Rhizome Commissions

January 4, 2012

Founded in 2001, the goal of the Rhizome Commissions Program is to support emerging artists by providing grants for the creation of significant works of new media art. By new media art, we mean projects that creatively engage new and networked technologies and works that reflect on the broader social and political impact of these tools and media in a variety of forms. Rhizome defines emerging artist as artists who exhibit great potential yet are not fully recognized within their field. Commissioned works can take the final form of web-based works, works that engage mobile platforms, performance, video, installation or sound art. Projects can be made for the context of the gallery, the public, the web or networked devices. Rhizome Commissions awards generally range from $1,000 to $5,000. The Rhizome Commissions program is supported, in part, by funds from the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by generous individuals and Rhizome members.

ChaNorth Winter residency

December 12, 2011

Winter Residency
chaNorth is happy to announce a new Winter Residency Program. Individual artists and groups of collaborators are invited to send project proposals. Artists will be provided with studio space and living space on a weekly basis and are able to specify the amount of time they would like to be in residence.
There is not a formal application process for our winter session. If interested in off-season residency, please emailchanorth with a project proposal, artist bio, links to related work, contact information and the residency dates you are requesting. Available dates: February 19-April 28.

Summer/Fall Residency
Our summer/fall residency session is comprised of five one-month sessions. Selected artists will be given a four-week residency that includes a private bedroom and studio, a fully stocked kitchen and one communal meal per day. As part of the residency artists are also given an “organic internship,” where they complete one four-hour work shift per week at McEnroe Organic Farm, allowing a deeper connection to the land and the food it produces.

Artists are responsible for travel costs and supplies. Collaborative teams of artists are invited to apply.

This year, five artists will receive fully subsidized residencies at chaNorth.

2012 Summer/Fall residency dates:
Session 1: May 4-June 1
Session 2: June 4-July 2
Session 3: July 6-August 3
Session 4: August 6-Sept 3
Session 5: Sept 7-Oct 5

Applications are due February 21, 2012.

CFP: CoLab (ICPL) Khartoum. Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Projects Laboratory

October 26, 2011

CoLab (ICPL) Khartoum. Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Projects Laboratory
Call for Projects

CoLab is a project aimed at developing a new profile of creator/researcher though the creation of interdisciplinary work groups to carry out projects collaboratively. This call is aimed at the selection of 10 multidisciplinary projects.
Projects selected through this call will be developed within the context of the European Film Festival 11 Sudan (EFF11) to expand these methodologies to new creation and contemporary thinking spaces.

> Call for projects. Deadline: October 31, 2011
> Call for collaborators: November 3 – 27, 2011
> Workshop: November 28 – December 1, 2011

Venue: French Cultural Center, Khartoum, Sudan.

More information: http://medialab-prado.es/article/colab

LAC 2012: the Linux Audio Conference – Call for Participation

October 21, 2011

LAC 2012: the Linux Audio Conference – Call for Participation April 12-15, 2012 @ CCRMA, Stanford University


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Online submission of papers, music, installations and workshops is now open! On the website you will find up-to-date instructions, as well as important information about deadlines, travel, lodging, and so on. Read on for more details!

We invite submissions of papers addressing all areas of audio processing based on Linux and open source software. Papers can focus on technical, artistic or scientific issues and can target developers or users. We are also looking for music that has been produced or composed entirely or mostly using Linux and other Open Source music software.

The Deadline for all submissions is January 11th, 2012

The Linux Audio Conference (LAC) is an international conference that brings together musicians, sound artists, software developers and researchers, working with Linux as an open, stable, professional platform for audio and media research and music production. LAC includes paper sessions, workshops, and a diverse program of electronic music.

The upcoming 2012 conference will be hosted at CCRMA, Stanford University, on April 12-15. The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University is a multi-disciplinary facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool. CCRMA has been using and developing Linux as an audio platform since 1997.


Stanford University is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, about one hour south of San Francisco, California. This is the first time LAC will take place in the United States.


We look forward to seeing you at Stanford in April!


The LAC 2012 Organizing Team

Collide@CERN Artists Residency Prize

October 6, 2011
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Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN Artists Residency Prize
We are very excited that Ars Electronica has teamed up with the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, CERN in Geneva to create a new award in the Prix Ars Electronica. We thought we would let you share in our excitement and see if you would like to join us too!

Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN is an open international competition for an artist working in the digital domain to win a 3 month funded two centre residency to blow your mind and take you into new dimensions.

The award is designed to bring you right close up and personal for two months with the multi-dimensional thinking of particle physicists at the home of the world’s biggest machine, the Large Hadron Collider, in Geneva. At CERN particle physicists from over 100 countries across the planet are investigating everything from the structure of the universe to the smallest elements known to mankind – as well as pushing gravity and light to their limits and unlocking the secrets of clouds – all thanks to cutting edge technology, engineering and thinking.

After two months resident at CERN, the same winning artist is then resident for a month at Ars Electronica in Linz with the transdisciplinary team Futurelab to develop and produce your ideas inspired by your CERN experience. This is all made possible thanks to a grant which funds the residencies, subsistence and travel, as well as 10,000 Euros in prize money on top. We also ought to add that you will have two dedicated mentors during your residencies – one from Futurelab mentor and a scientist from CERN too.

More information you can find here www.aec.at/prix/collide andwww.cern.ch. Or submit online here collide.aec.at.
We very much hope to hear from you. And please don’t hesitate to pass the word on! Thank you.
All good wishes
Futurelab Team / Ars Electronica
Collide@CERN Team / European Centre for Nuclear Research

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NIME-2012: Call for Participation

September 25, 2011

On behalf of the NIME 2012 Committee, we would like to invite you to be part of the 12th international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, organized by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA.

The conference web-site can be found at:


We invite submission of new works in the following categories:

* Paper (oral/poster/demo)
* Performance
* Installation
* Workshop


* Paper/performance/installation/workshop submission: 31 January 2012
* Review notification: 16 March 2012
* Final paper deadline: 20 April 2012

For any further information/questions/comments/suggestions, please contact the organizing committee.


Novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
Novel musical instruments
Mobile music technologies
Augmented/hyper instruments
Novel controllers for collaborative performance
Interfaces for dance and physical expression
Interactive game music
Robotic music
Interactive sound and multimedia installations
Interactive sonification
Sensor and actuator technologies
Haptic and force feedback devices
Interface protocols and data formats
Motion, gesture and music
Perceptual and cognitive issues
Interactivity design and software tools
Sonic interaction design
NIME intersecting with game design
Musical mapping strategies
Performance analysis
Performance rendering and generative algorithms
Machine learning in performance systems
Experiences with novel interfaces in live performance and composition
Surveys of past work and stimulating ideas for future research
Historical studies in twentieth-century instrument design
Experiences with novel interfaces in education and entertainment
Reports on student projects in the framework of NIME related courses
Artistic, cultural, and social impact of NIME technology
Biological and bio-inspired systems
Musical human-computer interaction
Multimodal expressive interfaces
Practice-based research approaches/methodologies/criticism


We welcome submissions of original research on all above mentioned (and other) topics related to development and artistic use of new interfaces for musical expression. There are three different paper submission categories:

* Full paper (up to 6 pages in proceedings, longer oral presentation, optional demo)
* Short paper/poster (up to 4 pages in proceedings, shorter oral presentation or poster, optional demo)
* Demonstration (up to 2 pages in proceedings)

Please use this template when preparing your manuscript. Submitted papers will be subject to a single-blind peer review process by an international expert committee. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISSN/ISBN reference, and will be available online after the conference.

Paper submission information


We welcome submission of proposals for performances. Proposed performances should have a clear connection with the substance of the NIME conference. Performance proposals in conjunction with paper submissions are encouraged, but each will be judged on its own merit. Within reasonable limits, we may be able to provide musicians to perform pieces. Typical NIME performance pieces last for 5-15 minutes, but shorter and longer performance proposals may also be taken into consideration.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by an expert committee. Preference will be given to submissions with strong evidence that the proposed performance has already been realized or is technically feasible and within the artists’ capabilities. Documentation of the performances will be available online after the conference.


We will have a number of locations that can be used to exhibit new music installation work. These are foyer location installations or room-based installations in connection to the conference venues. High and open indoor space is available.

Submitted proposals will be subject to a peer review process by an international expert committee. Documentation of the installations will be available online after the conference.


We call for short (3 hours) or long (6 hours) workshops and tutorials. These can be targeted towards specialist techniques, platforms, hardware, software or pedagogical topics for the advancement of fellow NIME-ers and people with experience related to the topic. They can also be targeted towards visitors to the NIME community, novices/newbies, interested student participants, people from other fields, and members of the public getting to know the potential of NIME.

Tutorial proposers should clearly indicate the audience and assumed knowledge of their intended participants to help us market to the appropriate audience. Workshops and tutorials can relate to, but are not limited to, the topics of the conference. This is a good opportunity to explore a specialised interest or interdisciplinary topic in depth with greater time for discourse, debate, collaboration.

Admission to workshops and tutorials will be charged separately from the main conference. Proposer(s) are responsible for publishing any workshop proceedings (if desired) and should engage in the promotion of their event amongst own networks. Workshops may be cancelled or combined if there is inadequate participation.

CVIU Special Issue on Visual Concept Detection

September 24, 2011

Computer Vision and Image Understanding: Special Issue on Visual Concept Detection http://press.liacs.nl/cviu

Guest editors:
Bart Thomee, Yahoo! Research, Spain
Mark J. Huiskes, Leiden University, Netherlands
Michael S. Lew, Leiden University, Netherlands

Important dates:
Submission of manuscript: 1 November 2011
First notification of acceptance: 1 March 2012
Revised manuscript submission: 1 May 2012
Final notification of acceptance: 15 June 2012
Publication of special issue: Fall 2012

One of the grand challenges in multimedia information retrieval is automatic visual concept detection. This special issue calls on researchers that aim to raise the bar with novel approaches and techniques. All contributions are welcomed that address the topic of visual concept detection using the MIRFLICKR image collection, which is a popular large-scale open test benchmark. This special issue provides an excellent venue to publish high-quality work on novel ideas and insights that will significantly advance the state of the art.

The special issue centers around the MIRFLICKR image collection for the visual concept detection challenge. This set consists of one million images from thousands of real world users that were published to the Flickr social photography website under a creative commons license. To facilitate training and testing a subset of the collection has been carefully annotated by hand. The dataset can be obtained from http://mirflickr.liacs.nl. It is at the discretion of the authors to use the collection in its entirety or only partially.

Besides the annotations already supplied with the dataset, the ImageCLEF organization has additionally defined 99 concepts and 40 topics that can be expressed as a logical combination of these concepts. Please refer to http://www.imageclef.org/2011/Photo for more details on this dataset. Results based on the ImageCLEF annotations are within the scope of this special issue.

All submissions for this special issue are required to follow the same format as regular full-length Computer Vision and Image Understanding papers. Manuscripts must be submitted through the CVIU online submission system at http://ees.elsevier.com/cviu. Please ensure to select ‘Special Issue: Visual Concept Detection’ as the ‘Article Type’. All manuscripts should contain at least 30% original material. When submitting a manuscript that is an expanded version of a conference or workshop paper, this prior paper must be included as ‘Supplementary Material’ during submission. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed according to the CVIU reviewing procedures.

If you have any questions, please contact Bart Thomee at mirflickr@yahoo.com.

Software Designers in Action: A Human-Centric Look at Design Work

August 31, 2011


LMCC Announces 2012 Grants – Apply for Creative Curricula

August 31, 2011

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Creative Curricula

LMCC Announces 2012 Grants

Application Deadline:
October 18, 2011, 5PM

Creative Curricula makes matching grants to support partnerships between Manhattan schools and teaching artists or cultural organizations. This year, grants of up to $3,000 will be provided for
in-classroom projects that focus on the integrated study of arts and non-arts subjects.

Learn more about the program and how to apply by attending one of our upcoming information sessions in Manhattan. First time applicants are required to attend.

Click on the links below to RSVP for an information session:

Wednesday, September 7, 4PM
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
Los Kabayitos Theater
107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor

Wednesday September 14, 6PM
El Museo del Barrio New York
1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street

Tuesday, September 20, 6:30PM
Hudson Guild
Dan Carpenter Room B
41 West 26th Street

Thursday, September 29, 6:30PM
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor, between Water & Pearl Streets

For more information and to apply, please visit our website.

Creative Curricula is supported by the Local Capacity Building Initiative of the Arts in Education Program of New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by Wells Fargo.

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August 30, 2011

Attention, makers of things that make music! Be part of an open laboratory, a science fair-style show and tell of work hosted by Peter KIRN of createdigitalmusic.com. We want to see your creations!

Open Call:
Handmade Music at Patterns + Pleasure Festival
28 September 2011 14:30 – 17:30, Frascati Theater, Amsterdam
Deadline: Tuesday 9 September 2011

Hosted by createdigitalmusic.com and STEIM; curated by Peter KIRN with Takuro Mizuta Lippit

Attention, makers of things that make music! Be part of an open laboratory, a science fair-style show and tell of work. We want to see your creations, including but not limited to:
– Custom circuitry
– New custom synthesizers
– Creative controllers
– Open source hardware and software
– Audiovisual software
– Original acoustic and electroacoustic instruments
– Sound art/sculpture
– Circuit-bent designs
– Instruments and composition and performance tools made with game technology, mobile technology, Kinect cameras, and the like

The essential element is that you’ve built something yourself, in hardware, software, or both.

Please be prepared to show a self-contained presentation of your work. Some display/projection and amplification will be available, but we encourage you to bring your own displays and speakers if you can.
We will setup works for show-and-tell style exploration, as well as brief (5-minute demos) and short (5-10-minute), variety style performances and jams. We’ll also lead a discussion with artists and engineers, and encourage you to meet other makers and exchange ideas and techniques.

We are unfortunately unable to provide expenses for travel, so you will need to provide your own transportation to and lodging in Amsterdam. All projects will be covered on createdigitalmusic.com.

Please submit:
1. Your name, as you’d like it to be listed
2. Your project name
3. If applicable, a link to a project site
4. Photos of your project (a link to Flickr, Picasa, blogs, etc. is fine)
5. (Mandatory) Video and or audio documentation of your project in action (Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.)
6. Space requirements
7. Technical requirements (power / audio / safety concerns if applicable)
8. A brief description (two sentences is fine) of your project.
9. If you wish to propose a performance, please describe in short how you perform with your tool.
10. Your contact information, so we may respond

Submission form:
We prefer to capture information on the submission form, but if you have difficulty with it, please email peter directly with the subject ‘STEIM HANDMADE MUSIC’