VIDFEST Announces Call for Entries - Interactive Design & Digital Film

Where is digital film and interactive design heading in the new year? VIDFEST (Vancouver International Digital Festival) has launched its call for entries to its 3rd annual competition to find out. VIDFEST is developing a reputation for bringing independent and creative producers together with big name digital entertainment and media companies like EA, Nokia, ABC, Warner, and Disney. Those who make the final cut and are selected for screening or exhibition at the festival enjoy full access to all the conference sessions, events, and parties. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2006. Entrants can submit in two areas: Digital Film : VIDFEST is looking for digitally produced shorts including: music videos, game sequences, animation, digital video; and Interactive Design : VIDFEST is looking for original, highly usable, and innovative websites in 4 categories: Business, Education, Entertainment, and Experimental/Art. More details and entry forms are available at

holographic data storage

I remember reading about holographic storage / crystalline data storage in the mid 90s but back then they could write the data but couldn't read it back off. seems like they've fixed the problems according to the tests run last november. looking forward to the personal device using these to be available.. they've been doing tests with broadcasters for hdtv and the like.

John Cage

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This biography is taken from the Auckland Library - Naxos Music Library collection

"The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices" by al-Jazari (1206)

"The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices" was a manuscript written by al-Jazari in 1206 which described automata and mechanical devices used in early Islam. One of the more famous is the "The Elephant Clock" pictured here. Other machines include wine servers. The devices were 'programmed' to be random and unpredictable.

There is an excellent explanation of some of these devices and the book in general @ - this is a conference presentation by Gunalan Nadarajan on his paper :

Islamic Automation: A Reading of al-Jazari's The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices (1206)

Professor Noel Sharkey from Sheffield University is building a replica of al-Jazari's automata boat which acts like a programmable drum machine.

"Al-Jazari's machine was originally a boat with four automatic musicians that floated on a lake to entertain guests at royal drinking parties. It had two drummers, a harpist and a flautist."

"The heart of the mechanism is a rotating cylindrical beam with pegs (cams) protruding from it. These just bump into little levers that operate the percussion. The point of the model is to demonstrate that the drummer can be made to play different rhythms and different drum patterns if the pegs are moved around. In other words it is a programmable drum machine."

The guys from have been working on a livecoding game called Al-Jazari which is a musical robot livecoding system based on the principles of al-Jazari's automata boat.

view the video demo at

"Al-Jazari is written in scheme for fluxus, and continues in the gamepad driven vein of BetaBlocker.
Livecoding for all the family! Only for use at royal drinking parties."

"The language consists of instructions to move and turn the robot, along with conditionals based on the external state (blocked, robot to my left, right etc) and jump instructions to switch between 4 seperate code states. A simple signalling system to allow the bots to communicate is planned."

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_grau | robert seidel | d 2004 | 10:01 min | experimental film / tableaux vivants

_grau is a personal reflection on memories coming up during a car accident, where past events emerge, fuse, erode and finally vanish ethereally. various real sources where distorted, filtered and fitted into a sculptural structure to create not a plain abstract, but a very private snapshot of a whole life within its last seconds... The living paintings (Tableaux Vivants) of growing structures branch out over 10:01 minutes (a reference to the binary system by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, where he ascribes 1 to god and 0 to the devil) without ever reaching pure black or white respectively. Every element originates from real experiences and is adapted from my sketches, my own body fragments or scientific visualization methods. For example the first, still colored seconds are the prismatic halos of the collision fading into gray ("grau" in german)... The musical framework connects the memories born out of the dramatic moment to clusters. These are unleashed from the image flux partially - to ease the desired, free associations of the beholder... The Kunst Film Biennale judges assigned the movie _grau by robert seidel an honorary award at KunstFilmBiennale 2004, because of the technological mastership which is used to show never seen phenomena in the borderland of science and aesthetics. director, producer, animator: robert seidel. music: heiko tippelt, philipp hirsch. visit for more details or to download the video or purchase the dvd

Weather in My Brain Sound-Visual Art Festival 2005 Open call for entrees

2005 The third Weather in My Brain Sound-Visual Art Festival is set for December.The event will include four sections: Weather in My Brain Sound – Visual Art Festival Performance Series, Weather in My Brain Music Video Festival, Weather in My Brain International Sound – Visual Art Forum, and Weather in My Brain Taiwanese Open Exhibition/Performances. For the long term, it is also planned to establish a Taiwan Sound – Visual Artist's Community. Web site to download application form:

history of roland tb 303 expo is a site about the first 303 / acid exhibition worldwide (so far as we know...), taking place in cologne, germany, february 2006. there will be workshops, interviews, photo exhibition, parties - a deep journey into the world of acid music. visit for more details

Hyperdub Records

Hyperdub records - home of Kode9
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New reviews/works/conferences. All reviews can be accessed from front page Work In Progress : Conor McGarrigle. Reviewed by Pau Waelder. A new reading of Ulysses is being developed by Irish net artist Conor McGarrigle, who has set himself the task of creating a series of pieces based upon James Joyce's novel. The project is unusually large in scale for a net art piece. As McGarrigle puts it "It's a big project, but it's something I wanted to do, because I wanted to start a project that I could work on over a long period of time, because a lot of what I did before was short, self-contained and have no follow-on, which is how a lot of net art is like." Reviewer: Pau Waelder.

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