Posts for August 2005

Sharp Shootin' Spartan

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"This Spartan Life" is a machinima talk show about media art and made entirely on the X-Box in Halo, Microsoft's uber-popular first person shooter. A team of skilled players make up the cast and crew: Damian Lacedaemion (the host), DJ Octobit, a troupe of "Solid Gold Elite Dancers," as well as multiple camera operators. The guest list for the first episode includes new media visionary Bob Stein and video artist Peggy Awesh. Damian plays both host and protector to these guests; often putting the question and answer sessions on hold while he offs the "n00bs" who mistake his not-so-private X-box Live game/Machinima Studio for a combat zone. In Halo, violence is casual. Not so in a talk show. "This Spartan Life's" insistence on juxtaposing the two renders the brutal murders of other players (and guests) absurd and hilarious. Furthermore, Halo's treacherous and Gothic landscape serves to spur on interesting conversation, as the guests, unfamiliar with the game, analyze the enviornment they've been thrust into. Episode 1, which also includes a choreographed dance sequence, some well curated chiptunes, and a CNN Crossfir--style battle to the death, is online now. - Matt Boch

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online video and the future of television

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This one-day conference brings together archivists, educators, technologists, entrepreneurs, producers, legal experts, and investors to explore the enormous promise offered by the availability of online video and television content. Demonstrations and interactive panel discussions will highlight new video technologies, services, legal issues, and economic models. Participants from diverse -- and until now, largely disconnected -- specialties will be especially encouraged to interact.

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Visual AIDS invites artists to submit to "Postcards From the Edge" benefit

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Visual AIDS invites artists to participate in our eighth annual Postcards From the Edge benefit. We are looking for artists to donate a 4" x 6" original work on paper for the exhibition and sale. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and mixed media are welcomed.

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New Media Arts at the Australian National University

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CNMA provides a unique environment in Australia for the artistic use of computers and a focus on interdisciplinary education for artists interested in exploring the potential of new technologies and new media. CNMA is a centre dedicated to creative applications of new technology and artistic practice and offers studies in new digital sound and image technologies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Essay-Competition »backup.plaintext«

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The 7th backup_festival. new media in film, which takes place at the E-Werk, Weimar, Germany, from October 6-9, 2005, is looking for theoretical texts by academic newcomers. Under the title of backup.plaintext we are collecting essays on the theory and context of moving images.

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SAC gallery - open call for new media + animation

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The SAC gallery invites submissions for Revisioning nature which will address contemporary representations of nature and natural forms. New media and animation artisits are strongly encouraged to apply. Open to all media.

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The Connectors, Bristol 12-18 September 2005

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The Connectors
12-18 September 2005
An international festival at the cutting edge of sound and image processing featuring exclusive performances, specially curated films screenings, artist led masterclasses and software courses.

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Final Call for Submissions - Drunken Boat's PanLiterary Awards

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Drunken Boat,international online journal for the arts, announces its First Annual Panliterary Awards in Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Web-Art, Photo/Video, Sound. Submit up to three works, either via email to or via physical mail.Deadline Extended to: August 15th, 2005

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Faculty Opportunity at CSU Monterey Bay, CA

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The Department of Teledramatic Arts and Technology within the College of Science Media Arts and Technology at California State University Monterey Bay invites application for two tenure track faculty positions.

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"SYNAPSE" at L.A. Center for Digital Art

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SYNAPSE is a group exhibition of seven artists who made a difference by not only pursuing their personal aesthetics but because they operated in such a way as to build bridges between art forms and art communities.

SYNAPSE highlights some of the key accomplishments of the last quarter-century in the development of the Southern California digital art scene.

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by Rex Bruce