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So now that you've finished your income taxes (you have, right?) you can really start getting into the 2009 Festival. Here are some things you can do BEFORE the Festival's official start date of April 24.
Human^n at the Museum of Science
Nourishment at AIB
What's in your suitcase?
Insights and Info
Calling all volunteers
Trimpin at the IFF
Share and communicate
Human^n at at the Museum of Science
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human nCarmin Karasic and Rolf van Gelder have created "Human^n" an interactive kaleidoscope that allows the viewer to literally put a spin on visions of humanity. The kaleidoscope samples video of the viewer and the background to create the kaleidoscope, and the viewer's movements make it spin and zoom.  The image shown here is just one of the infinite possibilities.
 
While you're at the Museum, you can also check out Christopher Janney's "Soundstair," an interactive
sound installation. Visitors walking up and down the stairs signal a computer, music sampler, and synthesizer to create sounds.  Run up and down the stairs a few times and you'll not only make music, but you'll be able to skip a trip to the gym,
 
The Museum of Science is at One Science Park in Boston, easily reachable by T to the Science Park stop on the Green line; for information or directions go to www.mos.org.  By the way, both of these installations are incredibly kid-friendly, so this is a great activity for school vacation week.

Nourishment at AIB  
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Art That Feeds the Soul and Makes Strong Funny Bones.
 
Artists Jeffu Warmuth and Ellen Wetmore have created unique, site-specific works for the Boston Cyberarts Festival at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.  Food in its many forms is the focal point for both artists who mix "high" and "low" while maintaining a self-aware and satirical stance.
 
Ellen's work has been revolutionized by pregnancy and motherhood; lactation is a common theme, and she explores its humor, social impact, and fantastic aspects. Jeffu's work (shown here) playfully explores the fragmentation of identity in the fast-food age, using semiotics and deep fryer fat. His interactive video installations use humor to investigate the viewer's relationship to language, advertising and culture. The exhibition is curated by Fred Levy.
 
The opening is April 16 from 6-8 pm, and the show runs through May 3.  There will also be an artist talk on April 29. AIB is located at 700 Beacon Street in Boston.  For more information, call 617.585.6600 or email  .

What's in your suitcase?  
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We don't know about you, but we always get the travel bug about this time of year, and with the economy being the way it is, we're pretty sure we won't be spending the spring in Paris.  Fortunately, we can feed our obsession much closer to home with an exhibition of digital storytelling called "What's in your Suitcase?" at UMass Lowell.
 
Artist Wenhua Shi digitally captures the travel stories of various people he encounters in his daily routine, and then allows gallery visitors to rendezvous with strangers at random, as if they were in a train station or airport. The exhibition is curated by Assistant Professor Ellen Wetmore (whose own work is featured in the AIB show, above), and opens on April 20.  The gallery is located at UMass, 883 Broadway Street in Lowell.  For more information call 978 934.3491 or visit the website.
 
Insights and Info 
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the wallDon't forget to check our artist blog for interviews and articles about Festival artists by our crew of Cybercorrespondents.  On the blog now are two articles about "Reliquary of Labor," coming up at AXIOM, by Nina Berger.  Also one on the MIT Gambit video game lab by Marlene Genovese.  Coming up next is Madeleine Clare Elish's article about the Goethe-Institut's virtual reality exhibition "ReConstructing the Wall" (right).  And there will be lots more!

This is a great way to get insights into the artistic process, and help you decide which of the dozens of events and exhibitions you want to see. Go to our Artist Blog to check it out -- and be sure to return every few days to see what's new.

Calling all Volunteers!
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We're still looking for a few good volunteers for the Festival, to staff CyberArtCentral, help distribute surveys at selected events, assist with office tasks, and more. If you'd like to help us out, please contact Jennifer at .  In exchange for your time, you'll receive a fabulous free t-shirt with this year's logo on it, which is what all the best-dressed cyberfolk will be wearing this year.

(By the way, though we don't normally encourage laziness, if you want to get a t-shirt WITHOUT volunteering, we can accommodate you.  Just send $20 plus $5 shipping & handling to Jennifer at Boston Cyberarts, 9 Myrtle Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.)

Trimpin at the IFF
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Though it's not an official Festival event, this sounds pretty cyber to us. The feature film TRIMPIN: the sound of invention makes its East Coast premiere during the Independent Film Festival of Boston. An homage to the creative spirit of a brilliant sound sculptor, TRIMPIN showed just weeks ago at SXSW in Austin to sold-out houses, standing ovations, and critical accolades.

Trimpin is an artist, inventor, composer, and MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient who designs, builds, programs, and composes for outrageous automatic ensembles of musical instruments. Working out of a studio that resembles both Frankenstein's lab and Santa's workshop, Trimpin has devised unique ways of playing everything from whistles, generators, and giant marimbas to stacks of electric guitars via home-grown computer programs.

Trimpin himself, along with producer/director Peter Esmonde, will be on hand for discussions with audience members after each screening. The screenings take place at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square in Somerville, on Thursday, April 23, at 10:15pm, and Sunday, April 26, at 8pm. For information on the screenings, go to www.somervilletheatreonline.com or call 617.625.6700.  For more in the film itself, visit www.trimpinmovie.com.

Share and communicate!
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We want to see your photos from Cyberarts events!  You can upload your photos to your own Flickr account, and tag them "boston cyberarts festival 2009."  That way everyone will be able to enjoy them, and get an idea of the incredible range of events and exhibitions offered in this year's Festival.

social networkWe've already mentioned the articles and interviews being posted on our Artist Blog. You may also want to set yourself up now to follow us on Twitter -- we're not tweeting yet, but we're putting together a Twitter team of artists who will be tweeting from various events and exhibitions once the Festival gets going, and you don't want to miss anything. 

And don't forget that you can start right now communicating with other fans of cyberart through our own conversational network. Or friend us on Facebook.

We'll be adding more ways to be in touch as the Festival gets closer, and we want to hear from you!

Thanks to our sponsors!
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BCF logoBoston Cyberarts extends a grateful thanks to the many individuals and institutions who provide the support that makes it all possible.

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Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsBoston
Art New England
Arts Boston
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IBM
Koundakjian & Co
LEF Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Phoenix Media Communications Group
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The MathWorks
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A special thanks to all the talented artists, arts organizations, educational institutions, and individual volunteers and supporters who, by joining us, are helping Boston Cyberarts introduce new and inspiring visions of art and technology to Boston and beyond!