[NetBehaviour] FW: Call for Submissions: New Forms Festival 2006: 'Transformations'

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Subject: Call for Submissions: New Forms Festival 2006: 'Transformations'

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Call for Submissions: New Forms Festival 2006

Please read the attached document for the Call for Proposals: NFF 2006:
Transformations.  Below are the calls for the Conference, Exhibition, Low
Art and Film sections of the festival.

All Proposals must accompany a submission form downloaded from
www.newformsfestival.com <http://www.newformsfestival.com/> .

All submissions should be emailed to submissions at newformsfestival.com
<mailto:submissions at newformsfestival.com> , with accompanying material sent

New Forms Festival 06 / Transformations #200-252 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver,
B.C. V5T-1A6.   

Submission Deadline: March 1st 06.  (No Submissions arriving after March 1
st  will be accepted)
The New Forms Festival is an annual international festival of media arts,
culture and electronic music in Vancouver, Canada.

NFF 06 looks at the transformation of culture, art, and movement in media

Transformation can be a synonym for metamorphosis and shapeshifting, and
artists and theorists are encourage to apply for pieces based on the ideas
of morphing both in terms of actual art forms or from a theoretical starting
point.  Plato spoke of forms in formulating his solution to the problem of
universals. The forms, are roughly speaking archetypes or abstract
representations of the many types and properties (that is, of universals) of
things we see all around us. There are, therefore, on Plato's view, forms of
everything that exists.   To change these and create something new through
art is the challenge NFF 6 is looking to bring to the forefront.

The last 50 years have seen a plethora of changes in the world surrounding
us.  How we breath, eat, watch the world and gather our information has
shifted over time.   Technology has given us new shapes and colours, smells,
sounds and visions that were before not part of our scope.

In Biology Transformation is the genetic alteration of a cell resulting from
the introduction, uptake and expression of foreign DNA, and is also the the
process by which normal cells are converted into cells that will continue to
divide without limit.   In NFF 06 we look at the genetics of the media arts
world, and how these principles apply within to different forms of music,
film, sound, installation, and electronic media and theory.


Networked movement of Forms

Paradigm Shifts 

Media Bending

Computational Movement (Max/Msp/Jitter, etc.)

Traditions moving into technology



NFF'06 Exhibition 

Transformations: Materia Media

At this point in history, it would be difficult to claim, as the Victorians
claimed, any special, transformative, spiritually redemptive power for art.
Rather, it is now to the medium itself - whether it be the authourless text
of critical theory, or new forms of electronic hypermedia - that we
attribute the potential transformation of consciousness which formerly would
have been ascribed to the individual work of art.

The hermetic tradition of alchemy provides a vision of transformation that
is both spiritual and material. In the iconography of the alchemical quest,
we are given a rich vocabulary of metaphors describing the stages and
processes of transformation.

The Exhibition is envisioned as a set of interlinked installations where the
visitors themselves take the role of the " dark matter" which, led through a
graduated series of processing chambers (the individual installation works),
will emerge - refined, transformed and illuminated - from the other end.
Thus we are looking for works that emphasize the transfigurability of
electronic media and physical reality, and their power to mutually affect
and transform one another.

Call for Submissions
The NFF'06 Exhibition is seeking trans-formative media installation works:
audio-visual, sculptural, kinetic and telematic. Especially encouraged are
mixed-reality installations that cross the boundary separating the real and
the fantastic or imaginary. We invite submissions which creatively violate
physical law and customary reality - original works that embody, reflect and
demonstrate the idea of Transformation.

 Low Art Music and Visuals Series

 Low 1 

Subtle Formations:

Subtle Formations looks to ambient movements in sound to create live audio
/visual performances.  At the focus of SF will be an interaction between
imagery and text, looking for both content and hardware to be synchronous
within the performance.   A cinematic aesthetic is encouraged, with a
theatre setting in mind in terms of presentation, with filmic devises at the
core of the story being told.   In terms of the stories themselves,
different selections around the idea of transformations should come into

Low 2


Morphing will focus on the cross pollination of sounds occurring in
break-oriented music at the present moment.  A focus on hip hop, two-step
and breaks will be central to Morphing.   Artists should apply based on the
movement and transformations occurring within their specific style of sound.
Band/Group formations complementing live usages of instruments, hardware,
and the voice (mcing, singing, sampling) is central to Morphing.

Low 3

Collaborative Structures

Collaborative Structures is looking to create a share media context within
the atmosphere of performance.    Through the mixing and re-mixing of each
participants sounds in a live context, the night will feature each chosen
artists performing both solo and within a larger group.   For the purposes
of CS music within the 120-130 bpm range.   Ideas in terms of uses of
hardware and software in terms of playing live with others should be made
apparent in the application.

NFF: Cinema 06

Nonverbal Narrations

Nonverbal Narrations looks to films that depict a story based entirely on
the sonic and visual narration taking place.  Stories looking at different
changes in ones inner experience, or through the imagery on the screen is
going to be the focal point for films being looked at.   Issues in terms of
inner living, growth, colour movement and shape transition are all part of
the scope of Nonverbal Narrations.


To recognize one reality behind the pleasant and unpleasant Names and Forms
[of art], the familiar and
unfamiliar formulas [of art], it is needful to go behind the merely
representative element to the purely emotional content of art, its dealings
with love and death, for these are exactly the same to all nations and times
all over the earth [Š] It is this content, the movement of the spirit, that
is the universal subject-matter of art.
Ananda Coomaraswamy

The Arts and Crafts of India and Ceylon

The NFF Conference cycle 2004/ 2005/ 2006  aims to develop a
'post-traditional' framework [1]
-azptjp#_ftn1>  for approaching the rich diversity of contemporary media
arts as it bridges contemporary and traditional perspectives in broad
intercultural and interdisciplinary terms.

 The third conference in the post-traditional cycle will bring forth a
dialogue on the spiritual in art and culture in the contemporary
technological scenario. Ananda Coomaraswamy and the other scholars of the
perennial philosophy have argued that the many apparently distinct
traditional cultures of our world are all, in fact dialects of one and the
same language of the spirit, a language to which no one people or age can
lay an exclusive claim.  While the spiritual quest of Western modernism, as
exemplified by Kandinsky and Blau Rieter, emerged as a reaction to and as a
disavowal of the machine age, postmodernism and   popular culture have
embraced the spiritual possibilities of technology. This is evident in much
of the new media art and theories that have emerged with video and computer
technologies. It is equally true of youth culture, with the popular   music
being the exemplary of contemporary transcendentalism .

Meanwhile, in the course of the 20 th century, the various traditional
religious arts have engaged with the imaging technologies of lithography,
photography, film and video. More recently digital multi-media has become a
vehicle for religious content and for experimental forms of sacred art.
There are websites by the religious institutions, communities and
congregations and by individuals, some of which seem to be extending their
iconography and their sacred spaces into virtual reality. There are also
many examples of non-religious art, architectural, archaeological projects
that attempt to articulate sacred forms in the new media. Taking modernism
and postmodernism to be traditions in themselves or aspects of traditions,
rather than as universal cultural paradigms, this conference seeks to
explore the state traditional dialects in terms of the intense developments
in communication and representational technology in the last century and to
envision the spiritual domain of the 21 st Century.

This conference proposes to investigate the spiritual as it manifests across
the spectrum of practice that constitute the junction of Art and Technology.
A particular concern is the location of the transformative potential. Is it
in the art work or the in the medium? De we have new forms of collaborative
production emerging that challenge modernist notions of art and the artist?
Can we achieve the 'movement of the spirit' in new media practice? What has
been the impact of contemporary technologies on traditional practices and
spaces of worship? 

Proposals for Papers, Panels, Roundtables and workshops are invited artists,
theorists and spiritual practitioners of all denominations. The conference
invites proposals from artists, theorists and practitioners of all religious
traditions, as well as individual spiritual practitioners.

-azptjp#_ftnref1>  Over the last two years a forum has been developed for,
bringing together participants from contemporary art, entertainment
industries, academia and traditional practices. This discourse has been
situated outside of the parameters of modernism and postmodernism, and
instead, the discourse has been developed in terms of a rich variety of
regionalisms and specificities of Canadian and world media cultures. This
conference cycle has been developed on the premise that the modern era
heralded, not the end of tradition, but the beginning of 'traditions'. In
this era the world's traditions recognized their plurality as they were
brought into close contact with one another in the course of technological
and cultural globalization. With post-modern hindsight, it is evident that
many pre-modern cultures have survived modernization and that they have
absorbed and even outlived modernism. It is the goal of this the conference
cycle, to set into place the resources and the rudiments of a
'Post-traditional' cultural theory for interpreting the transformations that
constitute contemporary world media arts.

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