Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Call: Banff New Media Institute seeks locative media artists for residencies

Almost Perfect 2008: "Call and Response" Locative Media Residency

The Almost Perfect ‘Call and Response’ residency at the Banff New Media Institute is an annual, concentrated four-week experimental prototyping lab that explores the creation and context of location. Practitioners from all walks of locative and mobile media practice are encouraged to apply to the programme. We are particularly interested in practice that extends beyond the device out into the environment, be it landscape or datascape.

The massive scale of Banff National Parks Rocky Mountains and the expanse of the Great Plains to the east provide a unique opportunity to un-tether yourself from the usual coordinates of place. Geographies of time, scale and great disruption lay exposed, lending themselves to the call and response of technology and nature. This residency allows for the time and space to consider how modern pervasive technologies allow us to disconnect from our desktop cells and interact with the world in a whole new way.

Through a combination of dedicated studio time, group discourse, peer critique, design exercise and studio visits Almost Perfect ‘Call and Response’ looks to explore location-based artwork and the repercussions of producing work for place and in-particular in outdoor and non-urban contexts. The residency will be led by established locative media practitioners Plan B (Daniel Belasco Rogers and Sophia New), Christina Ray (Glowlab NYC) and Angus Leech. Almost Perfect ‘Call and Response’ will not only support the open conceptualisation of new works, but also re-visit influential pieces from this emerging medium's history.

For general information on on-going locative media research happening at the Banff New Media Institute please visit the BNMI’s ART Mobile Lab website http://www.artmobilelab.ca/

Application Deadline: Friday August 15, 2008 Notification Date: Wednesday August 27, 2008

The deadline for applications is August 15 and we are willing to expedite the application process for you so that you may apply for the necessary funding to join us in Banff. If you are interested, please contact me directly with a short project proposal (about 200 words), your technical requirements and your cv. You may reach me at +1 403 762 6649 or by email at lindsay_macdonald AT banffcentre.ca.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Almost Perfect or the application process!

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