In its 16th year, the Stuttgart Filmwinter - Festival for Expanded Media focusses on developments and changes in film and media. The theme of "Erdung" (Grounding) addresses the role of digital technology in real spaces, mobilisation and globalisation, and the shifting meanings of terms such as "home" and "root". An outstanding programme has been selected from 1300 submissions received, encompassing film, video, installations, CD-ROMs and online works. Established film-makers such as Matt Hulse and Dietmar Brehm are featured alongside emerging and experimental artists working with a variety of technologies. The festival runs from 16 -19 January, and audiences can vote online for their favourite internet projects from 9 January. The web site also provides programme, timetable and further information. -Helen Varley Jamieson
Though Net Art News will remain available to non-members, this is a reminder that Rhizome's new membership policy takes effect next Wednesday, January 15, 2003. We hope all Rhizomers can afford to make a contribution of $5 or more. Paypal and Secure credit card transactions can be made online, and we accept checks, money orders or cash mailed to Rhizome.org, 180 Varick Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10014. What's in store for Rhizome members? A sketch of planned enhancements to the Rhizome web site can be found here: http://www.rhizome.org/object.rhiz?13928
Launching today is 'Packet,' a new online exhibition space that takes its name from the packets of data that whiz round the internet and are reassembled at the end of their journey into a greater whole. 'Packet' will provide a stepping-stone space for students and artists new to digital media who haven't yet developed enough work for a full show. Exhibitions will change monthly, with the first artist being Roberto Pasang, followed by Johnny Liu in February and Kimberly Turner in March. Packet is an initiative of San Francisco gallery New Langton Arts. -Helen Varley Jamieson
Net artists have long been interested in film artists -- Olia Lialina, Lev Manovich, and Vuk Cosic, are well-known examples. An American artist experimenting with open source and cinema is Barbara Lattanzi. Currently Artist-in-Residence at Smith College in Massachusetts, Lattanzi has written a number of softwares, inspired by legendary experimental filmmakers like Hollis Frampton and F.G. Murnau, for use with video data. Applying her HF Critical Mass or AMG Strain to film segments will yield gorgeous results, so filmmakers should click on over, download tools (and code if desired), and create new, hybrid Director's Cuts. -- Rachel Greene
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Art collective to watch: de Geuzen, whose three core members are Dutch women Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting and Renee Turner. de Geuzen's projects consider paradigms of open source (e.g. permeability, decentralization, emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience), and how these overlap with or diverge from historical and current female activities, tropes, wardrobes, and habits. Check out Geuzen DIY manuals (I love their guide to making t-shirts), and stand-alone site Unravelling-Histories.org, about Dutch colonial narratives, clothing, and inspired by fellow visionary Dutch woman, Mrs. Terwen-de Loos.
Low-fi.org has aggregated some fresh new net.art projects, loosely curated with the premises that the works are good and interesting, and are in varying stages of completion. Uphone.org is a nascent telephone/RealMedia project, Ourganisation is a just-born forum for collaboration and exchange, and N55, a Danish collective's site, rethinks everything from sofas to snails. Superchannel, another project, provides tools and infrastructure to independent TV programming from around the world. I was hoping that Internet TV thing was going to come back!! Additional Net selections by Gair Dunlop and Lucy Kimbell make this low-fi round-up a resounding hit -- even the projects just getting started are worth bookmarking. -- Rachel Greene
Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Technical Coordinator