The University of Southern California's Institute for Multimedia Literacy and the electronic journal Vectors will sponsor the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Program for summer 2009. Designed for scholars with an interest in multimedia research and authorship, fellows will collaborate with the Vectors-IML team to produce innovative interactive media projects, as well as pursuing their own existing projects. Visit the below link for more information and an application.
e-flux's online magazine e-flux journal announced that they will introduce print-on-demand, and, in addition, that they will allow readers to print the publication in a wide variety of formats, from posters to small booklets. Clearly a nod to the open circulation and transmission of information online, the editors hope to translate this logic to e- flux journal's distribution offline, saying, "...we realized that perhaps the most interesting and useful approach would be to let our readers determine its form, material, and channels of distribution and use." e-flux will develop a "modular print production platform" at their Berlin location with Francesca Grassi and Jeff Ramsey specifically for this purpose.
Here is a website broadcasting sounds with the intention of influencing the contents of your dreams. The project is based on sleep- and dream-research, indicating that external stimuli like sound, smell and touch can be experienced also during sleep. Our dreams are shaped by an inner world, as well as by experiences that we have had during the day and the external stimuli we are exposed to during sleep. While dreaming we get in contact with sub- and pre-conscious layers of our soul. Using sound you can influence your dreams.
This year's Artefact festival is organized around the notion that "images inevitably show and hide at the same time." Given the theme of "Behind the Image/ The Image Behind," the fest will feature the usual assemblage of great performances, panels, lectures, and installations. From the 10th through the 15th of February, Leuven's STUK Museum will be headquarters for deep discussion of the semiotics of digital images, the cultural snapshots that looking at code provides, and the patterns by which both are circulated. These form vs. content questions are part of the event's goal of "covering and uncovering media," as a means of exploring the nuances of contemporary digital visual culture, and the politics of representation and sharing in this realm. The lineup of speakers attests to a continuum of modification practices ranging from secret messages encoded in images to remixing other people's images, and the organizers hint explicitly at the connection between these transitional forms of textuality and the ideological transitions in representational strategies that coincide with technological development. That's right--this is a no fluff conference! Smart practitioners Taryn Simon, Ines Schaber, Harun Farocki, Pia Linz, Kristin Lucas, Peter Weibel, and ShiftSpace will be among those present to crack into these deep discussions. Not to worry, the evening programs are full of fun events to stimulate your eyes and ears after days of thinktankery. - Marisa Olson
Digital arts organization folly, located in Northwestern England in the Lake District of Cumbria, and Laternhouse International are now seeking applications for their 2009 Digital Artist Residency Program. The residency is geared toward established digital artists who are in need of "time and space to develop new works, research innovative ideas, make new connections and explore technique or production." The deadline is March 2, 2009. For more information and an application, visit the link below.
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Contained within the operating system of Mac computers is a rudimentary electronic psychotherapist program. Meant to simulate a Rogerian therapist, it engages the participant in a cyclical conversation by taking his or her statements and roughly reconfiguring them into questions. I met with this program three times a week for a month in order to discuss my fear that I was disappearing completely. These are three stills from our conversations.
Reproduction, appropriation, and automation are three major ongoing concerns within contemporary music and art. It’s strange then that relatively few people know about two mid-20th Century musical instruments that embodied all of these methods: the Chamberlin keyboard and its offshoot, the Mellotron, the first instruments built on taped samples of the sounds of others.
In Mellodrama: The Mellotron Documentary, filmmaker Dianna Dilworth takes measure of the many players in the story behind these unruly sound machines, whose very existence ultimately shaped much of popular music. The film is a study in the unpredictability of innovation, and how each extension of the same technology can conflict with the intentions of those that came before it.
The film profiles the creators as well as the instruments themselves, spotlighting their influence on later musical tools and approaches, as well as their overwhelming influence on a wave of pop stars, from the Beatles to 70s progressive rock bands. Mellodrama premiers February 16 at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.