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Future of Web Design – New York

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Date: 3-4 Nov 2008
Website: http://www.futureofwebdesign.com/
Location: international

Outline:

The Future of Web Design brings together leading talents from the world of contemporary web design to share their knowledge and insight. An audience of over 1000 professional creatives will listen to the people who designed some of today’s most successful sites, including representatives from top global design agencies and noted design leaders.

On the agenda will be the key areas for designers working on creating contemporary sites, including:
* What is the future of web design?
* How to take advantage of jQuery and other JavaScript libraries for your design
* How to compete with the big agencies
* Tips for managing your projects when you`re stressed with deadlines and frustrated with clients
* How to stand out from the ever-increasing crowd of web designers
* What you need to know about designing for mobile
* How to beat designers’ block

For more information and to book tickets visit http://www.futureofwebdesign.com/

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Rules of Engagement – engage International Conference

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Date: 5-7 Nov 2008
Website: http://www.engage.org/conference
Location: england

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This year’s engage International Conference, Rules of Engagement, examines the role of art, artists and gallery educators in sites or situations of conflict.

An ambitious programme of presentations, gallery visits, discussion and workshop activities will offer delegates a chance to debate the intellectual, ethical and practical implications of dealing with conflict, whether it be in recording the impact of violence and war on people’s lives or in addressing the social, political and religious divisions that characterise contemporary Britain.

The conference takes place alongside – and draws inspiration from – the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennial (BPB), Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images, whose curator is the well known and provocative art historian and writer Julian Stallabrass. On the opening morning of the conference, Stallabrass (and other speakers) will consider how images of war are made, disseminated and interpreted, and the place of cultural institutions in shaping our view of military conflict.

Over the course of two days, contributors will cover a wide range of topics, from the legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland and Kosovo to the politics of audience participation in works of art and artists’ projects. A lively debate on the final afternoon of the conference, chaired by the Guardian journalist Maev Kennedy, will consider the vexed question of whether ´ or how far ´ cultural funding should be tied to social policy objectives. Breakout sessions will include such organisations as the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Tate Britain, Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, Ffotogallery in Cardiff, the Imperial War Museum and Fabrica in Brighton.

For more information about the conference, including booking information, accommodation and a detailed programme, please visit www.engage.org/conference. Alternatively, contact Clare Charles at clare.charles@engage.org / 020 7490 4690.

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Connecting Across Difference Commission

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Date: 15 Oct 2008
Website: http://www.drakemusicproject.org/
Location: england

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Drake Music Project and Furtherfield.org are seeking to commission a visual media artist as part of a season of workshops on the theme Connecting Across Difference. The artist will work closely with a composer and a technologist to devise and facilitate a week of workshops with young disabled musicians at the Roundhouse in Camden. This project is part of a larger season of work to culminate in a mixed media performance at Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, co-created and performed by all participants in March 2009. With this in mind it is envisaged that the visual work will take the form of a live, generative or recorded video work to be projected as part of the final performance.

The commission is for approx 9 days, from Nov 2008 – March 2009. Fee: £1,700.

Application deadline: 15 Oct 2008

The full project brief can be downloaded from: www.drakemusicproject.org . For any queries please contact Miranda Peake at furtherfield@drakemusicproject.org

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Hello Digital

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Date: 23 – 26 Oct 2008
Website: http://www.hellodigital.net/
Location: england

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Meet life sized robots, walk around a field of light, control a giant wall of sound & reach the four corners of the Earth at the touch of a button, Hello Digital is an unbelievable adventure to be experienced by people of all ages.

Being held at Millennium Point between Oct 23rd-26th, Hello Digital is completely free to attend and will be an extravaganza of robotics, illuminations, animations, digital film, music and games. Exclusive showcases, talks, seminars and the Hello World Conference will also feature top names from the global digital community.

Events include: Field of Light; SCAMP ´ Sonic Computer Aided Music Performance; 4Talent Inspiration Sessions; Baskerville; 4Talent Inspiration Session: Online Drama and Comedy; FACADES: Artistic Projections; My Work and Life: Tales from the Music Video Frontier – Price James and 4Talent Inspiration Session: Alternate Reality Games (ARGs)

For more information and to book visit the website: http://www.hellodigital.net/

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R&D Policy Consultation

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Date: 7 Nov 2008
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/consultations/
Location: international

Outline:

The European Commission are seeking contributions for a strategy for ICT R&D and innovation in Europe, planned for April 2009. The strategy will propose a policy approach for ICT research and innovation in the EU designed to ensure ICT progress meets the needs of citizens and businesses, to reinforce Europe`s industrial and technological leadership in ICT and make Europe more attractive as a location for investments in people, in research and in technology.

Input is sought from ICT R&D and innovation suppliers, users and policy makers on shaping a ICT R&D and innovation strategy for Europe.

The deadline for submissions is 7 Nov 2008. To take part, visit the website: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/consultations/

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This is the Place

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Date: 3 Oct – 23 Nov 2008
Website: http://www.matt-white.org/
Location: england

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Matt White’s latest project takes as its starting point two opposing methods of escape; one psychological and one physical. The artist used self-hypnosis in an attempt to free himself from the force of gravity, the result of this experiment is the uncovering of two opposing, highly charged and deeply engaging emotional states.

Set against this is a more corporeal experience. The artist identified two topographically similar but ideologically opposed US cities, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, and a desert location in between. A specific location was pin-pointed in each city; the centre of the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City and the windmill tower of the first hotel-casino to be built in Las Vegas. Using satellite imagery a line was drawn between these two points and an exact central location was identified – 38.45426øN, -113.51852øW, the middle of the Utah desert, the centre of two opposing belief systems; the centre of right and wrong?

This desert location forms the centre piece of a multi-screen video work that investigates how altered geographical, physical and emotional surroundings can affect psychological, political and physical change.

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Web Application Development with Ruby on Rails

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Date: 7 Oct 2008, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Website: http://www.itwales.org/997382.htm
Location: wales

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Ruby on Rails is a framework for developing database-backed web applications. It marks a departure for the common approach taken by many commercial frameworks based on Java and .Net, and claims to offer a simpler, more sustainable and productive foundation for building web applications. This talk will introduce Ruby on Rails, mention how people are making money from it, illustrate the key concepts and discuss some innovative new developments in the web application space.

Dafydd Rees is a software developer specialising in agile methods and object-oriented development currently working on a very high throughput website for a major media company. He mostly works in Java, but has worked commercially with Smalltalk, Prolog, Ruby on Rails and other dynamic languages. He is a former Swansea University Computer Science student.

This event forms part of the ITWales software development programme and is FREE to attend, but advance booking is recommended.

Visit http://www.itwales.org/997382.htm to book your place online or email info@itwales.com. Alternatively you can call Claire at ITWales Swansea on 01792 602702.

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iPhone Development – from scratch

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Date: 7 Oct 2008, 6 – 8pm
Website: http://www.itwales.org/997374.htm
Location: wales

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An insight into developing applications for the iPhone – Apple`s touch screen mobile platform. Heralded by some as a major step towards ubiquitous computing, the context-aware iPhone with its desktop grade operating system has been causing a stir throughout the mobile industry. This leaves many developers and investors interested in the iPhone but asking the questions; What is all the fuss about? Is it worth developing for? and how hard is it to get started? This presentation gives an overview for those considering the iPhone as a development platform or business opportunity

The event is FREE to attend, however advance booking is essential. To book a place online go to http://www.itwales.org/997374.htm or email events@itwales.com

Alternatively you can contact Rob or Judith at ITWales Bangor on 01248 388245

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The Centre Is Here

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Date: 17 Nov 2008
Website: www.g39.org
Location: wales

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G39′s Wales Artists Resource Programme and Chapter Gallery are holding a series of travelling symposia to focus attention on the professional development of artists in Wales. The Centre is Here aims to offer artists the opportunity to hear first-hand a range of arts professionals from the UK talk about different aspects related to ‘professional art practice’, as well as encourage critical reflection on artist activity.

Four seminars are scheduled, each focussing upon a different element of art practice

* 22nd October 2008. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff ´ Curating This session will focus on curating at the periphery, an exploration of the issues affecting and informing the production and the presentation of work that can be considered to be off-centre in relation to the `established` art world. Speakers: Karen Mackinnon (Curator Glyn Vivian Swansea and Curator of Wales at Venice 2005); Danielle Arnaud (Curator/Gallerist of Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London and co-curator of Tatton Park Biennial); Tristan Hessing ( Co Director of Moot, Nottingham and practicing artist); Grace Davies (Project manager/Curator of Locws International, Swansea)

This event is fully booked

*27th November 2008. Oriel Davies, Newtown – Understanding the Media Press / promotion / marketing of visual arts in Wales. A look at how it has been achieved by artists working in Wales and also why it is needed, if it is needed. How can the media be used successfully for artists and how can the media learn from / use artists? Current speakers Include: Chris Brown (Magazine Co-ordinator of AN magazine and Development Officer, g39, Cardiff); Rueban Knutson (Audience development co-ordinator Axis)

* February 2009. Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno ´ Galleries This session will invite gallery professionals to Wales to discuss their approach to curating and in particular focus on how artists should attempt to navigate the system in order to maximise exhibition opportunities. Current speakers Include: Ryan Gander (Artist and Director of Associates, London); Bruce Haines (Exhibitions Officer Camden Arts Centre, London)

* April 2009
Venue to be confirmed, Swansea/Cardiff´ Developing a discourse within Wales and beyond. A look at the level of critical discourse in Wales and how it can be extended. What are the issues that nullify critical discourse and how, if there are any, can these be overcome?

There are a maximum of 30 spaces for each symposium with tickets being allocated via an application procedure to ascertain the suitability of the candidate to each seminar. The seminars are ideally suited to artists who feel their practice could benefit from one or more of the seminars.

The deadline for applications for the November event is 17th November 2008. Tickets are subsidised and cost £10, this will include light refreshments.

For more information and to apply visit the website: www.g39.org or email sean@g39.org

Area: all wales

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3D and Multipass Compositing – Ampersand

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Date: 15 Oct 2008, 7-9pm
Location: wales

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This amperSAND event with Matt Leonard, of spherevfx, is designed for visual effects artists as well editors, cinematographers, animators and general filmmakers. Matt Leonard is Co-Director and Head of Training at spherevfx, an international training company specializing in high end 3D, Compositing and Visual Effects. Matt will explore how new digital effects tools (Nuke 5.1) are revolutionizing film making today and enabling stories to be told in more imaginative and amazing ways using state of the art technology.

For more information and to register visit www.smu.ac.uk/amperSAND

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