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Date: 30 June – 3 July 2005
Location: england


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live art festival

Thursday 30 June ´ Sunday 3 July 2005

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

motorschiff Stubnitz (moored Newcastle Quayside)

specially commissioned audio coach tours

featured artists


navigate is a four-day festival of live art taking place on Newcastle and Gateshead Quays this summer, from Thursday 30 June until Sunday 3 July. Featuring world premieres of several specially commissioned works navigate comprises an international line-up of artists whose diverse practices address navigation as the core theme ´ from the examination of the body as a site, to the mapping of real and virtual geographies, to the navigation of data in digital media and the navigation of time across physical and emotional space.

The festival takes place across three different venues: BALTIC, ms Stubnitz and on specially organised coach trips. Stubnitz, a German ship converted into a floating venue, will be sailing to the north east of England to play a unique role in the festival. During the ship’s voyage artists Lone Twin, Sneha Solanki and Duncan Speakman will create new works influenced by the journey to form part of the festival. Ground-breaking small audience, durational and auditorium performances will take place each day in BALTIC and on board Stubnitz and every evening there will be an opportunity to embark on a specially commissioned audio coach tour around Tyneside, by international artists’ group e-Xplo. Alongside the performance programme will be a series of talks by invited keynote speakers.

Full programme details, schedule and booking information will be available shortly on or phone BALTIC on 44 (0)191 478 1810 to request a printed festival guide.

navigate is produced by amino, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art , forma and independent curator Michelle Hirschhorn.

Part of the 2005 International Festival of Rivers and the Sea, funded by Arts Council England, Newcastle City Council, Northern Rock Foundation and the Millennium Commission Urban Cultural Programme.

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NetBehaviour is back online!

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After the recent enforced break (due to trubble at the Furtherfield server (now fixed)) we have moved over to Mailman.

This means that we now have:

- an automatic subscribe and unsubscribe function

- the option to receive mails in a digest format

- a subject header to allow us to filter our list mails

- an automatic online archive of all mails –

We hope that this new, more robust software will make it easier for us all to collaborate in creating NetBehaviour.

One of the NetBehaviour elements most missed by the Furtherfield team has been the List Residencies. We`d like to kick these off again as soon as possible, so volunteer yourself or another likely candidate. Lewis Lacook and Jason Nelson have already been voted for, so if either of you would like to kick off, don`t hold back :-)


About NetBehaviour List Residencies

An in-house, networked artist/curator/writer residency built by users of the NetBehaviour list lasting for 2 weeks where a practicioner`s work is seen, as part of the list experience, adding a different kind of authentic `stuff` to the list- exploring more than debate alone, through behaviour.

Brief info about Residencies: -

- Residencies last for 2 weeks

- Maximum size of image per post- 35k

- Maximum number of posts – every six hours

- Minimum nuber of posts – one a day

Any member on the list can suggest a potential resident artist.

The list members vote for a resident – it only takes 7 yes votes… but if there are 8 votes against, the residency does not happen for that individual/group.

Rules change and adapt according to suggestions by NetBehaviourists – active list members:-)

Documentation of the first residency can be viewed on the Netbehaviour website There is still some work to be done documenting Mez and Ivan Pope`s residencies but from now on we have a better process for doing this.


So don`t forget to subscribe or resubscribe.

Here is where you do it

Hope to see you there soon

the Furtherfield Crew


NetBehaviour is an open email list community for sharing ideas, posting events & opportunities in the area of networked distributed creativity. Also facilitating collaborations between artists, academics, soft groups, writers, code geeks, curators, independent thinkers, relationalists, activists, networkers, net mutualists, new media types, media performers, net sufi`s, non nationalists.

Join in and collaborate – for we are all the medium, the context and source of networked creativity…


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New Reviews on Furtherfield May 05

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Date: 16/5/05 00.22
Location: online


New reviews/works/conferences Featured.

All reviews can be accessed from front page

Work In Progress – Conor McGarrigle. Reviewed by Pau Waelder.

A new reading of Ulysses is being developed by Irish net artist Conor McGarrigle , who has set himself the task of creating a series of pieces based upon James Joyce’s novel. The project is unusually large in scale for a net art piece. As McGarrigle puts it ´It’s a big project, but it’s something I wanted to do, because I wanted to start a project that I could work on over a long period of time, because a lot of what I did before was short, self-contained and have no follow-on, which is how a lot of net art is like.” Reviewer: Pau Waelder.

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Ideal Word – Enrique Radigales. Reviewed by Chris Joseph.

Rather than battling against the huge fluidity of viewing conditions, ideal Word actively explores an intrinsic concept of digital production- (WYSIWYG)- only it`s what you see is almost what you get. `What You See Is What You Get`. Rather than battling against the huge fluidity of viewing conditions, actively explores this intrinsic feature of digital art – what you see is almost what you get. For site creator Enrique Radigales, this `almost` describes` a blurred circumstance, a space for the translation between the digital and analogue states, the relationship between the contemporary human being and its coexistence with computerized environments.`

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Pervasive Connections. Reviewed by Ruth Catlow.

Pervasive Connections was an event organised by SPACE Media Arts and Iniva `focusing on opportunities for artists to work with new social technologies`. The day comprised of presentations, workshops and panel discussions and tickets were sold out, mainly to artists, arts organisers and producers. Let`s Do Lunch by Take2030 which `tracks Hackney`s public access wireless nodes and its lunch menus along bus route 26 in the form of a series of documentary videos` was also installed in the Space gallery.

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Dreamlogs – Christophe Bruno. Reviewed by Dan Waber.

On the way I learned that Dreamlogs are `The new world order` and `confront the temporality of a dreamed life with the infinite dimensionality of speech` and `an idea association engine`. `They propose another way to surf on the Internet, by disentangling the discourses that have interlaced over time` and `a new interface to the Global Text: a non-utilitarian and non-local alternative to search engines`.

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Feral Trade Coffee – Kate Rich. Reviewed by Ruth Catlow.

Feral Trade Coffee: A New Media For Social Networks: Feral Trade Coffee is imported by Kate Rich from Sociedad Cooperative de Cafecultores Nonualcos R.L. in high altitude El Salvador and traded along social networks. Whilst never actually calling itself art, this project reveals the social-context, texture and aesthetics of this venture in ‘new international trade relations’, with coffee as its medium.

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Intellectual Property and the Creative Technology Sector, Conwy

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Date: Thurs 3rd November 2005
Time: 5pm to 7.45pm
Venue:Venue: Oriel Mostyn
Partner: Conwy County Borough Council |
Partner: Arts Council of Wales |

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’.


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 (, 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.


Richard Turner | Wales Development Manager, NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts)
Lubna Azhar | Legal and business consultant and artist
Dr Jamie King | Specialising in Information Politics, lecturer in New Media and ex-editor of MUTE
Nia Roberts | WDA Innovation & Technology Counsellor


Conwy County Borough Council, the Arts Council of Wales, NESTA

The Northern Bloc seminar programme is supported by Conwy County Borough Council, the Arts Council of Wales and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

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