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Marieke Istha on Thu, 19 Sep 2002 17:29:02 +0200 (CEST)


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Playing Field

Playing Field is an international co-production of the Netherlands Media Art
Institute (NIM) in Amsterdam, IMG in Mainz and Mecad in Barcelona, aimed at
the creation of streaming media art specially for Internet.

Internet and advanced technologies used on the internet were originally
developed to cope with huge technological challenges in science.
Co-operating groups in different countries needed a fast communication
system in order to work on the same experiment in different locations.
Satellites collecting amounts of data needed a way to send information to
ground stations in real-time, the first examples of data streaming. Today
the data networks are expanding. Advanced technologies are becoming
available for other purposes. It is time for artists to explore the
possibilities of new technologies. Looking for new ways of expression that
were not possible without new technology rather than reformatting existing
art. Also time has come to reflect on the meaning of streaming technology
for our lives and culture in this modern world.

New technologies can also put restrictions on existing ways of expression.
The quality of video streamed on the internet is poor, due to the speed of
the average Internet connection. Knowing the restrictions we have to look
for new ways of expression that take advantage of the specific qualities of
streaming, creating art that could never exist without streaming technology.
One of the challenges is to create streaming media art that establishes its
own position in the context of existing video art.

Playing Field aims at the creation of streaming art specially for internet,
exploring the added value of internet technology. Specific features of
streaming media are for example: live broadcast, interactivity,
time-dependent behaviour, 24 hour availability for a worldwide public,
multi-user communication, using several video, audio and interactivity
channels at the same time. Also the restrictions of internet and streaming
media will be explored and exploited: small bandwith, small video image
size, slow connections, waiting time caused by signal buffering.
The way the work is displayed on the screen has to be taken into account and
can be designed, the situation and the context in which the work is shown is
important and can be used in the concept.

Call for proposals

Media artists can submit a project proposal for streaming media content for
the Internet. Three artists will be selected by each of the three
participating organisations for a working period of two months.

Main research fields:
1.	Work specially made for low quality display
2.	Non-linear work
3.	Interactive work
4.	Multi-user work
5.	Pseudo-live streams created from existing content on the Internet

We ask:
Computer knowledge; basic knowledge of digital video processing; experience
with computer art/ internet art; strong artistic quality; interested in new
media; interested in international co-operation; available during working
period (see below); willing to work with art students; based in The
Netherlands.

We offer:
Computer and desk facilities, technical and organisational assistance,
presentation budget, international dissemination of the work via the
Internet and on DVD, participation in closing seminar 29-30 May 2002 at the
NIM (Amsterdam). Artist fee: 3000 euro.

Periods:
Period 1: 14 October - 12 December 2002
Deadline proposals 1:  1 Oktober 2002
Period 2: 6 Januari - 27 February 2003
Deadline proposals 2: 15 November 2002
Period 3: 3 March -24 April 2003
Deadline proposals 3: 31 January 2003

Send proposals before the deadline to:
Mrs. Claud Biemans, project manager Playing Field
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam

For more information please contact:
claud {AT} montevideo.nl <mailto:claud {AT} montevideo.nl>
T +31 20 623 7101 / +31 6 44566395
F +31 20 624 4423

Background information:
<http://www.playingfield.net>
(on-line end of September)

Playing Field is sponsored by:	XS4ALL, Thuiskopiefonds, European Commission







Marieke Istha
Communicatie

Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst
Montevideo/Time Based Arts
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
T 020 6237101
F 020 6244423
istha {AT} montevideo.nl
www.montevideo.nl


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