Christopher Baker
Since 2005

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BIO
Christopher Baker is an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. He creates artifacts and situations that reveal and generate relationships within and between these networks.

Christopher’s work has been presented in festivals, galleries and museums internationally including The Soap Factory, Form+Content Gallery, The Minnesota Museum of American Artists, The Minneapolis Fringe Festival, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, Millenáris Park in Budapest, Hungary, Huset i Magstræde in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Pixelache Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Christopher’s print work was recently published in ID Magazine and the book Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design.

Baker recently completed his Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Media Arts at the University of Minnesota. He is now the senior artist-in-residence at the Kitchen Budapest, an experimental media arts lab in Hungary. In his previous life as a scientist, Christopher worked to develop brain-computer interfaces at the University of Minnesota and UCLA.
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OPPORTUNITY

Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art 2010


Deadline:
Sat May 15, 2010 00:00

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Spark (http://spark.cla.umn.edu/) invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres.

Submissions are accepted in the following categories:

[list]Installation+Visual Art
Composer+Performer
Night Life
Improvisation
Noise+Industrial
Theater+Dance
Works for Outdoor Public Spaces
Animation/Video[/list]

While the festival provides technical support for the accepted works, we do not provide musicians. Submissions are therefore limited to works that are performed by the composer or by musicians/performers congregated by the composer.

Spark receives submissions strictly through the online system. We encourage submitters to provide a URL to supporting audio/video media in the highest quality possible. In cases where high quality audio is not available online, file uploads are accepted (.wav or .aif, less than 128 MB in size). Video file uploads are not accepted.

The submissions deadline as been extended:
All submissions must be received by May 15, 2010 at 11:59PM Minneapolis Time (CST).


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Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts 2010
September 28 - October 3, 2010
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, USA

Ali Momeni, Artistic Director

For one week each year, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts gathers creators and performers of new media arts from around the world to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA to showcase their work to the public.

The Spark Festival was founded by composer Doug Geers seven years ago. Now in its eighth year, the Spark Festival showcases groundbreaking works of music, art, theater, and dance that feature use of new technologies. Spark invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres. Past Spark Festivals have featured a diverse array of guests, including Paul Demarinis, Richard Devine, Alvin Lucier, Morton Subotnick, DJ Spooky ,Wafaa Bilal, Kanta Horio, Scanner, Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, Phillipe Manoury, Paul Lansky, and others.

This coming year, the Spark Festival will take a leave from Minnesota's winter and move to the fall season. The next Spark Festival will take place in October of 2010. The Bedlam Theater, home of Spark 2009's Nightlife programming, will be the Spark Head-quarters. The call for works for the 2010 Spark Festival will be announced in March 1st, 2010 and submissions deadline will be May 1, 2010.


OPPORTUNITY

Mobile Media Artist Residency : Minneapolis, Minnesota


Deadline:
Sun Feb 21, 2010 00:00

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Minneapolis Art On Wheels
2010 Artist Residency Program
Call For Applications


ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 21, 2010

Program Summary
The Minneapolis Art on Wheels (MAW) Artist Residency Program (ARP) seeks to gather select groups of innovative artists for intensive three week creative residencies in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Resident artists will work together at the West Bank Social Center (WBSC) and focus on creating new artworks and open source software tools that leverage cutting-edge interactive, mobile and projection technologies. While these new technologies are key components of MAW's work, the ARP does not require applicants to be expert in this field. Likewise, tech-savvy artists need not be experts in performance. In addition to demonstrating artistic skill, applicants must propose a project to be completed during their residency. While MAW welcomes any creative proposal, applicants are encouraged to first consider proposing public performances and interventions, experimental audio-visual works, interactive mobile media experiences or novel open source software instruments or performance tools. Work produced by resident artists will be exhibited, performed and shared in Minneapolis throughout the residency periods. The ARP encourages applicants to propose projects that can become a part of MAW's repertoire of public projection works for future performances.

The ARP offers eight three-week Artist Residencies during the late Spring of 2010. In addition to MAW's technical resources and workspace at the WBSC, resident artists will receive a generous artist fee (3000 USD) and project budget (500 USD). Selected artists living outside of Minneapolis will receive a travel stipend and assistance securing local accommodations. For more information about the program requirements application process and deadlines, see the program details below.

TO APPLY: http://minneapolisartonwheels.org/arp

What is Minneapolis Art on Wheels?
Minneapolis Art on Wheels (MAW) is an artist collective dedicated to activating public spaces with large-scale projections of sound and video. MAW develops software, hardware and methodologies for participatory urban projection and helps artists and community organizations utilize these instruments to creatively claim and transform public spaces. MAW disseminates these instruments and works with artists interested in technology to promote mobile public projection. MAW aims to connect patrons with artists and artists with communities through commissioning programs. Commissioning programs are tailored to the needs of a specific event and include performances on-demand, training of artist with a mission and collaborative development of public performance events sought by community organizations.

MAW is directed by Ali Momeni with fiscal sponsorship from the Minnesota Futures Grant, Office of International Programs, College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technologies, the Department of Art and the Collaborative Arts Program at at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


EVENT

Urban Echo | A Collaborative Public Artwork | Participate today with your cell phone!


Dates:
Fri Oct 06, 2006 00:00 - Fri Oct 06, 2006

TONIGHT : 6 OCTOBER 2006 : MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA

Urban Echo is a collaborative public artwork that will take place beginning at dusk tonight (6 October, 2006) on the University of Minnesota campus. For directions and other info, please find your way to http://www.base8.org/urbanecho .

How can you participate?

We are asking people to answer one of more of the following questions before and during the event:

Who are you? What are you? Where are you? Why are you?

You can submit your thoughts via:

Old fashioned voice message@ 612-626-6921
Cellphone text message @ 612-501-2598
Cellphone photo or video message @ urbanecho@gmail.com

Show up and be a part of the event!

Where is it and when?

University of Minnesota arts quarter. Find directions here http://www.base8.org/urbanecho.
The festivities will begin at dusk on Friday 6 October and will continue into the night.

Want more information?

Urban Echo is a collaborative project between University of Minnesota graduate students Christopher Baker (Fine Arts), Laura Baker (Landscape Architecture/Urban Planning), and J. Anthony Allen (Music Composition). The project is intended to celebrate the stories that each person in a city has to tell and the ways in which those stories help to create and strengthen the places they inhabit. The viewer becomes the participant by generating what is seen or heard within the space. Viewers’ responses are heard over speakers or projected onto 6-10ft translucent plexiglass sculptures. These screen structures occupy an outdoor space in an area where viewers can interact with the text, images and sounds being projected.

Participants use their cell phones to leave a voice message or even send their thoughts via text, photo or video message. We were attracted to using cell phones as the mode of participant interaction because they have become an accessible form of communication that a large segment of the population understands. While cell phones are generally used for private conversations in public spaces, we are encouraging their use to foster public conversations in these same spaces.

Words and pictures are echoed onto the screens, becoming beacons - variable sculptures - that call on others to respond or initiate communication. These declarations dynamically transform the space into a collective narrative in. Ultimately, this project aims to excite the questions of identity tucked quietly within the folds of our common urban tapestry. We hope to glimpse and celebrate the multiplicity of viewpoints by asking the simple, yet profound questions: who, what, why and where are you?