Venue: Gallery
Dates: Friday 24 March - Saturday 25 March

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Traffic Jam

Gallery

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March 2000

Continuing chapter gallery's commitment to art and new technology we present a two day event exploring process, collaboration and experimentation in the realm of electronic and digital media including video, CD-ROM, audio and performance. This unique event offers practising artists, students, regular chapter goers and all those with an interest in cross art form dialogue to access new technology. The emphasis is on process not product, everyone is welcome to participate, bring work, make work, discuss, debate and add to the collision.As well as the main 'jam' there will be formal presentations from established and upcoming artists working in the field and the chance to view works on-line and on CD-ROM.Expect a journey with pile ups, queues, road rage and traffic jams along the way!

Schedule:Friday11 - 1 Presentations by students from UWIC and UWCN

2 - 4 Jam session #1

5 - 6 Presentation by French artist Paul Granjon, director of Z Productions (http://www.zprod.org)

6 - 7 Presentation by American artist Ken Feingold, in Cardiff working on a project with CBAT www.kenfeingold.com/notes

Saturday

11 - 12 Presentation by London-based Adrian Ward who will present at the lovebytes festival 6-8 April 2000

12 - 1 Jam session #2

2 - 4 Jam session #3

4 - 5 final discussion introduced by Karen Mackinnon, Chapter's Visual Arts Programmer

Paul Granjon is the director of Z Lab, the research centre of Z Productions, a one person, non official company founded by this French, Cardiff-based electronic artist in 1988. Over the past three years Z Lab has produced several robots and interactive computer programmes, most of which are documented in the video series "2 minutes of experimentation and entertainment" which has been shown widely in festivals, netcastings and exhibitions."Paul Granjon pokes fun at society’s fascination with innovation, but also tries repeatedly to locate identity and reality within a rapidly changing world.(…) The subject matter is science and technology, but the methods he uses are resourceful and his materials usually recuperated from cheap and discarded stock. (…) In a sense, Granjon is interested in the down side of progress: he’s using outdated technology for its restitutive potential rather than a brand new technology for revolutionary progress."(Extract from the catalogue of the show "Dumbfounded" by C. Buckley)Paul Granjon

Ken Feingold received his Master of Fine Arts in Post-Studio Art from Cal Arts in 1976. His artworks have been made in film, video, performance, installation, multimedia, and online forms, and in recent years most of these works have been interactive in one way or another. These works have been exhibited by museums and galleries internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and Postmasters Gallery, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; ZKM Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; NTT InterCommunication Centre, Tokyo; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and numerous others. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, and the Jerome Foundation, and recent commissions from the ICC Biennial, Tokyo (1997); Cardiff Bay Arts Trust (1998-99), and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (1999). He lives in New York City.He will talk about some of his more recent projects, including the upcoming public artwork to be realised in Cardiff with Cardiff Bay Arts Trust entitled "Memory Head Well" and address how his work relates to the subjects of Traffic Jam - "the possible interface between interactive media and time-based art practices, concentrating on collaboration as a theme" - as well as discussing some of his experiences in realising his projects.Ken Feingold

Adrian Wardhas been involved with interactive digital media for about five years, concentrating a lot on network and internet based work. Within the last year and a half, he has started exploring generative music (a term coined by Brian Eno with his Koan Pro work). Inspired by the likes of the Dadaists and the Oulipo's obsession with automation, he explores ideas of automated creativity and process-based artworks.A major item of work he has completed is a parody of Adobe Photoshop called "Autoshop". It appears to be Photoshop, but behaves very differently. Rather than trying to explain it, you might want to try it out... autoshop - for Macintosh PPC only.This work raised many issues regarding creativity, authorship, the existence of the artist, deferment of authority and other post-structuralist ideas pertaining to modern art. He co-wrote a paper entitled "The Authorship of Generative Art" and presented it at the Generative Art '99 conference in Milan last December."Having had an interest in digital and electronic music, it was inevitable that I started to explore similar ideas in music creation. As part of my MediaLab Arts degree at Plymouth University, I developed a range of small generative tools that produced music in a variety of ways, exploring both visual, mathematic, chaotic and networked ideas of composition."More recently, he has been commissioned by lovebytes to produce an exclusive set of interactive toys for publication on their d-Space CD-ROM (to be published next month) and for their festival in Sheffield. "My latest work on generative music systems is with Alex McLean, and involves coordinating a range of separate generative music systems via a TCP/IP network using Perl, a scripting language for Unix computers. We are hoping also to quickly demonstrate this at the Lovebytes festival, and have just placed a proposal with Futuresonic in Manchester, a music festival where we are hoping to perform our system more thoroughly."Some other URLs:(generative online artworks)(experimental audio)

Wales Digital Network

Over the next three months chapter continues to build on its commitment to exploration, presentation and critical debate in the realm of electronic and digital art. Look out for projects, presentations, talks and fast turn-around exhibitions throughout the building. As well as events that focus on the creative possibilities, provocations and pleasures of electronic and digital art practice and debate theShort Circuits series aims to explore the gaps between traditional gallery exhibitions and seminars. Short Circuits started in March with Traffic Jam, the first in our series of dynamic, cross art form projects. The series is aimed at artists working with sound, video, performance, interactivity, computer generated imagery as a road to networking, collaboration and the development of facilitation and presentation of digital arts in Wales. This month Simon Pope presents I/O/D4: The Webstalker, "speculative" software challenging and exploring the conventions and possibilities of interface (see page 10). We also continue to work in partnership with Bloc presenting a major seminar exploring the possibilities of Digital Video (see opposite). One to watch out for this month - a chance to see Pete Gomes' Sensory, a 'map' making, immersive Audio/Visual environment for DVD using artificial life and audio composition. Join our free e-mail service for regular information on Wales Digital Network developments and events. Just e-mail enquiry@chapter.org  with the subject line as "WDN info" Up-to-date information can also be found at www.chapter.org

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