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THE AWKWARD SCENE

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Date: 7 Apr 2010, 18.30
Website: www.mediaartbath.org.uk
Location: england

Outline:

Media Art Bath is pleased to welcome Richard Birkett, curator at the ICA London to THE MAB FILM EXERCISE. Richard’s programme, The Awkward Scene considers the methodologies and artifacts of moving image production in relation to the social experience of emotional connection and disconnection. The works screened depict the awkwardness inherent in the presence of the personal in the public realm; in differing ways they locate this sentiment as an active vector within the production of art and the social relations enacted through it.

Videos by Andrea Bttner, Laura Horelli, and Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys function through distinct genres of documentary, the televisual, and the dramatic vignette. The artists use these familiar formats both as barriers and conduits to the individuals who form the subject of their works, including family members and a closed order of Carmelite nuns. At the centre of each work is the depiction of a creative ritual; invested with conspicuous levels of belief and symbolism these actions ´ and the filmmakers’ relationship to them ´ become unsettling and provocative.

FREE but booking recommended (0117 917 2300)

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contemporay art iraq

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Date: 16 Apr – 20 Jun 2010
Website: http://www.cornerhouse.org/contemporaryartiraq
Location: england

Outline:

The first UK exhibition of new and recent contemporary art from Iraq since the first Gulf War, Contemporary Art Iraq displays a diversity of creative practice that is often overshadowed by media-prominent themes of political instability and conflict.

The exhibition explores and challenges expectations of Iraq today and showcases a new generation of exciting artists deserving of critical acclaim and international recognition. Providing a snapshot of the current Iraqi art scene, Contemporary Art Iraq, curated by Cornerhouse in collaboration with ArtRole, features 19 Iraq-based artists working across a wide range of media. Works presented deal with very individual searches for identity, addressing traditions and beliefs that shed light on the fascinating state of Iraq now. Compelling installation pieces and captivating photography and performance documentation will fascinate people with an interest in the region and international contemporary art practice. Co-curated by Cornerhouse and ArtRole. Supported by British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI), Center for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), and City Inn, Manchester.

Symposium/ Changing Perspectives on Contemporary Conflict. Sun 18 Apr, 13:00 ´ 17:00. FACT, Liverpool
£12 full / £10 concs

FACT hosts a symposium on the changing nature of war. Utilising an engaging and groundbreaking setup, speakers will come together to present alternative perspectives on contemporary conflict.

Bookings: Online at www.cornerhouse.org just click ‘Buy Tickets’. Box Office: 0161 200 1500 (12:00 ´ 20:00). Event price includes return transport from Cornerhouse to FACT in Liverpool. Coach will depart from Cornerhouse at 11:30 am. If you do not require the coach, we advise you book tickets directly through FACT. Please visit www.fact.co.uk or call 0151 707 4464

Please Note: this event is at FACT, not Cornerhouse.

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AND Festival Presents: Park by Stanza

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Date: 27 Mar ´ 11 Apr 2010, 12 – 5pm, Saturday to Thursday
Website: http://andfestival.co.uk
Location: england

Outline:

Internationally renowned artist Stanza will take over the historic parlour at Towneley Hall with a feast of data collection and visualization.

Looking towards the window in the gallery you can see a digital virtual landscape of the view through the window. The artist has embedded an image of the real world inside the artwork and using a network of multiple wireless sensors in Towneley Park he has recorded light, temperature, noise, humidity using customised environmental technologies. The painterly squiggles on the image show the data and the sounds you can hear are streams of data which the artist has turned into sound.

Park is part a series of data visualisation artworks, made from multiple real time wireless sensors that gather environmental data. Park explores interpretations of a real time landscape, and online interactive space.

To view the project online please visit www.stanza.co.uk/possibilities/park

About the sensors and the process:

On location the artist uses small wireless devices to survey and monitor the environmental factors of landscape. The data, light, temperature, noise, humidity is recorded or channelled online in real time.

The artist custom makes the sensors and software, and adapts technologies that include motes sensors, xserve, custom server scripts, java, moteproxy, xml, flash as well as Max/ Msp for the sound works.

This show is part of the Abandon Normal Devices Festival: http://www.andfestival.org.uk

Presented in partnership with Mid Pennine Arts
Initiated thanks to a folly Lanternhouse International (FLI) residency

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AND Festival: Events at Grizedale Forest

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Date: Fri 2 – Sat 3 April: 11am ´ 5pm
Website: http://andfestival.co.uk
Location: england

Outline:

1. Get Lost! by Rob Ray
Fri 2 – Sat 3 April: Daylight hours

Get Lost! turns participants into ´disorienteers” misguiding themselves through Grizedale Forest using the map, compass and GPS as tools of deviation, introspection, and re-imagination. Disorienteers can also search for a take-home Get Lost! kit (or can download) and create their own adventures.

NOTE: You can Get Lost! with or without any GPS device. So, if you have one, bring it!

2. Hudson-Powell
Fri 2 – Sat 3 April: 11am ´ 5pm

Creative duo Hudson-Powell are going under cover in the forest. Playing with technologies such as video-tracking and augmented 3D graphics, making reality and fiction collide!

Grazing Jellies creates a view into a forest where cosmic slugs munch on space men`s helmets and melon slices. These hungry hallucinations are inquisitive as well as starving, if there`s movement in the trees or some chatter on the ground they`ll pay it a visit.

Grazing Jellies is an Augmented installation piece which allows any real world environment to be augmented with graphic forms and be inhabited by virtual creatures. The system uses a display and camera setup to create a window for the viewer to observe the mixed scene. The virtual creatures are able to react to movement within the real world environment as well as be called to by users viewing at the display units. The creatures will spend their time grazing on random objects that appear and grow within the scene and will move around to explore and see what is going on when there is motion or audio interaction.

Follow their mission blog at http://grazingjellies.tumblr.com/

3. ARambo by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes
Fri 2 ´ Sat 3 April: 11am – 5pm

A unique interactive cinema experience: Using playing cards the viewer can mash up the films of Rambo live on screen.

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Danja Vasiliev – Artist in Residence

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Date: 9 Apr 2010
Website: http://www.http.uk.net/residencies/danja.shtml
Location: online

Outline:

Danja (http://k0a1a.net/) has been in residence here since March 1st and leaves on 9 April 2010.

Russian born computer artist currently living between Berlin and Rotterdam. Working with diverse methods, technologies and materials Danja ridicules the contemporary affection for digital life and questions the global tendency for cyborgination.

During his Residency at HTTP, Furtherfield.org`s Gallery and lab space. Danja will is working on his `Netless` project (http://k0a1a.net/netless/). Netless is an attempt to create a new network, alternative to the internet. More precisely ´ networks within existing city infrastructures, possibly interconnected into a larger network alike the internet. Netless is not dependent on specialized data carriers such as cables or regulated radio channels. In fact, there is no permanent connection between all of its hosts (peers) at all ´ it is net-less.

For information about Danja`s work and residency at HTTP, visit here:
http://www.http.uk.net/residencies/danja.shtml

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Short Cuts

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Date: 27 Mar – 1 May 2010
Website: http://www.g39.org/
Location: wales

Outline:

Short Cuts: Tim Freeman, Henry Gwiazda, Rick Niebe and Lisa Stansbie. g39 presents a new group exhibition inspired by the film Short Cuts (1993).

Directed by Robert Altman and drawn from nine short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver, the film traces the actions of twenty-two principal characters, both in parallel and at occasional loose points of connection. This show brings together work from Tim Freeman, Henry Gwiazda, Rick Niebe and Lisa Stansbie, a group of artists who manipulate or manufacture those loose points of connection to create impossible but plausible fictions.

Lisa Stansbie continues an exploration of sculpture, film and photography through the use of Airfix model kits, informed by ambiguous narratives and stories. Through the use of out-dated analogue film stock and digital manipulation, Wales-based Tim Freeman’s Anti Nature uses un-doctored photographic images alongside manipulated ones, raising questions of the factual and fictitious elements of photography. Rick Niebe focuses his attention on ordinary anonymous images as well as on fragments from cinematographic history whilst Henry Gwiazda uses CGI moving image informed by his sound composition practice, aiming to disorient the viewer whilst playing a game between memory and formation of new meanings. Each work defies the concept of linear time and experience in the same way that Short Cuts presents you with an almost chaotic narrative of connections.

Preview Fri 26 March 2010 6.30-9pm

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Marc Garrett interviews Chris Dooks

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Website: http://www.furtherfield.org/displayreview.php?review_id=382
Location: online

Outline:

A `Polymath` exploring various creative avenues, making his art using different media. Whether it be directing arts-based TV documentaries, explorative psychogeographical projects, design, composing and making music or audio visual installations.

This interview reveals various levels and approaches by Chris Dooks. An inquistive and playful mind is at work here, engaged in exploring across different forms of personal agency, as well as redefining his practice in relation to the world he exists in, and the people he comes across in connection to various projects. His art is not a singular activity. Meaning, he does not rest in one particular art genre or movement. Instead, we are asked to acknowledge a personal enquiry formed from different engagements and choice of mediums, which happen to meet his creative intentions and questions at the time. We are all relational beings and Chris Dooks is a clear example of how this can work in an artistic context.

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WARP Talk – Jennie Syson

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: 20 Mar 2010, 3pm
Website: http://www.g39.org/
Location: wales

Outline:

Curator Jennie Syson will be talking about the Nottingham based project Hinterland at g39`s WARP space. Since 2006, Hinterland has worked together with artists, to closely examine geographical areas that surround the River Trent in Nottingham, which make up a ten-mile car free cycle route around the city known as the Big Track. Temporary site-specific commissions are selected to scrutinise specific places as though encapsulated in a species quadrant.

The talk is free to attend however spaces are limited. To book a space please email sean@g39.org

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European Design Conference 2010

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Date: 28-30 May 2010
Website: http://www.europeandesign.org/
Location: international

Outline:

The European Design Conference gathers speakers from all over Europe and attendees from all over the world.
Each year, 15 speakers present specific case studies and offer an insight into their approach to the creative process. The ED-Conference will be held at Rotterdam’s de Doelen, in the Netherlands on May 28-30.

Presenters: Friday May 28th: Fantasy Interactive, Sweden; Bauer keg, Austria; MnP, Greece; Jacek Utko, Poland; Dietwee, the Netherlands

Saturday May 29th: Zup Associati, Italy;Raffinerie, Switzerland; Bleed, Norway; Andrey Logvin, Russia; Moving Brands, UK

Sunday May 30th: Astrid Stavro, Spain; Yurko Gutsyliak, Ukraine; Kustaa Saksi, Finland; 4 fr Texas, Germany; Philippe Apeloig, France

Tickets are sold via the ED webshop. The standard price for a 3-day ticket is 420 euro and a single day ticket 210 euro incl. VAT. There is a 30% early bird discount until 1 April. Students only pay 40% of the standard price.

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Creative Commons Internship

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Date: 26 Mar 2010
Website: http://creativecommons.org/
Location: international

Outline:

Creative Commons is seeking bright, enthusiastic students to work at the San Francisco office for ten weeks this summer. Students have the opportunity to work with CC staff and international volunteers on various real-time projects. Assigned tasks and projects will vary depending on interns’ skill & experience, as well as organization needs. In addition to contributing to real-time work projects, interns will be invited to participate in external meetings, staff meetings, inter-organization competitions & discussions, and potential evening events. Staff will encourage interns to also self-organize visits to local organizations, and to find ways to connect with various community members.

Three internships are available: Technology, Legal and Graphic Design and Media Development. Stipend of $4,000.

For more details and to apply go to http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/20979 . Deadline 26 March 2010

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