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Vivid moves

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Website: www.vivid.org.uk
Location: england

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Vivid has moved

In June 2005, Vivid launches a new space to accommodate the production and exhibition of media arts, bringing together technical resources, support services and presentation facilities in a unique environment.

Dedicated to the development of contemporary media art and interdisciplinary practice, Vivid supports and commissions research, new works, artists’ residencies, events and publications.

To join our mailing lists please send your full contact details to info@vivid.org.uk

140 Heath Mill Lane

Birmingham

B9 4AR

44 (0) 121 766 7876

info@vivid.org.uk

www.vivid.org.uk

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9PIN

12:00 am in Exhibition by bloc

Website: www.scansite.org
Location: online

Outline:

Visitors to the 9PIN exhibition at www.scansite.org can access details of a database of unusual ambient sounds and the beginnings of an intelligent system that mirrors and responds to behaviour in the SCAN network.

9PIN is the combined works of four artists – James Coupe, Armin Medosch, Hywel Davies and Ivan Pope. They were commissioned by SCAN to produce process and research-based work over a period of 18 months to map the locations of the SCAN network. The artists were selected from around 70 proposals because of their range of inventive and investigative approaches to mapping the diverse organisations and geographical locations of the SCAN membership.

SCAN is the innovative new media arts agency in the south of England. As a network of organisations, SCAN is committed to the delivery and facilitation of collaborative works.

‘SCAN presents a unique model of networking across a number of diverse arts organisations in the south of England. We commissioned the 9PIN project to explore the network and build a model for SCAN as a whole. We invited artists with an interest in data analysis and mapping to produce a body of high quality work. They have come up with some extremely creative interpretations of the commonalities and differences across the organisations in the network’

Helen Sloan, Director of SCAN

The four 9PIN projects are (for detailed descriptions, see Editor’s Notes):

ú 9PIN – sensors and an intelligent system, installed at the SCAN locations to measure, record and respond to environmental conditions

ú Ports ´ a comparison of maritime and virtual ports through data visualisation

ú Home ´ a database of sound for artists and a series of installations

ú GPS for artists ´ an interrogation of the landscape by artists with Global Positioning Systems software

The aim of 9PIN was that each artist should make a significant contribution to their own area of practice, whilst helping SCAN to make connections between the disparate group of organisations that constitute the SCAN network. 9PIN is a flagship project for SCAN and sets a precedent for the organisation’s aspiration to facilitate an environment for practitioners to develop their process outside of other areas of institutional research whilst providing high quality outputs for the SCAN network.

Details of 9PIN can be viewed online at www.scansite.org

Area: not in wales

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Intellectual Property and the Creative Technology Sector, Blaenau Gwent

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2005
Time: 5pm to 7.45pm
Venue:VITCC (Valleys Information Technology and Communication Centre)
Partner: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council | http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
Partner: Welsh Development Agency | http://www.wda.co.uk

This seminar will examine the ways in which IP (Intellectual Property) impacts on the creative technology sector. The seminar will address the commercial implications and opportunities for the exploitation of IP, along with other approaches including open source and ‘copyleft’.

Outline:

Computer technology has altered the processes by which creative practitioners make work, even if the final work itself does not involve technology. With the climate of growth of entrepreneurship in the creative industries in Wales there is great emphasis on the commercialisation of ideas. Micro businesses and SMEs are harnessing the competitive benefits of using new media and, consequently, issues surrounding intellectual property are becoming more important. Further, with the growing potential of computer technology comes the ease and means with which information can be pirated. For creative practitioners, this can work both ways. Some creative practitioners have had their ideas ‘borrowed’ by, for example, advertising agencies whilst other practitioners have borrowed their ideas from established film-makers or illustrators.

Government agencies in Wales are providing conditions for the creative technology sector to flourish by working providing funds for the commercial exploitation of ideas. This input is driven by the idea that wealth from the creative industry sector will come from intellectual property rights (IPR). Yet, in order to raise the potential for future funds practitioners often need to know how to recognise a good idea, protect the idea and then how to sell the good idea.

Contrary to a commercial approach are ways of thinking outside of the legal regime of IPR. Movements have developed which borrow from open source principles such as Creative Commons (creativecommons.org), a service which offers licensed content available to anyone for copying or creative re-use. Known as copyleft – as opposed to copyright – such services also use copyright law but with the difference that the law protects freedom of use. Inverting the equation ‘protection = profit’, many companies save costs by developing open source software rather than providing software with more restrictive licenses.

This event brings together professionals from business support in Wales, legal advisors for the creative industries and experts in information politics and practitioners who will discuss ways in which IP impacts on the creative technology sector.

The seminar event aims to provide a forum for the cross discipline exchange of ideas between creative practitioners, technology developers and support agencies with the aim of advancing understanding, collaboration and partnership and knowledge economy across the creative technology sector in Wales. The event will be of relevance to people working in the arts, design, business support, education, networking, technology, science, research, and engineering.

Contributors:

Richard Turner | Wales Development Manager, NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts)
http://www.nesta.org.uk
Lubna Azhar | Legal and business consultant and artist
www.artquest.org.uk/q&a/
Dr Jamie King | Lecturer in New Media and ex-editor of MUTE
http://www.jamie.com
Fiddian Warman and Jonathon Jones Morris | Managing Director, SODA and Director of Welsh Office, SODA, Port Maddoc
http://www.soda.co.uk

Sponsors:

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

The Southern Bloc seminar programme is supported by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

Area: southern bloc

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Lovebytes Festival

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Date: 14-16 April 2005
Website: www.lovebytes.org.uk
Location: england

Outline:

LOVEBYTES annual festival of digital art returns to a variety of venues in Sheffield this April. Live performances, film screenings, talks and evening events happen in and around the Showroom Cinema over three days, with exhibitions, art installations and workshops running for longer periods at the Site Gallery and the Millennium Galleries.

This year`s programme presents a number of strands, individually curated by artists, musicians and designers who are active in digital art and media. The strands include feature film, short film, live music and installation art. During the festival the strands are interwoven to form a broad picture of contemporary digital creativity and innovation, revealing common themes and similar evolutionary processes at work. Many of the artists will be present at the festival, some will be presenting and talking about their work.

Full details of artists and events can be found at the website:

http://www.lovebytes.org.uk

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2nd Ohne Kohle (No Budget) VideoFilmfestival Vienna/Mainz

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Date: 13.-17. July (Vienna) 27.-29. July (Mainz)
Website: www.ohnekohle.net
Location: international

Outline:

2nd International Independent Video/Filmfestival „Ohne Kohle´, Vienna/Austria

July 2005

www.ohnekohle.net

With the theme `NO BUDGET` a variety of the starving Video/Filmscene shall be presented. `NO BUDGET` is present in all patterns of cultural activities. The theme also includes the offensive struggle to be creative, without waiting for no longer-working structures of film-subsidiaries. The medium video shall be understood not only as an alternative to the long tradition of celluoid, but also in itïs unique aesthetics. „Film- and Videolook´ will be concerned in the programming. The festival ist supposed to offer a stage for all productions and producers who are unable to find broad resonance due to the economic situation of the cultural landscape. It aims at highlighting innovative ways and means that enable producers to nonetheless create amazing works. It intends to stimulate the exchange of these innovative solutions before, during and after the festival. What is more, it ought not to be a festival where only a few works are exhibited and admired, but future works be propelled and prepared. Besides the regular festival schedule there will ample opportunity to discuss future projects with colleagues and experts and to gather information and advice. www.ohnekohle.net for entry forms and regulations Regulations for participation: 1 open short film competition (all genres) short movies up to 15 minutes are preferred! Commercial productions, commissioned works and productions on contractual order are excluded. The displayed works must not have received substantial public subsidies. (Lend of equipment and compensation for material costs are not considered as subsidies – salaries for technicians and writers, however, are.) Main criterium in the evaluation of the film is not mainly the film as such, but rather the relation between the circumstances of production and the final result, i.e. the innovation and creatvity of the producers enabling them to make a film with ´No Budget”. 2 Documentary Movies ´No Budget” (no restrictions in length) Commercial productions, commisioned works and productions on contractual order are excluded. The displayed works must not have received substantial public subsidies. (Lend of equipment and compensation for material costs are not considered as subsidies – salaries for technicians and writers, however, are.) Main criterium in the evaluation of the film is not mainly the film as such, but rather the relation between the circumstances of production and the final result, i.e. the innovation and creatvity of the producers enabling them to make a film with ´No Budget”. Additionaly, choice of subject and and quality of investigation are also criteria of evaluation. 3 Special Theme ´POVETRY”: all genres, documentaries preferred This is a special category for works dealing with the subject of poverty und its effects on society open also to commercial and subsidised movies. Main criterium for evaluation is the the handling of and reflexion on the subject. Like categories 1 and 2: Commercial productions, commisioned works and productions on contractual order are excluded. The displayed works must not have received substantial public subsidies. (Lend of equipment and compensation for material costs are not considered as subsidies – salaries for technicians and writers, however, are.) There will be free workshops and lectures from professionals, who will focus on `no budget` alternatives. Please download the entry form from: www.ohnekohle.net We feel deeply honored, if you send us your film(s). specific questions: agbeckmann at web.de

deadline: scheduled for April 15th 2005

http://www.ohnekohle.net