Kudos to Camille!
delighted to learn that one of our favorite digital artists, Camille Utterback,
has just received a MacArthur Foundation award!
Sometimes referred to as "genius" grants, the awards come with $500,000 in
no-strings-attached support that is paid out over five years. Without
stipulations and reporting requirements, Fellows have unprecedented freedom and
opportunity to reflect, create, and explore.
is a pioneering artist in the field of interactive installations, work that
explores the interaction between the physical and digital, and allows viewers
to interact with the art. Long-time
friends of Boston Cyberarts will remember Camille's fascinating work "Text Rain" (pictured here),
which was installed at CyberArtCentral for the 2001 Festival. She returned for
the 2007 Festival with "Animated Gestures," which was installed at Art
Interactive and received an IBM Innovation Award that year. Camille was also one of the artists featured in "Act/React," an exhibition of interactive art curated by Boston Cyberarts Director George Fifield at the Milwaukee Art Museum last fall.
Virtuelle Mauer is back!
of IBM Innovation Award winners, 2009 winner "Virtuelle Mauer/ Reconstructing
the Wall" is back!
3D installation by Tamiko Thiel and Theresa Reuter investigates the impact of
the Berlin Wall, which divided West and East Berlin during the Cold War from
1961 to 1989. A digital reconstruction of a segment of the dismantled Wall and
its surrounding neighborhoods creates a place of remembrance that users can
explore in order to experience and reflect on this time in history. Viewers
navigate through the virtual world, weaving stories and events through their
own movements and choices.
commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, "Virtuelle
Mauer" is on view October 2-7 at the Bush Center, University of New
England in Biddeford, Maine. Yes, we
know this is a kinda long way from Boston, but it's fall and we bet the drive
will be beautiful, so go! The public
opening, with guided tours, is October 2, 7-9pm and there are guided tours at
11am and noon on October 7 as well. The
exhibition is open from 9am-4pm daily. For
more information contact the University of New England's Center for
International Education at 207.602.2585, email
, or visit the website.
"Virtuelle Mauer" is being presented In cooperation with the
Goethe-Institut Boston, the General Consulate of Germany, and the Center for
International Education at UNE.
|A new use for your cellphone
Will cellphone technology transform how we
create and use images? Media artists George
Legrady and Angus Forbes of UC Santa Barbara explore the intersection of user-generated
visual narratives and descriptive social tagging in their installation "Cell Tango." The work is a dynamically evolving 3D archive
of cellphone-transmitted images contributed by participants from anywhere in
the world. Once submitted, the images are organized according to specific
metadata criteria, such as descriptive tags, cell phone numbers, and
transmission date. The images and accompanying tags are projected in the
gallery (below) and dynamically change as the image database grows over the course of
Submit your own images to
to be part of the installation! Be sure
to include two to four descriptive tags in the subject line of your message.
For example, if you send a picture of a birthday cake you could include tags
like birthday, cake, and party in the subject line.
"Cell Tango" is on
view through December
13 at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College. For more information, call 781.283.2051 or
Channel your inner geek at Axiom
you ever wax poetic about wind power? Want to do time travel as performance
art? Want to collaborate on a carbon nanotube sculpture? Well, like-minded artistic and scientific
people are waiting to talk with you!
Axiom and Dorkbot are teaming up to present "Art Loves Science: An evening of speed
dating" for minds in art and science. The evening will consist of mingling, 8
minute speed dating (well, not really dating, exactly -- non-singles are most definitely welcome), art and science lovers' presentations -- plus prizes and
free food! You just might get some bright ideas and find great collaborators
for your projects! And who knows? Some of the attendees might be totally hot ... you never know ...
happens on October 13 from 7-9pm at Axiom
Center for New and Experimental Media, 141 Green Street in Jamaica Plain, right next to the Green Street T stop on the Orange Line. Suggested
donation of $10 at the door. For more information, call Nick Marmor at
516.987.6561 or Axiom's website. "Art Loves Science" is part
of a new creative economy development initiative called Art Technology New
(By the way, did you know that Axiom was named the
Best Gallery in Boston for 2009 by the Boston Phoenix?).
Portrait of the artist as an entrepreneur
The Arts & Business Council is now accepting
applications for the 2009-2010 "Artist's Professional Toolbox"
program. The Toolbox is a program designed to empower emerging and
practicing artists to succeed in the business aspects of being a professional
artist. Initially offered in 2005-2006, the Toolbox has been praised by
participating artists as a comprehensive and empowering program which has
helped them take charge of their careers.
The Toolbox curriculum was developed in
response to surveys and focus groups with over 800 working artists, as well as
input from gallery owners, art dealers, museum directors and other
professionals. The program addresses three main areas identified as being
of chief interest to artists: career planning, marketing, and financial/legal
issues. Over the course of eight months, including an initial day and a half
long retreat, artists learn and practice a host of career-enhancing skills. Here's
what one participant had to say about the program:
"Participating in the Toolbox came at
just the right time for me, as I was really confused about what direction I
needed to take. The Toolbox gave me the tools to analyze my situation,
articulate what my work is about, come up with a marketing plan, and now I'm in
the process of executing it."
The deadline to apply for this year's program
is October 19. For information and an application, visit the Arts &
Business Council website and click on the "Programs" tab.
Coming in November: Purple Blurb
Blurb" is a series of readings and presentations on digital writing by
practitioners in the field. The series
is organized by our friend Nick Monfort, and takes place at MIT's Room
14E-310. Three amazing speakers are
scheduled for November:
- Mary Flanagan, author
of "Critical Play: Radical Game Design,"
creator of [giantJoystick], author
of [theHouse], and Professor in
Digital Humanities at Dartmouth. November
- D. Fox Harrell, creator
of the GRIOT system for computational narrative and author of several works in
this system. He is assistant professor of digital media at the Georgia
Institute of Technology. November 16,
- Marina Bers, author
of "Blocks to Robots: Learning with
Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom" and creator of the system Zora. She is associate professor at
Tufts. November 30, 6pm.
We'll give you another reminder in our November email,
but we thought it was important that you put these dates on your calendar RIGHT
NOW. For more info, go to Nick's website.
Calling all architects ...
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is hosting the 2009
international conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design In
Architecture (ACADIA), taking place Oct. 22-25.
"ACADIA 09: reForm()" will present 40 papers by leading
architects, engineers, artists, and designers from the U.S. and abroad that
explore ideas for using cutting-edge hardware, software and networking
technologies to positively transform the performance and operation of cities
and buildings. Among the speakers are Swiss
Architect Kai Strehlke of Herzog &
de Meuron, Software Developer Robert Aish of Autodesk and "Wired for War" Author Dr. Peter W. Singer.
ACADIA was formed in the early 1980s to help
facilitate communication and critical thinking about the use of computers
in architecture, planning and building science. The organization is also
committed to the research and development of computer aides that enhance design
creativity, rather than simply production, and that aim at contributing to the
construction of humane physical environments. Tickets
for the four-day conference and workshops are available at www.acadia.org/register.html.
Do you have a cyber event or exhibition you'd like to promote? If so, please send details and an image to
by the 15th of the month preceding your event. We'll be happy to include it in our monthly eblast, if we have space and if we get your stuff in time.
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