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Solar Circuit in Tassie

Tasmania will host Solar Circuit in January/February 2002, involving workshops, wilderness residencies for artists, conference, artists’ presentations and exhibitions. It is the Australian gathering of Polar Circuit, hosted in Finland since 1997. Solar Circuit aims to: “create a truly translocal media and arts environment by extending the international input of the Polar Circuit community, establishing a link between the far north and the far south” and offers “an opportunity for artists to work together over a given period of time to develop new artistic content exploring the relation between new media and the artists’ response to a geographically remote place, the Tasmanian wilderness.”

Flickerfest goes onlin

Flickerfest continues its exciting showcase of international and Australian shorts in 2002 by announcing its first online festival, along with a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. The festival will also increase the number of Australian short film sessions and showcase 2 Canadian programmes curated by Shane Smith, director of the Canadian Worldwide short film fest in Toronto. Director Bronwyn Kidd commented, “we are very keen to be able to move beyond traditional short film exhibition this year by incorporating elements of new media into the festival.” Flickerfest tours to Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide and Brisbane after beginning at the Bondi Pavilion, January 4-12.

Gearing up for noise

Following on from the success of loud in 1998, the noise festival, which profiles the creative work of artists under 25, will be taking over Australia’s media in October. As well as in print, on TV and radio, noise will be online with E-Works, Postcards from Heaven, Online Gallery, Fake Ads: An Online Collection and MCA Curation (noise.net.au from October 1), An Artist a Day (www.visualarts.net.au) and audio art (www.sbs.com.au/noise)


For some time now Australian artists have been working in a range of collaborative ventures and residences with ZKM, Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany’s leading new media research centre and museum. Now, there’s an opportunity to glimpse some of the work that’s emerging in Morphologies, a joint project of Artspace and Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney College of Fine Arts (Nov 22-Dec 15). The exhibition occupies the 2 venues and features recent digital video work produced at ZKM by both ZKM artists and generations of Australian artists working at the forefront of experimentation in areas such as interactive cinema including Dennis Del Favero, Agnes Hegedus, Ian Howard, Susan Norrie, Jeffrey Shaw, Skan (Skye Daley and Daniel Wright) and Peter Weibel. Speakers at the symposium on Friday 23 November at COFA include Michele Barker, Ross Gibson, Lev Manovich, Anna Munster, Kate Richards and Jeffrey Shaw.

RealTime issue #45 Oct-Nov 2001 pg. 23

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1 October 2001