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Wed Nov 10, 2010 00:00


Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum is soliciting proposals for its exhibition program for 2011 - 12. Four projects will be selected from applicants for solo installations created for a gallery space (958 sq. ft.). Artist fees will be paid plus travel, accommodation and a modest production/installation budget. The directions we are taking in our program encompasses robotic work, mixed reality, virtual animation, interactive screens, ambient tv, expanded cinema. Deadline is November 10, 2010. Please send proposals to Brenda Cleniuk, Director, Neutral Ground 1856 Scarth Street, #203, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4P 2G3 (Please do not ask courier for signature at this end.)



Sat Oct 27, 2007 00:00 - Sat Oct 27, 2007


:burial grounds of habitation consciousness

:a zone devoted to notions of hu[wo]man.absence + refusenik.prescience

:dream.morphologies + bulldozed. alie[n]nations

_me[zangelle]:samosely_ involves the documentation of dreams and themes related to their analysis. As dreams are in essence a type of re-worked [subconscious] identity coding, this project explores the notion of dreams as existing in a habitation zone where identity is fractured and normalised boundaries of self explode outwards in a melange of reconstructed text, image + otherness.

The project involves a type of creative documentation/interpretation of projected altered states of consciousness + thematic similarities with people [samosely] who physically, and voluntarily, inhabit zones of potentially destructive forces. This state of geophysical alienation is mirrored in the spaces that human consciousness manifests in dream states.

"Mez (aka Mary-Anne Breeze) ties experimental language to avatar creation and collaborative networking to explore complex and often contested political and social themes. The originality of her approach with its rich integration of the various aspects of her praxis has repercussions beyond aesthetics.... she distributes her work in ways that exist beyond the scope of the capitalist print fiction industry." [<>Geniwate ]. The impact of her unique code/net.wurks [constructed via her pioneering net.language<> "mezangelle"] has been equated with the work of Shakespeare, James Joyce, Emily Dickinson, and Larry Wall. Mez has exhibited extensively since the early 90s [eg Wollongong World Women Online 1995, ARS Electronica 1997, The Metropolitan Museum Tokyo, 1999, SIGGRAPH 1999 & 2000, _Under_Score_ @The Brooklyn Academy of Music 2001, +playengines+ Melbourne 2003, p0es1s Berlin 2004, Dissention Convention @Postmaster Gallery New York 2004, Arte Nuevo InteractivA Yucatan 2005, Radical Software @Turin 2006 + DIWO @ the HTTP Gallery, London 2007]. Her awards include the 2001 VIF Prize [Germany], the JavaMuseum Artist Of The Year 2001 [Germany], 2002 Newcastle New Media Poetry Prize [Australia], winner of the 2006 Site Specific Index Page Competition [Italy].

Mez is also an online theorist [@ <>Furtherfield,<>Metamute,<> CyberSociology Magazine, and<> fineArt Forum], co-moderator of<> _arc.hive_ and a social/software/network engineer : "On 4/16, Snap...introduce[s] a major upgrade to Snap Preview Anywhere that was inspired in no small part by <>Mez's use of link previews to illustrate text, rather than using links to send people away." [Peter Angles, Marketing Director for <>].


Soil is a new media lab and presentation facility affiliated with Neutral Ground artist run centre that provides a range of technical and creative services delivered as ongoing programs to further research and creation of digital media for emerging, mid career or established artists.


Phill Niblock, Katherine Liberovskaya Concert & Video Program

Sun Mar 04, 2007 00:00 - Sun Mar 04, 2007

Tuesday March 6, 2007, 8:00 pm
Neutral Ground, 1856 Scarth Street
Regina, SK
Canada and

1. Live set: Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya - Live mixing of audio pieces by Phill Niblock with Live video mixing by Katherine Liberovskaya

In this live set Niblock mixes between audio pieces based on diverse field recordings which are very different from his music compositions. Liberovskaya mixes video with Jitter/Max/MSP from a vast personal database of clips shot over the past fifteen years.

2. Concert Event: Music by Phill Niblock

Zrost (23:30, 2004) , Martin Zrost, soprano saxophone, recorded samples
Valence (23:03, 2005), Julia Eckhardt, viola, recorded samples
Harm, for cello (22 min, 2003), Arne Deforce, cello, recorded samples

Phill Niblock plays a live computer part with several of the pieces
Images by Phill Niblock from the film/video series "Movement of People

Thursday March 8, 2007 8:00pm
Neutral Ground, 1856 Scarth Street
Regina, SK

Presented by Soil Digital Media Suite
Curated by Katherine Liberovskaya

A selection from 'SCREEN COMPOSITIONS' 2005, 2006, 2007, a regular mini-series within the yearly March concert series at Experimental Intermedia New York. Screen Compositions focuses on intersections of moving image with sonic art. It presents screen works representing dynamic two-way collaborations between video/ film artists and sound/ music artists specifically intended for single-channel projection with no live or performance component.


"Le train ou vont les choses", Nathalie Bujold (Can), 2005, 8'23''
music: Gerard Leckey (Can) + Lary Seven (NY)

"Paysage avec miroir", Ines Wickmann (Can), 2006, 7'
music: Ingrid Drese (Belgium)

"Take-off", Katherine Liberovskaya (Can), 2006, 24'
music: Al Margolis/If, Bwana (NY)

"Optical Sound", Mika Taanila (Finland), 2005, 6'30''
music: The User (Can)

"Bow Falls", Paul Ryan (NY), 2003, 26'
music: Annea Lockwood (U.S.A.)

"Tunnel Vision", Janene Higgins (NY), 2004-05, 3'30"
music: Elliot Sharp (NY)

"Light Work 1", Jennifer Reeves (NY), 2006, 8'
music: Anthony Burr (NY)

"Dance Hall Subotnick", Benton-C Bainbridge (NY), 2006, 3'21"
music: Bobby Previte (NY)

"Untitled" (excerpt), Ursula Scherrer (U.S.A./Switzerland), 2004, 12'
music: Michael Schumacher (NY)

"Sunnet", Margarida Garcia (Portugal), 2006, 3'
music: Manuel Mota (Portugal)

"Tomato One / Navigator", Sami van Ingen (Finland), 2006, 5'
music: Petri Kuljuntausta (Finland)

"Synchronator", Bas Van Koolwijk (Netherlands), 2006, 6'
music: Gert-Yan Prins (Netherlands)

Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the
mid-60's he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world among which: The Museum of Modern Art; The Wadsworth Atheneum; the Kitchen; the Paris Autumn Festival; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; ZKM; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard; World Music Institute at Merkin Hall NYC. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances) and the curator of EI's XI Records label. In 1993 he was part of the formation of an Experimental Intermedia organization in Gent, Belgium - EI v.z.w. Gent - which supports an artist-in-residence house and installations there. Phill
Niblock's music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label.

Katherine Liberovskaya is a video and media artist based in Montreal, Canada, and New York. She has been working predominantly in experimental video since the late eighties. Over the years, she has produced many single-channel videos and video installation works, some of which have earned awards and mentions in Europe and North America. Her works have been
presented at a wide variety of artistic venues and events around the world among which: Diapason Gallery, NY, Netmage, Bologna, MUU Gallery, Helsinki, Bunkier Sztuki National Gallery, Krakow, M'ARS Gallery, Moscow, Gallery 21, St-Petersburg, Gallery Ssamzie, Seoul, Stazione di Topolo - Postaja Topolove, Italy, Institute for Transacoustic Research (Iftaf), Vienna, Balazs Bela Studio, Budapest, Gallery Parzival, Berlin, Erasing, Belgrade, ISEA 2004, Helsinki, The Subtropics Experimental Music Festival, Miami, Images, Toronto, FCMM, Montreal, Osnabruck European Media Art Festival, VIPER, Basel, offline@online Media Art Festival, Tallin, WRO Festival, Wroclaw, Festival Internacional de Nuevo Cine, Havanna, VideoMedeja, Novi Sad, Mass Cultura, Lisbon, Les instants video de Manosque, France.


Deep Structure: Deep Play; funding available

Soil Digital Media Suite
New Commissions: Call for Proposals
"Deep Structure: Deep Play"

Soil is calling for proposals to fund 2 new media works to be
completed in 2007. We are looking for projects to respond
to the statement;

"Combining experimental visual art with conceptual new media,
entertainment, immersive environments and post-pop
narcissism constitutes an aesthetic travesty of the highest order."

You may approach the thematic in any way you wish but
may include ideas around the following;

-connectivity, the impact of new media and the Internet
-geo-political boundaries in the age of and after globalism
-celebrity and the formation of identity, performing gender
-popular culture, populist art, smart pop
-online cinema, experimental video
-audio art, music and the presence of absence
-copyright/copyleft & intellectual property

Two works will be supported with C$2,000.00 honorariums.
We provide Web server and hosting, permanent archive,
and a one year membership to Soil, lab access if you are local
or wish to visit us!

Artists will maintain copyright of their productions which will be
posted on the Soil site and presented at public screenings, events or
as part of a gallery installation at Neutral Ground - if applicable in your

Please send proposals by January 15, 2007. Include previous
work as support material, CV, artist statement, technical description,
production timeline (estimate), and any technical needs to;

"Deep Structure: Deep Play"
Soil Digital Media Suite
#203 - 1856 Scarth Street
Regina, SK
S4P 2G3

Online proposals ok to;

About Soil;

Now entering its 10th year of opeartion, Soil is a not for profit
production and presentation facility in Canada's prairie
region organized to serve artists working with interactive and
digital media. The programs operate on a project to project
basis and have included residencies, commissions, training programs,
an online gallery and archive of projects funded by Soil, a gallery
exhibition and screening program, each of which have received support
from one or more of the following; the Canada Council for the Arts, the
Saskatchewan Arts Board, SMPIA, the Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Arts,
the City of Regina and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

We have presented work by David Rokeby, Peter Horvath, Jocelyn
Robert, Adam Hyde, Jen Southern, Jen Hamilton, Robert Saucier, KIT,
COCOSOLIDC1T1, FutureSonic, Valerie Lamontagne,
Garnet Hertz, Wayne Dunkley, Steve Heimbecker,
Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya, Guillermo Gomez-Pena,
Roberto Sifuentes, Edward Poitras, Paul Wong, Istvan Kantor,
Jillian Mcdonald, Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew (co-founder), Marc Fournel,
Ken Gregory, Dr. Sheila Petty, Camille Turner, _badpacket_, Battery Operated,
Deidre Logue, Lynda C. Surjik, Steve Reinke, Ian Birse & Laura Kavanaugh,
Queer City Cinema, The Skeleton Crew, Guy van Belle, Peter Courtemanche
and presented work or participated in ISEA Cartographies, Bridges II, REFRESH,
LIVE2005, ZeroOne, Independent Media Arts Alliance, Subtle
Technologies, and many, many others.

Soil engages critical practices and dialogue at the intersection of
the arts, sciences and technology to stimulate research and facilitate
production of new media projects made possible by new technologies by;

Facilitating artistic creation by providing access to technological
and artistic resources in the context of fine arts practices and discourses.

Providing professional development and access to cultural resources
for new media artists.

Developing new and knowledgeable audiences for new media practices.

Facilitating research and development of the art form of new media
and technology-based artistic practices.

Promoting contact between artists, technicians and specialists.

Fostering exchange between artists in different geographical
communities, overcoming geopolitical limitations with a translocal
agenda and network.

Broadening theoretical, technical and artistic knowledge in the field
of media art through multiple lines of programming, research and curation.


"Racing the Cultural Interface: African Diasporic Identities in the Digital Age"

Sat Oct 16, 2004 00:00 - Wed Oct 13, 2004

October 14 - November 20, 2004

"Racing the Cultural Interface: African Diasporic Identities in the Digital Age"
Dr. Sheila Petty, Curator

An international exhibition of performance, new media &
Soil Digital Media Suite at Neutral Ground - Regina, Saskatchewan
Catalogue available

Opening and reception, Saturday October 16th at 8:00 pm
Miss Canadiana in attendance

Screening: Friday November 19, 2004 8:00 pm
Paradigm Shift and Footprints, Phillip Mallory Jones
Digitopia, John Akomfrah

The African diaspora, and specifically the "Black Atlantic," encompasses the world created by the post-Columbus African slave trade and by other population displacements among people of African descent. For this reason the black diaspora is often described as a space in movement between cultures, nations, races, origins, destinations and journeys-a space in many ways analogous to cyberspace. Thinkers and media artists working in the black diaspora exploit the interactivity of this space, with its history of hybridizing global flows of black thought. Paul Gilroy, for example, argues that in the black diaspora, "the concept of space is itself transformed when it is seen less through outmoded notions of fixity and place and more in terms of the ex-centric communicative circuitry that has enabled dispersed populations to converse, interact and even synchronise" ("Route Work: the Black Atlantic and the Politics of Exile," in Chambers, Iain and Curti, Lidia (eds.) The Post-Colonial Question: Common Skies, Divided Horizons. London and New York: Routledge, 1996: 22).
Although it could be argued that the very refusal of black diasporic space to become fixed and therefore definable is an indication of instability, it is more accurate to describe it as inherently interactive, with a strong emphasis on exploding static notions of mainstream authority and a long history of hybridizing global flows of black thought. This exhibition brings together performance, digital art, interactive cinema and web-texts by artists of the African diaspora who are questioning what it means to be black in the digital age and who are contributing to concepts of resistance and the tactics of challenge that have the power to race the cultural interface.

John Akomfrah is a London-based digital media artist whose project, Digitopia explores the relationship between African diasporic identities and analog and digital worlds.

Wayne Dunkley is a Montreal-based digital and installation artist whose project, The Degradation and Removal of A/The Black Male deals with issues of surveillance, black masculinity and identity in Canadian society.

Philip Mallory Jones (USA) is a digital video artist whose projects, Paradigm Shift and Footprints focus on explicating black identity through the use of images rather than words.

Carmin Karasic is a Boston-based digital media artist whose project, With Liberty and Justice For All explores the US Pledge of Allegiance from a position of black alienation.

Roshini Kempadoo is a London-based digital media artist whose interactive installation, "Ghosting" documents how Caribbean and African historical moments such as slavery, colonization and migration are re-visited and re-articulated.

Camille Turner is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary/performance artist whose project, Miss Canadiana (part of a larger program of research entitled, Red, White and Beautiful) explores racial myths encountered by a young African-Canadian woman.

Soil Digital Media Suite at Neutral Ground
1856 Scarth Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 2G3

Soil gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Media Arts Section for this project, SMPIA and the Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Arts/La fondation Daniel Langlois. The curator wishes to acknowledge support from the University of Regina President's Scholar Programme; IBM Canada Ltd., the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Information Services and New Media Studio Laboratory - University of Regina.