[NetBehaviour] Upgrade! Amsterdam 1.0: [Goes Live!]

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Upgrade! Amsterdam 1.0: [Goes Live!]

When: June 14 2006 || 20.30 hours ||
Where: De Melkweg, Theaterzaal, Lijnbaansgracht 234 A, Amsterdam

| free admission | | absinthe martinis | | buttons |

URL: www.melkweg.nl/upgrade

LIVE webcast: www.fabchannel.com

| Upgrade [Goes Live!] |

At Upgrade! Amsterdam we leap into summer by pondering the notion of 
“live” in the context of technologised performance art. Has the advent 
of the laptop, and practices such as “live cinema” (realtime visual 
editing) and ‘live coding” (on-the-fly sound programming) created new 
performative paradigms? How do algorithms, the laptop and conventions of 
more traditional forms of improvisation sit together? An evening of 
sound, image and live ambience:

Artist and film curator Martijn van Boven will take us on a 
rollercoaster historical ride tracing the roots of live cinema back to 
avant-garde and abstract film. He is followed by Trace Reddell, 
Professor of Digital Media Studies, who will pick up where Martijn left, 
and perform his latest Live Cinema piece "Brink of Disaster”. Upgrade 
Montreal colleague Tobias c. van Veen will muse on the various paradoxes 
of “live performance” in laptop sound art, while all you ever wanted to 
know about live coding but were afraid to ask, will be exemplified by 
Jan-Kees van Kampen’s performance"Why is it pt.17?". The latter takes 
the live coding Toplap Manifesto, and reinterprets it by using a tasty 
collection of algorithms, inspired by Tom Johnson's Self-Similar 
Melodies. Last but not least, under the enjoyment of a freshly mixed 
absinthe martini, Tobias DJs us into the night and gets the party started.

| Tobias c. van Veen (CDN) |
Is a renegade theorist & pirate, techno-turntablist & writer (Montréal). 
He is Concept Engineer at SAT and and Project Lead of Sonic Scene in the 
Mobile Digital Commons Network. He currently hosts The Upgrade! 
Montreal, and is is doctoral candidate in Philosophy & Communication at 
McGill University.

| Trace Reddell (US) |
Is Assistant Professor of Digital Media Studies at the University of 
Denver, and the graduate director of the M.A. in Digital Media Studies. 
He has participated in global webcasting projects, and edits an ongoing 
thread at Electronic Book Review devoted to music/sound/noise and 
produce shows for Alt-X Audio.

| Martijn van Boven (NL) |
Is an artist and works as a free-lance film and video curator, focusing 
on avant-garde film and abstract cinema. He teaches audio-visual Design 
at the Art Academy of Arnhem (NL). In 2003 he co-founded the new media 
art centre <>TAG (The Hague).

| Jan-Kees van Kampen (NL) |
Focuses on networked performances and live composition. He plays in 
Powerbooks Unplugged, a 4-headed laptop band, and is part of the goto10 
collective. He works as a technician for De Waag Society in Amsterdam.

Upgrade! Amsterdam is a series of gatherings for and by new media 
aficionados, artists, geeks, media makers and breakers, and the 
generally curious. Point of departure is the premise: “No upgrade 
without a downgrade.” Upgrade! Amsterdam is organised by Nat Muller & 
Lucas Evers, is actively hosted by De Melkweg, and kindly supported by 
VSB Fonds and Mondriaan Foundation.

Send ideas and proposals to nat at xs4all.nl | lucas at melkweg.nl

Upgrade! is an international, emerging network of autonomous nodes 
united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural 
divides. Since April 1999, a group of new media artists and curators 
have gathered in New York City. The first meeting took place at a bar in 
the east village with Tim Whidden & Mark River [MTAA], Mark Napier and 
Upgrade! founder Yael Kanarek.
URL: http://www.theupgrade.net/

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