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Subject: RHIZOME DIGEST: 11.21.07
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 18:25:53 -0500

RHIZOME DIGEST: November 21, 2007


1. Mark Shepard: Call for Applications: media | architecture | computing
2. Margaret Lomas Carpenter: Visualization Faculty
3. Christopher Vereb: Graphic Design - Asst/Assoc Professor
4. Sang Nam: Assistant Professor in Imaging Media
5. Atau Tanaka: Job offer at Culture Lab Newcastle - Nov 27th deadline!

6. Anette Schäfer: TRAMPOLINE Platform Event 29th Nov / HEATH BUNTING Exhibition
7. ana otero: International Forum Fastforward: ON NEW MEDIA ART
8. frens AT STRP Festival

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From: Mark Shepard <markshepard AT>
Date: Nov 16, 2007
Subject: Call for Applications: media | architecture | computing


media | architecture | computing
MArch + MFA Dual Degree Program
Departments of Architecture and Media Study
University at Buffalo, State University of New York


Computing has changed the way we think, feel, and operate in the modern world. This has profound consequences for the way we conceive, perceive and interact within built environments. Moving beyond screen-based simulations and interactive environments, media-architecture hybrids incorporate both the virtual and material dimensions of everyday life. As sites of practice for media, architecture and computing converge, new avenues for research and experimentation arise that require an expanded knowledgebase. Recognizing this challenge, the departments of Architecture and Media Study offer a dual degree program in Media, Architecture & Computing, one of the only such programs in the country.

This trans-disciplinary program offers dual terminal degrees, the fully accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Working with distinguished faculty in the departments of Architecture and Media Study, students conduct research and creative explorations in responsive architecture, robotics, networked performance, physical computing, locative media, pervasive gaming, kinetic structures, parametric design, and digital fabrication, among others. With a focus on providing a critical context for experimental practice, this program provides the advanced skills necessary to engage contemporary confluences of architecture and computational media.

This program combines the 2-year accredited M.Arch. and the M.F.A. for a total of 94 credit hours for applicants holding an undergaduate degree in Architecture, or the 3.5-year accredited M.Arch. and the M.F.A. for a total of 145 credit hours for students for applicants from other fields.


Core Faculty: Marc Böhlen, Omar Khan, Mark Shepard
Affiliated Faculty: Josephine Anstey, Tony Conrad, Shadi Nazarian, Dave Pape, Trebor Scholz, Hadas Steiner, Sahin Vassigh


Teaching Assistant (TA) positions available to exceptionally qualified and motivated candidates.


Media Robotics Lab

Center for Virtual Architecture

Intermedia Performance Studio (IPS)


Program Website:
Department of Architecture:
Department of Media Study:


Applicants to the program must apply to and be accepted by both departments. For further information on application procedures and forms, visit:

Media Study:

Or contact:

Mark Shepard
Program Coordinator
Departments of Architecture and Media Study
shepard6 AT
716.829.3485 x 308

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Rhizome Needs You!

Rhizome is currently in the midst of our annual Community Campaign. We need to raise $30,000 by midnight, December 31st in order to sustain and grow our web-based programs. We're calling upon the artists, critics, curators, scholars, scientists, and general digital culture fans in our network to achieve this goal. Now is the time to become a member (it's only $25!), renew your membership, or make a generous donation. Rhizome serves an emerging field and we rely, to no small extent, on our community for support. Your contribution will seed the development of our web-based programs, such as commissions, discussion, and digital art preservation, all of which aim to increase the visibility and vibrancy of this growing field. Helping us will help make new media art history. Please support us today!

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From: Margaret Lomas Carpenter <marge AT>
Date: Nov 14, 2007
Subject: Visualization Faculty

Posted by Margaret Lomas Carpenter
December 17, 2007
Visualization Faculty: Multiple Positions
Department of Visualization
College of Architecture - Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas

The new Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University seeks tenured/tenure-track faculty. Candidates must demonstrate experience in collaborative efforts that cross disciplinary lines. A terminal degree or equivalent industry experience is required. Responsibilities include research and/or creative work, teaching and advising at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the department, university, and the field.

Application deadline for full consideration is December 17, 2007. Initial telephone interviews will be conducted in early January 2008. For more information, e-mail search AT or reference the posting online at:

Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity.

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Theatre/Video: Assistant Professor (tenure track to begin August 2008). MFA required, Ph.D. or equivalent professional and academic experience considered. Teaching responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, courses in: acting; voice/diction; on-camera performance; directing; script analysis and script writing; digital video production and editing. Other duties may include directing Theatre/Video productions; collaborating with colleagues on other productions and activities, mentoring students with their creative processes; departmental and institutional support. Qualified applicants must submit letter of interest (include email address if applicable), vita, unofficial transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness, recent examples of personal work and at least three letters of reference (to be sent directly by references or confidential placement file) to: Dr. Marilyn D. Hunt, Chair, Department of Communication Studies & Theatre, Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, Missouri 64507. Deadline: December 1, 2007 or until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately.
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From: Christopher Vereb <personnel AT>
Date: Nov 16, 2007
Subject: Graphic Design - Asst/Assoc Professor

Posted by Christopher Vereb
March 15, 2008
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, in Philadelphia, is the only university in the nation dedicated to education and professional training in the design, visual, media and performing arts. Through its three colleges, it currently offers undergraduate/graduate degree programs in acting, communication, crafts, dance, design, fine arts, media arts, multimedia, music, musical theater, writing, and museum and arts education. Core and elective Liberal Arts courses comprise one-third of the undergraduate curriculum. Students pursuing degrees now number over 2300; over 4000 take non-degree courses.
We invite applications for the following multiyear faculty positions.

College of Art and Design (CAD)

A comprehensive visual arts college offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate professionally oriented programs in fine arts, crafts, design, media arts, art education and museum studies. Enrollment 1200 undergraduates, 175 graduate students. 62 full-time faculty, 125 part-time faculty.

Graphic Design - Asst/Assoc Professor - Teach both introductory and advanced graphic design courses using new media in a nationally recognized BFA Program. Qualifications: MFA substantial professional experience in design, multimedia and user interface design, teaching experience preferred, evidence of scholarship, and interest in interdisciplinary projects a plus. Salary and rank commensurate with experience.

Deadlines -- Review of applications will begin on or about February 15, 2008. Late applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled.
Applications: Please submit a resume; a letter describing background, teaching/learning philosophy, and your interest in working in an intense, arts-rich environment; and a list of three references with addresses and phone numbers. As appropriate to the discipline, include samples of your scholarly/artistic work in any suitable format. All materials should be sent to:

(position)____ Search
Personnel Services Department
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The University of the Arts is an EOE, ADA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Learn more about our University at

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Film/Video/Theatre: Assistant Professor, (tenure-track position to begin August 2008) – dynamic individual to teach courses in progressive integrated video/film and theatre department with emerging interdisciplinary graduate program in applied media arts. Department requires innovative professional to oversee the technical production of video, film, and live production and assist in curricular development of graduate classes. Required: M.F.A. in film, video, multi-media, theatre or closely related field. Must demonstrate evidence of quality teaching/advising and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. Applicant must have expertise with cinematography, lighting, sound and live theatrical production. Applicant must also have a working knowledge in the Macintosh environment, including the major non-linear applications utilized in post-production. Applicant will teach courses as needed but must be able to teach film, video and live technical production. Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest including e-mail address; vita; recent examples of personal work; and at least three letters of reference (to be sent directly by references or confidential placement file) to: Dr. M. D. Hunt, Chair, Department of Communication Studies & Theatre, Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive, Murphy Hall 207, St. Joseph, Missouri 64507. Deadline: December 1, 2007 or until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. AA/EOE.
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From: Sang Nam <sangumc AT>
Date: Nov 17, 2007
Subject: Assistant Professor in Imaging Media

Posted by Sang Nam
December 1, 2007
Assistant Professor of communication technologies (9 month, full-time, tenure track).

Review of completed applications will begin December 1, 2007, and continue until the position is filled. Position is available August 20, 2008.

Teach courses in both our major core and Imaging Media Emphasis (see depending upon department needs and the candidate's expertise and interests. Candidate may be required to teach by alternative delivery methods. Other responsibilities include: advising students, professional and scholarly activity, applicable university and community service, plus other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
Terminal degree (Ph.D., M.F.A., or Ed.D.) required in communication or related field. The successful candidate will have the vision and initiative to help shape curriculum for the future. Expertise required in image-creation and -manipulation software (Macintosh), with preference given to candidates also possessing Web design skills. Demonstrable skills in oral and written communication required. Observable dedication to undergraduate education, enthusiasm for professional engagement with students in and out of classroom and laboratory are a must. Ability to perform routine lab maintenance required. Demonstrated commitment to or experience with racially diverse populations required.

Commensurate with professional experience and qualifications. Outstanding fringe benefits included.

Send letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of reference, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable), statement of teaching philosophy (should include an explanation of commitment to, or experience with, racially diverse populations), electronic portfolio (Web, CD, or DVD; may include additional works by your students), and names and contact information for five references to:
Dr. Arthur L. Ranney
Department of Communication Technologies
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville WI 53818-3099
FAX: 608-342-1517
Email: ranneya AT
Final candidates will provide a teaching demonstration.

The Department of Communication Technologies has seven faculty and teaching staff members with approximately 200 students. The department emphasizes hands-on learning for technologies used for mass media and communication, with small class sizes and individualized attention. Our well-equipped labs for broadcast and computer imaging complement our emphases in broadcast production, imaging media, journalism, and public relations. The department is responsible for supervision of the campus radio station, programming for an educational access channel, and the student newspaper. More information is available at

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, enrolls about 7,000 students in more than 40 different undergraduate majors and a select few graduate programs. It has historic institutional strengths in agriculture, criminal justice, education, engineering, and technology management. More information is available at

Platteville is a friendly, progressive community of 10,000 in the beautiful rolling landscape of Southwest Wisconsin. It offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and a vibrant business/industrial base. More information is available at

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From: Atau Tanaka <dariah AT>
Date: Nov 21, 2007
Subject: Job offer at Culture Lab Newcastle - Nov 27th deadline!

Posted by Atau Tanaka
November 27, 2007
Dear all,

We're looking to recruit a research associate for the final phase (8 months) of a European software development project, and to explore avenues for continued collaboration beyond that period via other bids and projects in the pipeline at present. Please pass on to anyone who may be interested. Formal text below:

Newcastle University?s Culture Lab is looking to extend its existing Research staff by taking on a Research Assistant / Research Associate to work on its 6th Framework European Project INSCAPE ( The project focus is on the development of a tool for interactive story telling for creative people, and candidates are sought with the skills to develop and implement interactive stories in one of the domains of Live Performance, Education, Scientific Communication or Cultural Heritage for the purpose of validating and demonstrating the tool.

You should be educated to postgraduate level and be able to demonstrate creative ability and experience in the requisite techniques and tools associated with either 2D or 3D interactive authoring as well as experience working with one or all of the above domains. The proposed position, funded by the European Framework programme until August 2008, provides opportunities for the successful candidate to integrate with Culture Lab?s growing interdisciplinary research community by contributing to publication and dissemination activity as well as developing his/ her individual research endeavours to secure funded development perspectives.

The post is based in Culture Lab and is fixed term until 31 August 2008.
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Dade-Robertson on 0191 246 4620 / martyn.dade-robertson AT, or via Sarah Greenhalgh on 0191 246 4646 / sarah.greenhalgh AT Further particulars at

Sorry the closing date is tight - we have to circulate first for internal candidates and this spins out the whole process...

Best wishes

Sally Jane Norman

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From: Anette Schäfer <anette AT>
Date: Nov 15, 2007
Subject: TRAMPOLINE Platform Event 29th Nov / HEATH BUNTING Exhibition


Surveillance City
Thursday 29 November 2007

Trampoline, the East Midlands’ platform event for new media art celebrates its tenth anniversary on Thursday 29 November at Broadway, Nottingham.

Looking back on this decade of new media art, it is clear that digital technologies have become integrated into almost every aspect of everyday life. The theme Surveillance City highlights the critical awareness necessary to cope with an environment where every movement is traceable, recordable and identifiable.

Featuring a dynamic mix of work by regional and international artists including performances, video screenings and installations by Frank Abbott, Michael Pinchbeck, Low Brow Trash and many others.

The Status Project – An A-Z of The System

· exhibition 29 November – 5 December 2007, opening 28 November, 6pm,
Private View 28th 6pm

· psycho-geographic Walk – 29 Nov, 5pm

Alongside the platform event, Broadway will host an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Heath Bunting from 29 November until 5 December, displaying maps and guidebooks of ‘the system’ that he defines as The Status Project. The artist will use these guides to lead members of the public on a walk through the city, demonstrating the links between the variables that determine our social status, from owning a Tesco Club Card to getting on the Electoral Register.

Collected in an online database, the system offers the potential user absurd combinations in the mode of “I am licensed to keep dangerous wild animals. I am able to write in block capitals AND I am insured for public liability.”

Trampoline, c/o Broadway, 14-18 Broad St, Nottingham, NG1 3AL

Tel: 0115-840 92 72 <>

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With Support by
The National Lottery through Arts Council England
Nottingham Trent University
Future Factory

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Trampoline Newsletter

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From: ana otero <4anaotero AT>
Date: Nov 17, 2007
Subject: International Forum Fastforward: ON NEW MEDIA ART

Posted by ana otero
November 22, 2007
11.22.07 - 11.24.07 -- Meetings, debates and performances from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm

PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli
Via dei Mille 60
80121 Napoli

The second edition of the INTERNATIONAL FORUM FASTFORWARD: ON NEW MEDIA ART includes a number of events and debates designed to explore the analysis of the relationship between new media art documents and works. The commitment of the PAN Documentation Centre to set up an art archive -- and in particular to establish a collection of digital art works -- is combined to the goal of promoting a reflection on the variety of experiences and on the subjective nature of research in the field of new media. Today, manifestations of digital arts concern disciplines, works, museum institutions, research and documentation centres, but also methods and instruments for communication and education to art. This year the INTERNATIONAL FORUM widens its scope and becomes one of the cultural initiatives promoted by the city in the framework of participation in the Universal Forum of Cultures of Monterrey. The venue has not changed, but the contents ha! ve grown and look fast forward, indeed FASTFORWARD: ON NEW MEDIA ART, to 2013, the year for which Naples has submitted its candidature to host the major event promoted by the Unesco.

It is a choice which goes hand in hand with the will to record informed experiences and opinions on the development of production processes, archive systems, curators' approaches and exhibition projects dedicated to the new media arts. In particular, in this edition contemporary art merges with other art languages and touches the most urgent issues of the contemporary world, mixing its experimental and multimedia languages and collecting contributions distributed across the four themes which constitute the conceptual core of the Universal Forum of Cultures: peace, sustainable development, cultural diversity and know-how.

The working sessions on the agenda at the SECOND INTERNATIONAL FORUM FASTFORWARD ON NEW MEDIA ART relate the four lines of research of the PAN with the four themes of the Universal Forum of Cultures:

"love is a better teacher than duty" Albert Einstein
It is necessary to keep a constant thread, to carry out research on the function of Art in contemporary society, on the artist's role in social formations, on the ability of works and documents to communicate the 'common good', to re-create the positive conditions of individual and collective experience, in a language that uses visionary tools to express feelings, stories, emotions completing the rational sharing of will and ethics. About art creations, one may say what Jacques Monod said about science "the candour of a new look (the look of science always is) can sometimes shed new light on ancient problems"

"They would saw the branches on which they were sitting and shout out their mutual experiences on how to saw faster, and they hit the ground with a crash, and those who saw them shook their heads while sawing and carried on sawing" (Bertold Brecht)
In modern debate, the role of technologies in bringing about transformations into our present is widely recognised: material conditions of everyday life, political and social relations, cultural exchanges between different subjects and contexts -- they are all simultaneously structured and de-structured as a consequence of the massive introduction of variable instruments and media. The deep involvement of the institutions working in the different fields of contemporary art becomes thus evident. The challenge is a major one, as it concerns above all the possibilities of spreading and circulation offered by technology (thus possibilities which involve creation, use, preservation) and, more in general, the visions which can make a cultural medium relevant and devastating in a media-saturated world!

"A landscape is made up of processes more than of places. The true essence of the landscape entails interaction and integration" Frederick Steiner
New media art is the expression used to define works which are created, related and, however, used through innovative and unstable technologies since the mid- 20th century. The disciplines usually included in the expression new media art are: cell phone art, computer art, digital art, electronic art, finance art, generative art, hacktivism, information art, interactive art, performance art, robotic art, software art, sound art, video art, video game art.

"Latent meaning becomes the expression of a more general cultural and cognitive process, in which objects gain significance through the association with know-how rather than with sensitivity" Masao Yamaguchi
Even art expressions give rise to aesthetic forms which can be referred to the potential and varieties of the so-called new media. As in a response to these transformations, the very approach to art history and criticism changes due to the appearance of new forms of 'global and cyberspace culture' and to the impact of digital media on the very concept of intellectual property. The whole range of art expressions identified by the new media is among those effects of technological innovation which is based on the application of contemporary scientific research.

Contributors include:
Alex Adriaansens, V2 - Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam
Paul Brown, Computer Art Society, London
Mario Costa, Artmedia, Salerno
Geoff Cox, University of Plymouth, Plymouth
Amanda McDonald Crowley, Eyebeam, New York
Dieter Daniels, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media Art Research, Linz
Kelli Dipple,Tate Modern, London
Michele Emmer, Leonardo - ISAST, Roma
Rosina Gmez-Baeza Tintur, Laboral - Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, Gijn
Jon Ippolito, University of Maine, Orono
Yael Kanarek, Upgrade!, New York
Simona Lodi, Share, Torino
Barbara London, MoMa Museum of Modern Art, New York
Emma Quinn, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Wonil Rhee, Curator, Seoul
Yuliya Sorokina, Curator, Alma-Ata
Christine Van Assche, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Valentina Valentini, Universit degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Roma

Scientific committee
Laura Bardier, Julia Draganovic, Marina Vergiani

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Rhizome Commissions Program

Rhizome 2008 Commissions Announced!
This year, eleven emerging artists/ collectives were awarded commissions in support of new works of Internet-based art. The projects include distributed sound experiments, visually compelling interactive images that blend the sublime and the ridiculous, and pioneering applications that encourage the flowering of creativity across commercial areas of the web. Follow the link below for descriptions of and links to the eleven winning proposals, which also includes our first-ever Community Award, a project designed to enhance participation and communication on Rhizome.

The Rhizome Commissions Program is made possible by support from the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial, the Greenwall Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support has been provided by members of the Rhizome community.

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From: frens AT <frens AT>
Date: Nov 18, 2007
Subject: STRP Festival

Posted by
November 22, 2007
After its successful debut in 2006, the second edition of the STRP Festival will now take place from November 22 through November 25 in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven. The STRP Festival is one of the largest art & technology festivals in Europe, presenting a four-day multidisciplinary programme with more than 120 artworks, performances, and artists.

The extensive exhibition of robotics and interactive art challenges the visitors to undertake their own explorations. The works range from small, subtle, and poetic to awesome and overwhelming. The interactive nature of the works in particular investigates the increasingly vague boundary between technology, humankind, and art, and often leads to wonderfull experiences.

The music program brings electronic music stars like The Chemical Brothers and Roisin Murphy but also a full range of more experimental performances and Live Cinema shows.

See for the full programme.

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