious cold war sites - the Greenham Common USAF nuclear missile
base. The landscape still contains signs of the past including missile silos
and buildings complete with bomb shelters and decontamination chambers. By
complete contrast the site is in the midst of Greenham Common (ancient
common land), which still has a group of commoners who retain their common
grazing rights. Also, the town of Newbury like many towns in Hants/Bucks
looks affluent but has problems with housing and poverty.



5) Animation Station, Banbury
The Animation Station is a local authority run media workshop dedicated to
the teaching and promotion of animation and multimedia in the South East
region, primarily with young people.  It achieves this though in-house
workshops, multimedia outreach projects and as a facilitator for local
schools, colleges and referral units.  It employs and supports artists,
animators and musicians to broaden their understanding of collaborative arts
and networking. They are currently part of the Oxford Inspires bid for City
of Culture 2008. It has six years of developing cutting edge 2D and 3D
animation and they hope to develop new opportunities for artists interested
in, or wishing to develop.

About 10 miles North of Oxford, Banbury is an expanding market and
industrial town experiencing growth as a direct benefit of its proximity to
the completed M40 motorway linking London to Birmingham via Oxford. It is
home to some major industries such as Alcan Booth Industries (aluminium
products), and Kraft Jacobs Suchard (coffee and custard).

6) The Living Archive, Milton Keynes
The Living Archive is a creative cultural and community development
organisation whose Documentary Arts work is inspired by people's memories.
They use primarily oral history (but also video and multi-media) to profile
individuals and communities mostly in the Milton Keynes area. Using these
local lives and events as their starting point they have produced
large-scale musical documentary plays, books of local reminiscence,
photographic and other exhibitions, CD-ROM's, radio and video documentaries,
sculpture events and community textile projects. One of the most interesting
uses of these techniques has been in the Archive's work on town planning
development and public consultation.

Milton Keynes is fifty miles north of London, and is the United Kingdom's
fastest growing new town. Change has been a way of life for more than 30
years. A rural population has watched its old landmarks disappear. Newcomers
have left their family and friendship support networks behind as they have
moved to brand-new housing estates.

7) Lighthouse, Poole Arts Centre
Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts (formerly Poole Arts Centre) is the
largest arts centre outside London, consisting of a 1500 seat concert hall,
670 seat theatre, 130 seat studio theatre, 100 seat cinema, gallery, media
suite and darkroom, cafe and bars. Now in it's 25th year, Lighthouse offers
a wide programme of music, theatre, literature, education, film and visual
arts activities and is home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  The
Exhibitions Programme at Lighthouse aims to highlight the importance of
photography and digital media through high quality exhibitions and a
complementary community and education programme.

Poole is also a port town this time with an emphasis on tourism. It boasts
upmarket holiday accommodation as well as ferries and import and export. It
is famous for its Poole pottery factory and has a dog track.

8) Salisbury Arts Centre
Based in a beautiful listed church building, the Arts Centre runs a
programme of small scale touring theatre, dance, literature and music
(including rock and world music); a broad range of workshops; a programme of
exhibitions; and community arts projects focusing mainly but not exclusively
on young people and on users of the health and mental health services. The
Centre serves a community where there are issues of rural isolation as well
as pockets of urban deprivation. Youth remains one of the centre¹s key
target groups. They have also been running an arts in health project based
on creative writing in health care settings in the hospital and in the
community.

The Arts Centre is on the brink of a major refurbishment, during which it
will be running its transition programme ŒSalisbury Arts Centre Inside Out¹
using a number of alternative spaces in the community. This will include
developing new strands to its work including digital arts / new media,
through 9-Pin and other projects. The Centre is keen to include a community
engaged element within the 9-Pin project.

As part of its Commission Plan for the capital project, the Arts Centre will
also be seeking to commission an artist to create a piece of a digital
artwork capable of projection from or on to the building, as part of their
re-launch in Spring 2005.

With its proximity to Stonehenge, Salisbury itself is the target area of
many new-agers and there is an interesting relationship between those people
and the residents. A number of music festivals have taken place near there
notably The Big Chill at Larmer Tree Gardens.


9) Platform One, Newport, Isle of Wight
Platform One is a non-profit making organisation specialising in the
development and delivery of arts initiatives and training with an emphasis
on new technology. 

Platform One¹s primary aim is to ensure that increasing numbers of young
people, and the wider community, are provided with the opportunity to be
involved in creative and innovative projects that mix traditional art forms
with cutting edge technology. They have recently moved into newly
refurbished premises with fully equipped Creative ICT Suite based around 12
iMacs. They have good facilities for working with sound and run formal
training initiatives and courses in media and music/music technology.
 
Platform One have strong links with the community including work with young
offenders, The Foyer project ­ housing young people who are at risk,
Carnival Island initiative, drug issues in Ventnor and the formal education
sector. 

They have good links with the community broadcast stations in the area and
have plans to run projects with artists on a rolling basis. They are keen to
develop issue based work through new media and technology with an emphasis
on issues facing young people not just on the Island but further a field.
They have links with Ryde and are interested in exploring the homelessness
problem on the IoW in general, the growing problems with drugs in Ventnor,
and in advocating links with young people and older people in Newport and
the Island in general. In spite of these social issues it should be noted
that more than half of the Isle of Wight is recognised as an Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty, while much of the coastline is designated
Heritage Coast. 


10) Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight.
The Quay Arts Centre is the Isle of Wight¹s leading art gallery and venue
for live arts events. It is situated in a converted 19th Century brewery
warehouse complex located at the head of the River Medina in the centre of
Newport. Facilities at the complex include 3 galleries, a 134 capacity
theatre, a Crafts Council-listed gallery shop, a popular licensed arts café
and numerous workshop spaces and meeting rooms.

Quay is a good vehicle for distributing of work made on the Island and they
have good links with Platform One.

Note: The impressions of the towns and cities are simply observations made
from visits, or information appropriated from websites relating to those
locations. They are merely a taster of the sort of issues and activities
that might be of interest in those places, and not a definitive of the areas
that might be addressed.

Websites

ArtSway, Sway, New Forest
www.artsway.org.uk

Aspex Visual Arts Trust / Gallery, Portsmouth
www.aspex.org.uk

Animation Station, Banbury
www.animationstation.co.uk

Living Archive, Milton Keynes
www.livingarchive.org.uk

Mount Pleasant Media Workshop, Southampton
www.mpmw.co.uk

New Greenham Arts, Greenham Common, Newbury
www.greenham-common-trust.co.uk

Platform One, Newport Isle of Wight
www.platformone.org

Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts, Poole
www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk

Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight
www.quayarts.org

SCAN 
www.scansite.org

Please also note that there are community TV stations on Isle of Wight
(Solent TV), Southampton (Southampton TV) and Portsmouth (Portsmouth TV)



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