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EVENT

Festival MULTIPLACE


Dates:
Tue Apr 14, 2009 00:00 - Sun Apr 12, 2009

[b]Festival MULTIPLACE will connect 9 cities in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland[/b]
April 14 - April 18, 2009
http://www.multiplace.org (Live streaming during the festival on Multiplace Online TV!)

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The eighth year of Festival Multiplace will take place between April 14 and April 18, 2009, in Bratislava, Nitra, Trnava, Zilina (Slovak Republic), Praha, Brno, Usti nad Labem, Zlin (Czech Republic), Krakow (Poland) and on the Internet. There will be various experimental programs prepared for visitors; concerts, projections, screenings, discussions, performances, parties and live streaming. Those who are braver can take part in network workshops or art installations where they can creatively use new technologies. This is a great event for fans of computer games and digital art as well as for those who are more interested in theory.

Multiplace is a network of people and independent organisations interested in the interaction between media, technology, the arts, culture and society. It is the biggest event of its kind in Slovakia and one of the main media art events in Central Europe. The activities of this network culminate each Spring with this festival that simultaneously take place within spaces and/or organised by, various independent organisations, including galleries, cultural centers, clubs, cafés, streets and flats. Many events are streamed live online and are open to everybody, some are only available on the Internet.

[u]Program selection[/u]
In a street in [b]Krakow[/b], Marek Choloniewski prepares GPS Trans 10, mixing sounds and images sent from various places participating this year at the festival. You can find this ‘cocktail’ also on the website.
Marketa Cileckova prepares the performance, Trains Disperse Clouds, recording and mixing sounds, atmosphere and the energy of train stations, trains and roads that [b]connect the different locations[/b] where Multiplace takes place. After its start in Brno, she will play ‘her journey’ in Bratislava and in the station, Zilina-Zariecie.

In [b]Prague[/b], the highlight of the festival is the official introduction of the Czech version of the Creative Commons license. At the Art Academy, there will be presentations, panel discussions, practical examples of use and creative sharing in the field of copyright, as well as the presentation of the Czech translation of the Laurence Lessig’s book Free Culture.
The Experimental space Roxy/NoD will host Kyberia guild vs Facebook matrix which deals with social media and its skeptics (“Give me one reason why should I register on Facebook”).
Sewage Echoes II is the title of the festival program exhibited in the non-conventional space of a former waste water plant in Bubenec, where visitors are invited to participate in workshops and to enjoy visual-acoustic performances. You are welcome to bring your audio and video instruments, computers, and anything else you'd like to participate with, to SHARE audiovisual jam organised by Elsa Vieira and others, who invite everyone to come to the
real circus!
As they have done so in the past, the organisers in [b]Brno[/b] have prepared a strong program with a dance play by Lenka Kocisova and an audio-visual performance (1A2V1, VJ Kolouch, Ink Flo, Anymade DJs) for the festival’s opening. An international conference about media activism will welcome theorists, philosophers and artists such as Keiko Sei (Japan), Martin Bricelj (Slovenia), Maxigas (Hungary) and the Czech art group Rafani. There will be also video art and sound presentations and the project Urban Reset, dedicated to interactions between video-projection and the public space.
Also, the Czech cities of Zlin and Usti nad Labem will have projections and exhibitions, organised by students of Tomas Bata University in[b] Zlin [/b](Department of Advertisement Photography, Faculty of Multimedia Communications) and Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in[b] Usti nad Labem[/b] (Interactive Media Department).

A large-scale interactive exhibition dealing with the intersection between art and computer games, Play Cultures, will open the program in [b]Bratislava[/b]’s A4 - Zero Space. There will be space to discuss art, pop culture or digital games with the participating renowned media artists such as Jody or AES + F. While there, you can also immerse yourself into the light and water installation of Slovak designer Jan Turzo. Workshop participants can perform at the concert, See the Sounds, that will also show original Meotar projections of the Prague-based electro-ambient duo Neco v krabickach.
As a finale to the festival, Multiples will host a special retro computer game party with the international fan team of the famous computer ZX Spectrum AY Riders (UK, RU, PL, CZ) and the visual artist from Brno VJ Texa, accompanied by the music of game consoles by duo Hugo and Hubero (CZ).
The experimental exhibition Web-Site-Specific will open in Nitra. Jan Koniarek Gallery in [b]Trnava[/b] hosts a lecture about animation during last 20 years in Poland. Stanica [b]Zilina[/b]-Zariecie prepares a workshop of collaborative digital drawings for kids ages 6 years and older.

[u]Contact and information[/u]
http://www.multiplace.org (Live streaming during the festival on Multiplace Online TV!)
MULTIPLACE, Jamnickeho 3, 841 05 Bratislava
PR: Barbora Kalinova, +421 903 860 923, pr /at/ multiplace.sk
International PR: Viera Levitt, vieralevitt /at/ gmail.com

[u]Organisers[/u]
SK\_Bratislava: 13 kubikov, Multiplace, A4 - asociacia zdruzeni pre sucasnu kulturu (A4 - Associations for contemporary culture), Artrakt Art, Cvernovka, Filmovy klub 35 mm
CZ\_Brno: Anymade, Dum umeni mesta Brna (The Brno House of Arts), Dum panu z Kunstatu (House of the Lords of Kunstat), Galerie Potraviny, Galerie Umakart, FaVU VUT (Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology), FF MU (Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University), Hucot, Kunstatska trojka, klub Fleda, Stary pivovar
PL\_Krakow: Academy of Music in Krakow
SK\_Nitra: Nitra Gallery - Bunker
CZ\_Praha: Waste water plant in Bubenec, DigiLab AVU, Iuridicum Remedium, National library of the Czech Republic, NoD Roxy, RogueWaves, Share, Yo-Yo
SK\_Trnava: Jan Koniarek Gallery
CZ\_Usti nad Labem: Interactive Media Department, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University
CZ\_Zlin: Galerie 12, Department of Advertisement Photography, Tomas Bata University
SK\_Zilina: Stanica Zilina-Zariecie

[u]Partners and Support[/u]
Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, International Visegrad Fund, Iuridicum Remedium, City of Prague, National Library of the Czech Republic, Slovnaft and others

[u]Media Partners[/u]
A2, freemusic.cz, Metropolis, Sme online, Radio\_FM, BKIS, Port.sk, 3/4, In-spire, Changenet, Artycok TV, Flash Art, Kedykam, Kulturne, Twin City Journal, Radio Tlis, Gregi.net, Kyberia, Zionmag and others


EVENT

Looking for Site-specific Installation Artists for the Mobile Art Project - Rhode Island


Dates:
Wed Apr 15, 2009 00:00 - Sat Mar 21, 2009

Call for Entries:

Looking for Site-specific Installation Artists
Submission deadline April 15, 2009

Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island, in collaboration with Independent Curator, Viera Levitt, is preparing the ‘Mobile Art Project’ as a pilot project for this June and is currently fundraising for its continuation.

The Mobile Art Project will bring contemporary art to communities in Southern Rhode Island where few or no formal art institutions currently exist. The art will be contained in a mobile home, panel truck or another vehicle. We are looking for artists to propose group or solo shows in various media, including video art. We would prefer site-specific installations created directly for the vehicle. We are considering organizing our first show around the topic of ‘Goddess’ but we welcome other suggestions. Preference will be given to local artists, however proposals from all of New England are also welcome. A small honorarium and budget will be provided.

The shows will include a leaflet and website with photographs from the exhibition, curatorial texts and comments from the public including excerpts from a questionnaire. At each stop on the truck/mobile home’s tour, Mobile Art Project staff will be present to speak with visitors.

Duration of the project:
Selected weekend days in June 2009. Possibility of organizing additional shows on an ongoing basis.

Destinations:
Mobile Art Project will visit different neighborhoods in Rhode Island and will be parked outside community centers, libraries, block parties, ice cream stores, beaches, summer festivals, art fairs, museums and other non-profits. Additionally, we will invite the public to propose sites where they feel that our presence would be valuable.

The Mobile Art Project:
It is our intention to make contemporary art not only physically accessible to diverse populations but psychologically as well. Too often contemporary art has been seen as something that exists outside the realm of understanding of ‘everyday people’.
Guest Curator Viera Levitt often addresses this issue in her work, both by curating exhibitions of European art with universal themes and/or by creating and giving her multimedia presentation, “Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art”. Working with director emeritus Judith Tolnick Champa, an advisor to the current project, in February 2008 Ms. Levitt curated an acclaimed video program, “Close Encounters: Central European Video Art” for combined venues of the former Fine Art Center Galleries, URI and historic Kingston Train Station.

Hera Gallery, initially intended as a site for woman’s art, fully understands the need to provide art that engages the unengaged and that makes art physically and aesthetically accessible to those who have previously perhaps perceived only its inaccessibility. The Hera Educational Foundation promotes an artistic presence that enhances the community through education, collaboration and involvement and encourages artists and their audience to explore contemporary cultural, social and aesthetic issues
Hera Gallery has received partial funding for this project from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.
Media partner: South County Independent

Requirements:
Please send your proposals by April 15, 2009 and be sure to include: some visuals of the proposal (drawings or collage), a complete image list, a brief artist’s statement, resume, an estimated budget as well as a short description of the proposed show and why you think it will fit the ‘Mobile Art Project’. Digital entries should be standard JPEG (.jpg) format. The label for each image should include your name. Please also include links to your online portfolio or other supporting materials.
For the return of any supplemental materials please include a SASE. We don’t accept slides.

Send applications by April 15, 2009 to:
Hera Gallery
Attn: Mobile Art Project
PO Box 336
Wakefield, RI 02880

Or by e-mail to
mobileartproject2009@gmail.com

For additional information please contact us by e-mail on mobileartproject2009@gmail.com
Viera Levitt, independent curator, www.vieralevitt.org
Alexandra Broches, Hera Gallery, www.heragallery.org


EVENT

Multiplace - Network Culture Festival #7


Dates:
Sat Apr 26, 2008 00:00 - Mon Apr 21, 2008

Multiplace - Network Culture Festival
April 26 - May 3, 2008

www.multiplace.org

Bahon, Banska Bystrica, Bratislava, Kosice, Nitra, Trnava, Zilina (Slovak Republic), Berlin (Germany), Brno, Prague, Ostrava (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Glasgow (UK), Novi Sad (Serbia), Reykjavik (Iceland), Wroclaw (Poland) & Internet

The seventh year of the International Network Culture Festival Multiplace will take place between April 26 and May 3, 2008, in 16 cities and towns and in 8 countries. There are two festival Infocentres: in A4 - Zero Space in Bratislava (Namestie SNP 12) and Dum panu z Kunstatu in Brno (Dominikanska Steet 9). Information about the program, its organizers, screenings, discussions with the festival participants, daily public events, as well as free internet access are available at these centers.

Multiplace is a network of people and independent organizations interested in the interaction between media, technology, the arts, culture and society. The activities of this network culminate each year in this festival that simultaneously takes place within various independent organizations internationally. There are workshops, installations, discussions, concerts, performances, exhibitions, presentations, screenings and live streaming.

Multiplace is distinguished from other similar European festivals not only by content, but by its informal structure. It attracts visitors through its support of unexpected and creative connections between art, culture and new media as well as by its decentralized character and openness to participation. This year, it includes around 40 independent galleries, art schools, art centers, clubs and many unaffiliated individuals in Bahon, Banska Bystrica, Bratislava, Kosice, Nitra, Trnava, Zilina, Berlin, Brno, Prague, Ostrava, Budapest, Glasgow, Novi Sad, Reykjavik, and Wroclaw. Visitors can enjoy more than 100 events, some of them taking place at several locations at the same time.

Program selection
An unconventional music/internet performance; Ping Melody by Pawel Janicki from Wroclaw, and the premiere of the new local electronic group Bulkladung, will open the festival in Bratislava. A4 - Zero Space prepares a dance/motion/kinetic dance performance working with the electromagnetic field of performers also in Bratislava, while an opportunity to listen to an LP made of neon light will be available in the former synagogue in Trnava. On the top of Iceland’s Blafjoll Hill with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, the First May manifestation by Movement Freedom Sound group will take place. In the House of Art in Brno, online archives and new media education will be discussed. Brno will also offer the installation, Expogeneca, plastic figures which will melt if they do not get enough visitor’s attention. Additionally, this city will be the location for a survey of contemporary music-visual culture and communication called Uchoko and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno will be the host of a virtual cafe that will connect favorite cafes in Brno, Praha, Hradec Kralove and Budapest through streaming. Nomad Space’s Soundbus, the nomad gallery, will wander around various festival locations to present a selection of contemporary Austrian sound art.
Performance Beer Barrel Polka Accordion Theremin Reunion will mediate through the internet a collective play on accordion and theremin in several other cities at the same time. Through skype you will be able to train a parrot to talk at FreeDom in Bahon. At this location as well, Ursula Endlicher will discuss new media art in the USA and introduce her project html\_butoh, bringing the human body into the technical world of the Internet.

Contact and information:
www.multiplace.org
Barbora Kalinova, Multiplace 2008 PR, +421 903 860 923, pr /at/ multiplace.sk
Viera Levitt, International PR, vieralevitt /at/ gmail.com, 001 401 714 9698

Bratislava, April 14, 2008



Organisers
Bahon: FreeDom
Banska Bystrica: Tvor
Berlin: Lady Gabi
Bratislava: Multiplace, A4 - asociacia zdruzeni pre sucasnu kulturu (A4 - Associations for contemporary culture), Atrakt Art, 13 kubikov, SPACE projects | residency lab | store, Film club 35 mm, Open Design Studio, Urbsounds Collective, Polish Institute, Goethe-Institut Bratislava, Itchy bit, Jürgen Rendl, Urban Flow
Brno: Hucot, Dum umeni mesta Brna (The Brno House of Arts), Dum panu z Kunstatu (House of the Lords of Kunstat), Kavarna Kunstatska trojka, FaVU VUT (Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Fine Arts), Chernobylmusick, Anymade, Fiume initiative, Galerie G99, Jan Zalesak, Ars Publica, Lenka Dolanova and Michal Kindernay, klub Desert, club Fleda
Budapest: Transformers Hacklab, PsyShip Medialab
Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art
Košice: IC Culture Train
Nitra: Nitra gallery (Bunker)
Novi Sad: Open Design Studio
Ostrava: Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Ostrava
Praha: Mlok, Institut Intermedii, Circle of Curators and Critics, CIANT - International Centre for Art and New Technologies
Reykjavik: The Lost Horse Gallery
Trnava: Galeria Jana Koniarka
Wroclaw: WRO Center Sztuki
Zilina: Stanica Zilina - Zariecie

Partners and Support
Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Prague - The Brno House of Arts - EU Education and Culture - Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic - International Visegrad Fund - Polish Institute - Austrian Cultural Forum - City of Prague - Anna Lindh Foundation, 1001 Actions for Dialogue - tranzit.sk - Goethe-Institut Bratislava - and others

Media Partners
SME.SK - Radio FM - BKIS - Big Media - Gregi.net - Jlbjlt - Port.sk - 3/4 - Radio Tlis - Xmag - Flash Art - Zionmag.org - Changenet.sk - Inspire - Kyberia.sk - and others

Contact
Barbora Kalinova, PR of the Network Culture Festival MULTIPLACE 2008
+421 903 860 923, pr /at/ multiplace.sk, www.multiplace.org


EVENT

Another Kind of Music, Another Kind of Dance


Dates:
Thu Apr 03, 2008 00:00 - Wed Apr 02, 2008

Location:
United States of America

Hera Gallery
Presents
[size=25][b]Another Kind of Music, Another Kind of Dance
[/size][/b]An Evening of Video Art from Central Europe

Thursday, April 3rd, 7.30 pm

Hera Gallery is pleased to present "Another Kind of Music, Another Kind of Dance," an evening of central European video art hosted by Viera Levitt. Ms. Levitt is a former museum director and curator from the Slovak Republic, now living in Wakefield, Rhode Island, USA. She will give a talk in conjunction with the screenings. Ms. Levitt has selected pieces that deal with music and dance, but not in the way we might expect. There will be lyrical and haunting pieces of aged ballet dancers, of machines that dance to meditative music, of singing deaf children as well as the obsessive "dance" of a young prisoner. This talk and presentation is a continuation of Ms. Levitt's recent curatorial work at the galleries of the University of Rhode Island - http://www.vieralevitt.org/uri.htm
Artists include Milena Dopitova (1963, Czech Republic), Artur Zmijewski (1966, Poland), Pavel Mrkus (1970, Czech Republic) and Pavlina Fichta Cierna (b. 1967, Slovak Republic).

Special thanks: Judith Tolnick Champa, Director of the URI Fine Arts Center Galleries.
These programs are presented with partial support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Hera Gallery, 327 Main Street, PO Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880, USA, 401 789 1488 (www.heragallery.org)


OPPORTUNITY

MULTIPLACE NETWORK CULTURE FESTIVAL #7


Deadline:
Fri Feb 29, 2008 00:00

MULTIPLACE NETWORK CULTURE FESTIVAL #7

26 April - 3 May 2008

telematic networking / imaginary broadcasting / experimental mobility

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Multiplace 2008 invites artists and cultural workers to submit events/
performances/installations/ideas of a networked character,
such as online performances, streaming and radio projects,
collaborative networked projects and workshops, or the works accessing
the networks within a physical location, urban space or between
remote venues. Use of digital technologies is not a crucial requirement.

Submitted projects will be proposed to participating venues and
organisers. These will assist in providing the infrastructure
(technical equipment, internet connection, material, staff, etc)
for the project (if needed).

HOW TO SUBMIT

You are welcome to submit your proposal at http://multiplace.sk/submit
There you can also find the current list of submitted projects and ideas.

Please note that your submission has to be posted by February 29, 2008.

ABOUT MULTIPLACE

Multiplace was formed as a result of collective efforts of various
organisers and associations from the fields of art and technology
in Slovakia and later in Czech Republic, Austria and Europe.
Its first activity was Multiplace new media event in April 2002,
and since then the festival is organised anually each spring
focusing on networked art and culture. In 2004, a civic non-for-profit
association Multiplace was founded, which operates on a basis
of open organisation. Today, Multiplace plays a crucial role in
communication, theory and promotion of media arts in central Europe.

ONLINE RESOURCES ON NETWORK ART

* Norie Neumark (2005) Relays, Delays, and Distance Art/Activism,
http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chapters/0262532859intro1.pdf
(introduction to At a Distance - Precursors to Art and Activism
on the Internet)
* Overviews of network art projects,
http://societyofalgorithm.org/networktime/
http://1904.cc/timeline/tiki-index.php?page=communication+art
* Networked Performance Blog, http://turbulence.org/blog/
* Networked Music Review,
http://http://transition.turbulence.org/networked_music_review/
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actor-network_theory

For further information please write to admin at multiplace dot sk

http://multiplace.sk