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Adobe Award for Artist Engagement at CHI

12:17 pm in Award, Conferences, Events, Opportunities, Other, What's Exciting by bloc

The ACM SIGCHI conference is the premier international conference on human-computer interaction which this year is exploring “new visions of people interacting with technology”. The Adobe Awards for Artist Engagement will enable three practising artists to participate and engage with the CHI conference and community, encouraging multidisciplinary interaction and promoting the role of artists in the future of interactive technology.

Three Awards of $950 are available to contribute towards travel and registration costs for attending CHI 2013 ( )

To apply for the Award, artists must submit a two-page pdf statement of application including:
- Description of their current practice in interactive art.
- Indication of what they would bring to CHI.
- Description of what they hope to gain from attending CHI 2013.
- How they intend to use the $950 award.

The two-page statement of application should be emailed to Nick Bryan-Kinns
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Please note: Applicants must be actively practicing in interactive art. Applicants may not be a faculty member at a university, nor working at a private company. Applicants can be a full-time student.

A selection committee from the SIGCHI Creativity, Cognition and Art (CCaA) community will review applications to select the three awardees.

Deadline for two-page statement of application: 5 March 2013

Notification of Awards: 12 March 2013

Deadline for CHI 2013 registration: 14 March 2013 (early bird registration date)

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Ideas Tap launch annual short film fund

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Ideas Fund Shorts 2013

We’re offering eight filmmakers aged 16-25 £5,000 funding each plus expert mentoring to turn their short film ideas into reality. Narrative, documentary, conceptual, music videos, animation ­ the format is down to you. Find out more and apply by 5pm on Thursday 28 March:

Filmmakers aged 18+ might also be interested in this paid opportunity to film the making of Boat Magazine in Derry with LIFT Festival:

The National Student Drama Festival are also seeking shorts submissions from filmmakers aged 16-25 to screen at their festival:

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LabEasy, 5-16 March 2013 DIY biology

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Get your hands dirty in the LabEasy – DIY experiments for the biocurious

The Arts Catalyst, 50-54 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5PS (map)

Manchester’s MadLab will be resident at The Arts Catalyst exploring DIY biology next month. In the spirit of a speakeasy we’d love it if you would swing by and join in the experiments, sign up to a workshop, bring your kids for the family day on DIY microscopy and water bear hunting, join the debate at the salon or come along to our DNA FoodLab in Deptford Market.

Booking is essential as workshop places are limited. All workshops are £10 (£5 students/low income) and include a free lab coat. For details and bookings click the booking buttons below. Please note we ask you to restrict yourself to two workshop bookings to allow as many people as possible to try their hand at DIY biology.

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Raspberry Jamboree, Saturday March 9th 2013

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Raspberry Pi would like to invite you to their 1st Raspberry Jamboree in Manchester on Saturday 9th March.

One year on from the release of the Raspberry Pi, we aim to identify and share the impact that this low-cost computer is having on education. We plan to focus purely on the potential this device offers for education, not its limitations.

We particularly want to encourage those with an interest in education to attend to discover exactly how to use this device to inspire children to engage with computing.

If you are keen to find out how the Raspberry Pi can be used in education or you have something that you would like to demonstrate, talk about or run a workshop – please get in touch with Raspberry Pi.
For further details click here

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Open – Artangel

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“Artangel lets artists do what no one else will. It’s as simple as that.” Jeremy Deller

Open is a £1 million initiative by Artangel and BBC Radio 4 for new site-specific commissions across the UK. It’s a call for artists working in any media to share proposals for ground-breaking projects that will transform the UK’s cultural landscape.

Previous Artangel Open calls have led to some of the most iconic projects of the past decade – Michael Landy’s Break Down, the very public destruction in a department store on Oxford Street of absolutely everything the artist owned; Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave in South Yorkshire, the re-enactment of a dark day in the conflict between police and colliery workers during the 1984 Miners’ Strike; Roger Hiorns’s Seizure, the brilliant blue crystal council flat in South London; and Clio Barnard’s award-winning film The Arbor shot on the Buttershaw Estate in Bradford.

Open proposals are encouraged from UK-based visual artists, filmmakers, writers, composers, theatre makers, choreographers and producers as well as artists working in the digital space. The closing date for 2013 Open submissions is Monday 29 April. Shortlisted artists will have the opportunity to meet and develop their proposals with Open Mentors. A range of influential cultural figures including Andrea Arnold, Felix Barrett, Adam Curtis, Tacita Dean, Ryan Gander, Rachel Whiteread and Penny Woolcock have made themselves available as Open Mentors.

In June the first Open commissions will be chosen by a selection panel including James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Tony Phillips, Arts Commissioning Editor at BBC Radio 4, Clio Barnard and Roger Hiorns. They will be announced in June and presented between 2014 and 2015.

Find out more here.

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Openings in New Media Research Project – Austria

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Open Media Art Research Position – Research Associate (Scientific

The AT-MAR project is accepting applications for upper level scientific
staff. A graduate degree e.g. a masters degree, its equivalent, or
higher is required. Previous experience in art historical or archiving
research projects is a plus. S/he will assist the principal
investigator, Chair Professor for Image Science, Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau,
and work on building of the meta- thesaurus together with the other team
members. S/he should be responsible, self-motivated, and have a strong
interest in media art, image science and/or art historian archives. In
addition to excellent writing and organization skills, s/he should be a
team player and have knowledge of database and archive work. Fluency in
English and German is expected. Understanding of information and
communication technologies will be an additional plus.

The position is part-time and will be based on a renewable, fixed-term,
1-year contract. (Employment according to the FWF-PEK terms Residence in
commuting distance to Krems, Austria will be required if appointed.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV and copies of
certificates and diplomas. Please send your application documents
(copies only) by February 20, 2013 to Astrid Adam, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek Str.
30, 3500 Krems, Austria or per E-Mail:

Open Media Art Research Position – Student Research Assistants

The Center for Image Science is pleased to announce the opening of 7
research assistance positions on the AT.MAR and AMAH research projects
under the supervision of the Chair Professor for Image Science, Prof.
Dr. Oliver Grau. These assistantships are on a free-lance basis and made
available to augment half the tuition of the MediaArtHistories Master of
Arts program. The students will gain invaluable experience working on
internationally leading research projects in the field of Media Arts.

Positions are available at averaged 5 or 10 hours per week and can be
completed alongside another part-time job and in conjunction with the
low-residency MediaArtHistories program. Austrian residence not
required. Application deadline for the first positions Feb, 30, 2013.
Applications will continue to be accepted throughout 2013.


New Project Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Innovative tools for the image sciences are being developed by
“Interactive Archive and Meta-Thesaurus for Media Art Research
(AT-MAR),” a project led by Professor Oliver GRAU, Chair of Image
Science. It is the first large FWF project of this category at the
Danube University. A “Thesaurus Bridge” will be developed, which will
enable comparative study of image phenomena from the Renaissance to the
present day.

Goal of the FWF project, which commences in February 2013 at the
Department of Image Sciences, is to develop an interactive and globally
networked online tool to support theoretical analysis of the image
revolution that is underway and to improve the precarious situation of
Media Art Research. The project will develop an entirely new kind of
thesaurus, which will function as a bridge between Media Art and
historical image genres, from the Renaissance to contemporary art. By
GÖTTWEIG (GSSG) using this meta-thesaurus it will be possible to
analyse systematically the afterlife of art historical themes in
contemporary Media Art. Further, it will be possible to identify not
only developments, but also discontinuities.

In advance of the project a declaration was adopted in Liverpool, which
in the meantime has been signed by over 400 international scholars,
academics, gallery and museum people, and artists.

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Calling all coders and creative software developers

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FutureEverything announce the Routes to the future innovation challenge to build new, useful applications using open data taking place during the Summit. Routes to the future is an intensive 48 hour competition with cash and development prizes available for the best ideas that will improve the public transport experience for people of Greater Manchester.
This is set to be an intense and exciting collaboration between the brightest minds in software development and data processing. Entries from both teams and individuals are welcome. The cash prize and development fund available is £11,000. Find more details here.

FutureEverything is also pleased to announce that a limited number of conference bursaries are available for practicing artists, activists and change makers without institutional support to ensure their voices are fully represented at the Summit. Student applications are also accepted provided they are supplied alongside a letter of support from a course leader. Bursary places are strictly limited – Find more details here

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Video Artists required for collaborative project

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London’s premier queer arts and film festival, Fringe!, is looking for video artists to participate in a collaborative video art project.

Now entering its third year, Fringe! 2013 will be hosting over 30 events to celebrate London’s queer creative scene, from feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties. Last year we attracted over 4,000 attendees and expect this year to be bigger than ever.

The project requires good editing skills. The subject is sexual and explicit. The final project will be screened at the festival in April 2013, with the possibility of touring other festivals, too.

If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to get in touch on with examples of work. You can find more information about the festival on

The Fringe! 2013 team


This is an unpaid opportunity.

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The Cutting Room – free film submission call

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The Cutting Room are looking for talented artists, animators and film makers whose work reflects and explores themes surrounding the hopes and visions for the future. Special consideration will be given to those that use the icon of a kite, flight and flying within their work.If you would like to have your work shown as part of the Digital Stage programme go to to download the application form

Films must be suitable for a silent public screening.

Deadline: 29th March, 5pm


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Sgwrs Gelfyddydol – OPEN SPACE – Live!

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What is good art? What art is any good? How do we foster the best for the most? These are just some of the questions Arts Council of Wales will be asking during a series of national conversations on the future of the arts in Wales.

Arts Council Wales want to involve the arts community, artists, arts organisations and their partners, and all the people of Wales, as the arts touch all of our lives. Many people have helped us to date in shaping ideas about the future of the arts in Wales but this is a critical period to test these ideas and receive views from a variety of perspectives. And now, more than ever, there’s a greater need to discuss the future of the arts in Wales, particularly for the Welsh speaking community.

Arts Council of Wales will be hosting four Sgwrs Gelfyddydol OPEN SPACE events on the following dates from 10am – 6pm

North (Venue Cymru, Llandudno) – 19th February 2013

South West (Arad Goch, Aberystwyth) – 25th February 2013

South East (The Metropole, Abertillery) – 27th February 2013

South Central (Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff) – 1st March 2013

To attend one of the Open Space Sessions, please register online at