[artinfo] Fwd: CFP: INTERACTIVE FUTURES (Victoria, BC, Canada) (12/12/03; 1/30/04-1/31/04)

Andrea Szekeres asz at c3.hu
Mon Nov 17 19:23:07 CET 2003

INTERACTIVE FUTURES: New Media Crossing Boundaries
Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival - http://www.vifvf.com/
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
January 30th - January 31st, 2004.


INTERACTIVE FUTURES is a forum for showing recent tendencies in time-based 
new media art. The theme of this year's event is New Media Crossing 
Boundaries. The crossbreeding between film, sound artists and interactive 
media forms is now becoming standard practice. With increasing frequency 
artists are stepping out of their traditional media and applying new media 
tools and concepts to other media. Such cross-pollination is evident in the 
work of one of our special guests this year, Jean Piché. Originally trained 
as an electro-acoustic composer, Piché is now working as a digital 
filmmaker and sound artist. Similarly, Paul D. Miller (AKA DJ Spooky) works 
across a dazzling array of media - from dance-based sound to digital 
installation to pure text works - imparting a voice of wit and intelligence 
to these media forms. New Media Crossing Boundaries will explore how new 
media is becoming genuinely "multimedia" and how new media technology and 
production is changing the face of traditional media.

Scholars and artists working in new media arts, theory, and criticism are 
encouraged to submit proposals to present their work at the conference. 
Presentations must be at least in part demonstrative, incorporating digital 
technologies, interactive or digital video, sound, or network-based 
elements. Conference sessions may combine academic presentations with 
presentations; we encourage proposals that push the boundaries of the 
traditional conference paper in form and content.

INVITED SPEAKERS / ARTISTS (to be confirmed)

* Paul D. Miller (USA) - Paul D. Miller (AKA DJ Spooky) is a conceptual 
artist, writer, and musician working in NYC. His written work has appeared 
in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, Raygun, Rap Pages, Paper 
Magazine, and a host of other periodicals. He is a co-Publisher along with 
the legendary African American downtown poet Steve Canon of the magazine "A 
Gathering of the Tribes" - a periodical dedicated to new works by writers 
from a multi-cultural context, and he was the first Editor-At-Large of 
Artbyte: the Magazine of Digital Culture. His work as an artist has 
appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial, The 
Venice Biennial for Architecture (year 2000), the prestigious Ludwig Museum 
in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in 
Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. Miller has recorded a huge 
volume of music as "DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid" and has collaborated a 
wide variety of pre-emininet musicians and composers such as Iannis 
Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Butch Morris, Kool Keith a.k.a. Doctor Octagon, 
Killa Priest from Wu-Tang Clan, Yoko Ono and Thurston Moore from Sonic 
Youth amongst many others. He also did the music score for the Cannes and 
Sundance award winning film "Slam" starring critically acclaimed poet Saul 

* Jean Piché (Canada) - Jean Piché is a composer and video artist living in 
Montréal, Canada. Since 1988, he has been teaching composition and video at 
the Université de Montréal. His creative output over the past 20 years has 
explored the more adventurous edges of high technologies applied to music 
and moving images, including live electronics, fixed electronic media and 
performance. He has received numerous international awards and his work has 
been shown and heard in Europe, Asia and North America. After active 
collaborations with video artists like Tom Sherman and Marina Abramovic, he 
now directs and produces his own video work, focusing on parallel 
compositional paradigms for abstracted visuals and music. His first opera " 
Yo Soy la Disentegracion " was produced in 1997 by the Montreal company 
Chants Libres. For the past few years, he has been involved in software 
design to facilitate the specification of control vectors for digital sound 
synthesis and processing. These activities have led to the creation of the 
program Cecilia that was awarded First Prize at the International 
competition for musical software in Bourges. Since 2000 he has developed a 
synchronized video projection system for three large screens and an image 
acquisition system with three digital cameras. This system is used for his 
productions and was shown over the last three years in Montreal and in France.

* Ron Wakkary (Canada) - Ron Wakkary is associate professor in Information 
Technology & Interactive Arts at Simon Fraser University in British 
Columbia. Previously, he has been faculty in Interactive Arts and the 
academic dean at the Technical University of British Columbia, and the 
Digital Design Department at Parsons School of Design, in New York. He was 
cofounder of Stadium at Dia in New York where he collaborated and co-developed 
pioneering projects in art and the Internet. He has lead digital arts 
technology projects for the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, 
the Dia Center for the Arts, and Electronic Arts Intermix. Also while in 
New York, he was principal in OO-Design, a Web development firm. He has 
presented and published widely, including Computer Human Interaction ACM, 
Siggraph, Interact and Consciousness Reframed. He graduated with a BFA from 
the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MFA from the State 
University of New York at Stony Brook. His current research projects 
include a recently completed project with Nokia Research Centre at Tampere, 
Finland, on gossip, games and mobile communities, and new projects on 
audio-based interaction and pattern language.


INTERACTIVE FUTURES is generally interested in artistic and theoretical 
work that advances ideas about the integration of new media technologies in 
traditional media, and more particularly in electronic art in which the old 
boundaries between media are no longer valid. INTERACTIVE FUTURES 
encourages artists and theorists to present their work in the form of DVDs, 
video tapes, games, and anything in-between. Presentations should be 
45-minutes in length.
Proposals should not exceed 500 words in length. If your presentation 
requires specific media or technical support (computer access, 35 MM 
slides, videotape, etc.), describe your needs in detail, including specific 
OS or hardware requirements (Mac OS or Windows), if appropriate.

Proposals should be submitted to electronically to:

sgibson at finearts.uvic.ca

All proposals *must* be submitted in text only format either as attachments 
to email correspondence or within the body of the email message. If you 
would like to present examples of your work please submit a URL for a 
web-site with your proposal.

Please be aware that INTERACTIVE FUTURES has no budget for equipment rental.

The following equipment will be made available for all presenters:

Mac and/or PC computer with Monitor, keyboard and CD-ROM drive.
1400 ANSI lumens Data/Video Projector.
VHS Player
Portable DVD Player
Audio CD Player

Please be aware that there will no be internet access in the presentation 
venue and therefore all presentation material must be brought on removable 

DEADLINE FOR ALL PROPOSALS: Friday, December 12, 2003.

Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent out by December 31, 2003.


Festival Director:
Kathy Kay <director at vifvf.com>

Steve Gibson <sgibson at finearts.uvic.ca>

Arthur and Marilouise Kroker <kroker at uvic.ca>

Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival:
Mailing Address - PO Box 8419, Victoria, BC, V8W3S1, Canada.
Office Address - 808 View Street, Victoria, BC, V8W1K2, Canada.
Tel: (250)389.0444. Fax: (250)389.0406
festival at vifvf.com

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