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Happy new year from your friends at Boston Cyberarts!
Party Party!
Exit Strategies at the ICA
Become a sponsor
Connect with us!
For your bookshelf
Call for entries
 
You're invited ...
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... to join us for a party and information session for volunteers interested in participating in the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival.  We'll be mobilizing a cadre of volunteers to help us in a variety of capacities, both in the weeks leading up to the Festival and during the two weeks of the Festival itself.
 
merlinThis year for the first time we're assembling a team of "cyber-correspondents" who will be visiting events and talking to artists, and then contributing to our blog. We're also looking for interns or volunteers to take charge of specific projects involving social networks and new media for communication. If you're an expert on Flickr, Twittter, Second Life, and other media and have ideas about how we might use them to communicate during the Festival, we'd love to hear from you! 

During the Festival itself, we'll be needing volunteers to staff our CyberArtCentral headquarters and attend some of the specific Festival events. We can also use people to help set up exhibitions, deliver banners and brochures to venues - pretty much anything you can imagine, we'll need.

We'll be talking about all this in more detail at a party and information session on Tuesday January 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 9 Myrtle Street in Jamaica Plain. (We're just around the corner from the JP Post Office on Centre Street, and we can be reached by the #39 bus or by the Orange Line to Green Street.)  Great food, and you'll get to meet others who share your enthusiasm for cyberart, including Merlin the Wonder Dog (above).

Please join us - we can only do what we do if we have the help and support of lots of dedicated volunteers. Contact  if you want more info or to RSVP for the January 20 party.  We hope to see you there!
 
Exit Strategies
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exit strategyIf you attended the 2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival, you might remember It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston, a work by digital artist kanarinka based on the city's evacuation routes.  Well, kanarinka now is one of four finalists for the James and Audrey Foster Prize, a biennial award of $25,000 given to a Boston artist who demonstrates exceptional promise. From now through March 1, she will have two works on display at the Institute for Contemporary Art:  a new adaptation of the 154,000 breaths work, plus a new video work Exit Strategy (shown here), which shows a variety of images of the artist passing through all of the exits at the ICA.

The four finalists for the Foster Prize were selected from several dozen nominated artists by a distinguished jury, who will also decide the winner in early 2009.  The ICA is located at 100 Northern Avenue on the waterfront, and if you haven't been out to see their spectacular new building, now's the time.  For more info, including directions and hours, visit www.icaboston.org.
 
Become a Sponsor!
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BCF logoSponsoring the Boston Cyberarts Festival is a great way for corporations to connect with our creative, tech-savvy audience, and to be part of this great region-wide collaboration.  If you're interested in becoming a sponsor for the next Boston Cyberarts Festival, contact George Fifield at 617.524.2109 or .

We are so very grateful to the following long-time sponsors:

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Apple
IBM
LEF Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council, John & Abigail Adams Arts Fund
Phoenix Media Communications Group
Tech Superpowers

And many other generous institutions and individuals.  Isn't it time for YOUR company to join us?

Connect with us!
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social network
Mark your calendar for the 2009 Festival -- the dates are April 24 - May 10.  We're starting to finalize the roster of events and exhibitions, so if you have an idea you'd like to talk over with us, don't delay -- contact us at .

To be sure you stay connected, Boston Cyberarts has recently launched our very own
conversational network, where folks who are interested in cyberart can meet other like-minded people. The list of friends has been growing, and you need to be part of it!  Let us know what you're thinking.  What projects are you working on?  What events and exhibitions have you seen recently that you'd like to recommend to others?  Click here to get started.

For your bookshelf

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new media bookLooking for interesting reading material for these long cold winter days?  Check out New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art, just published in December. This provocative anthology addresses the challenges of curating, presenting, and preserving new-media art - all of which challenge the traditional art world's customary methods. The book is edited and introduced by Christiane Paul, curator at the Whitney Museum of Art and author of the 2003 standard Digital Art. It features contributions by prominent practitioners--institutional and independent curators, theorists, and conservators.

Barbara London, curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, says that the book "perceptively addresses the challenges inherent in the digital arts ... [and] will be a great asset to the study and practice of presenting media art for many years to come."

It's available now on Amazon.com.
 
SIGGRAPH call for entries 
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There's still time to submit papers for a forthcoming special issue of Leonardo, edited by Jacquelyn Martino, which will feature SIGGRAPH 2009 Art Papers and the SIGGRAPH 2009 Juried Art Gallery "BioLogic: A Natural History of Digital Life."
 
siggraphSIGGRAPH Art Papers present work that illuminates and explores the process of making art and its place in society, presenting challenging ideas in accessible ways. The BioLogic exhibition, chaired by Elona Van Gent, will showcase work by artists who engage technology and the natural world in their creative processes. BioLogic will focus on projects that graft together biological forms and systems with mechanical equipment, electronic instruments, robotic devices and digital code and networks that amplify our understanding of organic processes and enhance our natural capacities. Artworks selected for the Juried Art Gallery will also appear in the special issue of Leonardo.
 
Publication of the special issue will coincide with the SIGGRAPH 2009 conference in New Orleans in August.  Deadline for submission of Art Papers is January 8 and for BioLogic Art is February 18. Submission details are available at the SIGGRAPH website.