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There's plenty going on in the
 world of Cyberart in May!
 
This month
[DAM] Discussion
TODAY! New England Steampunk Festival
APropos
Digital Dialogues in Contemporary Craft
Farewell to Judi Rotenberg Gallery
Calling All Cyberartists
[DAM] Discussion at the Goethe-Institut
 
Join ATNE on Tuesday, May 11 for "Digital Art: Drastically Changing the Art World,"  a lecture and discussion by Wolf Lieser, Founding Director of the Digital Art Museum, or [DAM], in Berlin.  The event is co-sponsored by Art Technology New England and the Goethe-Institut Boston
 
digital art bookFounded by Lieser in 1988, [DAM] became the first online museum in 2000. Lieser then opened [DAM] Berlin Gallery 2003 to serve as a physical complement to the online museum.
 
Lieser's view is that the computer is changing the world of contemporary art to a larger degree than any other medium has before - that nearly all artists now use a computer to create and/or develop their art, and that new media also provides fresh conceptual and aesthetic possibilities. In addition to an overview of the world of digital art today, Lieser will talk about the [DAM] project; a unique approach to education in new media with a focus on marketing and selling to a new public.

Following Lieser's talk, George Fifield, Director of Boston Cyberarts, will lead a discussion that ties back into the local scene and considers the impact of institutions like the New Television Workshop at WGBH and MIT on the world of digital art. Wolf Lieser's new book Digital Art (pictured) will be available for purchase at the event.
 
The event is free and open to the public, and takes place on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston.  For information visit the ATNE website or contact Heidi Kayser at 617.676.5904. 
 
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ATNE creates a vital platform for networking, support, exploration and discussion of current issues in the new media and digital arts community.  Join today!
 
Today!  New England Steampunk Festival
 
Jules Verne meets modern technology during the New England Steampunk Festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.  A sci-fi subculture, steampunk offers a fresh, romanticized view of modern technology by mixing it with Edwardian design - things like a computer with a keyboard made from a nineteenth-century typewriter like the work pictured here.
 
steampunkThe term steampunk developed during the 1980s from a type of popular science fiction literature based in Victorian and Edwardian eras. The aesthetic gradually spread into other art forms including fashion, jewelry, film and animation, video games and more. 
 
The New England Steampunk Festival offers a small glimpse into this unusual, retro-cyber world.  Visitors may explore a time machine, attend author readings, participate in Victorian dances, try on steampunk inspired clothing, or visit any one of the interactive displays.  Also planned are music performances, a fashion show, film screenings and interactive art classes.  Arrive in costume and you can participate in a live action role playing game or take to the runway in the masquerade parade.  And bring the family - there will be interactive exhibits for children too.  
 
We think this all sounds incredibly cool - but you have to hurry.  It all happens today, May 1, from 10 am to 4 pm - so get over to Waltham now!  The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is located at 154 Moody Street in Waltham.  For more information or a list of participating exhibitors visit www.crmi.org or call 781.893.5410.  
 
 
Artists and organizations meet on APropos
 
aproposDid you know that Boston Cyberarts offers a service that matches artists who are working on cyber-projects with arts organizations that are interested in showing their work? 
 
APropos provides a place for artists who work with new technologies to post information about their work and calls for collaboration. Arts organizations that are organizing exhibitions of new media can post Calls for Entries and Requests for Proposals. Originally the service was intended to match artists and venues for the Boston Cyberarts Festival, but over the years it has evolved into a database of artists and works that can be useful at any time.
 
Check it out!  And if you have a project looking for a home, or if you have a venue looking for a project, join in!
 
Image: Mike Hall, Pattern Formation Syndrome 
 
Digital dialogues in contemporary craft
 
boldonWe are VERY excited to report on an upcoming exhibition at Fuller Craft Museum entitled "The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft."  Curated by Fo Wilson, the exhibition steps beyond the boundaries that currently exist among technology, art, and craft and showcases the work of 16 artists who are using new technologies in tandem with traditional craft materials - clay, glass, wood, metal and fiber - to forge new artistic directions.
 
Among the artists represented are Brookline resident Nathalie Miebach, who uses scientific data as a basis for her baskets, which then become a three-dimensional representation of the data. Other participating artists include furniture-maker Wendy Maruyama and glass artist Tim Tate, both of whom embed video into their pieces, and glass artist Brian Boldon, whose work Looking and Blindness is pictured here.    
 
The exhibition opens on May 29, and there's an opening reception and curator talk on June 13.  Admission to the Museum is regularly $8, but friends of Boston Cyberarts can receive two-for-one entry to the Museum during the run of "The New Materiality" - just print out and show this email when you visit.

Fuller Craft Museum is located at 455 Oak Street in Brockton, which is just about 10 minutes outside Route 128, and is in a lovely wooded setting that's perfect for a spring or summer visit. For more information, go to www.fullercraft.org.
 
 
Image: Brian Boldon
Looking and Blindness
 
Judi Rotenberg Gallery Farewell
 
strom the nudesAbigail Ross Goodman, a member of Boston Cyberarts' Board of Directors and Co-Director and Curator of Judi Rotenberg Gallery, recently announced that the Gallery will be closing at the conclusion of the current exhibition.
 
The Judi Rotenberg Gallery has been an early and stalwart participant in the Boston Cyberarts Festival, beginning with the exhibition of David Small's interactive electronic books Illustrated Manuscript and Talmud in 2003.  The Gallery exhibited The Nudes by Mary Ellen Strom and Itinerant by Teri Rueb in 2005; Brian Knep's Aging and Carmin Karasic and Rolf Van Gelder's Handheld Histories in 2007; and Daniel Phillips' Inherent Tendencies Toward Disorder in 2009, which received an IBM Innovation Merit Award for that year.
 
We will miss having the Gallery as part of the Festival in the years to come, and wish Abby and her colleagues the very best in their future endeavors.

 
Image: The Nudes by Mary Ellen Strom, at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery
for the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival.
 
Calling All Cyberartists
 
marjorie in loopsThe next Boston Cyberarts Festival is scheduled for April 22-May 8, 2011. Past Festivals have involved 50 or more organizations, including museums, galleries, dance and music organizations, educational institutions, and others. 
 
There are lots of ways you can get involved. If you're an organization and are considering an art-and-technology-related show for spring of 2011, we'd love to hear from you. If you're a cyberartist but are not connected with a particular organization, we'll see if we can help match you up with one. Click here for more information.
 
If you're a corporation and would like to talk about becoming a partner for the next Festival, we'd love to hear from you too!  Contact us at  . 
 
If you're not any of the above but are just interested in the world of art and technology, then mark your calendar for spring of 2011
 
Image: Marjorie Morgan performing in Loops, in the 2009 Festival 
 
Thanks to our Sponsors!
 
Boston Cyberarts extends 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 email for information on becoming a sponsor.
 
Contact us!
 
If you have cyber-events coming up that you think the Boston Cyberarts family would be interested in, please send information and an image to .  We'll happily include your stuff if we get it in time and if we have space.
 
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