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Call for participants: a Hacklab to change perspectives, in Belgium

In the past weeks, I’ve had the good fortune to talk to astronauts and aeronautical engineers, to artists in residence in space centers (with ESA) and aboard “vomet comet” airplane microgravity experiments (in Russia). A common theme has emerged. Just as images from space once transformed our perception, the next frontier is sound. From spatial sound to works responding to spaceflight, drones, and aeronautics, there’s a chance to change the way we hear and imagine. And so, after we start February at Berlin’s CTM Festival imagining future rituals, we’ll move later in the month to Leuven, Belgium to explore the heard place. You’re …

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Mapping Festival Issues 2013 Call for Works; Mapping Festival in Videos

Mapping Festival 2011 – Video documentation trailer from mappingfestival on Vimeo. Mapping Festival 2012 – Teaser from mappingfestival on Vimeo. Mapping Festival is simply one of the highest-quality festival venues for innovative visual work. Beyond just what “mapping” itself would describe, it’s consistently been a terrific filter for what Ilan Katin describes so eloquently in the video above as “this medium of light.” And now, if you, dear readers, think you have what it takes, you might be part of it. The call for works begins later this month, with AV, workshop/lecture, and installation submissions the second half of August …

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In Cloth and Choreography, Projected Light: Mapping Festival; Deadline Friday Dec 2

Mapping Festival is a real-world hub for visuals, a place where photons against surfaces and human visualists converge in the physical realm, and not just online. So, we’re very excited to see what happened in 2011 – and to look forward to 2012. We’ve been watching some of those videos in the past two months: “This Medium of Light”: Movement and Flickers in New Mapping Fest Trailer From Technique to Medium: Mapping Festival in Videos Immerses Eyeballs Today, we have three more videos, showing movement and choreography, audiovisuals against dance and projected on cloth, and a stunning Kinect-powered workshop. It’s …

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Eye Candy: Brooklyn Bowl Call for Works, Sample Videos, and How This NYC Venue is Set Up for Visualists

How can visualists and venues begin to forge a closer relationship? For one look at how the two can converge, we look at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. Now, sometimes, I simply get things wrong. When CDM contributor Annapurna Kumar wrote about Brooklyn Bowl’s Eye Candy for Strangers open call, and its lack of compensation, I expressed concerns that such programs failed to adequately promote professional visual work. I think I’ve become jaded by the poor relationship of pro visuals to event spaces. Brooklyn Bowl took issue with my brief and unelaborated comments, and I think fairly so: I was glib …

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Mapping Festival: Open Call for Entries for the Massive Visual Gathering

Videodog wants you. Photo (CC-BY) Abode of Chaos. (Not to be confused with Adobe of Chaos.) The Mapping Festival is one of the real hubs of live visual activity, hosted by the creators of Modul8 and MadMapper but dedicated to everything that’s happening with visualism and mapping projections beyond the generic rectangle. For a glimpse of what happened last year, read our most recent post: From Technique to Medium: Mapping Festival in Videos Immerses Eyeballs But if you don’t just want to read about Mapping or watch videos of it, but actually participate, here’s your chance. The open call is …

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Musical Ideas into Musical Invention: Handmade Music at Amsterdam’s STEIM, Video, Open Call

Idyllic Amsterdam’s Amstel River, steps away from STEIM, makes nice inspiration. (Cross-processed film photo, which looks more like it feels being there.) In late September, CDM travels to Amsterdam and the legendary STEIM, a hub for research and experimentation in electro-acoustic music. The Patterns + Pleasure Festival will explore live electronic music practice and more, from controllerist laptop musicians like Edison and Moldover to the likes of sculpture-trained artist Nina Boes working with drawing and video instruments. The afternoon of September 28, we’ll have an open celebration of DIY electronic music culture with a special installment of Handmade Music. If …

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Jamming Live in 3D, a TEDx Toronto Installation, and Call for Your Work

Something crazy going on here. Install image from Drasko V. Drasko Vucevic, Toronto- and Santa Monica (California)-based sound designer and artist/composer, is apparently not only interested in playing alone. His upcoming interactive installation at Toronto’s Royal Music Conservatory will have an audience jamming along live via Twitter. And the artistry is crowd-sourced, too – with a range of artists already onboard, Drasko is calling on musical and visual artists (read: you) to be involved with sounds and visuals. Drasko has sent along extensive notes, so I’m going to let him speak for himself:

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Art + Computational Aesthetics Call, and a Delicious Panoramic Projection Nerd-Out

As the level of knowledge and expertise in visual expression and science continues to explode, so, too, do gatherings on these topics grow in importance. Allen Bevans writes to bring readers’ attention to a call for works for a seriously sophisticated conference in Vancouver: I’m a long-time reader of both CDMs, and I also happen to be co-chairing the Art track of the Computational Aesthetics 2011 conference, which takes places August 5-7 in Vancouver this year (just before SIGGRAPH). The conference goal is to build bridges between the Arts and Technology communities, with a special focus on visual art and …

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Visual Music: Aaron Koblin and Meyers’ Visual Compositions, Eyebeam Call Due Today

This post, by definition, overlaps with the worlds of Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion, so I’m cross-posting — absolutely not one you want to miss, both because of the event in New York, and because the landscape of works here engages issues about which readers here I know are passionate. Music and visuals are each themselves endless wells of potential; put them together, and “infinite possibility” probably isn’t an overstatement. This July, label Ghostly International is working with researchers at New York’s Eyebeam research center to do a free, one-week intensive on dynamically-generated visuals for sound. Before you …

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Through Friday, Making One-Button Objects, Chip-Infused Hackday Saturday

“Press play” … “button-mashing” … the very criticism of digital music is often directed at the button or switch, even as the cult hit monome spreads arrays of buttons like a virus. Well, we’re still interested in what you can do with a button, so to fully focus you, we’re only giving you one button with which to play. The challenge of limiting interaction to one button has already spawned an explosion of entries from game designers, who have fought their way through intense competition for the legendary Gamma indie/experimental game competition. We’ll see the winners at the Game Developer …

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