Spark 2006: Call for works Fwd:

Subject: Spark 2006: Call for works Fwd:
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Mon Aug 01 2005 - 11:34:22 EDT

>Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 18:46:51 +0200
>From: Douglas Geers <geers001@UMN.EDU>
>Subject: Spark 2006: Call for works
>University of Minnesota School of Music, Noel Zahler, Director
>2006 Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art
>Douglas Geers, Director
>West Bank Arts Quarter, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
>February 22-26
>Submission Deadline: September 30, 2005 (postmark)
>The University of Minnesota School of Music is proud to present the
>2006 Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, February 22-26. The
>festival will be held on the Minneapolis campus of the University of
>Minnesota (USA) and at the Walker Center for Art, Minneapolis. Now
>in its fourth year, the Spark Festival showcases the newest
>groundbreaking works of digital music and art. Last yearıs festival
>included innovative works by over one hundred international
>composers and artists, including featured guest artists Philippe
>Manoury and DJ Spooky. Leading scholars and technology specialists
>also presented papers relating to new technology and creativity.
>Audiences for the concerts, installations, and lectures last year
>totaled approximately 2,000 people.
>Spark invites submissions of works incorporating new media,
>including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica,
>theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture,
>artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres.
>Spark also invites submission of scholarly papers on technical and
>aesthetic subjects related to the creation of new media art and
>music. All accepted papers will be published as part of the Spark
>proceedings. Please see for a
>PDF copy of the Spark 2005 proceedings and program.
>Music submissions will be accepted in four categories:
>1. Concert works: Electroacoustic works with and without performers.  
>Performance venues will accommodate 2-8 channel works and works with
>video. Although there is no strict limit of duration, pieces of
>fifteen minutes or less are encouraged. Note that Spark 2006 will
>feature guest performers Maja Cerar (violin) and Brian Sacawa
>(saxophone). Works written for solo violin and solo saxophone with
>digital music and/or images are especially welcome. Other
>instruments will be available, and details on available performing
>forces will be posted on the Spark website with the submission forms.
>2. "Club" works: Experimental electronic performances in a
>"club-style" venue. Performers of various styles will be
>considered, including those influenced by IDM, hip-hop, glitch,
>jazz, and etc.  
>Selected performers will be given sets of 15-30 minutes.
>Performance venue will accommodate stereo sound and video.
>3. Installations: [See "Art Works" below]
>4. Music with video [See ³Art Works² below]
>Submissions will be accepted in three categories:
>1. Installations and gallery works: A number of installation and
>gallery exhibitions will be mounted in various spaces on the UMN
>campus, including the Weisman Art Museum. Please include technical
>and space requirements with submission. Installations may be
>physical objects, video and/or sound projections, or combinations
>thereof. Artists may be required to provide some or all of
>necessary technology to mount installations.
>2. Radio: Spark Radio is a new addition for the 2006 festival,
>initiated and curated by Abinadi Meza, a Minneapolis-based artist.
>Submissions for Spark Radio may include sound art, samplism, field
>recordings, turntablism, pirate radio, sonic deconstructions, and
>other transmissions. Please submit on CD or CD-ROM.
>3. Video: Experimental video works will be screened at multiple
>Spark events. Videos featuring digital music compositions
>(two-channel or Dolby 5.1) are welcome, but this is not required.
>Although there is no strict limit of duration, pieces of twelve
>minutes or less are encouraged. Please submit on DVD or VHS (NTSC).
>4. Theater/Dance: A number of theatrical and dance works
>incorporating new technologies will be programmed at Spark 2006,
>with a special interest in shorter works that can be integrated into
>programs with music and video works. In addition, although not
>confirmed as of this writing, we hope to produce at least one
>performance in a dance theater with video projection and an Internet
>2 connection. Please include performance venue and technical
>requirements with submissions.
>Technical papers, lecture/demonstration, and workshop submissions
>that deal with topics relating to creating arts and music with new
>technology are encouraged, including intermedia composition,
>performance, human-computer interaction, software/hardware
>development, aesthetics, and history.
>Paper and lecture/demonstration submissions will be accepted in two
>Standard length: Twenty-minute presentation, allowing for five minutes of Q/A.
>Short length: A feature unique to the Spark festival is Symposium
>Fast Forward, a presentation of five to ten-minute presentations
>followed by five to ten minutes of Q/A. The idea of Symposium Fast
>Forward is to create a venue where ideas and projects may be
>presented succinctly with time following for discussion and
>brainstorming. Both students and professionals are encouraged to
>submit presentations of this type.
>Standard submissions should consist of a two-page abstract with
>bibliography. Short length submissions should submit a 1-2 paragraph
>abstract with bibliography. Camera-ready papers will be due on
>November 1, 2005.
>Individuals may submit a maximum of one paper and one
>lecture/demonstration, and these will be submitted online. More
>information about the submission process will be available soon on
>the Spark 2006 website when the online submission procedure has been
>activated. All accepted papers will be published as part of the
>Spark proceedings.
>Applicants are invited to submit one work per category in up to
>three categories for consideration. All applicants must complete an
>online submission form on the Spark Festival website and include
>their submission number(s) with any physical media sent via postal
>The submissions website will be at
> and will be activated in
>late July. More details about the submission process will be
>available on the Spark 2006 website when the online submission
>procedure has been activated.
>Regarding music and other performance works: Performing resources
>will be drawn from the University of Minnesota, although applicants
>are welcome to provide their own performers if desired. More
>information about available performers will be posted on
> when the online submission procedure has
>been activated.
>Composers and artists whose works are selected for inclusion are
>strongly encouraged to attend the festival. Scholars whose papers
>or demonstrations are accepted will be required to attend Spark to
>deliver their presentation.
>Selected works will be announced by November 1, and travel and
>accommodations information will be posted on
> by the same date.
>Submission deadline is September 30 (postmark). More information
>and the online submissions procedure will be posted soon on the
>Spark 2006 website at Questions can be
>directed to the Spark hosts at
>Douglas Geers
>Assistant Professor, Music Composition
>Director, Electronic Music Studios
>University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA

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