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Posted by Rachel Greene | Thu Apr 14th 2005 8:28 a.m.

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Subject: AV.06: First Announcement - Call for Expressions of Interest
From: "Honor Harger" <HHarger@tynecine.org>
Date: Thu, April 14, 2005 4:16 am

Dear Friends,

Firstly, please accept my sincere apologies if you receive this email more
than once.

Please find below the first announcement for AV.06, the second
audiovisual festival in the North East of England.

The AV Festival is a new bi-annual international festival of digital art,
moving image, music and new media convergence. AV.06 will take place
across three cities during the first two weeks of March 2006, and will
examine one of the key issues within creative and scientific
practice - Life.

AV are commissioning a small number of new projects, and will also be
presenting existing projects related to the festival theme. To this end,
we have just released a Call for Expressions of Interest

I hope this is of interest to some of you and that you'll consider
responding to the call.

If you do not wish to receive any more information about the AV
Festival, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Very best wishes

Honor Harger

Consultant Director
AV Festival
Email: honor@avfest.co.uk



AV.06: the second audiovisual festival
March 2006
NewcastleGateshead, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, UK

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 27 May 2005

The AV Festival is a new bi-annual international festival of digital art,
moving image, music and new media convergence which takes place in the
North East of England. The second AV festival - AV.06 - will take place
across three cities in the North East of England during the first two
weeks of March 2006. It will examine one of the key issues within creative
and scientific practice - life.

AV.06 will include internationally renowned artists, filmmakers,
researchers, technicians and musicians as well as emerging
practitioners. Concerts, performances and exhibitions will be
complemented by a conference and an education programme.

AV.06 will feature:

- new commissions of film, digital arts, music and games
- outdoor projects which will transform landmark public buildings or
- live performance events at the Sage Gateshead and other concert venues
- a major strand of activity focussing on computer games
- a screening programme
- exhibitions and installations
- an international conference
- an education programme of workshops, seminars and lectures
- a programme of club events and parties
- a radio station broadcasting on-air and online
- digital projects for the region's public transport system

AV.06 is providing creative practitioners with an opportunity to
contribute ideas to the programme. If you have an existing project which
could fit the thematic context of the programme, or an idea for a new
work, we would like to hear about it.

___AV.06 : thematics

The theme of AV.06 is Life. The festival will explore the interplay
between digital and biological life as explored by audiovisual
practitioners from all disciplines.

In an increasingly technologised society, we find ourselves surrounded by,
and immersed in, virtual and artificial worlds. Evolutionary
computational techniques and genetic algorithms correlate the processes of
the computer with the processes we observe in biology. Digital technology
has allowed for entire environments to be modelled within the computer.
The internet has created a culture, where societies of users can inhabit
these synthetic environments. Games, online communities and immersive
interactive environments have become worlds within worlds.

At the same time, genetic engineering is allowing for the creation of
synthetic biological worlds, which are constructed in the laboratory.
Biotechnology raises passions, hopes, fears and fascinations. On the
cutting edge of science and ethics, it offers many promises, but prompts
anxiety also. Fields such as stem cell research, genetic modification and
reproductive cloning intrigue and perturb us, provoking questions about
the status of life itself.

The North East of England has become a bioresearch centre of
international repute, with scientists at the Centre for Stem Cell
Biology and Developmental Genetics at the University of Newcastle
engaged in human embryonic stem cell research, and medical researchers at
the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough working on reproductive
treatments for patients. The often troubling ethical and political
implications of this work are considered and communicated by
organisations such as the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre
(PEALs) and the Centre for Life.

Artists also have a role to play in considering the changing nature of
life. Artificial life and emergent systems have long been subjects for new
media artists, exemplified by the work of Kenneth Rinaldo (USA), William
Latham (UK/USA) and Jon McCormack (Australia). Now,
practitioners such as the Critical Art Ensemble (USA) and Oron Catts &
Ionat Zuur (Australia), are beginning to work directly with living
biological systems. With artists and scientists alike fabricating new
life-forms and ecologies, our understanding of what life is and where it
can happen is shifting, evolving and mutating.

AV.06 will explore and present new ways of thinking about Life. The
festival will interrogate the boundaries of what is 'natural' and what is
'synthetic' in this context, aiming to extend and rework these
notions. It will probe digital and biological 'lifeforms' and 'living
systems', and ask such questions as: what do these 'creations' look, sound
and feel like? What is it like to 'inhabit' these systems? Who are the
demiurges of the artificial age?

Areas which may inform the exploration of Life within AV.06 include (but
are not restricted to):

- bioscience and biotechnology
- artificial life
- evolutionary computation and genetic algorithms
- technologically mediated ecosystems, ecologies and environments -
virtual or networked spaces as social 'living' environments
- life processes as tools for discovery and learning
- evolutionary approaches to narrative within film
- algorithmic techniques within music composition and audio
- philosophical and ethical explorations of the boundaries of nature

AV.06 will also include a major strand on gaming, which will explore, as
part of its focus, the way that multi-player games, are increasingly
evolving into highly complex social "living" environments

___AV.06: submissions

AV will be commissioning new works especially for the festival, as well as
presenting creative work which has already been produced. AV is now
calling for expressions of interest from artists, filmmakers, musicians,
DJs, VJs, designers, games developers, theorists, curators,
technologists, scientists, philosophers and others interested in this field.

You are invited to submit a short proposal for:

- a new work which you would like to make specifically for the festival
- an existing project which you would like to present at the

The Application Form and Guidelines document are available on the AV website:

Expressions of Interest must be sent via email.

Please include: "expression of interest: AV.06" in the subject line.

Examples of work can be sent via post, if necessary, as per the
Guidelines on the website.


Email proposals to:


___AV: the story so far

The first AV Festival was held in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and
Sunderland, 8 - 22 November 2003, organised by the Tyneside Cinema,
Middlesbrough Council, the University of Teesside and Sunderland City
Council. The festival delivered over one hundred events across three towns
in two weeks, and included performances by the Cinematic
Orchestra, DJ Food, Tina Frank and General Magic, screenings of Matthew
Barney's Cremaster Cycle, a Mike Figgis film retrospective, onedotzero
screenings and a lively programme of workshops and lectures. Over 35 new
works were commissioned, including new pieces by filmmaker, Richard
Fenwick and The Light Surgeons.

AV.03 proved to be one of the biggest new media, digital arts and
digital music festival in the UK, and is the only festival event to occur
in each major population centre in the North East region. The AV.03
website is archived at: http://www.avfest.co.uk/new/index4.html

___AV: collaborators

AV brings together some of the most creative people and organisations in
the region. The North-East's top universities have joined forces with
three City Councils and an independent cinema with an eye firmly on the
future. AV is in partnership with:
- Middlesbrough Council <http://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk> and their
Arts Development team
- Sunderland City Council <http://www.sunderland.gov.uk> and their
Arts Development team
- Tyneside Cinema <http://www.tynecine.org/>, the key independent
cinema in the North East region.
- University of Teesside <http://www.tees.ac.uk/>, an important centre
for teaching, learning and research, based in Middlesbrough.

AV is also working with the Sage Gateshead
<http://www.thesagegateshead.com/>, a new home for music that is
bringing about a widespread and lasting enrichment of music in the North
of England, CultureLab at the University of Newcastle
<http://www.ncl.ac.uk/niassh/culturelab/> and the University of

___AV: supporters

The development of the AV festival is supported by:
- The Arts Council of England
- Codeworks
- Newcastle City Council
- Northern Film and Media
- Northern Rock Foundation
- UK Film Council

___AV.06: contacts

Honor Harger
Consultant Director

AV Festival
c/-Tyneside Cinema
10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 2328289, ext 112
Email: honor@avfest.co.uk
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