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FW: INTERACTIVE FUTURES (Victoria, BC, Canada) (12/12/03; 1/30/04-1/31/04)

  • Deadline:
    Nov. 18, 2003, 3:10 a.m.

CFP: INTERACTIVE FUTURES (Victoria, BC, Canada) (12/12
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 Piche. Originally trained
as an electro-acoustic composer, Piche 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 Williams.

* Jean Piche (Canada) - Jean Piche is a composer and video artist living in
Montreal, Canada. Since 1988, he has been teaching composition and video at
the Universite de Montreal. 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

* 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@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

Proposals should not exceed 500 words in length. If your presentation
requires specific media or technical support (computer or network 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:


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,


Festival Director:
Kathy Kay director@vifvf.com

Steve Gibson sgibson@finearts.uvic.ca

Arthur and Marilouise Kroker kroker@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

Dr. Steve Gibson, Associate Professor, Digital Media
Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Canada

Voice: +1-250-721-8017 or +1-250-920-7722
Fax: +1-250-721-6595
E mail: sgibson@uvic.ca or room101studio@yahoo.ca
Telebody: http://telebody.ws
Virtual DJ: http://www.telebody.ws/VirtualDJ