Hello ADA-ers --
Great to see things popping up on the list again. I hope 2007 will
bring you all many new (& good!) adventures and interesting
projects... :)... Speaking of which - I am growing my first little
data garden as I type :). Here is the promised follow up to Ian's email.
As a part of the early development of the research centre, we are
working towards developing an online resource/education site which
has a focus on projects that engage with culture, science, technology
and art. The scope is flexible and can widen beyond this, but this is
seen as our base. We are currently looking to prototype a content
model that could be used for early tertiary teaching, as well as be
accessible for a more general online public. The research centre and
partnering institutions would develop the content initially, though
the long term goals would be for this to expand to a wider network.
We currently have working relationships and/or are in discussion with
the Len Lye Foundation, Puke Ariki and the Walker Art Center in the
The key goal is to create contextualised learning materials around
this area of creative practice. Introductions to pioneers will be
followed by contemporary practitioners, where the electronic art
context provides a basis for discussion beyond the realm of art, and
into interdisciplinary discussions. More general contextual topics
will also form a set proportion of the content created. The bi-annual
SCANZ residencies will provide a further base of work and
relationships to draw from.
How this work might most productively intersect with the wider ADA/AF
efforts is not fully clear to us yet and so hence our writing to the
list for thoughts (can be sent on or off-list). We've been talking a
little so far with Jacquie Clarke at the Big Idea and Zoe Drayton of
Audio Foundation as they both have interesting things in the works,
but it would be good to talk with any others with similar interests,
in case of potential for collaboration or at least to avoid
So far we have done the pre-application (Expression of Interest) to
the Digital Strategy Fund for support to build a working prototype.
If accepted to apply to the fund, that application will be due in
April, and if successful, funding would arrive in July and the work
begin in earnest then.
And meanwhile in the background... my first Packet Garden planet
(made from today's activity) worked fine and turned out rather
beautiful -- thanks Julian! :) Installation was straightforward
(installed macpython 2.5). I am on OSX 10.4.8.
All the best,
// Trudy Lane.
I trust summer is treating you all well.
Are there any plans for ADA meets this year? Just asking as I will be in
NZ from during march and was hoping to finally get a chance to be
present at a meeting...if there isnt one planned is there any motivation
for a less formal affair in march?
"Free as in media"
Kia Ora y'all
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> From: "Caroline Beven (Screen)" <screen(a)arts.gla.ac.uk>
> Date: 18 January 2007 3:12:41 AM
> To: screen(a)arts.gla.ac.uk
> Subject: screen conference cfp reminder
> A reminder for those who haven't already sent in their
> proposals ... you have until the end of this month!
> Screen Studies Conference 2007
> organised by Screen journal
> University of Glasgow, Scotland
> 6 - 8 July 2007
> CALL FOR PAPERS
> The 17th international Screen Studies Conference will be programmed
> by Screen editors Jackie Stacey and Sarah Street.
> Please note that proposals may be on any topic in screen studies.
> The focus of the plenaries, however,
> and a key strand within the conference this year, will be
> Queer Screens
> This may be taken to include debates about queering film theory,
> about screening queerness, and the queerness of the screen.
> Proposals for this strand are welcome on
> contemporary and historical work,
> film, video and television,
> independent work and popular representations
> and, in particular, work from non-western contexts
> Please send us your 200-word proposal to arrive no later than 31
> January 2007.
> Joint submissions of up to four speakers forming a panel are also
> Proposals and enquiries should be sent to Caroline Beven by e-mail:
> Please mark subject box 'Conference 2007'
> Notification of acceptance will be sent out around the end of
> February 2007.
> Further details of the 2007 conference programme and a registration
> form will be posted on the Screen website in 2007 as they become
> Details of previous conference programmes and papers (2005 and
> 2006) are also viewable on the site.
> The attached pdf file contains no other information than is in this
> email, but is in handbill/poster form for use on noticeboards etc.
> Caroline Beven
> Gilmorehill Centre
> Glasgow University
> G12 8QQ
> t (0)141 330 5035
> f (0)141 330 3515
> Screen: now available online at
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Dear ADA members,
For those of you who have always been interested in animation (2D and 3D), compositing, motion graphics, scriptwriting, and theory which investigates all these aspects at a high level, I would like to let you know that there is a new graduate course in Auckland which allows you to immerse yourself in these areas over a year, and emerge with a short animation of film festival standard.
We kicked off the Graduate Diploma in Digital Animation at Unitec last year, with a class of ten students, many of whom had never animated before. We cover claymation, direct-on-film techniques, cut-out animation, as well as the more technical whizz-bang stuff like Maya, After Effects, and Shake. We teach writing and editing, and link students with composers and musicians to create original soundtracks.
The students in 2006 have made films that will be an excellent contribution to the NZ animation scene * the films are creative, profound, and delightfully demented. And there isn*t a robot or cyberchick amongst them.
The class is taught by myself and a colleague who worked for six years at Weta, with workshops from people in the industry. I have a Post Grad Diploma from Sheridan College in Canada, worked on motion graphics in Toronto, and have also contributed essays on animation to academic journals, such as a recent essay on Len Lye.
We*re taking ten students in 2007, and still have a couple of places left. If you have any questions, or would like to join the class in mid-February 2007, please contact Miriam Harris on 815 4321 x.7143, or email me at:
for the last few months i've been working on a little commissioned piece
called Packet Garden.
here's a bit about it:
Packet Garden captures information about how you use the internet
and uses this stored information to grow a private world you can later explore.
To do this, Packet Garden takes note of all the servers you visit, their
geographical location and the kinds of data you access.
Uploads make hills and downloads valleys, their location determined by numbers
taken from the internet address itself. The size of each hill or valley is based on
how much data is sent or received. Plants are also grown for each protocol detected
by the software; if you visit a website, an 'HTTP plant' is grown.
If you share some files via eMule, a 'Peer to Peer plant' is grown, and so on.
None of this information is made public or shared in any way, instead it's used to
grow a private landscape, a kind of 'walk-in graph' uniquely shaped by the way
you use the internet. With each day of network activity a new world can be generated,
each of which are stored as tiny files for you to browse, compare and visit as
time goes by. You can think of packet gardens as pages from a network diary.
Packet Garden is an artwork commissioned by Arnolfini. It is developed using open
source software components and can be freely downloaded.
i'm currently in a BETA testing stage before the project goes live on February 1.
if anyone on the list is up for a little beta testing (instructions provided)
i'm very keen to hear from you. i have packages for Linux and Windows.
thanks to <http://marmoute.free.fr> i also have a package for OS X 'Tiger'.
you can get going straight away by visiting the project site and reading the page
in the extreme likelihood you hit a bug, don't hesitate to get in touch!
for those of you less game, i'll let you know when the stable version is released.
oh, and a belated happy new year to you all from an unnervingly mild German winter ;)
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I'm working on an immersive light/sound installation project for Fringe
2007 called Sounds Like Light, Lights Like Sound
(http://www.frey.co.nz/categories/art/soundslikelight/), and I need some
suggestions for good noises to record for it. I'm most interested in the
sounds of machines and of liquids, but I'd also like to build up a sample
bank of interesting aural environments (for example the train station,
tunnels, forests, Kent Terrace on boy racer nights, etc).
If anyone has any suggestions for locations, could they post them here or
Also, if anyone is interested in working with me on narratives built from
sound and *simple* digital light control (no projectors), using copious
quantities of darkness and a sufficiently loud sound system to scare and/or
confuse people, do let me know.
I've added the press release below...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Damian Stewart, 027 305 4107, damian(a)frey.co.nz
9th January 2006
SOUNDS LIKE LIGHT, LIGHTS LIKE SOUND
TRANSDIMENSIONAL TRAVEL THROUGH GLIMMER AND RUSTLE
This Fringe, Damian Frey invites you to come to Happy’s back room, enter a
breathing, living electronic space made of light and sound, and be taken
Sounds Like Light, Lights Like Sound is a reactive installation built from
sound and light, designed as a playable world-creating light and sound
instrument with a mind of its own.
“I’m inspired by the feel of computer games like Half-Life, System Shock
2, and Doom,” said Frey. “These games create awesome emotional effect,
using sound and light to build an intense atmosphere.”
Sounds Like Light, Lights Like Sound draws on this power of raw sound,
light, and darkness to create emotion, transporting visitors to
What makes it different from other installations is that it is reactive.
Without the input of the visitor, it’s just a room, static and unchanging.
But step into it and it comes to life.
“People will enter this space and they will feel like they’re taking
themselves somewhere else,” said Frey. “You are in control – most of the
time – but just where you end up will never be entirely certain. Imagine
moving through a darkened labyrinth with walls that keep on shifting,
inhabited by ghosts, phantoms, and portals to other places – that’s what
Sounds Like Light, Lights Like Sound
Happy’s back room
Underground, corner Tory and Vivian St
Open daily except Mondays, 11am-7pm, Feb 16-March 3
Entry by koha/donation
Damian Frey - Biography
Frey has a website at http://www.frey.co.nz where anyone interested can
observe the progress and construction of Sounds Like Light, Lights Like
Sound. He also has a myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/freyed .
Frey has recently completed his final year studying Sonic Arts at the
Lilburn Electroacoustic Studios in the New Zealand School of Music,
directed by renowned composer Lissa Meridan. He has worked as a computer
game programmer and a designer of interactive display systems for museum
gallery installations. He is also a performing musician, playing laptop as
a live performance instrument both solo and in groups.
Selected appeances from recent years include: performing as part of the
Fringe 2005 Best Music award-winning Ascension Band; performing alongside
Norwegian sound artist Biosphere at the Catchpool Found Sound Project
(2005) and Canadian techno star Deadbeat (2006), performing with video
artist Emil McAvoy at Interdigitate 06 (Auckland, 2006), Soundtracks 7
(Wellington, 2006), Indeterminacy and Interface (Wellington, 2005) and
Intimacy and In.yer.face (Wellington, 2006); and composing soundtracks for
two short films by Wellington filmmaker Alouis Woodhouse and the feature
documentary Father of the House by Simon Burgin and Xavier Forde (2005).
Frey is also a founding member of the While You Were Sleeping audiovisual
Damian Stewart, 027 305 4107, damian(a)frey.co.nz
+64 27 305 4107
f r e y
live music with machines
Happy New Year ADA listees,
I was just wanting to write in to let everyone know that one of the outcomes of SCANZ is the establishment of a research centre - the research centre for interdisciplinary creativity. The research centre will take over the organisation of SCANZ, is involved in education and publishing projects, and other projects on a project by project basis. The next SCANZ will be January 2009.
It is still early days, and we will be establishing ourselves as a legal entity in the coming year. In the meantime we have some projects on the boil, and Trudy Lane will shortly be writing to the list about one of our education projects.
The website for the centre is not yet established, and is due to go live in March. In regard to the website, we are very keen to build a resource of papers and the like that people write for conferences etc, or indeed will consider any material related to the theme of interdisciplinary creativity. As well as interdisciplinary, we are very interested in intercultural. We would like to build a resource around these themes. The resource will be available to all. Get in touch if you have any queries about this.
The main publishing project currently is the SCANZ publication. This is due to be printed in February.
Our intention is that what we are doing will chime in nicely with the activities of ADA and the ADA list. We hope that is so.
If there are any queries, please contact us, off list unless it's a discussion topic.
Ian M Clothier
Research Centre for Interdisciplinary Creativity
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as r4wb1t5 micro.fest 2007.01.05 and folksonema feed back into their
pasts+presents+futures in infinite regress.
4. The tag for the next folksonema screening is:
on friday the 5th of january two-thousand and seven, we’ll watch all
media tagged theInternetIsASeriesOfWormholes at the Pilot Light and
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