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OPPORTUNITY

JOB OPPORTUNITY


Deadline:
Thu Aug 30, 2007 00:00

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Digital media technology

Organization: Soil Digital Media Suite (at Neutral Ground)

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan

Category: Admin - Instructional Technology and Design: Associate Director

Posted: 07/15/07

Application Due: 09/10/07

Start Date: is flexible

Type: Full Time Temporary (3 months) with possibility for extension

Salary: $3,000 per month

To apply: Send C.V. and Web design samples with letter to Neutral Ground, 1856 Scarth Street #203, Regina, Sask. S4P 2G3

Job Description:

Soil Digital Media Suite seeks candidates for the position of Digital Technology Specialist: Associate Director. This individual manages the digital art lab and assists with visiting artist programs and would appeal to someone interested in the concept of "Management as Design" to assist the current Director with establishing an infrastructure and public profile for the outlet.

Duties include taking over the production directorship of the lab (4 - 6 projects per year), grant writing, and redesigning the gallery Web sites.

Experience with Macintosh OS X computers, strong design and Web skills, strong Fine Arts background, interest in Web 2.0 and working with emerging artists.

Neutral Ground is an incorporated, not for profit arts centre with federal charitable status located in Regina, Saskatchewan and has been in operation for 26 years dedicated to programs that foster the development of alternative fine arts practices.

For inquiries, please email Brenda Cleniuk, neutralground@accesscomm.ca



EVENT

Soil; new audio commissioned work opens tomorrow


Dates:
Thu Jun 29, 2006 00:00 - Thu Jun 29, 2006

Soil Digital Media Suite presents 2 new works created through their commissioning program for new media.

A live stream of the June 30th concert is available at this link under SPIKED
http://www.neutralground.sk.ca

Friday, June 30, 2006 - Concert
Guy van Belle (Bratislava): "slashtops"
8:00 pm

The concert program "slashtops" consists of real time manipulations with sound transforming light to sound and sound to light in three parts to investigate the relationship between sound and image, audio art and the visual, a persistent tension in the arts for generations. The first part of the program is a trilogy of arrangements between synthetic and real sounds the source material and inspiration based on recordings made in Quebec based on the movement of the artbots that comprise 'thoughts go by air'. A second source of audio content comes from Munich based on sounds from the city environment and a third from Bratislava, around Zlaty Piesky (an industrial - recreational - commercial area). The second component of the program is based on a translation of light into sound using the computer as an instrument. The third part of the program is a concert version of the installation TICS, which is a translation of light into sound and back to light, with a score based on the novel 'istanbul' by the turkish writer orhan pamuk (2006)

Biography:
Guy Van Belle (working and living on the road and in Bratislava) has been prominently involved in the use and development of media for artistic purposes since 1990. Since 2000 xgz has been working under the name of the collective digital band mxHz.org (machine cent'red humanz), creating collaborative performances, concerts, workshops, exhibitions and unexpected experimental/abstract art projects. MxHz.org is co-organizer of the umbrella organisation okno, a non-profit technological art organisation situated in Brussels.

MxHz.org are currently developing 2 sets of autonomously communicating heliumbots. The title of the project is "thoughts go by air". Performances were set up in Brussels, Den Hague, and New York. The current new generation is being developed in Brussels (http://okno.be) and Berlin. A special focus for mxHz.org is on Balkan/Central/Eastern Europa to work towards a new sustainable kind of collaborative projects. A recent ongoing work - 2WR or two-way-radios - is a net-remake of John Cage's Imaginary Landscapes #4 (for 12 radios and 24 performers) based on some historical texts by innovative radio artists. The project started in Prague during the FM@dia conference 2004 and was recently set up as a networked installation at Skolska Prague. With Akihiro Kubota he started the 'Society of Algorithm' in 2001, working on netbased music performances. They participate in festivals and connected concerts. Since 2005 open workshops were added and a residency exchange between Europe and Japan to expand the concept. Recently, they contributed to the Berlin Sonambiente Exhibition.

June 30 - July 29, 2006 - Installation
Peter Courtemanche (Vancouver): "Preying Insect Robots"
Opening reception Friday, June 30

Work created for the commission series, "Living with artificial beings" for Soil Digital Media Suite
Preying Insect Robots c. 2006 by Absolute Value of Noise

Preying Insect Robots is a set of autonomous creatures that move about and communicate using a wireless Internet connection. These robots are modeled after an imaginary jade-green preying mantis - a mechanical creature that is described in the "Martian Chronicles" (by Ray Bradbury). The robots are adaptable to both indoor and outdoor environments - galleries, sidewalks, parks, and performance spaces. They engage in solo and choreographed group activities. The sound of their motors, motion and engagement creates an eerie soundtrack. The piece has a number of manifestations including an installation, a public intervention (performance), a web-presence, and an audio CD based on the sounds of the robots. As the robots wander, they transmit poetry to the Internet - creating montages of found text from a number of science fiction stories, including Feersum Endjinn (1994) and Excession (1996) by Iain M. Banks; The Martian Chronicles (1946 - 1958) by Ray Bradbury; Autofac (1955), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968), and The Electric Ant by Philip K. Dick; Mortal Engines (1972 - 1976) by Stanislaw Lem; and For a Breath I Tarry (1966) by Roger Zelazny.

To hear the poetry created by the preying insect bots, go to this link;
http://www.soilmedia.org/preying/

Biography:

Peter Courtemanche is a contemporary sound and installation artist from Vancouver. He is the Director and Curator of the Western Front's Media Arts Program - which supports the production and dissemination of experimental audio and electronic art. He has worked extensively in radio-art and electronic/interactive interventions. His art works often have a literary basis - inspired by narrative texts and the history of specific installation sites. As a curator, collaborator and producer he has worked with many established and emerging artists in the production and installation of video, audio, and computer/electronic based art.

Events take place at Neutral Ground
1856 Scarth Street, Regina, Saskatchewan
Curated by Brenda Cleniuk

For funding support, we thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Lotteries Trust, the City of Regina and the Department of Canadian Heritage


EVENT

Soil; new audio commissioned work opens tomorrow


Dates:
Thu Jun 29, 2006 00:00 - Thu Jun 29, 2006

Soil Digital Media Suite presents 2 new works created through their commissioning program for new media.

A live stream of the June 30th concert is available at this link under SPIKED
http://www.neutralground.sk.ca

Friday, June 30, 2006 - Concert
Guy van Belle (Bratislava): "slashtops"
8:00 pm

The concert program "slashtops" consists of real time manipulations with sound transforming light to sound and sound to light in three parts to investigate the relationship between sound and image, audio art and the visual, a persistent tension in the arts for generations. The first part of the program is a trilogy of arrangements between synthetic and real sounds the source material and inspiration based on recordings made in Quebec based on the movement of the artbots that comprise 'thoughts go by air'. A second source of audio content comes from Munich based on sounds from the city environment and a third from Bratislava, around Zlaty Piesky (an industrial - recreational - commercial area). The second component of the program is based on a translation of light into sound using the computer as an instrument. The third part of the program is a concert version of the installation TICS, which is a translation of light into sound and back to light, with a score based on the novel 'istanbul' by the turkish writer orhan pamuk (2006)

Biography:
Guy Van Belle (working and living on the road and in Bratislava) has been prominently involved in the use and development of media for artistic purposes since 1990. Since 2000 xgz has been working under the name of the collective digital band mxHz.org (machine cent'red humanz), creating collaborative performances, concerts, workshops, exhibitions and unexpected experimental/abstract art projects. MxHz.org is co-organizer of the umbrella organisation okno, a non-profit technological art organisation situated in Brussels.

MxHz.org are currently developing 2 sets of autonomously communicating heliumbots. The title of the project is "thoughts go by air". Performances were set up in Brussels, Den Hague, and New York. The current new generation is being developed in Brussels (http://okno.be) and Berlin. A special focus for mxHz.org is on Balkan/Central/Eastern Europa to work towards a new sustainable kind of collaborative projects. A recent ongoing work - 2WR or two-way-radios - is a net-remake of John Cage's Imaginary Landscapes #4 (for 12 radios and 24 performers) based on some historical texts by innovative radio artists. The project started in Prague during the FM@dia conference 2004 and was recently set up as a networked installation at Skolska Prague. With Akihiro Kubota he started the 'Society of Algorithm' in 2001, working on netbased music performances. They participate in festivals and connected concerts. Since 2005 open workshops were added and a residency exchange between Europe and Japan to expand the concept. Recently, they contributed to the Berlin Sonambiente Exhibition.

June 30 - July 29, 2006 - Installation
Peter Courtemanche (Vancouver): "Preying Insect Robots"
Opening reception Friday, June 30

Work created for the commission series, "Living with artificial beings" for Soil Digital Media Suite
Preying Insect Robots c. 2006 by Absolute Value of Noise

Preying Insect Robots is a set of autonomous creatures that move about and communicate using a wireless Internet connection. These robots are modeled after an imaginary jade-green preying mantis - a mechanical creature that is described in the "Martian Chronicles" (by Ray Bradbury). The robots are adaptable to both indoor and outdoor environments - galleries, sidewalks, parks, and performance spaces. They engage in solo and choreographed group activities. The sound of their motors, motion and engagement creates an eerie soundtrack. The piece has a number of manifestations including an installation, a public intervention (performance), a web-presence, and an audio CD based on the sounds of the robots. As the robots wander, they transmit poetry to the Internet - creating montages of found text from a number of science fiction stories, including Feersum Endjinn (1994) and Excession (1996) by Iain M. Banks; The Martian Chronicles (1946 - 1958) by Ray Bradbury; Autofac (1955), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968), and The Electric Ant by Philip K. Dick; Mortal Engines (1972 - 1976) by Stanislaw Lem; and For a Breath I Tarry (1966) by Roger Zelazny.

To hear the poetry created by the preying insect bots, go to this link;
http://www.soilmedia.org/preying/

Biography:

Peter Courtemanche is a contemporary sound and installation artist from Vancouver. He is the Director and Curator of the Western Front's Media Arts Program - which supports the production and dissemination of experimental audio and electronic art. He has worked extensively in radio-art and electronic/interactive interventions. His art works often have a literary basis - inspired by narrative texts and the history of specific installation sites. As a curator, collaborator and producer he has worked with many established and emerging artists in the production and installation of video, audio, and computer/electronic based art.

Events take place at Neutral Ground
1856 Scarth Street, Regina, Saskatchewan
Curated by Brenda Cleniuk

For funding support, we thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Lotteries Trust, the City of Regina and the Department of Canadian Heritage


EVENT

PerfectlyNormal, Video Therapy Dispenser


Dates:
Tue Feb 14, 2006 00:00 - Mon Feb 13, 2006

Perfectly Normal, Video Therapy Dispenser

(www.perfectlynormal.ca)

Synopsis

PerfectlyNormal is an interactive web based video project that presents a working model for a virtual therapist using the visual and written language of both the pharmaceutical industry and alternative medicine. Based on the users description of their current mental state a "diagnostic video therapy dispenser" offers one of fourteen short video therapies. The therapies were created modeled on actual current and past healing techniques pulled from a number of different practices.

PerfectlyNormal toys with the conventions of both the western healthcare industry and it's rival the alternative medicine industry. By presenting video art in the ironic guise as therapy, it demonstrates some similarities between art and therapy. Both affect physical and mental states in unintended or unforeseen ways.

PerfectlyNormal is a web-based project commissioned by Soil Digital Media Suite, Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
http://wwwsoilmedia.org

Bio.

Michael Stecky is a composer and new media artist whose videos have screened nationally and internationally, most recently at the Microwave Media Arts Festival in Hong Kong. His video work will next be seen at the "Supernovas" exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and at the MAI, in Montreal during "Mini-Projo", Festival of Projection.


DISCUSSION

1:1 Track - a locative media project


November 17 - 19, 2005

1:1 Track - a locative media project

Anna Scott & Brenda Cleniuk

1: 1 LIVE is a performative research project in locative media. The project is process-based and open to audience interaction and will be realized in two parts; the second of which will take place in the spring of 2006. The work takes as its starting point, the geospatial architecture of the Hotel Vancouver as tracked by the global positioning system (GPS) in an attempt to uncover meaningful coincidences in the relationship between technology and the supernatural. The artists invite interested persons to join them in a demonstration of their protoscientific methodologies in obtaining data. Embarking on a walk through Greater Vancouver, the artists respond to spikes in the GPS readings allowing haptic or random visual clues to navigate and determine their movements throughout the City. Peripatetic walks will commence Friday November 18 at 11:00 am and Saturday November 19, at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm starting outside the main entrance of the Hotel Vancouver on Georgia Street.

Walks are from 1 - 2 hours in length and may involve short boat trips or excursions to public parks and other landscapes.

http://www.neutralground.sk.ca/

Special Media Consultant: Jen Hamilton