HOLO 2 Magazine – The Future is (Out) Now!

Towering installations visualize scientific data, projectors beam kaleidoscopic animations onto sculptural forms, responsive 3D-printed environments mimic life—as consumer electronics become indistinguishable from science fiction, contemporary artists and designers are prototyping fantastical futures before our very eyes. HOLO, a biannual magazine introduced by CreativeApplications.Net, is a thorough record of timely trends and paradigms, mixing long-form journalism with striking photography in premium print.

From the paradoxical nature of our impending quantum (computing)future to the enduring mystery of the Big Bang; the ideas exploredin HOLO 2 could not be any bigger – and it shows! HOLO 2 contains 236 pages of ‘emerging trajectories in art, science, and technology’.

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It’s no surprise that insatiable curiosity mixed with, at times, stubborn determination yielded another beast of a magazine – at 236 pages, HOLO 2 is not only bigger than our first outing; it surpasses it in many ways! CreativeApplications.Net have never worked with so many contributors across such great distances, or dove deeper into the past to understand the present – art and science have come a little closer together again.

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Never Run Out of Great Music with Personalized Recommendation System and Deep Learning

Have you recently run out of great music to listen? Machine learning algorithms can help with daily issues too! Acai is an open source project initialised by Berry Labs, is trying to solve the problem of The Tyranny of Choice (a.k.a “Paradox of Choice) to describe the misery of users facing over-abundant choices. In the music area, especially in the age of streaming music, this paradox becomes so significant that it affects every single piece of choice when users try to enjoy music. It’s why this project was born.

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Music recommendation engines are not new to the world. However, most of them are built on music catalog and acoustic fingerprints to generate playlist by similarities on genre, pattern etc. In addition to music data, some solutions leverage social media as well such as celebrities’ posts on Twitter. Adding social media information opens a new window of methodology of determining music preferences. But they are not neutral to the foundation of music appreciation, of which the most important element is the users themselves. The social effects resulted from the social media information lead to bias in music appreciation not only due to the limitation of exposure to music pools – most of the recommended tracks may come from selected lists like Billboard – but also potentially psychological effects such as peer pressure.

Find out more about the project at http://www.acai.berry.ai

Google Arts & Culture Experiments with Machine Learning

At the Google Cultural Institute’s Lab, a team of Google software engineers, artists and creative coders come together to experiment at the crossroads of art and technology. They believe that through the collaboration with the cultural sector, curators and artists we can develop the best tools and technology for cultural institutions around the world. They created this space for you to explore the Google Arts & Culture Experiments. The Experiments are aimed at discovering new ways people can explore art and browse the collections of our partner museums from around the world.

Try out experiments at the crossroads of art and technology, created by artists and creative coders with Google Arts & Culture.

The selection of artworks are from Google Arts & Culture, shared by museums and archives around the world. Due to the limitation of some devices performances you should open one experiment at a time.

Artist Residency Opens at the Brain and Emotion Laboratory, Maastricht University (NL)

Gluon, a ‘workshop of the future’ that supports multidisciplinary initiatives, invites artists to submit proposals for the development and production of new work in collaboration with the Brain and Emotion Laboratory, a research group that is part of the department of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Maastricht (NL).

Gluon offers a two-month residency at the Brain and Emotion Laboratory lead by Prof. Beatrice De Gelder. The goal of the residency is to create a new artwork which integrates and/or reflects upon the innovative technological and scientific developments researched by the Brain and Emotion Laboratory.

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Artists are invited to develop, in collaboration with the researchers from the Brain and Emotion Laboratory, a prototype for a new artwork. The group investigates emotion and cognition in humans. Their projects include investigations of emotion and cognition in neurologically intact participants, but also in patients with focal brain lesions, and prosopagnosia, neuropsychiatric populations such as people with schizophrenia, autism and Williams syndrome. They use behavioral methods, electrophysiology, EMG, as well as functional imaging.

For more information about the groups expertise, please visit www.beatricedegelder.com and the website of University Maastricht

Submit your proposal before 18 December 2016, 11:00 (GMT+1) PM. Applications are only accepted via the online application system.

Artforum Mentions CYFEST in its Review of Bogota’s Leading Art Events

Artforum, an international magazine and website specializing in contemporary art, reviews Bogotá’s leading art spaces and events including El Salón de Ocio y la Fantasía (SOFA), a place for the 10th CYFEST’s Digital Media Program. The full text of an article is available from Artforum’s website.

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Left: Alarcón Criado Gallery’s Julio Criado, curator Carolina Castro, Artishock’s Alejandra Villasmil, ArteBA’s Amalia Curutchet, and Malba’s Lucrecia Palacios. Right: Artist Anna Frants, curator Leah Stuhltrager, and mapping programmer Olivia Jackson. All photos: Alex Fialho.

The 10th CYFEST opened in Bogota October 27, 2016. Its “Digital Revolution” Media Program has been accompanied by the new artwork “No. 0” from CYLAND founder and CYFEST curator Anna Frants.

At SOFA, the structural framework of “No. 0” has been built on site at Corferias prior to the event’s opening. Throughout the first two days of SOFA, the many visual components of the artwork has been placed, moved, and connected to the structural framework in a collaboration between representatives of CYLAND and visitors to SOFA. At SOFA, “No. 0” is equal parts new media art installation and social practice “intervention”.

Read Artforum’s review by Alex Fialho: https://www.artforum.com/diary/id=64427#readon64427
Read more on the 10th CYFEST in Bogota: http://cyland.org/lab/the-10th-cyfest-opens-in-bogota-colombia/

Forecast, an International Platform for Pioneering Ideas, Invites You to Submit a Proposal

Forecast encourages interdisciplinary exchange and public discussion on the ideas of the future. From October 1 to November 30, 2016, creative minds from anywhere in the world working in various disciplines may submit their proposals. Of these concepts, Forecast will invite 30 applicants to discuss their ideas and present them to the public at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) during the Forecast Forum from March 27 to April 1, 2017. At the end of the Forecast Forum, each of the six mentors will select one concept to accompany to its realization. The outcomes of these collaborations will be presented October 16–21, 2017, at the Forecast Festival at the HKW.

As an international platform for knowledge transfer, Forecast offers pioneers from anywhere in the world working in various disciplines the chance to work with accomplished mentors toward bringing their projects to fruition, and to present them to the public. Forecast transcends the boundaries of disciplines and genres to provide insight into creative production processes, and makes space for the questions on the minds of the next generation of trailblazers.

The first edition of Forecast 2015/2016

For each edition, Forecast selects six mentors of various disciplines who offer interested participants their expertise in specifying and realizing their pioneering project ideas. The following mentors are participating in the current edition of Forecast in 2016/2017: curator Hou Hanru (CHN), designer Heather Martin (GB), video artist Bjørn Melhus (DE/NOR), architect Philippe Rahm (CH), choreographer Richard Siegal (USA), and composer Jennifer Walshe (IRL).

More information on how to apply available at http://forecast-platform.com/apply/

KIKK International Festival of Digital & Creative Cultures Opens in Namur, Belgium

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KIKK 2016, an international festival of digital and creative cultures, takes place November 3‒5, 2016 in Namur, Belgium. Its interest lies in the artistic and economic implications of new technologies. The event gathers people of all backgrounds from all around the world. They are designers, scientists, makers, entrepreneurs, artists, architects, developers or musicians. They come to KIKK to tell you their personal anecdotes, to share professional experiences and innovative ideas, to present an artwork, a project or a product.

This year, through a program of conferences, exhibitions and workshops, KIKK Festival will analyze how art and science collide in contemporary culture with new waves of artists exploring the physical phenomenons of light, radio, acoustic, magnetic, water or matter waves interferences. Interfering also means to come into opposition. Numerous activists, critical designers are scrambling systems to denounce intrusive practices or policies, others condemn mass surveillance and question privacy issues. Design and economy are also concerned by the subject: a disruptive product, practice or market, can be first seen as an interference before being considered as a new model of disruptive innovation.

Learn more about KIKK’s 2016 program and schedule at http://www.kikk.be/

The Palimpsest Records Urban Spaces into Virtual Reality

The Palimpsest, a new project from Interactive Architecture Lab, uses 3D scanning and virtual reality to record urban spaces and the communities that live in them.

In 1998, researchers discovered that mathematical proofs by Archimedes had been overwritten with biblical texts by monks in the 13th century. Documents such as this, with previous erasures still visible beneath the primary text, are known as palimpsests. Architecture can also be a palimpsest: as cities and buildings are modified and re-purposed, traces of their previous lives remain visible.

 and  imagine what an urban palimpsest can be in the digital age. Using 3D scanning and virtual reality, their project records personal stories and local histories, layering them over the city at a 1:1 scale. Building this collective memory is especially important in areas undergoing dramatic urban redevelopment. These virtual Palimpsests aim to create more inclusive planning practices, using emerging technology to directly connect communities, governments, and developers in conversation. They also become historical documents, digitally recording spaces and stories that might otherwise be lost.

For more information about the making of the Palimpsest, read a full article with detailed descriptions of the process and Interactive Architecture Lab’s past work.

CYLAND MediaArtLab Partners with the Lumen Prize

CYLAND MediaArtLab is happy to announce its partnership with the Lumen Prize, a project dedicated to building a movement around digital art. As a not-for-profit social enterprise their goal is to focus the world’s attention on this exciting genre through an annual competition, a global tour and associated activities including workshops, seminars and special events.

The Lumen Prize celebrates the very best art created digitally. Since their first show in London’s Cork Street in January 2013, Lumen has staged nearly 30 shows and events around the world, including New York City, Shanghai, Athens, Amsterdam, Riga, Cardiff, Hong Kong, Leeds and London. In collaboration with its academic partners, Lumen advances the understanding of digital art at seminars, artist talks, workshops and symposiums.

It is with great honour that we see this partnership as possibility to foster innovation for digital art.

If you are interested in learning more about Lumen Projects please visit http://lumenprize.com/

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The Engine Room Announces International Sound Art Competition

The Engine Room, a Morley College London initiative, is currently inviting entries for its second international sound art competition. The competition will celebrate some of the best new work from emerging sound artists from around the world, continuing Morley’s legacy as a leading centre for experimental music and sound art.

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Entries will be judged by an award winning panel of judges including Tony Herrington, Annie Mahtani and Janek Schaefer.

Selected works will be eligible for a number of prizes and will be invited to exhibit in a public exhibition at Morley Gallery, and at our partner venue IKLECTIK  in London, during May 2017.

The deadline for entries is January 31, 2017. More information available at https://engineroomlondon.org/competition/competition-guidelines/

FutureEverything Announces FAULT LINES Open Call

FutureEverything is delighted to announce the opening of the application period for FAULT LINES, a landmark talent development and commissioning programme supported by Arts Council England through its Ambition for Excellence scheme.

FAULT LINES will support the creation of new works by artists and practitioners which contribute to the dialogue between technology, innovation, culture and society. The programme will encourage work across artforms and sectors, exploring specifically how artists can have an impact on innovation in the technology sector.

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This exciting opportunity offers up to 5 different artists support for a period of 2 years in the development of their careers, and includes a number of opportunities to commission new artistic works as part of major innovation projects, such as CityVerve, the UK’s Internet of Things demonstrator, as arranged by FutureEverything.

The final goal of the programme is to develop new forms of sustainability for the creative practice of digital artists working today, encouraging cross sector collaboration and providing resources for art from beyond the arts. FAULT LINES will reimagine the studio for the 21st century new media art generation.

For this call, FutureEverything are looking for creators actively crossing the boundaries between art, design, science and innovation. Artists who, through their work, are opening up new dimensions and forging new visions of the role of technology in the future of society. They must be enthusiastic about cross disciplinary research and interested in developing their practice, working hand in hand with practitioners from other fields.

The deadline for applications is 10 AM Wednesday 9 November. For further details on FAULT LINES Open Call visit http://futureeverything.org/news/fault-lines-open-call/.

What is a Media Lab? Situated Practices in Media Studies

What is a Media Lab? Situated Practices in Media Studies is a resource created by Darren WrestlerJussi Parka, and Lori Emerson for those interested in discussing both the theoretical and the practical/infrastructural aspects of media lab. From the words of its creators:

Media labs are liminal but increasingly powerful spaces in many contemporary settings. They appear in universities and colleges, wedged uneasily between traditional departments and faculties. They’re also in basements, warehouses, strip malls and squats. They are stable to varying degrees; many have long-term addresses and an itinerant roster of occupants. Some pop up in one location for a few days, then relocate to another. Sometimes they’re even in mobile trucks in the streets, bringing tools and expertise to children in schools and the general public. As clusters of tools and talent streamlined to produce economic value, labs sometime align with the most ruthless of venture capitalists; in other cases, they are free and open for all to use, disdainful of all commercial motivations.

Despite their sudden visibility due to the burgeoning of the digital humanities, media labs have a surprisingly long history. As part of the historical avant-gardes, media arts labs were the sites where the new materials and aesthetics of technical modernity were developed. They often share a common ideology, tied not just to the neoliberal drive to privatize, innovate and disrupt, but to long-standing modernist ideas about creative destruction, quantification and the value of scientificity.

What is a Media Lab?

While offering a critical genealogy of the notion of the media and humanities lab, the project investigates some of the affordances it can offer for the scholarship and research in the 21st century. If you also believe in media lab’s potential to open up new possibilities for thought and action in the present join the discussion at http://whatisamedialab.com/.

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