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Keep in touch with happenings
in the Cyber-world in June!
 
This month
Virtual Street Corners
Digital Dialogues in Contemporary Craft
At Axiom: Path to Ground
Steampunk Design Call for Entries
Join us!
Virtual Street Corners
 
Coolidge Corner in Brookline and Dudley Square in Roxbury are only 2.4 miles apart. Though the Route 66 bus links these two communities, they are home to different socio-economic, ethnic and religious groups.  But beginning June 8, these two communities will be linked through the Virtual Street Corners project.  The storefronts of Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner and A Nubian Notion in Dudley Square will be transformed into large video screens, providing pedestrians of each neighborhood with a portal into one another's worlds.
 
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Throughout the month, citizen journalists in Dudley Square and Coolidge Corner will create videos, set up exchanges between figures of both communities, and anchor live broadcasts.  Stories on each neighborhood will be shown in the other, to give residents a view of the other community. Content will be live streamed to both locations and housed on the project's website at www.virtualcorners.net.
 
Virtual Street Corners, a project of Boston Cyberarts, is the brainchild of John Ewing, a Boston-based digital media artist who focuses on public art that creates platforms for social dialogue - and who you might remember from his "Symphony of a City" project at the 2001 Boston Cyberarts Festival. Virtual Street Corners received a Knight News Challenge grant, awarded to projects that use innovative ideas and technology to report community news, and has received additional support from Black Rock Arts Foundation and the New England Foundation for the Arts. The interactive video technology is provided by Providea Conferencing.
 
You can read more about the project in a recent article in "The Atlantic" - and then go to Coolidge Corner or Dudley Square to check it out!

Digital dialogues in contemporary craft
 
Fuller Craft Museum is the site of an exciting cyberart exhibition called "The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft."  Curated by Fo Wilson, the exhibition 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.
 
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Among the 16 artists represented in the show 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 jewelry makers Mike and Maaike, fiber artists Lia Cook and Sonya Clark, furniture makers Shaun Bullens and Wendy Maruyama, and glass artist Brian Boldon, whose work Looking and Blindness is pictured here. 

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. And there's a reception (free with Museum admission) and curator talk ($10 plus Museum admission) on June 13. 

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
 
At Axiom this month: Path to Ground
 
path to ground"Path to Ground" is an exhibition of interactive, kinetic installation and sound art created by students working in the Electronic Projects curriculum of MassArt's Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM). The title refers to a fundamental property of electricity: that it flows "to ground" through the path of least resistance. The term "ground" in an electrical circuit is a relative one, however, and has a variety of meanings. The works in this exhibition have a variety of artistic sensibilities: humorous, scientific, political and pop-cultural.

Curated by Dana Moser and Fred Wolflink, the exhibition includes works by Olivia Becker, Alex Black, Patrick Chaney, Daniel Mooradian, Kim O'Toole, Paige Peterson, Jacky Sharp, Matej Vacula, and Joseph Wight. The exhibition in on view from June 11 through July 10. There's an opening reception on June 10 and a live performance on June 24. For details, visit Axiom's website.
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Steampunk Design Competition Call for Entries
 
The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation announces the launch of Steampuffin.com and the first annual Steampunk Form and Function Design Competition and exhibit.

steampunkFor those not familiar with the Steampunk phenomenon, it's a sci-fi subculture that mixes modern technology with Edwardian design - things like a computer with a keyboard made from a nineteenth-century typewriter, like the work pictured here.
 
The competition is sponsored by Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, ModVic LLC, Steampuffin, and Brute Force Studios.  Winners will be selected by a jury of design professionals, and all the projects will be exhibited at the Museum from October 22 through May 10, 2011.
 
For more information, visit www.steampuffin.com.

Join us!
 
There are so many ways you can get involved with Boston Cyberarts, and we hope you'll start now to explore the possibilities.

drift wallYou can join our growing online social network and get connected to the art and tech community by becoming a member of Art Technology New England. ATNE provides a variety of programs: a job board, internship placement, digital art lending program, artist residencies, and workshops. Best of all, there are plenty of opportunities for networking and socializing with other like-minded cyber-folk. To find out more about ATNE and sign up for membership, go to www.atne.org
 
If you're an arts organization and are considering an art-and-technology-related show for spring of 2011, we'd love to hear from you.  The next Boston Cyberarts Festival is scheduled for April 22-May 8, 2011, and we're in the process of lining up participating organizations. Past Festivals have involved dozens of museums, galleries, dance and music organizations, educational institutions, and others. If you think you're interested, .
 
aproposIf you're an artist with a project looking for a venue, or an organization looking for a project, check out our Apropos database.  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. Check it out!  
 
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! 
 
With all these opportunities, there's no excuse for you to not be involved!
 
Images: Brian Knep, Drift Grid (top) Mike Hall, Pattern Formation Syndrome (bottom)
 
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!
 
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