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Monday, March 28, 2011

BOSTON CYBERARTS EVENTS - April 22 - May 8, 2011

Press Contact: Nina J Berger, 617.543.1595 []

Boston Cyberarts Festival animates new Atlantic Wharf

with exhibitions, music and dance

April 22 - May 8

BOSTON, Mass. - CyberartsCentral, the 2011 Boston Cyberarts Festival headquarters
located at Atlantic Wharf, will feature exhibitions, music and dance performances,
as well as augmented and virtual reality experiences from April 22 to May 8, 2011.
An interactive visit with an Egyptian oracle, dynamic digital painting, a bi-coastal
dance performance, and a chiptune concert are just some of the electric art that
will be on tap.

Fronting the Greenway and Boston's waterfront, Atlantic Wharf is located at 290
Congress Street. The CyberartsCentral visitor center, open 10am-6pm, will offer
festival maps, information and merchandise, and will be staffed by docents who can
help visitors plan their festival experience.


Waterfront Square at Atlantic Wharf will be the site of Fluid Perimeters: an exhibition
of dynamic digital imagery, including dynamic digital painting, digital animation,
and algorithmically generated software that explores digital and artificial life.
Works included by Brian Knep, Robert Arnold, Dennis Miller, Andrew Neumann, Mark
Stock and Dan Hermes.

CyberParts is an exhibition of works by artists who are showing elsewhere in the
Boston Cyberarts Festival. Each work will be accompanied by information detailing
where visitors can see more of that particular artist's work at other Festival venues.

And, based out of CyberartsCentral will be Mark Swarek and Joseph Hocking's Occupation
Forces, an Augmented Reality Experience, via smartphone app, of an alien invasion
of our public space that will take place around Atlantic Wharf and the Boston Children's
Museum. The project mixes alien invasion mythology with contemporary images of
a foreign troops' occupation. Artist Mark Skwarek will personally lead tours starting
from CyberartsCentral (a schedule is forthcoming).


Friday, April 22, 5 to 8pm. Opening reception for CyberParts, Fluid Perimeters,
Occupation Forces and CyberartsCentral. Free.

Sunday, April 24, 2 to 5pm,If All Those Able Minds Could Be Set Free: Demoshow and
Chiptune Concert. The demoscene is a diverse computer art subculture focused on
demos, or real-time rendered audiovisual demonstrations of coding, musical and artistic
prowess. Demos are meant to be technically as well as visually impressive. Chiptunes
are live performances that include the use of traditional acoustic and electronic
instruments, alongside Gameboys, Commodores and Amigas, as well as more modern computational
devices like palmtop computers. Featured artists will beBr1ght Pr1mate, combining
the forces of indie-scene alum Lydia Marsala and James Therrien (Fugitive Kind),
Arkbit and the Attic Bat, and Don Miller (NO CARRIER). Sponsored by @party [],
and MAGfest [].

Friday, April 29, 8pm,Cyber-Pool, Electronic music performance by local musicians.
Cyber-Pool is derived from the ongoing "The Improvisation Pool" series. Improvisations
are in small and large groupings, featuring a variety of musicians integrating electronic
and acoustic instrumentation. Musicians: Jorrit Dijktsra, alto sax, analog electronics;
Michael Evans, drums, percussion and electronics; Ernst Karel, analog electronics;
Neil Leonard, sax, laptop, electronics; Andrew Neumann, laptop, analog electronics;
Arvid Tomayko-Peters,TOOB, laptop, electronics. Free.

Saturday April 30 at 5pm,Seekers: A Bi-coastal Dance Improvisation. Seekers looks
at the human need for intimacy and connection in a world full of technological mediation.
Four performers in a studio in Los Angeles are broadcast live onto monitors in
Atlantic Wharf's Waterfront Square. Linked by an improvisational score, four performers
in Boston stir a real time cross-country movement dialogue. Desire is one of the
key themes explored in a construct where distance is the premise. Conceived and
directed by Alissa Cardone and Alla Kovgan of Kinodance Company featuring dancers
from Boston, MA and Los Angeles, CA. Free.

Sunday May 1, 2 to 4pm,Egyptian Oracle is a Virtual Reality interactive narrative
on the Egyptian tradition of the public oracle. Using an important religious event
from the Ptolemaic Period, Jeffrey Jacobson's Egyptian Oracle helps audiences develop
a deeper understanding of Egyptian culture. An expert puppeteer creates a virtual
High Priest avatar and several other participants, while the audience plays the
role of the Egyptian public. The expanded Virtual Reality capabilities permits audiences
to directly interact with -- and participate in the ceremony - to enable greater
understanding and empathy for other cultures. The event is limited to 100 seats
at Atlantic Wharf but will be simulcast at the Boston Children's Museum. Free.

Friday May 6, 6 to 9pm. Boston Cyberarts Gala, Gallery and Waterfront Square.

The Gala celebrates the culmination of the Boston Cyberarts Festival and is also
the award ceremony for the IBM Innovation Awards for best artwork in the festival.
Tickets are $50,

The 2011 Boston Cyberarts Festival takes place April 22 - May 8, 2011, when artists,
dancers, musicians and visionary thinkers come together to bring the best in digitally
inspired creativity to Greater Boston. The Festival, a collaboration of visual and
performing artists, cultural organi­zations, educators and high-technology professionals,
takes place in and around Boston at museums, galleries, performing spaces, educations
institutions, and on the web.Complete information about the Festival, including
a searchable database of the more than 40 events and exhibitions, is available at

Atlantic Wharf is located just two blocks from South Station, and is accessible
via the Red Line, Water Taxi, #4 & 11 buses, and features a 650 car parking garage
directly below the building.

Further information on the Boston Cyberarts Festival is available by calling 617.524.8495
or emailing, or

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Cyberart encompasses any artistic endeavor in which computer technology is used
to expand artistic possibilities - that is, where the computer's unique capabilities
are integral elements of the creative process in the same way that paint, photographic
film, musical instruments, and other materials have always been used to express
an artist's vision. The Boston Cyberarts Festival, launched by George Fifield in
1999 with seed funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is the only Festival
in the world that encompasses all art forms, including both visual and performing
arts, film, video, electronic literature, public art, and web art.

Boston Cyberarts is grateful for the support of many generous individuals and institutions,
including the New IBM, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, ArtsBoston, Boston Cultural
Council and Avid. Boston Cyberarts is proud to be a partner with Boston Properties
and Atlantic Wharf, and the Boston Children's Museum. Dig Boston is the media sponsor.

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Press contact: Nina J Berger, 617.543.1595, []

High and low-resolution DOWNLOADABLE images are available at

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Boston Cyberarts Festival

Administrative Offices: 9 Myrtle Street, Boston, MA 02130

Telephone 617.524.8495
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The City of Somerville and East Somerville Main Streets will present a Carnival at SomerStreets on June 5th from noon-5pm!!

SomerStreets is a series of events to be held throughout the summer months by the City of Somerville and Community Partners that close Somerville streets to cars and open them to people to walk, ride their bikes, run, and enjoy the character of the surrounding neighborhoods. Carnival @ SomerStreets will be a festive day for the community with open streets, a motion parade, music, a drum circle, children's activities, a farmer's market and more!

We would like to invite the East Somerville and Somerville Communities at large to get involved! We are currently seeking local dancers and dance groups, artists to create public installations, people to bring great children's activities, and volunteers of all kinds.

We will be hosting an open meeting for the community on MARCH 28, from 6:30-8pm at MAYA SOL Restaurant 179 Broadway, East Somerville (near McGrath Highway)~ Come and eat delicious pupusas and find out more about this great event!

East Somerville Main Streets is one of the community partner for Carnival @ SomerStreets, to get involved contact East Somerville Main Streets event coordinator: Jenn Bliss -

Want to get involved in a SomerStreets in your neighborhood? Call event series coordinator and the City of Somerville Director of Community Relations, Carlene Campbell

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The Somerville Historic Preservation Department, Historic Somerville, Inc. and the Somerville Museum need 10 volunteers-both men and women - to help run the Patriots Day Colonial Fair to be held at Foss Park, 8-12 AM on Monday, April 18th. If you are a long-time resident or new to the area, this is a very fun way to participate in the annual historical reenactment of Paul Revere's ride through Somerville. Reenactment of Paul Revere's annual ride on horseback has been a longstanding tradition in the communities through which he rode in 1775, however, in order to entertain people in a meaningful way while they wait for Mr. Revere, we have been holding a very well attended and fun Colonial Fair at Foss Park for several years. We've started a "passport" system of having children move from one Colonial era activity to another, receiving a stamp at each station when they complete the activitiy, and ultimately receiving a prize for their efforts. The games will be chosen among favorites such as hop scotch, cat's cradle, ring toss, bean bag throwing, jump rope, knot tying, yoyo, and hoop rolling. Volunteers are needed to oversee the activities. You do need to dress in Colonial era clothing, but we have that for you. You will need to learn one of the games, but we'll teach you if you don't know it already. The time commitment is minimal: You need only attend a general meeting and a fitting for clothing prior to the actual day's events.

Please contact me at if you're interested. Many thanks!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Joe’s Jazz and Blues Festival Call For Talent - March 26, 2011

Kicking off on Sunday, June 19th, the festival will make its way through local hotspots throughout the week, and close with an all-day free concert at Powderhouse Park on June 25th.

We are looking for amazing talent to perform at the city concert on the 25th at Powderhouse Park (raindate, 26th). This is an exciting opportunity to showcase your unique jazz and blues sounds--we want everything from swampy Cajun to Ethiopian Jazz. Preference will be given to bands with a Somerville connection. Please note, if you have played in previous years, we are only considering new applicants.

Joe’s Jazz & Blues Fest

Call for Talent

Deadline: March 26

How to Apply:

By Email:
If you can share support material (music samples, press clippings) via your website or MySpace, please apply by email. Send an email to with "Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest Application" as the header. Provide the following info :

1. Name of artist or group

2. Contact info: contact person, e-mail and snail mail, phone, fax and Web site (if applicable)

3. Brief description of performance

4. Technical requirements (beyond typical stage, sound)

5. Number of artists/performers

Fee requested for one 50 minute set

7. Somerville affiliation (if any)

8. Web site or MySpace url.

By mail:
If you don’t have a website or MySpace page, please send information (answer questions 1-8 above) on a single piece of paper and include support material (music samples, press clippings). If you want this material returned to you, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

All applications will be reviewed by a jury.
We will contact chosen artists by April 16th.

Email applications to:

Mail or drop off applications to:
Somerville Arts Council/ Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest50 Evergreen AveSomerville, MA 02145

Please contact Tori Costa at with any questions. We hope you will join us in this fantastic celebration of jazz, blues, and Somerville.


During the heat of summer, artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, transforming it into one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals. ArtBeat includes music, performance art, craft vendors, dance, theater, food, and a whole lot more. Each year we develop a theme that serves as a launching point for artists and the community to express themselves.


Heather Balchunas

617-625-6600 x2985

Monday, March 07, 2011


Mudflat Pottery School and Studio in Somerville MA is looking for an individual currently enrolled in a ceramic arts program, with experience working with clay. Interest in learning ceramic technical skills is required; prior experience is helpful but not necessary. Tasks will include all technical aspects of clay studio and school, including studio maintenance, clay recycling, slip and glaze mixing, loading and unloading electric and gas kilns. Electric and gas kiln firing is possible based on experience. All training provided by Mudflat’s technical staff. 20 hours per week, daily schedule to be determined, but should be 4 or 5 days each week for 4-5 hours each day. May/June through August/September – to be determined with intern.

To apply send cover letter and resume to:

149 Broadway
Somerville MA 02145

Thursday, March 03, 2011


Ready to roar in March

This month

MIT Panel Discussion
Sculptural Weaving Workshop
New Connections
Adams Grant
Get Plugged in
Artist Opportunities


Computers + Visual & Literary Arts: A Panel Discussion @ MIT on March 8

Manfred Mohr, p-300b, 1980

Drawing with Code, the exhibition curated by George Fifield of works from the Anne
and Michael Spalter collection that celebrates a selection of computer-generated
art by the form's earliest and most important practitioners from the 1950s to
today, opened last month at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to much acclaim.
Panel Discussion at MIT
Moderated by John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Tuesday, March 8, 7 pm
Bartos Auditorium [],
MIT Campus
Join deCordova and MIT for an evening event focused on how the computer has creatively
influenced both the visual and literary arts in this panel discussion. Hear from
Drawing with Code curator George Fifield, exhibiting artist Mark Wilson, and writers
who employ computers in their creative practice as they discuss the history behind
this fascinating intersection between science and art. Held in collaboration with
MIT's Purple Blurb series, this event is co-organized by deCordova and MIT.

For more information, visit the deCordova website. []

Sculptural Weaving Workshop

Natalie Miebach: Sculptural Weaving

Join Cyberarts Festival artist Nathalie Miebach for a sculptural weaving workshop
at the Fuller Craft Museum on March 8 to March 12.

This course will enable artists to explore and invent various ways of weaving into
three-dimensions. Based on weaving traditions that go back thousands of years, participants
will learn the fundamentals of basic sculptural weaving techniques: twining, plaiting,
coiling and random weave. Through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials,
participants will learn to use these techniques as a springboard to adapt, integrate,
and explore their own sculptural interests and material choices. Techniques for
treating surfaces, such as dying, embellishment, over-weaves and painting will also
be explored.

Hands-on work will be complemented by slide lectures and discussions examining the
adaptations and significance of weaves in contemporary and traditional cultures,
and how these techniques have been used by traditional basket weavers and contemporary
artists across disciplines.

For details and registration, visit the Fuller Craft Musem website. []

We're so connected

Take a look at our brand new 2011 Festival website and begin planning your agenda
now. There are dozens of events and exhibitions to take in, so it'll pay off to
prepare well. []

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and Twitter [].

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MCC <3 Cyberarts

The Massachusetts Cultural Council loves Cyberarts and we love them. The MCC recently
awarded the Boston Cyberarts Festival a prestigious Adams Arts Program Grant. Is
it because of our focus on technical innovation? Perhaps our involvement of artists
and organizations from across the Commonwealth? Or maybe our diverse offerings of
visual art, dance, theater, film, video, education, demonstrations and lecture programming?
How about the economic impact that new media has on our region? I think it might
be all of the above. We are extremely grateful for the continued support of the
MCC and look forward to seeing the impact of the Adams grant on this year's festival.

Ready To Get Plugged In?

The next Boston Cyberarts Festival is scheduled for April 22 - May 8, 2011, just
a few months away! We can use all the support you can give!
We are always looking for community participation. Our small staff relies on its
volunteers to manage important tasks large & small. Volunteering is an opportunity
for close contact with participating artists and organizations.
Get plugged in and help out in the following areas:
-Gallery Sitting
-Guest Writers for our Blog
-Exhibition Installation
-Recruiting Donations
-Selling Merchandise
-Event Documentation
Please contact Autumn Ahn with the subject line "Volunteering" at
Make a Donation:
In the current tough economic climate, it's more important than ever to invest
in those organizations that can contribute to the economy, support talented artists,
and improve the quality of life for all of us. Please click here []
to make a contribution, or snail-mail a check to:
Boston Cyberarts
9 Myrtle St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Thanks for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the next Festival!
George Fifield, Director

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Boston Cyberarts extends a special thanks to our many generous sponsors. We couldn't
do the work we do without you!
Dig Publishing
Wellington Management
Art New England
...and many other generous institutions and individuals.
Boston Cyberarts is proud to be a partner with Boston Properties and Atlantic Wharf.
We would love to work with your company on upcoming Boston Cyberarts projects!
Please contact George Fifield at 617.524.2109 or email
[] for information on becoming a sponsor.

Artist Opportunities

Our friends at Together Boston []
are searching for artists for their upcoming festival. Send your proposals their
way! Here are the details:
From April 18-24, Together Boston will conduct a week-long series of concerts, parties,
educational events, panels, technology demonstrations and arts installations. Our
intent is integrate visual artists and their work into Festival events and provide
a means for local artists to publicize and potentially sell their work. We are currently
seeking artists to participate in 2011 Festival events. Together will work with
participating artists and facilitate their installation work with venues and event

* Interested artists must submit the following by no later than Saturday, March
12, 2011 @ 12:00 PM:

* Name, email address & phone number
* Three digital images of the work you wish to display
* Installation requirements
* Each artist must sign a waiver of liability for theft and/or damage. Together
assumes no liability for damage to artwork or installation materials.
* Artwork, if available for sale, should be priced to include sales tax
* Participating artists are fully responsible for the installation and de-installation
of their work.


There is no fee to participate as a Together Artist. Depending on the scale and
scope of the installation, some stipend funds or logistical support may be available,
but will be handled on a case by case basis and no guarantee.


Send email to and list "Together 2011: Art" in Subject Line.

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