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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 01.20.06
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 11:50:39 -0800

RHIZOME DIGEST: January 20, 2006

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1. Joel Slayton: ISEA2006_Call_Extended
2. Linda Lauro-Lazin: Call for Participation - SIGGRAPH 2006 - Boston
3. Felicia Rice: UC Santa Cruz MFA Call for Applications
4. Sherry Hocking: Finishing Funds 2006 - Grants to NYS Media and New
Media Artists

5. Martin Rieser: Hosts : a major digital art event in Bath Abbey
6. rick silva: SATELLITE JOCKEY

7. Turbulence Spotlight: "No Animals Were Hurt" by Peter
8. Marisa Olson: Update on Steve Kurt'z case
9. Kate Armstrong: Upgrade Vancouver
10. Christiane_Paul AT DATABASE OF VIRTUAL ART -- new affiliation

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From: Joel Slayton <joel AT>
Date: Jan 17, 2006 3:23 PM
Subject: ISEA2006_Call_Extended

ISEA2006 Symposium Call for Papers, Posters and Artist Presentations
Deadline Extended to January 30th

More information on the Call for Participation to come!

Joel Slayton
Chair, ISEA2006/ZeroOne San Jose

Steve Dietz
Director, ISEA2006/ZeroOne San Jose

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From: Linda Lauro-Lazin <LLAUROLA AT>
Date: Jan 17, 2006 11:53 AM
Subject: Call for Participation - SIGGRAPH 2006 - Boston

The SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery is accepting submissions for artwork which
uses digital technology in creative/innovative ways and explores new
territories and crosses traditional boundaries.

DEADLINE Jan 27, 2006 5 PM Pacific time

The SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery is considering (but not limited to) the
following types of work:

? Interactive Art Installations and Environments
Artworks that involve electronically mediated spaces, kiosks where the
environment is part of the art, and art that expands beyond the frame.

? Fusion Works
Works that combine innovative technology and creative art expression.

? Interactive Electronic Art Sculptures, Objects, Robotics
Sensor-driven art, robotics, found-object art, constructed interfaces.

? Interactive Audio Installations
Experimental interactive music, digital sound environments.

? CD/DVD-ROM and Web-based Work (on the monitor)
Screen-based work, database art, web art, interactive programs.

? 2D Still Images
Digital painting, digital imaging, prints, and mixed-media works.

? 3D Still Images
Framed still-image artwork created using 3D software or algorithms.

? 4D Wall-hung Work
Works that reside in a frame or on the wall but move. For instance, a
plasma screen with a slowly evolving image, or a projection onto a frame
on the wall. These types of work typically require electricity and
possibly special equipment.

? Interactive Electronically Mediated Performance
Digital art happenings, small-scale dance, music, theatrical, performance
art and/or hybrid works that uses technology in a creative/innovative way.

? Art Animations (submitted to the Computer Animation Festival)
Artistically expressive, experimental, narrative or non-narrative.

? Art Talks and Sketches (submitted to Sketches)
Thought-provoking ideas, works in progress, ideas behind the artwork,
theoretical paper presentations, "the making of" the artwork, etc.

? Art Papers
Theoretical papers that deal with contemporary, historical, and conceptual
issues in digital art.

If your artwork is thought-provoking, explores ideas in innovative ways,
address contemporary issues, interactively engages the viewer in the
unfolding of meaning, and captivates the viewer's intellectual and
creative self, then you should submit your work online at the SIGGRAPH
2006 website:
Click Call for Participation - Art Gallery

SIGGRAPH 2006 will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA July 30 - Aug 3.

The absolute deadline for submissions is Jan 27, 5:00 Pacific time.

Bonnie Mitchell
SIGGRAPH 06 Art Show Chair
"Intersections", Boston, MA USA
July 30 - August 3
art AT

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From: Felicia Rice <fsrice AT>
Date: Jan 17, 2006 10:00 AM
Subject: UC Santa Cruz MFA Call for Applications

The Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA Program at UC Santa Cruz is
currently accepting applications.

New Technologies have profoundly changed contemporary culture and
inevitably altered the role of the arts in society. The Digital Arts and
New Media MFA Program serves as a center for the development and study of
digital media and the cultures they have helped create. Faculty and
students are drawn from a variety of backgrounds such as the arts,
computer engineering, humanities, the sciences, and social sciences to
pursue interdisciplinary artistic and scholarly research and production,
in the context of a broad examination of digital arts and cultures.

To learn about the application process and faculty: .

To explore the inner workings of the program and the proposed program
revision for 06-07:

Always happy to respond to your inquires,

Felicia Rice
Program Manager, Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program

Porter D-121, UC Santa Cruz
Phone: (831) 459-1554
Fax: (831) 459-3535
Email: fsrice AT

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From: Sherry Hocking <etc AT>
Date: Jan 19, 2006 11:04 AM
Subject: Finishing Funds 2006 - Grants to NYS Media and New Media Artists

FINISHING FUNDS provides individual artists with grants up to
$2,000 to help with the completion of diverse and innovative
moving-image and sonic art projects, and works for the Web and new
technologies. Eligible forms include media as single or multiple
channel presentations, computer based moving-imagery and sound
works, installations and performances, interactive works and works
for new technologies, CD ROM, multimedia and the Web. We also
support new media, and interactive performance. Work must be
surprising, creative and approach the various media as art forms;
all genres are eligible, including experimental, narrative and
documentary art works. Individual artists can apply directly to the
program and do not need a sponsoring organization. Applicants must
be residents of New York State; students are not eligible. The
application requires a project description, resume and support
materials, including a sample of the proposed project. Selection is
made by a peer review panel. About $25,000 is awarded each year.
Announcement is made in late May.
The program is supported in part by public funds from the New York
State Council on the Arts, a public agency, and by mediaThe
Postmark Deadline: March 15, 2006
Guidelines and applications are available on the web at in the ETC News Section or by mail or

Sherry Miller Hocking, Program Director

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From: Martin Rieser <martin.rieser AT>
Date: Jan 14, 2006 4:34 PM
Subject: Hosts : a major digital art event in Bath Abbey


An Interactive Cinema work for Bath Abbey
Supported by Bath Film Festival 2005

Dates: Bath Abbey Church 9th-27th February 2006
Monday-Saturday 10am-6.00pm


HOSTS is an ambitious project inspired by the motif of Jacob's Ladder on
the West front of Bath Abbey. Bristol-based media artist Martin Rieser
will hang five giant screens at strategic points of the Abbey space.
Wearing a special ultra-sound badge and wireless earphones, the
participant in HOSTS triggers the presence of a variety of evanescent
projected video characters. As the participant approaches a screen, these
individual characters or messengers appear to move forwards from a deep
space and come into focus. If the participant then moves on, the
characters too pass onwards from screen to screen, keeping pace with them.
In this way, once a participant has entered the installation they become
part of the story space. By standing in front of a screen they will
eventually be paired with and addressed directly through a series of
aphorisms by their individual messenger.


HOSTS combines poetry performance, animation and cinema in a unique blend.
The words of the spoken and animated aphorisms are apparently those of
humans, fraught with ambiguity and misunderstanding. Perverse and fragile,
the aphorisms hover between the portentous and the mundane, inflected over
and over into different meanings by the messengers. We are captured by the
messengers and hurled into their drama in the same way that an unwilling
passenger in a train can be given someone's life story. This is not always
a comfortable experience. HOSTS is intended as a spiritually enhancing
experience for a broad audience, not usually drawn to a media art gallery.

HOSTS is a major multidisciplinary exercise involving film-makers,
animators, programmers, electronic engineers, lighting /cameramen,
professional actors, and social scientists. The sensor developments have
already been made in partnership with Bath University's Wearables Group.
Support has been given to the project by Bath Spa University under their
research enhancement funding, since this project lines up with the work of
the CTOL research group (Critical Topologies of Landscape) and with an
AHRB Study award. Bath Abbey and The Bath Film Festival are also
supporting the Project.

HOSTS represents a step-change in the way cinema can be made interactive
for a mobile audience. It combines the latest technology with innovative
creative ideas.

A disk of supporting visual material (Jpegs and QuickTime) is available on
CD by request

Contact Details: Martin Rieser

Tel: 0117 9731041 Mob: 09766766429
e-mail: martin.rieser AT

Martin Rieser

Professor of Digital Arts
Bath Spa University
Sion Hill, Lansdown
Bath BA1 5AF
0044[0]1225 875875

20 Elliston Road
Bristol BS6 6QE UK

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From: rick silva <rick AT>
Date: Jan 19, 2006 12:08 PM

satellite jockey uses the software google earth like a dj or vj
would use turntables or a video mixer. capturing satellite video of
pixilated landscapes and glitchy fly-overs and using them as source
material for live audio/visual performances and installations.

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From: <turbulence AT>
Date: Jan 13, 2006 9:07 AM
Subject: Turbulence Spotlight: "No Animals Were Hurt" by Peter Brinson

January 13, 2006
Turbulence Spotlight: "No Animals Were Hurt" by Peter Brinson
Needs Flash Player

"No Animals Were Hurt" is a short film about Alan Turing. The more views
the film receives, the closer it gets to telling his story.

The picture plays too quickly while the sound plays at normal speed, but
with each visitor the picture slows. After enough visitors, the sound and
picture will play at equal speeds, allowing the story to finish.

It is indeed short, but it gets longer with every 50 unique visitors.
It'll reach its full length upon receiving nearly 5000 unique views.

Whether it is at the movie theater or at home, we make decisions when we
see a film. We decide to go, and we decide whether or not we recommend it
to others. "No Animals Were Hurt" plays on these choices in order to
highlight the relative imbalance of which facts are and are not well known
about Turing. He is the father of modern computing, an accomplishment
that's impact on culture has few rivals. But even many of his biggest fans
do not know how and why he died. So if you want to see the end, tell a


Peter Brinson is a filmmaker, game developer, and educator living in Los
Angeles. His work considers the narrative possibilities found in animal
protagonists, bot behavior, emergent systems, and game-play. His films,
internet technologies, and computer games have shown at home and abroad.
Brinson attended the University of North Carolina and the California
Institute of the Arts, and currently teaches at the University of Southern
California and the University of California at San Diego.

For more information about Turbulence Spotlights, please visit

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.:
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From: Marisa Olson <marisa AT>
Date: Jan 17, 2006 2:46 PM
Subject: Update on Steve Kurt'z case


January 17, 2006

Dear supporters of Steve Kurtz and Critical Art Ensemble,

Your support is needed now more than ever.

Whereas the hopes for dismissal of Steve?s case were high last fall, on
Thursday we received bad news on the recommendation concerning the
pre-trial motions. Although it has been over 18 months since Steve was
charged with ?mail fraud? and ?wire fraud??charges carrying a maximum
possible sentence of 20 years in jail?he will now have to wait at least 8
months, and possibly much longer, for the final decision on these motions.
(Please see for more about the case.)

Magistrate H. Kenneth Schroeder recommended that all our motions for
dismissal of the case and suppression of evidence be denied, with one
exception: there will be a hearing on the suppression of statements made
while Steve was illegally detained. (Schroeder?s recommendations also
include a footnote stating that since Steve?s co-defendant Robert Ferrell
is gravely ill at this point, Ferrell?s case is being held in dormancy.)

Magistrate Schroeder's recommendations will next go to the Federal
District Court to be heard by Judge John T. Elfvin, who will make the
final ruling on the pre-trial motions, thereby determining whether or not
the case will go to trial. If the motions are denied by Elfvin, Steve can
choose to appeal to the next higher federal court, or go directly to


Schroeder?s recommendation cited legal precedent that ?An indictment
returned by a legally constituted and unbiased grand jury? if valid on its
face, is enough to call for trial of the charge? [even if] ?the grand jury
acted on the basis of inadequate or incompetent evidence.? (Please see for the full
text of the recommendation.) In other words, once the legal machine is
turned on, it is very difficult to turn off. Therefore, supporters should
prepare for the likelihood that Steve?s case will go to trial.

Within the next 10 days Steve?s lawyer, Paul Cambria, will file an appeal
of Schroeder's recommendations. Steve?s lawyers will then get a hearing
for their appeal of all of Schroeder?s recommendations in Judge Elfvin's
court. There, Cambria will make essentially all the same arguments as at
the hearing last spring before Schroeder. (For the press release detailing
those arguments and more information about the case, please see
<> This
appeal hearing will probably happen in mid-summer of 2006. We will then
have to wait once again for Elfvin?s final ruling on all the motions for
dismissal and suppression.

(There is no date for the other hearing, on the suppression of statements,
but it will happen sometime within the next 60 days.)


Although any actual trial is still far off, your continued support has
made, and continues to make, all the difference in this case. Without your
support, Steve would probably be in jail now awaiting trial. As we know,
justice in politically motivated trials is won in the court of public
opinion as much as in the court of law.

Because of your support, we have raised the more than $200,000 necessary
for Steve and Robert Ferrell?s defense. Due to the overwhelming success of
this fundraising effort, there are 3 main forms of support that we now

1) Publicizing this precedent-setting case and its implications for
artists, intellectuals, researchers and others?particularly in outlets
that will reach the Buffalo population. In this regard, we are still
hoping for a real investigative story into the DoJ?s and prosecuting
District Attorney William Hochul?s motivations in this case. Anyone who is
interested or knows such a journalist?particularly one who could spend
some time in the Buffalo area?is encouraged to contact the Defense Fund
at: media (at)

2) Publicizing this case wherever possible. Anyone interested in helping
to publicize this case through creative means at the College Art
Association Annual Conference (February 22-25 in Boston) please contact
the Defense Fund at: media (at)

3) At the time of the actual trial, should one occur, helping to mobilize
support for a massive demonstration in Buffalo, NY.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

In solidarity,

The CAE Defense Fund
media AT

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From: Kate Armstrong <kate AT>
Date: Jan 18, 2006 5:09 PM
Subject: Upgrade Vancouver

Join us Thursday, January 26th at 8pm for a discussion with Kenneth Newby,
Martin Gotfrit, Aleksandra Dulic and Dinka Pignon, who will show us One
River (running) and talk about their work with the Computational Poetics
Research Group. As always, we will adjourn after the talk to the Whip
Gallery [209 east 6th avenue] for a drink and some chatter.

One River (running) is an interactive, immersive audio environment
designed to create both a visual and audio experience of rivers using a
complex system of moving sound, moving images, and a physical structure
also designed to echo the river¹s undulating geographic form. The
artwork¹s images originate from digital photographs of people¹s mouths
whom the team interviewed. These still images were then algorithmically
programmed. The mouths recognize the voices, and move as though they are
speaking the words they hear. The artists created a voice recognition
software program to do this synchronization. The video is listening and
responding to the audio. The piece was recently exhibited at the Surrey
Art Gallery.

Kenneth Newby, Martin Gotfrit and Aleksandra Dulic are part of the
Computational Poetics Research Group, a research project that works at the
intersections of art, culture and computation and aims to articulate some
of the features of an emergent poetics of digital art performance while
developing a tool-set to enable artists working in the computational
medium to create, present and document their work. A key objective of
their work is to share the compositional process and the issues that arise
in the work of interdisciplinary computational media performance.
Contemporary computational techniques enable creative and performing
artists to enter into new collaborative relationships with encoded

When: Thursday, January 26 at 8pm
Where: Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada
FREE! Everyone welcome.


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From: Christiane_Paul AT <Christiane_Paul AT>
Date: Jan 20, 2006 8:20 AM
Subject: DATABASE OF VIRTUAL ART -- new affiliation


We are happy to announce the new affiliation with improved and long term
support provided by the department for Cultural Studies of the Danube
University Krems, Austria, which will assure preservation and growth of
the Database of Virtual Art.

As pioneer in the field, the Database of Virtual Art has been documenting
the rapidly evolving field of digital installation art since 1999. It is
supported by the German Research Foundation and various other
institutions. Our research-oriented, complex overview of immersive,
interactive, telematic and genetic art has been developed in cooperation
with renowned media artists, researchers and institutions. The database is
based on open-source-technologies and allows individuals to post material
themselves. Currently it contains hundreds of work descriptions including
several thousand digital documents, videos, technical data, institutions
and bio-bibliographical information. As one of the richest resources
online, with a freshly implemented scientific Thesaurus the database
responds to the demands of the field.

We encourage your remarks and suggestions!

The cultural studies department in Krems contains, in addition to the
program in image science, contains also film, contemporary music and
intercultural studies programs - so that the approach is already
multimedial, like the subject of Media Art History. With our international
faculty members we will continue offering new global programs in the field
of media art, collection, curation, preservation and image management.

Center for Image Sciences:


Beside the Database of Virtual Art - the Goettweig Print Collection
(collection database online soon), which contains 30.000 original prints
from Renaissance to Barock until now, allows in-depth research into its
large resources. We are glad to report that Danube University is able to
provide our field soon with an open archive contextualizing media art in
art and image history.

At the same time, we are also excited to inform the field of researchers,
artists, scholars, students who have found the database a value to their
studies, that we have a newly formed advisory board who will help guide
the Database of Virtual Art in the future. Their contributions to the
field and their importance to the ongoing developments of media art as the
art of our times needs no introduction, but further biographical can be
found under:

We welcome Roy Ascott, Beryl Graham, Erkki Huhtamo, Jorge La Ferla,
Gunalan Nadarajan, Christiane Paul, Martin Roth, and Steve Wilson as
advisors to the Database of Virtual Art.

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