SOOB 2006 - Straight Out of Brisbane festival opens tonight

Celebrate the opening night of the 4th SOOB Festival with the knowledge that a public holiday is the next day! Below are some of the highlights of the SOOB 2006 program for Tuesday, August 15. For more information, visit the website @

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PUKAR is an innovative and experimental initiative that aims to contribute to a global debate about urbanization and globalization. It takes Mumbai as its conceptual base and laboratory for cross-disciplinary research projects. PUKAR also organizes seminars, workshops, talks and film screenings in English, Marathi and occasionally other Mumbai languages, and focuses specifically on producing a new space for critical engagement. Its goal is to generate new urban knowledge by encouraging maximum participation of Mumbai's citizens in this process, thus also contributing to the city's dynamism and sustainability. PUKAR's team consists of a group of scholars, social and cultural activists and professionals in the fields of art, journalism, film, architecture, urban planning and social sciences. The group was founded in 2001 by Professor Arjun Appadurai (Provost & Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, New School University, New York, USA), who serves as the President of its Board of Trustees.

Studio XX - Montreal's digital arts resource for women

Founded in 1995, Studio XX is Montreal's foremost women's digital resource centre. Through a variety of creative activities and initiatives, the Studio works with women to demystify digital technologies, to critically examine their social aspects, to facilitate women's access to technology, and to create and exhibit women's new digital art.

upcoming conferences - vloggercon 06 & where 2.0

There's a couple of conferences coming up which I wouldn't mind checking out.. don't think I'll have a chance in person as I'm still in Delhi for work, but I think they'll have video / audio recordings of them so I can check out later.

Vloggercon 2006 is being held in San Francisco this year. Here's the blurb from their site:
"VLOGGERCON 2006 is the intersection between media-makers and technology. A space for dialog and interaction. Of creation and collaboration. A media village born on the internet, and making camp for one weekend in San Francisco.

In the past year, videoblogging has grown into a myriad of forms with a worldwide voice. And your voice is needed at Vloggercon– after all, the media is being made by you so it’s your voice that we want to hear! Vloggercon is a two-day collection of roundtable discussions about the emergence and the future of this new medium; not a series of lec-tures. This conference is created for meeting and learning from each other, so be ready to share your thoughts!

Vloggercon 2006 will be held June 10 & 11 at the Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94114. " - tickets are available online.

Where 2.0
This one's about locative and GIS / Google Earth, Second Life / Electric Sheep & similar web apps. Would be good to see what's happening on this front at the moment. Here's the blurb from their site :

" Everything happens somewhere. With open source and free web mapping tools like Ka-Map and Google Maps, we finally have a way to display location information. At last year's Where 2.0, we put the spotlight on the grassroots developers building mash-ups on platforms from Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google. This year we'll look at the latest developments in those platforms as well as the latest startups, civic projects, and labs experiments built on them.

In addition you'll find source mapping tools, open standards for data and location web services, and sensors for obtaining location data. We'll learn how the established geo industry is reacting to the first businesses making money from their grassroots geospatial projects. There's no better place to meet the people behind the mash-ups, the people behind the platforms, and the people looking ahead to the future of geospatial. "

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Not Still Art Festival - New York

Not Still Art, a forum for artists working in abstract and non-narrative electronic motion imaging with music/sound design, disseminates artists' work via international screenings, live performances, conferences, publications, and hard and virtual media. Not Still Art produces historic and contemporary programs in collaboration with art institutions, broadcasters, publishers, and internet organizations.

Real World Max/MSP/Jitter & Glitch for VJs via Vade's blog

Vade's blog has max patches and tutorials for creating glitch videos and other cool stuff.

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Copyright in the digital age - workshop

Copyright in the Digital Age seminars -

Following the success of last year's Copyright in the Digital Age seminars, we will be holding a second free series in venues across Australia in May 2006.

Copyright in the Digital Age covers what you need to know when offering and protecting your work online.

From online search engines, e-book readers to digital rights management, we review what's happening with new technology and policy which affects all aspects of publishing. View the full program here.

The seminar will include a panel session, held in association with the Australian Society of Authors and featuring authors, publishers and copyright experts. They will review some of the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing Australian creators in the digital age.

All seminars run from 4.00pm - 6.00pm, followed by refreshments. Dates and venues are shown below:

* Perth: Tuesday 2 May, Art Gallery of Western Australia
* Adelaide: Wednesday 3 May, State Library of South Australia
* Sydney: Thursday 11 May, CAL offices
* Brisbane: Tuesday 16 May, Brisbane Council City Hall
* Canberra: Wednesday 17 May, National Library of Australia
* Melbourne: Wednesday 24 May, State Library of Victoria

To register

Register online or phone 02 9394 7600 for more information or to book your place.

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No Border No Boundaries Photo Art Exhibition & Workshop

This is a unique opportunity for practicing camera artists, senior level photography students, teachers, recent graduates and those with an established body of camera based work to gain first hand insight into up to the minute international currents in the art and project based photography world. The exhibition and workshop will be held at AUT University, School of Art and Design, January 19, 20, 21st 2006


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