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We've got big news in December - and you're invited to celebrate with us!
Spark: A Gala Celebration
Announcing ATNE
The End (of the year) is Near ...
Collaboration at CAVS
ASPECT: 100 for $200
AstroDime Call for Entries
Thanks to our sponsors!
Spark: A Gala Celebration
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spark Mark your calendar now for December 12 for Spark!, a Gala celebration to kick off ATNE: Art Technology New England. More about ATNE is in the next article, but in the meantime, here are 10 reasons why you should go to the Gala:
 
1. A one-night-only new media exhibition, featuring a dozen or so of our favorite cyberartists.
2. Silent auction of selected works from the exhibition.
3. A test-tube champagne toast.
4. Live performance by Zebbler Encanti Experience.
5. Audio and video by SoSoLimited.
6. Oleksiy Pikalo's Latte Art Printing Machine, which prints in caramel on coffee foam.
7. A demonstration of truffle making by the MIT Chocolate Science Lab and the Harvard/MIT molecular gastronomy group Food for Thought..
8. A birthday cake designed by Marguerite White -- for Axiom's fifth birthday!.
9.  LED balloons by Matt McKeon - that you can take home!
10.  Prizes for creative and experimental attire. 
 
Clearly this is no ordinary charity gala.

The event is produced by ATNE in partnership with Eventworks and MassArt's Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM).  It all happens on Saturday, December 12, from  7-11 pm in MassArt's Pozen Center, 621 Huntington Ave, in Boston.  For tickets and sponsorship levels visit www.atne.org/events or contact Heidi Kayser.

(You say you want to know which artists will be represented at the one-night-only exhibition and silent auction?  OK ... at press time, the roster includes Paul Allen Bernstein, Joseph Farbrook, Jeffrey Heyne, Steve Hollinger, Heidi Kayser, Brian Knep, Matt McKeon, Nathalie Miebach, Denyse Murphy, Andrew Neumann, Roy Pardi, Mark Stock, Dorothea VanCamp, and several SIM students.)

We're not kidding.  You really don't want to miss this event.  We hope to see you on December 12!
 


ATNE: A new resource for the digital arts community
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Artists, high-tech businesses, educators, and nonprofit organizations who are working at the intersection of art and technology are invited to join Art Technology New England (ATNE), a new initiative that is being launched in December by Boston Cyberarts and the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media.  ATNE is intended to foster connections between four distinct groups:
 
-- Multimedia and digital artists.
-- Academic institutions that train digital artists.
-- Nonprofit organizations who support the digital arts.
-- Businesses that either generate new creative technologies or use those technologies to create digital arts and entertainment.
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ATNE will provide a variety of services to this sector, including resource sharing, a forum for interaction and networking, opportunities for learning and collaboration, workforce development and human resource assistance, and avenues for advocacy and community building. Among the specific programs will be a Job Board, Internship Placement Program, a Digital Art Lending Program, Artist Residencies at high-tech companies, and an array of professional development workshops.

According to George Fifield of Boston Cyberarts and Heidi Kayser of Axiom, ATNE is intended to be the single entity that connects these four parts of the digital arts sector, much like other industry trade associations do. Individual membership is just $60 per year, or $45 for students; organization memberships are also available.
 
In addition to the professional and commercial opportunities, ATNE will provide social opportunities for the members, including a private social networking site and member-only events such as the Art/Science Speed Dating event that took place in October.

To find out more about ATNE, to sign up for membership, or to purchase a ticket for the December 12 Spark Gala and launch party, go to www.atne.org.

Start-up funding for ATNE was provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Adams Arts Fund, a program that invests in cultural economic development projects across the state.

The End (of the year) is Near ...

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support cyberarts!As the end of the year approaches, thoughts turn (we fervently hope) to making year-end contributions to our favorite nonprofit organizations. We hope you will consider supporting Boston Cyberarts -- and the wonderful art and technology community -- by making a fully tax-deductible donation in any amount you can. 

The economic environment over the past year has been quite a challenge, and we're counting on Cyber-fans like you to help us balance our budget and stay on top of the world of cyberart.

We'll make it really easy for you:  just click here to donate online through our secure website.  And thanks for your support!


Collaboration at CAVS

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Speaking of collaborations of Cyber-folk, we were intrigued by news of the upcoming performance "Bright Futures" by CAVS Fellow John Malpede.  The performance, which also features Nell Breyer (a co-founder of Boston Cyberarts' "Ideas in Motion" programs) and Tanya Selvaratnam, will take place in the shadow of a large-scale collapsing house of cards that was designed by Wendy Jacob's Visual Arts class.  A video component of the installation was made by Mary Ellen Strom (who you'll remember from her show at the DeCordova during last spring's Festival), Daniel Cevellos and Jim Rigler from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with MIT's Robert Oschorn.
 
It all happens Thursday, December 10, at 7:30 pm in the new Media Lab Lobby, E14, 75 Amherst Street in Cambridge.  It's presented by the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at CAVS, it's free, and it's open to the public, so check it out!  Click here for more info.

ASPECT 100 for $200

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aspectWe've just heard about an incredible deal from ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art - and just in time for the holidays!  With the release of their fourteenth volume (pictured here), ASPECT has now presented over 100 works of art. To celebrate, they're offering an amazing limited-time deal: 100 for $200.  This means you can get the entire set of ASPECT - more than 100 works, for just $200!  
 
ASPECT Magazine is a biannual DVD magazine of new media art. Each issue highlights 5-10 artists working in new media whose works are best documented in video or sound, including in-depth information on the artists and commentary by distinguished curators and critics. The mission of ASPECT is to foster a deeper understanding of contemporary new media art by expanding access, education, and distribution of the genre.
 
The 100 for $200 deal is available through December 31.  For more information, visit their website.
 

AstroDime Call for Entries ...

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astrodimeMedia arts collective AstroDime Transit Authority is calling for video, film, or animation work to be featured in the upcoming issue of INtransit, a biannual journal of art and technoscience. The coming issue is entitled "Scientific American," and looks at the history and representation of American science within and outside the United States, using the magazine Scientific American as a metaphorical framework.
 
Works should be under 10 minutes, or be able to be excerpted (please indicate which).  Work should be submitted by snail mail, on DVD, VHS, or mini-DV, to AstroDime c/o La Ciencia, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell, MA 01851.  Work submitted will also be considered for other issues.
 
The deadline is January 15, and you can get more information on the AstroDime website. AstroDime is sponsored by the 119 Gallery.  For more info, please contact Sam Smiley at rocketscience@virtualberet.net.

Thanks to our sponsors!
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As 2009 comes to a close, we want to extend a special thanks to our many generous sponsors.  We couldn't do the work we do without you! 

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1330 Boylston
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Art New England
Arts Boston
Cage & Pixelyze
IBM
Koundakjian & Co
LEF Foundation
Phoenix Media Communications Group
Tech Superpowers
The MathWorks
Yelp!

And many other generous institutions and individuals.
 
We would love to work with your company on upcoming Boston Cyberarts projects!  Please contact George Fifield at 617.524.2109 or for information on becoming a sponsor.
 
Cyber-publicity 4 U
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Do you have a cyberart 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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