02 AM | 28 May

Second Life Arts Residency

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Second Life Artists Residency

Application closing date: 27 July 2007 The Australia Council for the Arts is offering up to $20,000 for a collaborative artist residency in the virtual world of Second Life. The aim of the residency is to offer Australian artists and writers the opportunity to creatively and critically explore new interactive, virtual platforms.

The residency allows for a collaborative team of up to three people (including a writer, musician/sound artist and digital visual media practitioner) to develop inter-disciplinary artwork in Second Life. Applications will be accepted from teams who fulfil all the residency requirements, including having the necessary artform experience. Artists or writers who have professional experience in more than one of the required artform areas can include this as part of their submission.

Program purpose: The Second Life artist residency is an initiative of the Literature Board, Music Board and Inter-Arts Office of the Australia Council. The residency is in-world and requires artists and writers to explore the possibilities of inter-disciplinary literary, music/sound art and digital visual media practices.

The successful team will develop new artistic in-world practices and comment on the social and cultural layers that have evolved in Second Life.

Key requirements of the project are a clear strategy for harnessing both in-world and real life audiences and developing public exhibition opportunities for the artwork in Australia.

For further information visit: http://www.ozco.gov.au/rez

02 AM | 28 May

Call for Australian media artists


Call for proposals from Australian media artists

ANAT is pleased to announce the call for proposals from Australian media artists and science organisations to participate in the 2007 Synapse Art and Science Residency program.

The residencies are available to Australian artists with experience in media arts practice and an interest in science. Artists from all technologically mediated disciplines are welcome to apply.

Residencies can be undertaken at either an Australian or overseas science organisation for a period of 12 or 16 weeks, depending on the location. ANAT will provide an artist’s fee, accommodation, a living away allowance and return travel to the destination of the residency if required. It is anticipated the host organisation will provide access to personnel, equipment, space and resources, as well as contributing towards materials and/or the cost of mounting an exhibition at the conclusion of the residency.

The Synapse residencies provide an opportunity for artists to work with key areas of research and science expertise whilst contributing to the creative needs of the science organisation. In order to encourage early relationship-building and to ensure the best fit between artist and host organisation, a joint proposal must be submitted. It is the responsibility of either partner to establish contact with the other and to determine the best possible collaboration prior to application. Those with existing relationships are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

The Synapse program, established in 2004, supports creative partnerships between scientists and artists, science institutions and art organisations. As well as the residencies, the Synapse initiative comprises an international database of science/arts collaborations and a moderated email discussion list (both to be launched during 2007 National Science Week), as well as the Australia Council/Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage program, which supports arts/science collaborations in tertiary education research environments.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday, 29th June 2007

Guidelines for applicants can be downloaded from www.anat.org.au

02 AM | 28 May

Zooomr in beta

Photo-sharing site Zooomr began a second try Monday to launch its third-generation photo-sharing Web site, attempting to combine social-networking features with unlimited photo storage and, eventually, the capability for photographers to sell their own pictures.

The new site, when available, will feature a Twitter-like interface called Zipline that lets members tell their contacts what they’re up to and hear the same from those contacts, according to a video demonstration by co-founder Kristopher Tate. It also lets members join groups and subscribe to discussions. Keep track and visit Zooomr.

02 AM | 28 May

Write Now (For Prizes)

We thought you’d all be interested to know that Tourism Victoria is launching a user-generated forum in June. It’s called ‘The Red Thread’ and it basically exists so that people can share their Melbourne experiences with others. They’re running a simple competition to get some creative content online. This involves inviting people to submit a snapshot of their Melbourne experience and they are offering a $2,000 prize for best video, $2,000 for best photo and $2,000 for BEST TEXT. Keep in mind that the forums are egalitarian and the winner will be chosen because their submission is interesting and creative rather than an uber-professional work of art. We thought we’d let everyone know about this because we know that you are all creative and have more likely than not already been to Melbourne (or even live here, or are making your Melbourne debut at the festival this weekend). The odds are you already have something you can enter sitting on your computer or in your head. The entry and upload process is so easy that a monkey at the Melbourne zoo has already uploaded a video of himself with a peanut that looks like Federation Square. Submit to http://www.visitvictoria.com/redthread Entries close June 7, 2007


02 AM | 28 May

Women’s Health Congress

The Scientific Program Committee is calling for abstracts from those wishing to present at the 3rd International Congress on Women’s Mental Health.  Melbourne, Australia is the host city for the Congress, to be held Sunday 16 – Thursday 20 March 2008.

Please visit the Congress website www.iawmhcongress2008.com.au to download your copy of the First Announcement and Call for Papers document.  Abstracts and posters are to be submitted online.