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Digital Media Festival 2002 Manila, Philippines

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  • Fatima Lasay
    Digital Media Festival, now on its third year, celebrates through pag-uugnay , connecting, the fields of archaeology, anthropology and new media art. The
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 5, 2002
      Digital Media Festival, now on its third year, celebrates
      through "pag-uugnay", connecting, the fields of archaeology,
      anthropology and new media art. The highlights of DMF2002 are the new
      media installations constructed by students in the digital art
      elective and workshop courses through collaboration with the
      Archaeological Studies Program and Filipino visual artists known for
      their interdisciplinary work in the fields of archaeology and
      anthropology of art and religion.

      DMF has invited Noell El Farol to interact with the students
      investigating the relationship between archaeology and artistic
      practice through an overview of his works and an open discussion on
      the study of archaeology through cooperation with the Archaeological
      Studies Program. Farol directed a centerpiece installation that
      explores "archaeological recordings" based on his research and work
      in "Hukay" (digging or pit). The installation work was constructed
      through students' interpretation of site and situation specific to
      the compounds of the College surrounding the gallery space. A
      reassembly was conducted into the gallery.

      Students in the digital media art workshop "Writing as Visual Form"
      was directed by Roberto B. Feleo to construct a peripheral
      installation, complementing the centerpiece with Farol. Through
      discussions of several of his sculptural and installation works and
      their socio-historical commentary, Feleo clarifies relationships
      between anthropology of art, religion and contemporary artistic
      practice. Through Feleo's guidance, students explored writing systems
      as cognitive artifacts and their projections into contemporary
      culture through a project entitled "Time Capsules."

      The new media installation works directed by Farol and Feleo serve to
      transform the Corredor Gallery space and adjacent areas into cognate
      ritual spaces for connecting, the DMF theme "pag-uugnay", the past
      with the future. The theme, "Iugnay" (to connect), is in cadence with
      the vision to connect with fields traditionally seen as outside the
      arts, where young student artists are seen as creative partners of
      the technological forces that will push the country towards progress.
      DMF looks at art as research and development, anticipating a shift
      from a culture of political nationalism to creative research, as
      young creative minds are acknowledged important forces in the larger
      nationwide technological development plan that can transform the way
      people think about the arts. Technological development is not only
      about machines - it's also about creativity, an enlarged
      understanding of cultures, and communicating.

      Digital Media Festival 2002
      Manila, Philippines

      The ribbon-cutting ceremony was headed by guest-of-honor Chancellor
      Emerlinda Roman, assisted by UPCFA Dean Virginia B. Dandan and
      National Artist for Music and Director of the Ethnomusicology Center
      Dr. Jose Maceda.

      Opening Day Photos
      by Archie Yumul

      Opening Day Photos
      by Sabrina de Leon

      Set-up photos
      Hukay: Site and Situation Installation

      Set-up photos
      Time Capsules

      Webcam and Video
      by Vincent Samson

      Meeting at the Electronic Interface: Artifact Reassembly through New
      Media Art
    • Art McGee
      ... Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 16:23:04 +0200 From: Tara McPherson Subject: Race in Digital Space 2.0 RDS 2.0 EVENT PROBES RACE AND NEW MEDIA
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 6, 2002
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        Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 16:23:04 +0200
        From: Tara McPherson <tmcphers@...>
        Subject: Race in Digital Space 2.0


        Most discussions of the "digital divide" erase the numerous
        contributions of minority artists, activists, entrepreneurs,
        journalists, and scholars. Researchers from the University
        of California-Santa Barbara, MIT and USC's Annenberg Center
        for Communication will host a three-day event, Race in
        Digital Space 2.0, to explore current issues and celebrate
        the accomplishments of minorities using digital technologies,
        Thursday, 10 October through Saturday, 12 October 2002, at
        LA's Museum of Contemporary Art and on the USC campus.

        Day after day we engage with media and technology on
        multiple fronts. The Race in Digital Space 2.0 Event defines
        "digital space" as a flexible arena that reflects the
        continual change of technology in relation to the practices
        and processes of the everyday. Following upon both the
        recent downturn in technology markets and the tragic events
        of 9/11, the once-euphoric conversations about new media
        have largely quieted. Race in Digital Space 2.0 seeks to
        intervene in this constricted field, offering compelling
        new analyses of both the potentials and the risks of new
        technological development. This important event offers an
        opportunity to comment on the ways media and technology are
        used by a diverse array of citizens and to examine how this
        interaction defines society and culture. Conference sessions
        will explore current public policy affecting "digital
        divide" and privacy issues, the global reach of new media,
        as well as innovative and creative uses of technology within
        communities of color. This international conference will
        serve as a touchstone for thinking critically and usefully
        about race in digital spaces.

        Plenary presentations include 'The Digital Divide, Post
        9/11'; 'Tracking Bodies and Global Labor'; 'Entertaining
        Race: Representin' Race in New Media Environments';
        'Re-making Race: Authenticating "Other" Voices in Digital
        Spaces'; 'New Futures: Theory Meets Praxis'; and 'Live
        Mixes: Teens and New Technologies.' A concurrent digital
        salon will feature a number of cutting-edge art and music
        performances as well as online exhibits and video
        screenings. Featured speakers and artists include Isaac
        Julien, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Greg Tate, Todd
        Boyd, Rubin D. Ortiz Torres, Sue Ellen Case, Wendy Chun,
        Tony Wilhelm, Chela Sandoval, Daniel Martinez, Pamela Z,
        Los Cybrids and many, many more!

        The conference is free and open to the public. Registration
        information and further details are available online at:


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