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Warm up your winter: Start thinking about spring, and the upcoming 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival!
2009 Festival Preview
Thoughts on the Rose
CyberCorrespondents Wanted!
Christopher Janney's "Heartbeat"
Become a sponsor
404 Festival
A Preview of 2009 Festival Events
The 2009 Festival is just around the corner, so we want to give you a quick taste of what's in store.

One of the key features of this year's Festival is an increased emphasis on art in cyberspace.  Among the events and exhibitions that can be enjoyed on the web are:

2nd life-- Loops: A Dance & Technology Project: Four artists, Brian Knep, Golan Levin, Casey Reas and Sosolimited will re-purpose the data and software from 2001ís Loops. This digital portrait of Merce Cunningham by artists Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar and Paul Kaiser has been released as open source data by the Cunningham Foundation and OpenEnded Group (the artistsí organization) for this purpose. This project is funded by the LEF Foundation. The results will be available to view online, in exhibition at the MIT Museum, and in a live performance.

-- HyperArtSpace Gallery:  Our own online gallery will be the site of a series of curated exhibitions of web-based artwork.

-- Second Life:  We're planning an array of projects in the virtual environment of Second Life (right).

Visual art has always been a central part of the Festival. Among the 2009 offerings are
a major exhibition of the video art of Mary Ellen Strom and Ann Carlson at the DeCordova Museum; "Syntax," an exhibition of photographers and new media artists at the Photographic Resource Center; and "Losing Ground" featuring the works of Dorothy Simpson Krause at the South Shore Art Center.

Virtual reality is featured in an environment by Tamiko Thiel and Teresa Reuter entitled "Virtuelle Mauer / ReConstructing the Wall" at the Goethe Institut.  Using interactive 3D computer graphics, the work allows users to experience a section of the former Berlin Wall. The Cambridge Arts Council's gallery will also be featuring a virtual reality exhibition: Mark Skwarek and Joseph Hocking's "Children of Arcadia."

Among this year's music offerings is the Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at the Longy School of Music. The event is being organized by Jeremy VanBuskirk, head of the school's Computer Music Studio in celebration of the Studio's tenth anniversary.

There will be lots more, so stay tuned!  We'll provide more info in the weeks ahead.

Thoughts on the Rose 
By now you've probably read about Brandeis University's intention to close the Rose Art Museum and sell off its astounding permanent collection in order to shore up its endowment.  We here at Boston Cyberarts are appalled and saddened by this situation -- doubly so because of the Rose's position as an early and stalwart supporter of cyberart.

roseWhat many people don't know is that the Rose exhibited what is now considered to be the very first museum exhibition of video art, ever.  That 1970 exhibit, "Vision & Television," curated by Russell Connor, represented the first time that groundbreaking artists like Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Frank Gillette, Ira Schnieder and Aldo Tambellini  were presented by an important institution. In addition, the famed collection "Video Freex" brought, according to the catalog, "A full production unit to the campus ... and electronically [related] the exhibition to student activities on the campus."

This is just one of many innovative and important exhibitions that the Rose has produced that actually changed the course of contemporary art in America while enriching the cultural lives of Brandeis's students. It is this cultural heritage, in addition to the present Museum and its collection, that the University is irresponsibly throwing away.  We hope they will reconsider.

CyberCorrespondents Wanted! 
There's a lot going on in this year's Festival, and we want to be sure you know all about it!  We're looking for some volunteers with good writing skills to serve as "CyberCorrespondents."  You'll visit exhibitions, attend events, talk to artists, find out what audiences are thinking and saying -- and then post reports to our blog, communicate with our conversational network, Twitter, and generally help us get the word out and start the conversations perking.

The CyberCorrespondent cadre is being organized by our crack marketing & PR goddess, Janet Bailey.  She'll want to get the group together once for an orientation session, probably sometime in late February, and then launch you into the Cybersphere.  If you're interested in joining the group, contact Janet at .

social networkOf course, there are lots of ways for everyone to connect with us.  If you aren't already, be sure to sign up for our very own conversational network at www.bostoncyberarts.net.  We've also got a Facebook page, and we'd love to have you as our Friend!  We've set up a Twitter account, and are looking for Twitter artists and poets to connect with us. We'll be adding more ways to be in touch as the Festival gets closer, and we want to hear from you!

Christopher Janney's "Heartbeat"
Emily CoatesCalling all dance & technology fans -- and we know there are a lot of you out there!  Summer Stages Dance, a dance workshop and performance series in Concord, is presenting an irresistible mashup of tradition and innovation:  Christopher Janney's innovative and high-tech work "HeartBeat," performed by dancer Emily Coates (right) and accompanied by a capella group The Persuasions.

"HeartBeat" is an innovative dance work in which a solo dancer wears a real-time heart monitoring device, and performs to the accompaniment of the five-part harmonies of The Persuasions and her own amplified heartbeat. Incidentally, Janney first conceived "HeartBeat" when he was a research fellow at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, back in 1981.

The performance is a benefit for Summer Stages Dance's programs and Janney's Institute for Performance Sculpture, and takes place on March 1 at 4 pm at Concord Academy. For more details, please visit www.summerstagesdance.org.

Become a Sponsor!
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
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?

404 Festival Call for Entries


404 festivalAstas Romas calls international artists and theorists to submit their works for the sixth season of "404 Festival - Post Electronic Art" 2009, an artistic event created by the Argentinian organization Astas Romas.  Work can be submitted in the following categories: Net.Art, Still Image, Animation, Video, Music, Audiovisual Set, Theory, Performance, and Installation. 

The deadline is February 10, so you'd better hurry.  Go to their website for more information.