What's happening in UpStage at the moment:
*UpStage for Educators: Friday 27 February*
UpStage cyberformer vicki smith will be running a walkthru session this
Friday at the UnConference, part of the Learning@School conference in
Rotorua, NZ. L@S is the annual Information and Communication
Technologies Professional Development event for educators, managers,
providers and facilitators involved in the compulsory education sector
Join in the fun on the Tutorial Stage
<http://upstage.org.nz:8084/stages/Tutorial> at 0930 NZ time [find your
local time at http://tinyurl.com/bzabbv]
*Next open session: Wednesday 4 March, 8pm NZ time*
The next open session in UpStage will take place from 8-9pm NZ time on
Wednesday 4 March; find your local time here: http://tinyurl.com/bxk5ea
This session will be primarily to announce the call for performances for
the 090909 UpStage Festival, taking place on 9 September this year. If
you are interested in submitting a proposal, please try to come along to
this session. It will be an opportunity to learn about 090909 and the
call for proposals, and perhaps to meet potential collaborators. If you
can't make the session, the call will be emailed out, there will be
information on the web site, and there will be more open sessions.
If you are a newbie and want to learn the basics of UpStage, you are
welcome to come along to this session but be aware that the focus will
be on 090909 rather than teaching you the ropes. You will still be able
to get a good idea of what UpStage is and how it works. You can also
come along to the walk-thru Vicki is running on Friday 27th (see above).
Please reply to this email to request a guest log-in for the open
session, which will be held at http://upstage.org.nz:8084/stages/swaray
(you can click on this link to enter the stage as audience, without
*Pilot Installation Project*
UpStage is a server-side applcation - you don't install it onto your own
computer, but access it via a web browser; the application sits on a
central web server. If you want your own UpStage, which you can
customise and control who has access to, then you need to install it
onto a web server. At the moment, this is possible - but quite
difficult. So the focus of our work on UpStage this year is to improve
the installer package and documentation for doing this, and develop
processes for supported installation.
We are applying for funding in New Zealand to do this, and looking for
organisations who may be interested in being part of an installation
pilot. If your organisation is based in NZ and wants its own UpStage
installation, please email helen(a)upstage.org.nz
helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst
Writing Intersections | Art.Media.Design
Swinburne University of Technology,November 18-19, 2009
The fields of Art, Media and Design engage in the creative production of
digital and material artefacts that reproduce and resist existing
discourses. The text genres that accompany this artefactual creativity also
enter into reproductive and contrasting relations with project work.
Art.Media.Design | Writing Intersections offers a two day conference space
to explore and theorize the theoretical and applied consequences of this
text|artefact intersection. We invite faculty, practitioners and students to
join us in Melbourne (Australia) to explore these issues. Writing
Intersections follows immediately after the Cumulus09 Melbourne
(RMIT/Swinburne) Conference and we encourage you to attend both events.
Call for Papers (CfP)
We invite papers in two broad areas: pedagogy and theory. In the pedagogy
stream you will address the practical challenges of writing Art, Media and
Design in/for/about Further and Higher Education. In the theoretical stream
we invite papers addressing substantive issues for the three fields
regarding intersections between writing practices and these fields. All
abstracts and papers will be peer reviewed and notification of acceptance,
modification and rejection provided to meet DEST requirements. Abstract
submissions may be sent to krobertson(a)swin.edu.au or gmelles(a)swin.edu.au.
Prof Sean Cubitt
Director, Media and Communications Program
Faculty of Arts
Room 127 John Medley East
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010
Tel: + 61 3 8344 3667
Fax:+ 61 3 8344 5494
M: 0448 304 004
Editor-in-Chief Leonardo Book Series
Matthew Middleton, Dunedin based recording and performance artist, has released 2 'albums' of digital-audio work online for 2009. One is an Asia-Pacific collaboration utilizing digitaly captured spoken word recordings and electro-acoustic sounds, the other is a suite of ultra-new sound experiments using freely available open-source software packages.
As a bonus, Middletons first video work, a single-shot dadaist piece contrasting computer-read word-play and catatonic posing , filmed by Pete Gorman, is laid bare here:
Release One - Kenji Siratori and Crude - 'Alien Extermination'
'Alien Extermination’ is an international collaboration by two true
underground artists - Matt Middleton, from dunedin, New Zealand and
Kenji Siratori from Japan. Kenji Siratori is an insanely prolific
novelist of the cyber-punk tradition, his work severely deconstructed
and laden with terrifying dystopian futuristic imagery. Siratori uses
the internet to recruit sound-artists to record material suitable for
his vision His contribtion to this album is a selection of spoken word
out-takes, which Middleton manipulates at will. This album is soaked
in synthesiser, highly treated and at times quite savage. enjoy!
Release Two - Crude - 'Faux'
1. Beat Tactique (8:26)
2. Video Video Video (9:48)
3. The Nines (5:17)
4. Opiophobicon (9:46)
5. Decade (23:25)
6. yr the blaster (you got rights) (2:26)
7. posit (4:51)
`Faux' is the official FREE RELEASE by experimental electronic artist
Matt Middleton/Crude for 2009. Based in Dunedin, New Zealand , Middleton
has amassed an impressive back-catalogue of works, and every so often a
title is released for free via the net. As with the free release from
2008, `syringe/insekt', the album is the first selection of works for
the year and will be included in the official Crude release, a data dvdr
featuring all videos, blogging, and music recorded by Matt Middleton for
2009, released late December 2009.
The style of this album is classic Crude - electro -acoustic works
using saxophone, gritty ambient works, bombastic and surreal synth
excursions and loose attempts at techno…
stream and download:
2009 dvd page:
crude audio suite 2009:
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The 5th edition of Pocket Films Festival : call for entries
A camera in the pocket
It?s been 5 years that cell phones in France have been equipped with a
camera and a screen. In 2005 The Forum des images created the Pocket
Films Festival, in partnership with SFR, to explore the potential of
this new communications tool as an innovative means of artistic
expression now available to the general public.
The 5th edition of the Pocket Films Festival is organised by the Forum
des images on June 12, 13, 14, 2009, in collaboration with SFR it?s
Recognized today throughout the world for it?s pioneering effort and
expertise in the exploration of audiovisual creation with mobile
technologies, the Forum des images opens its call for entries to all
creators for the 5th edition of the Pocket Films Festival. Film
directors, photographers, artistes, performers and amateurs of new
technologies are invited to send their films, made with a video cell
phone. The deadline for all entries is March 2nd 2009.
Short or feature films, all types are accepted : fiction, documentary,
experimental, clips, portraits...
Fill out and sign the entry form as well as the rules of the Festival
below and send them with your film before March 2, 2009 at : Forum des
images Pocket Films Festival 2 rue du Cin?ma 75045 Paris Cedex 01 France
Please visit :
to download the documents.
Films submitted to the selection committee must be made with a pocket
camera (video cell phone, digital camera...). The selected films may be
shown either on a movie-theater size or pocket-sized screen during the
festival. The selection committee is solely responsible for the choice
of the screen size for each of the films chosen to participate in the
The 5th edition of the Pocket Films Festival is organised by the Forum
des images on June 12, 13, 14, 2009, in collaboration with SFR it?s
Sonja van KerkhoffART: www.sonjavank.comBLOG: sonjavank.blogspot.comDESIGN: www.sonjavank.com/designVIDEOS: www.youtube.com/sonjavank
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From: Simon Penny <penny(a)UCI.EDU>
Reply-To: Simon Penny <penny(a)UCI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 22:20:46 -0800
Subject: DAC09 - please forward
the DAC09 (Digital Arts and Culture) Conference
2009 will occur on the campus of University of
California Irvine in mid December, 2009.
The website is now up, at: http://dac09.uci.edu
Call for abstracts is open until May1.
Abstracts should be submitted according to conference themes:
- Embodiment and performativity
- Mobile/locative/situated/wearable practices
- Software/ platform studies
- Environment/ sustainability/ climate change
- Interdisciplinary pedagogy
- Cognition and creativity
- Sex and sexuality
please spread the word.
apologies for cross posting,
Simon Penny, Professor of Arts and Engineering -
University of California, Irvine.
Director, DAC09 (Digital Arts and Culture
Conference, December, 2009) http://dac09.uci.edu
University of California Council on Research 'Humanist at Large'
Founding Director - Arts Computation Engineering
(ACE) interdisciplinary graduate program.
Director -ACTION lab for robotics and embodied interaction
Professor - Studio Art, Claire Trevor School of the Arts.
Professor - Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science, Henry Samueli School of Engineering.
Professor - Informatics, Bren School of Information and Computer Science.
Office/Post: Building 522 Room 3000, UCI Irvine, CA 92697-2790
In order to do interdisciplinary work, it is not
enough to take a 'subject' (a theme) and to
arrange two or three sciences around it.
Interdisciplinary study consists of creating a
new object, which belongs to no one. Roland
The main point to realise is that all knowledge
presents itself within a conceptual framework
adapted to account for previous experience and
that any such frame may prove too narrow to
comprehend new experiences. Neils Bohr.
An occasional abject failure, bracing like a cold
bath, is a therapeutic chastening for the soul
and an excellent antidote to hubris. People,
institutions and nations should all have them on
a regular basis. Anatol Deuremise, trans A Hardy.
Back by popular demand - a condensed version of
wit and wisdom from previous sig files - enjoy,
or ignore :
The difference between theory and practice is
greater in practice than in theory - anon.
Plans are useless, planning is indispensable. Dwight Eisenhower.
Objectivity is a subject's delusion that
observing can be done without him. Heinz von
Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on
forever in a finite world is either a madman or
an economist. Kenneth Boulding (ca. 1980)
If we can't be free, at least we can be cheap. Frank Zappa
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would
not be called research, would it? Albert Einstein
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein
Why are atoms so small? Irwin Schrödinger
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing. (attributed to
Never believe anything until it's officially denied. Claud Cockburn
Education is not the filling of a pail, it is
the lighting of a fire. W B Yeats
Life is like a sewer, what you get out of it
depends on what you put into it. Tom Lehrer.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed. Dwight D.
Time comes when silence is betrayal. Martin Luther King
Those who can not learn from history are
condemned to repeat it. Giorgio de Santillana
Fools rush in, but he who hesitates is lost. Simon Penny
There is a time to laugh, and a time not to
laugh, and this is not one of them. (the
original) Inspector Clouseau.
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Please circulate this notice far and wide.
*Open Video Conference: call for proposals*
*** Submission deadline: March 19 ***
We are now accepting proposals for panels, workshop sessions, demo sessions,
and other programming for the inaugural Open Video Conference in New York.
Join us and over 400 participants during our groundbreaking two-day
conference and make your imprint on the online video space.
Visit http://openvideoalliance.org/proposals/ to make a submission.
Open Video Conference
June 19-20, 2009
New York City
40 Washington Square South (NYU Law School)
*The Open Video Conference*
The conference is a co-production of the Yale Law School Information Society
Project, the Participatory Culture Foundation, Kaltura, and iCommons. The
conference will feature talks from internet luminaries, panels and
discussions, screenings of video art, and demonstrations of the newest
internet video technology. We expect more than 400 participants. Here are
some goals for the gathering:
*1.* Bring together stakeholders in the online video space (video makers,
coders, lawyers, academics, entrepreneurs, etc.) for cross-pollination and
development of the Open Video movement.
*2.* Raise public interest and awareness around the Principles for an Open
Video Ecosystem, a community effort to define best practices in online
*3.* Raise the public profile of video creators and artists working in the
*What Types of Proposals are You Seeking?*
We are requesting proposals and ideas for panels, presentations, workshops,
and other sessions that will address how we can shape online video and the
public debates around the medium. Proposals may be intended for the main
conference track, or for more focused unconference-style sessions. Proposal
topics may be legal, technical, or cultural in focus, though we encourage
proposals in all relevant areas. The more complete and fleshed out a
proposal, the more likely it will be accepted?but we welcome the submission
of all good ideas.
We are also seeking submissions of video art to showcase the creative
potential of artists in the open video space.
To submit a proposal or idea for Open Video, please visit
http://openvideoalliance.org/proposals/. The deadline for submissions is
March 19, 2009. If you have any questions about the Alliance, the
conference, or the submission process, please contact Ben Moskowitz at
*Why is Open Video Important?*
YouTube and other online video applications are rightly celebrated for
empowering end-users; however, online video lacks some of the essential
qualities that make text and images on the web such powerful tools for free
speech and technical innovation. Email, blogs, and other staples of the open
web rely on ubiquitous and interoperable technologies that have low barriers
to entry; they are massively decentralized and resistant to censorship or
regulation. Video, meanwhile, relies on centralized distribution and
proprietary technologies which can threaten cultural discourse and
Open Video is the growing movement for transparency, interoperability, and
participation in online video. These qualities provide more fertile ground
for bottom-up innovation and greater protection for free speech online. Many
organizations are already taking steps to change the nature of video on the
web: Mozilla is moving to support open video formats in Firefox, the
Participatory Culture Foundation promotes open source and standards in video
publishing and distribution, and Wikipedia has increased its focus on the
open Theora codec.
*About the Open Video Alliance*
The Open Video Alliance is a coalition of leading organizations dedicated to
fostering the growth of open infrastructure, tools, and standards for the
online video medium. Yale Law School's Information Society Project hosted a
stakeholder meeting on October 31st, 2008; representatives from nearly 30
organizations convened to discuss common goals for technologists, maker
communities, and legal experts.
For more information, see http://openvideoalliance.org.
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For the 23rd time, Prix Ars Electronica, the foremost international
prize for computer-based art, calls for entries.
Online Submission Deadline: March 6, 2009
(Please note a special Submission Deadline for the Media.Art.Research
Award: February 20, 2009)
Categories: Computer Animation / Film / VFX, Digital Musics,
Interactive Art, Hybrid Art,
Digital Communities, [the next idea] Grant, Media.Art.Research Award,
u19 - freestyle computing (Austrian only)
Total prize money: 122.500 Euro
All details about the categories and the online submission are
available online at: http://prixars.aec.at
We would like to ask you to help us 'spread the word' in your
community by circulating the information as widely as possible. We
also would be very glad if you could help us identify some projects,
which in your opinion should participate in the competition. Please
nominate such project for the competition via our website: http://www.aec.at/prix_nominate_en.php
Please feel free to forward this to all interesting/ed parties.
If you need any further information or support, please do not hesitate
to contact us: info(a)prixars.aec.at
With best regards,
The Prix Ars Electroncia Team 2009
Ars Electronica Linz GmbH
4040 Linz, Austria
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In two weeks, on Friday 27th Feb at 6.30pm, the exhibition 'Taranaki
Culture: fresh out of the box' opens at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth, Aotearoa
New Zealand. There is a formal blessing ceremony at 6am that morning.
The show includes the work 'Haiku robots' which was developed at the Western
Institute of Technology at Taranaki with the support of a research grant,
and collaborators Andrew Hornblow and Julian Priest. Murali Bhaskar, Mike
Fenton, Robin Petterd, Shane Gibbons of Sign Design and Biggie Smith of
Sirocco all contributed.
Please accept this message as an invitation to attend the opening. The
museum needs to know numbers for catering so if you are intending to come
please let me know.
During workshops and at Puke Ariki, the robots have generated:
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good work scanz :)))) looks like it was another successful event
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