|Get a head start @ the DeCordova
You don't have to wait until April to get your first taste of the Boston Cyberarts Festival! The DeCordova Museum is presenting the first major museum presentation of the collaborative work of choreographer and performer Ann Carlson and video installation artist Mary Ellen Strom -- and it's open now!.
Through the lens of the historic record and art history, Carlson/Strom employ tactics of spectacle and humor to provide spaces of reflection about this contemporary moment. While elegant, sharply executed, and humorous, these performance videos are critical re-evaluations of cultural and historical narratives. Displayed as immersive projections or installations, Carlson/Strom's work simultaneously fuses video art's tendencies towards the visually spectacular and its legacy as a tool for social change.
The DeCordova is located at 51 Sandy Pond Road in Lincoln. While you're there, walk the grounds and check out the Sculpture Park. You should especially seek out the two terrific new media sculptures, Nam June Paik's "Requiem for the Twentieth Century" and Michael Rees' "Putto 4 over 4." The DeCordova is one of our very favorite places to spend an afternoon, especially now that spring is coming (or so they say ...). For info on opening hours and directions, visit www.decordova.org.
|Raise your voice
On May 1 at the MIT Museum, Halsey Burgund and the musical group Aesthetic Evidence will create an audio-visual experience called "elements/response," inspired by spoken human voice recordings donated by participants. These recordings along with traditional instruments, electronics and related video footage will act as the raw material for this partially composed, partially improvised performance.
The group is currently in the process of collecting voices to use in the composition of the pieces and could use help from the Cyberarts community. If you are interested in having your voice, opinions and perspective included in the performance, you can do so online. The process is simple and should take only five minutes or so. Just click here to get started!
|Submit a video, dead or alive
The Dead Video / Live Video Festival is currently seeking submissions of short videos and live video performances. They're looking for short (no more than 10 minute) videos that focus on fusion of visuals with music and emerging editing techniques. They're also looking for performances that include video as one of their main components, something that will captivate audiences with technically good live performances or innovative integration of video into other types of performances.
To submit your entry, simply email a link or a description of your work to our friend Zebbler at , or call 617.271.4709 for more info. The deadline for submissions is April 1. Then mark your calendar for May 2-3, when you can see the results at the Dead/Live Video Festival at the Pozen Center at MassArt.
|Follow us around
There's a lot going on in this year's Festival, and we want to be sure you know all about it! Our Cybercorrespondents are going to be fanning out around the area, interviewing artists and getting the advance scoop on the events and exhibitions. It will all be posted on our Artist Blog starting probably in mid-March, so keep in touch. You can friend us on Facebook, or set up to follow us on Twitter -- we'll start tweeting soon. And don't forget that you can start right now communicating with other fans of cyberart through our conversational network. In the coming weeks we're also planning to set up a Flickr center where you'll be able to upload your favorite photos from the Festival -- or the world of cyberart in general.
We'll be adding more ways to be in touch as the Festival gets closer, and we want to hear from you!
|Go Green with D2E
Explore sustainability through your own lens. The Down to Earth Video Project, or D2E, invites students, artists, activists, and everyone in between to submit original three-minute digital videos focused on themes of sustainable living and natural landscapes in New England. Videos can cover environmental consciousness in everyday life, volunteerism, nature walks, poetry as a subject, outdoor activities with a message, profiles of people living sustainably, artists impressions, consumerism, whatever. It's up to you! Videos should be visually compelling and can explore any related theme, in any style: narrative, montage, animated, documentary or experimental.
The D2E conference takes place April 3, 4, and 5 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Selected entries will be presented on the main stage at D2E. The most effective and creative entries will be recognized at D2E's Kick-off Event on Friday, April 3. Deadline for submissions is March 20, so get moving.
For more information go to www.d2eboston.com
Become a sponsor!
Sponsoring 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
Massachusetts Cultural Council, John & Abigail Adams Arts Fund
Phoenix Media Communications Group
And many other generous institutions and individuals. Isn't it time for YOUR company to join us?