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Ivan Pope presents a Locative Day Out

The satellite based Global Positioning System (GPS) allows us to record basic information about their location, direction, altitude and speed. Using small hand held devices, artists can record and interpret this data to create mapping, locative, durational and other works. GPS allows us to take back knowledge of our whereabouts, and to annotate this knowledge, or to reuse it as we wish.

Artists can use access to this locative data that forms the background to all our lives, to add another layer of information to work. Whether we want accurate information or chaotic disinformation, the gps satellites transmit unceasingly 24 hours a day, not caring whether we make use of their datastreams or not. We can anonymously take up their offering and convert it to human data. This one day live workshop will introduce the basic functioning of the GPS and demonstrate GPS devices and software along with digital cameras. Participants will be able to use GPS devices and digital cameras in the field to create their own personal mappings of the locality. These mappings will form the basis for a workshop in creating combined and annotated maps and images. We will spend the day looking at software and hardware and discussing psychogeographic and locative issues while making our own maps, playing gps games and adding to the global store of waypoints. visit http://locative.x-i.net for details

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Interlace & Sonic Interactions

A two-day conference exploring live electronics, interactivity and sonic art. 19th-20th February 2005. Key note talk by Alejandro Vinao. Paper sessions: Saturday 9.30-5pm, Sunday 10-12.30pm. Interlace music performances are being held in conjunction with the Sonic Interactions conference. visit http://incalcando.com/interlace/ for details on Interlace and http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/departments/music/ems/sonic-interactions.html
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Sarai - new media initiative (India)

Sarai: the New Media Initiative - a space for research, practice and conversation about the contemporary media and urban constellations. Sarai is based in New Delhi, India. In 1999, the members of Raqs Media Collective were invited to participate in the development of a strategy for the public broadcasting of documentary films in India, a discussion which led to the foundation of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, still the main engine of documentary film production and viewership in India. More significantly for Raqs's own work, this thinking took them into the new debates about knowledge, culture and technology that had become prominent with the rise of the Internet, and led to a search for new forms of production and dissemination of knowledge and cultural material. In 2001 Raqs co-founded Sarai at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. The word sarai, or caravansarai, common to many Central Asian and Indian languages, refers to the shelters for travellers, sometimes large and extravagant, that traditionally dotted the cities and highways of that part of the world, facilitating travel and commerce but also enabling the exchange of stories and ideas. Serving the function, variously, of research centre, publishing house, cafe, conference centre, cinema, software laboratory and studio for digital art and design, Sarai is striking for its networked structure. Through its institutional partnerships, the research fellowships it provides each year, its residencies for visiting artists, researchers and programmers, multiple email lists, and many informal collaborations, Sarai has developed a large network that allows it to accumulate a vast range of knowledge and opinion from across the world and to make it available in many forms, places and languages. "Cybermohalla", the network of media laboratories established by Sarai in slum areas of Delhi, has led to a particularly impressive collaboration between members of Sarai and groups of young writers, artists and thinkers from these areas; while collaborations with programmers have led to "OPUS", an online experiment in artistic production inspired by the working practices of the free software movement.

Clan Analogue's Institute of Sound

Institute of Sound, the popular series of electronic music production workshops from Clan Analogue, returns this month to Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place in the city. This Sunday, the 28th of November, from 7 until 9pm, electronic music producer and live performer Damian Murphy (The Good Omen) presents Using Electronic Music Hardware. A range of electronic music tools, including synthesizers, samplers and sequencers, are used in music production today. This workshop will examine how to set up MIDI-based systems and the techniques of using this equipment in live and studio situations.

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The Graduate Certificate in Sonic Arts, London

Graduate Certificate in Sonic Arts, LCC, University Of The Arts London. Duration: 15 weeks from January 2005. The Graduate Certificate in Sonic Arts gives you an opportunity both to learn new skills and refine and develop your existing techniques, broaden and deepen your practice and extend your critical awareness of trends and issues in contemporary Sonic Arts practice. read more for details on how to apply

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Pure Data (PD) workshops in UK November / December

Workshops and Demos on Free + Open Source Software for artists by Aymeric Mansoux and Derek Holzer. While many tools exist for sound, multimedia and VJ purposes, few of them are designed with an open architecture which allows artists to configure the tools they use themselves. Fewer still are free to use, share and rebuild. This workshop introduces the software combination of Pure Data, GEM and PDP/PiDiP, running on the Linux operating system, as a platform for audio, video and multimedia artists to explore. Full workshop program [actual program varies with venue]: http://electric-boogaloo.goto10.org/pdzilla/ or read more for details

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A Masterclass on Critical Internet Studies Research @ UQ

Internet studies is a dynamic and innovative interdisciplinary field of research, which engages in new ways with cultural technologies, literacies, histories, and identities. Aimed at doctoral students and early career researchers from a wide range of disciplines, Internet Class 04 will be a unique masterclass event featuring leading international scholars in critical Internet studies. With a strictly limited enrolment, Internet Class 04 offers the opportunity for participants to: . hear first-hand about the best, new practices in contemporary Internet research; . extend their knowledge of concepts, methods, and theories relevant to Internet studies; . identify and discuss challenges, trends, and opportunities in Internet studies. Confirmed presenters include Lisa Nakamura, Geert Lovink, Roger Clarke, Mark McLelland, Sue Morris, and Gerard Goggin. read more or visit http://cccs.uq.edu.au/events/internetclass/ for details

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Course in group interactive electroacoustic music

An interactive electroacoustic music course being held in London allows musicians to explore ways of working together to make live electroacoustic music. Working in small groups, the course participants create various systems in which live improvisation can take place. Issues such as gesture mapping, group control, sound spatialisation and instrument/ interface design are explored. The course uses a base of specialised Max/Msp programs, and an assortment of interfaces which can be customised during the course. Interfaces include the Icube, a blackboard sized touch sensitive screen. game controllers , keyboard, video. For further information about the course contact Thomas Gardner : 23thomas@onetel.com">123thomas@onetel.com

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