This week Median Contemporary, a new Toronto arts venue, will open its doors to the public. This gallery is the brainchild of Kal Mansur and Rui Pimenta and the programming will be directed at providing artists with as much control as possible in the exhibition of their work. The mission statement for the gallery describes their goal as "showcasing artwork that exhibits a current and forward thinking display of new materials, light and sound based art, kinetic art, as well as, new media such as video installation".? ? This Thursday (Dec. 4th) the gallery will be hosting a launch event featuring work from?Matt Durant,?Markus Heckmann?and?Peter Todd?(whose work is pictured above). Median is located at 1142 Queen St. West in Parkdale [map]. More info is available on the Median?event page.
TRANZAC / RAT-DRIFTINGISH / HEALING POWER PRESENTS
BIRD SHOW (Ben Vida) ? ?
SUN CIRCLE (Greg Davis and Zach Wallace)
Martin Arnold, Eric Chenaux, Ryan Driver
with charming Stage D?cor by
THURSDAY DECEMBER 11TH 9:30 PM START
TRANZAC MAIN HALL
292 BRUNSWICK AVENUE?
BIRDSHOW. Ben Vida has been writing, recording and releasing records for over
"...a primal drone that unites Vida's obsessions - electronic hum, acoustic
SUN CIRCLE is the newish psychoacoustic, high volume drone music from the
?Sun Circle's important debut is psychoacoustic minimalism meets psychedelic
MARTIN ARNOLD / ERIC CHENAUX / RYAN DRIVER have been playing psychedelic lounge
HEAVY WATER is the audio-visual collaboration of Toronto-based filmmaker
"Open Source Video is a project of Constant, a Brussels based organisation for Arts and Media. This weblog is a collective testsite for producing and distributing open source video. Here we keep traces of experiments with software for sharing and editing video, and report on what we found to be effective hardware, good linux distributions and helpful configurations. Also: tips and hints on where to find manuals, practical info on using software etc. This blog contains posts on annotating, tracing, collectively editing and sharing video online. We are interested in finding ways to make archived video material accessible, to make it searchible and keep video archives alive by allowing the content to be re-interpreted." - posted to videovortex by Seth Keen on earlier today.
[Adrian Holovaty / Everyblock]
In the 1980s architect Bernard Tschumi posed the following question: "If writers could manipulate the structure of stories in the same way as they twist vocabulary and grammar, couldn't architects do the same, organizing an architectural program in a similarly objective, detached, or imaginative way?" While Tschumi was speculating the foundation for a new type of architectural practice, his thinking can be applied to problematizing our current, informatized cityscapes. Ubiquitous computing, home-brew geospatial analysis and open source culture are rapidly changing our conception and experience of urban space. If "event" could be used as a catalyst in architecture, what paradigms might we employ to recontextualize the city?
Vague Terrain 13: citySCENE is dedicated to exploring urban representation. The issue will serve as a global index of strategies for abstracting, quantifying and documenting urban life. Subjective cartographies, architectural mashups, urban informatics, augmented reality gaming and field recording based work are all examples of research that we are interested in. What is important is that the work is ambitious and innovative.
We are seeking submissions in all formats - audio, video, photographic documentation and text. If you are interested in submitting work to be considered for inclusion in Vague Terrain 13: citySCENE please note the deadlines below and contact the issue curator, Greg J. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Format: Please see http://vagueterrain.net/content/journal/submission-guidelines?for full submission guidelines. Please consult this document as it is very important to read when considering the scope and deliverables of a submission. All of these criteria will have to be met in order for work to be included in the issue.
Copyright: Vague Terrain publishes material under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Creative Commons License. Potential contributors are welcome to propose alternative licenses for their work - but we prefer the flexibility and open nature of CC.
Submission Deadline: Potential contributors should establish contact and provide links/information about a proposed submission before January 24th. Selected participants will be contacted by February 1st and all submission material and supporting documentation will need to be uploaded by February 15th. The tentative publication date for the issue is March 1st.
Curator Information: Greg J. Smith is a Toronto-based designer and researcher with interests in media theory and digital culture. His work is invested in exploring how contemporary information paradigms affect representational and spatial systems. These dynamics have been explored in a range of mediums including drawing, visualization, writing and editing. Greg co-curates and edits the digital arts publication Vague Terrain and is a contributor to Rhizome and Augmentology 1[L]0[L]1. Greg has presented work at venues and institutions which include Medialab-Prado (Madrid), the Annenberg Center for Communication (Los Angeles), the Public Memories Project (Syracuse), soundaXis (Toronto), Universite de Montreal and TAGallery (online). He has taught digital humanities at the Department of Communications Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University and been a guest reviewer at the University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), Ryerson University and the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD).
If you weren't already aware, our friends at Turbulence are conducting their annual fundraising campaign. This organization if fundamental to online arts promotion and in addition to commissioning a lot of new (and vital) work, they are active as event and symposia presenters. A quick recap of their impressive 2008 actions:
Please consider supporting Turbulence and keep in mind the fact that when it comes to arts promotion, no donation is too small. You can find out more information about their campaign (and 2009 plans) here and donate via this link.
It is most definitely fundraising season and Rhizome is in the midst of their annual community campaign. The new media portal has set out to raise $30,000 by midnight on December 31st and they are about 80% of the way there. Rhizome are an utterly essential online arts organization whose importance was recently described by Steve Deitz as capturing "the memory of what has been and the possibility of what can be". Contributing to Rhizome awards participants the following benefits: The opportunity to vote and help determine which artists will receive support through their commissions program, full access to the ArtBase archive of digital art and continually updated listings of residencies and opportunities.
Rhizome is also offering a bunch of goodies for donations of more than $25. Please consider supporting this pivotal ongoing project in nurturing and preserving technology-based art.
Although quite overdue, we've finally started adding our past issues to the VT archives. We're going to work reverse chronologically so the first addition is Vague Terrain 08: Process?which contains interviews with?Chris Messina, Daniel Shiffman, McKenzie Wark, Peter Mettler, Tara Rodgers, and Thomson & Craighead. These were conducted by some of our closest peers and collaborators who included?Malcolm Levy, Jeremy Rotsztain, Noir, Corina MacDonald and Martin John Callanan. The issue was originally published in November 2007. Next up is our epic sample culture issue, hopefully we can attend to that in January.
Although a little late in passing along the news, I'd like to point out that?Michelle Kasprzak's?essay?For What and For Whom??(from our Curediting issue) was recently republished in prss release #22. An "independent blog aggregator", prss release compiles interesting blog posts into "issues" ready for online viewing or PDF download. Editors?Marten Dashorst and Edwin Gardner have a knack for sniffing out great art, design and technology content and the publication is worth subscribing to - especially if you are not a RSS addict.?
Deadline for entries: February 15, 2009
Medialab-Prado and the Cultural Center of Spain in Lima (Peru) issue a call for the presentation of projects to be developed within the INTERACTIVOS?' Lima'09: Magic and Technology workshop, to be carried out in Lima from April 13 through 28, 2009.
Led By: Julian Oliver (New Zeland/Spain) ?Clara Boj (Spain) ?Diego D?az (Spain) ?Kiko Mayorga (Peru)?
The aim is the selection of a maximum of 8 proposals for the development of software pieces and interactive installations that propose a rethinking of the usual scenario in magic tricks. The workshop proposes to explore the use of open hardware and software tools in a collective and interdisciplinary manner in order to create technological prototypes with success in the Media from different perspectives: playful, creative and critical. The call is aimed at artists, magicians, engineers, musicians, programmers, designers, architects, hackers, psychologists, etc.
Contact: interactivos (at) medialab-prado.es / more information
Organizers: Cultural Center of Spain in Lima (AECID) and Medialab-Prado (Madrid City Council)
[PostSpectacular / Print Magazine - cover design / 2008]
David Crow just published?Magic Box: Craft and the Computer,?a thoughtful essay on digital craft in a recent edition of Eye Magazine. This text situates the production of contemporary, generative digital art in relation to William Morris and the Arts and Craft Movement?(industry is a "beast without hands") and Michael Mateas' notion of Procedural Literacy. The article includes discussion of work by PostSpectacular,?Flight 404 and?LettError.