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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: NEW FORMS FESTIVAL 2004: NFF04 TECHNOGRAPHY
Deadline: May 14th, 2004
The New Forms Festival is an annual event highlighting emerging forms at the
junction of art, culture and technology. It includes performances, panel
discussions, workshops, and interactive exhibits on contemporary Media Arts
issues. The NFF environment encourages new forms of Media Art to be
created, experienced, and understood. NFF04 will be held in Vancouver, BC,
from October 14 to 28, 2004. The theme is TECHNOGRAPHY: the inscription of
culture in technology.
NFF04: TECHNOGRAPHY is a forum to explore and embody these inscriptions in
the form of artistic expression and discourse.
NFF04: TECHNOGRAPHY looks at the ways in which cultures inhabit and
transform media spaces and technologies.
NFF04:TECHNOGRAPHY will bring together practitioners and theorists from
across grassroots, gallery academy and academic contexts and provide a
platform for conversations among the diverse voices of contemporary
NFF04: TECHNOGRAPHY programming incorporates the principles found within an
ecological model of the cultural sphere: complexity, variety and balance.
Like nature, culture is also a changing phenomenon, affected by the ways in
which technology inhabits the environment and relates to it.
Projects, presentations and performances
Proposals are invited for four areas of the festival: the Conference, the
Exhibition (digital art, performance, installation, immersive environments,
Net.Art), Performance Series (sound art, performance art, live film/AV) and
Late Night Events (music, visuals, post-digital, laptop, group performance,
The NFF04 Conference, Old And New Forms , negotiates new global parameters
for contemporary media culture, as it charts a post-traditional
Œtechnography¹ of world Media Arts. The post-traditional is what remains of
modernism and postmodernism when modernization is abandoned as an unfinished
and unachievable project. While the post-traditional view is clearly
meaningful in the post-colonial and developing spheres, Old And New Forms
posits that it is equally germane to the global post-industrial scenario as
Gallery Exhibition/ Performance Events
This year the Exhibition (Gallery and Net Art), Performance Series, and Late
Night Events will present a range of works that embody and interpret the
theme of TECHNOGRAPHY as defined above.
Artists, scholars, developers and practitioners working in New Media Art
are invited to submit proposals for projects, performances, presentations,
papers and panels by May 14, 2004.
We ask artists/researchers to demonstrate the following:
€ A strong portfolio of media arts pieces that demonstrate their ability and
involvement in the New Media Arts community - although emerging artists are
encouraged to apply.
€ Computer knowledge
€ Basic knowledge of Media Arts processes (e.g. digital audio or video,
€ Strong artistic quality
€ Interest in the themes of the festival
€ Applications must be submitted via the online form at
€ Due to limited resources we are only able to review submissions written in
€ Supporting documents: Audiovisual, photographic and written media must be
submitted via the online application form at
All submissions will be reviewed by the Festival Programming Committee and
those chosen will be contacted by June 30, 2004.
€ Some computer and tech facilities
€ Technical and organizational assistance
€ Presentation space
€ International dissemination of the work via the Internet
€ Participation in presentations and panels, and in some cases a
€ A letter of acceptance to help obtain travel funds
Contact us only if there are concerns or difficulties concerning this call
or the submission form, at:
New Forms Festival 2004
Suite 200, 252 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
CANADA V5T 1A6
T: +1 604-648-2752
F: +1 604-648-2754
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Digitalis 3.5: Ethno-Techno: An Exhibition of Digital Print
In collaboration with the New Forms Festival 2004, the Digitalis Digital
Art Society ( http://www.ddas.ca/ddas ) announces Digitalis 3.5:
Ethno-Techno: An Exhibition of Digital Print. Our theme Ethno-Techno refers
to the convergence of ethnology and technology, or the expression of
ethnicity or ethnicities in the form of digital print. Artists are
encouraged to play in their own ethnicity or in the ethnicity of other
Subject matter can be related to racial, national, tribal, religious,
linguistic, or cultural origin or background. Images submitted must have
been manipulated in some way by the computer.
FOR DIGITALIS ONLY: send all proposals by email with attached images in JPEG
format and a short bio to Digitalis curator James K-M at [log in to unmask]
by May 14, 2004.
There is no entry fee and the New Forms Festival 2004 will pay return
shipping costs. The exhibition will take place October 12 26, 2004 in
First Nations Exhibit
First Nation¹s artists are exploring new disciplines, utilizing new media
and digital technologies as a medium for an organic concept, the Native
experience. By displaying the constructs through technical methods, and
combining those concepts that make up traditional and current First
Nation¹s societies, contemporary artists are determining how First Nation's
have adapted new methodologies to traditional knowledge. A few such ideas
that are being explored through new media are the importance of community,
supporting relations, the necessary medicines that heal, the energies
attributed to organisms in the living, natural world, and the oral or
performative traditions that First Nations people practice.
Curator : Daina Warren
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In the interactive gallery, artists¹ work will manifest the theme of
TECHNOGRAPHY through multiple mediums, and modes of expression
(installation, net art, games, digital print etc). Each work will explore a
distinct aspect of our current technology-based culture and society,
exposing the similarities and differences that exist between media artists
in different areas of the world and those here in Canada. Each work will
demonstrate how geography, ethnography, technology, tradition and culture
all play into a greater forum on new forms of art and media today. Some
artists may explore these concepts in collaborative and improvisational or
Œlive¹ artworks within the gallery environment.
Works may utilize a variety of expression such as: sound art; gaming art;
animation; networked performance; artificial reality; telematics;
performance or demonstration; interactive video; image manipulation and
projection; devices such as sensors, handheld or wearable devices, sound as
well as the Internet, to engage the viewer and portray the artists¹ vision.
All installation artworks will have a process-oriented element requiring
the pieces to evolve and constantly transform, mutate and diversify. Each
installation will transform the space into a labyrinth of smaller but
powerful immersive and intimate spaces, allowing dynamic interaction
between visitors and the technological environments they enter.
Many artists may borrow conceptually and technically from and utilize live
performance, generative or responsive digital or cinematic images, as well
as mundane technologies such as surveillance cameras, wireless and other
communication or business technologies. This cross-platform,
cross-pollination serve to repurpose and reflect back to the viewer the
more pervasive and sometimes sinister aspects of our modern daily
Curators : Aleksandra Dulic, Camille Baker and Kenneth Newby.
Video Paintings are the cultural revolution of the traditional painting.
This emergent form is a vehicle where older media forms (photography,
painting, cinema, television) will be remediated, blended, and transformed.
Video Paintings are video works presented on flatscreen panels and
wall-mounted in the same manner as traditional paintings. Content in this
form is designed to work at all times - either as a highly aware foreground
experience, or as passive background. It can act as the focus of attention,
or it can be submerged within the surrounding environment. It is, at its
core, an exercise in ambient video.
Curators : NomIg. & Jim Bizzocchi
Net Art Exhibit : Self and Society of Tomorrow
Net art works will challenge the users to think about the state of our
world, how technology is reconfiguring our concepts of self within society,
language, heritage, healthcare, politics, the economy, the human body and
art practice, thus, that its powerful effects on us all and our future
selves. This exhibit will demonstrate how self Œimage¹ relates to social
evolution and transforming the physical and conceptual interaction
users have with technology and how it affects them in their daily lives,
within their community.
Artists¹ work will manifest the theme through multiple mediums, and modes
of expression, with each work exploring a distinct aspect of the tech-based
culture, with emphasis on one's own evolving identity and future self.
The works will highlight the change individuals and society are currently
facing, emphasizing the role that media artists play help usher in positive
change instead of the potential negative, exploring how artists can and do
subvert and challenge this transformation.
This show will also expose the similarities and differences that exist
between media artists in different areas of the world and how geography,
ethnography, technology, tradition and culture all play into a greater
discourse on art and media today.
Curator : Camille Baker
Curators : NomIg.
This year, the audiovisual evening at NFF 2004 sets out to challenge the
definition of ³Music². Is Music necessarily sound or is it a concept that
encompasses phenomena, such as rhythm and harmony, in many mediums? We will
explore this idea through approaches to a/v art where the audio and video
components of the music are composed and performed together; with
an awareness of each other¹s inherent musicality. Our mandate requires that
neither the audio nor the video serve the role of accompaniment, but that
they work together to form a synergy of audiovisual music. The sound and
video are perceived as a single, cohesive thought .
DATA:: dance and technology art
Curators: Aleksandra Dulic and Camille Baker
This event presents works by movement artists who integrate new media and
information technology into their live performances. A full range of
approaches is presented from dance that uses technology to enhance or
extend live performance, such as performances within computer controlled
electronic stage with an interactive audio/visual media, computerized
scenographic and lighting design, to the use of technology in choreography,
such as virtual and telematic performance, performer controlled
stage environments, and holographic actors/ dancers.
The work featured will expose how media is represented within live
performance, and will engage with critical aspects of the relationship
between nature, humans and machines as well as ecology, society and
technology. Pieces will consider and reflect upon the impact of technology
on society is examined from different cultural perspectives.
Blending choreography with media in a electronic stage context expands the
dancer's body and how they move through live and interactive media,
creating engaging, relevant and dynamic works.
Sound Art and Electronic Music
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Curators : Kenneth Newby and DB Boyko
Performance Art :: Technoscape/ists
Curator : Victoria Singh
For this event, artists' work will involve the live presence of their
person/s in the performance space. The work will be the direct or indirect
manipulation of technology (old or new) in a process orientated and
performative manner. The concept and aesthetic of performances will insert/
assert subversive, experimental and fresh perpectives into the cultural
sphere and can involve multi-disciplined presentations which may include
elements that are not necessarily technological in a mechanical sense; for
example performed actions and or props that critique technology.
The title for this event "Technoscape/ists" suggests artists who explore
the effects of technology in shaping modern day consciousness, environment,
lifestyles and identity.
New Forms Festival 2004