The New Forms Festival (NFF) is an annual event highlighting emerging forms at the junction of art, culture and technology. It includes performances, panel discussions, workshops, and interactive exhibits on contemporary Media Arts issues. NFF04 will be held in Vancouver from October 14 to 28, 2004. Proposals are invited for four areas of the festival: the Conference, the Exhibition (digital art, performance, installation, immersive environments, Net .Art), Performance Series (sound art, performance art, live film/AV) and Late Night Events (music, visuals, post-digital, laptop, group performance, screenings). The deadline for submissions is May 14.
Visiting Arts, in collaboration with the British Council, is announcing an International Fellowship at Site Gallery in Sheffield, United Kingdom. This Fellowship is open to applications from visual artists working with lens-based/digital media work and who are living and working in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela or Uruguay. The 2004 three-month residency will take place from August to November 2004. Click here for more details.
FILE 2004 is open for registrations to new media works such as webarts, netarts, artificial life, hypertext, web cam art, computer animation, digital design, tele-conference, virtual reality, interactive films, e-videos, online robotics and others. FILE SIMPOSIUM 2004, FILE HIPERSÃ”NICA, and FILE-GAMES 2004 are all open for entry works, papers, performances and/or registration.
New book reviews at RCCS include: Susan B. Barnes’s Online Connections: Internet Interpersonal Relationships reviewed by Andrew Dalton; Edwin Bendyk and Zatruta Studnia’s [Poisoned Well. On Power and Freedom] reviewed by Alek Tarkowski; N. Katherine Hayles’s Writing Machines reviewed by Michael Filas; Joseph Tabbi’s Cognitive Fictions reviewed by Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Jen Webb, with a rejoinder from Joseph Tabbi; and Mark Warschauer’s Technology and Social Inclusion: Rethinking the Digital Divide reviewed by Chris Hewson.
There are only two weeks left to submit your entry to trAce’s New Media Article Writing Competition before the deadline on 30th April. Prize-winners will receive cash prizes and will also be published on the trAce website. This competition is open to all and is organised in conjunction with the Writers for the Future.
COSIGN 2004, the 4th International Conference on Computational Semiotics, is seeking papers, artworks, posters, and demonstrations. The conference will be held September 14-16, 2004, at the University of Split in Croatia. COSIGN 2004 seeks to explore how meaning can be created by, encoded in, understood by, or produced through, the computer.
Edited by Marc Bousquet and Katherine Wills, The Politics of Information is an essay collection in five parts covering a broad panoply of discourses, practices, and institutional change that can be garnered under the rubric of “materialist informatics.” The Politics of Information is available for download.
The Leonardo Electronic Almanac, an international electronic journal and web archive for the interaction of the arts, sciences and technology, is currently seeking submissions for its upcoming Special Issues. Visit the websites for more information on each of the call for papers: Network Leaps, Bounds and Misses: Critiquing Regional Strategies for Digital Arts and Electronic Music in Asia and the Pacific (deadline extended to April 15), From the Extraordinary to the Uncanny: the persistence of a parallel universe, and RE:SEARCHING OUR ORIGINS: Critical and Archival Histories of the Electronic Arts.
First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game, edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Pat Harrigan, is a new book gathering a remarkably diverse group of new media theorists and practitioners to consider the relationship between “story” and “game,” as well as the new kinds of artistic creation (literary, performative, playful) that have become possible in the digital environment. Topics range from “Cyberdrama” to “Ludology” (the study of games), to “The Pixel/The Line” to “Beyond Chat.” For more information and to purchase First Person, visit MIT Press.
On April 5, 2004, e-literature artist Stephanie Strickland will be giving a talk “Retuning Time and Space in Digital Media” at &NOW: A Festival of Writing as a Contemporary Art at Notre Dame. On April 8, 2004, Strickland will be having an e-poems reading at the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia with D.A. Powell. On April 24-25, Strickland and Cynthia Lawson will be doing a collaborative reading of V: Vniverse as part of an e-poetry/e-fiction session, taking place at the “networks, art & collaboration” conference, SUNY Buffalo.