Apr 12, 2009

"Handmade Puppet Dreams Vol. I"

Heather Henson's "Handmade Puppet Dreams Vol. I"

film screening and artist appearance

April 27, 2009, 7pm, FREE

From the humorous to the horrifying, this zany collection of film shorts showcases the rising stars of cutting-edge puppetry. As part of our year-round programming, FirstWorks welcomes RISD alums Heather Henson and Emmy nominated puppet designer Paul Andrejco for an Artist-Up-Close screening of “Handmade Puppet Dreams, Vol. I”. Daughter of the beloved puppetry pioneer Jim Henson, Heather introduces a new generation of puppeteers through her handpicked series of independently produced film shorts, exploring unique approaches to animation through a spectrum of puppetry styles.

Produced by Providence's FirstWorks! An Arts organization. Contact us to reserve your seat!

Waltz With Bashir: Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes Look: The Making of Waltz with Bashir

Monday, April 13

6:30 PM Artist Talk: David Polonsky, Art Director

7:15 PM Screening of Waltz with Bashir

RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Street

NFBC Films Online

The NFBC (National Film Board of Canada) has made a wide collection of their of films available for online viewing. It includes lots of animation, documentary, fiction and trailers. Find still image collections downloadable wallpaper for your desktop and media for purchase. The NFBC is THE VITAL and very important supporter for animation filmmaking in Canada.

Also, check out HOTHOUSE. Hothouse is an extension of the NFBC that is geared towards developing new talent. New filmmakers are brought in to make a film under the guidance of more experienced producers and mentors. Their program is a 12-week paid apprenticeship in full-on, all-inclusive, real-world animation filmmaking. Watch out for their announcement for the next round of Hothouse Workshop. it could be YOU going for 3 months to Canada to make a 1-minute film!

Apr 4, 2009

Matin Ramirez- exhibition in Boston

For those of you that find appeal in the art of the insane, Martin Ramirez (1895-1963) spent the last 15 years of his life confined in a California state hospital, suffering from schizophrenia. Many have come to think of him as a vital and very important contributor to art of the 20th century. He is known for the obsessive drawings of trains, tunnels, fantasy creatures and Latin cowboys all framed by the pulsing zig-zag patterns of walls and doorways. Here is a slide show of his drawings.

“Martin Ramirez: At the Center, In the Eye"

Through May 2
Nielsen Gallery
179 Newbury St.
Boston, MA

Apr 2, 2009

Rhode Island College is presenting a Festival of Contemporary Animation as part of the year’s Spring Celebration of the Arts presentation. The two-night event in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall will feature recent animated films by regional and international artists.

April 17, at 7pm: International Program
April 18 2009, at 7pm: Four New England Animators

Rhode Island College
"Festival of Contemporary Animation"

The Nazarian Center Bldg 15
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI
map link

The festival kicks off on Friday, April 17, with the International Program. The two-hour screening begins at 7 p.m. with a 45-minute selection of the “best of” the Ottawa Animation Festival 2008 – one of the top animation festivals in the world.

The second half of the international program will showcase the festival curators’ picks, including the charcoal drawings that come to life in Automatic Writing by renowned South African artist William Kentridge; the surreal tale of Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor by Academy Award-winning Japanese animator Koji Yamamura; a psychedelic mash-up of Rambo in Untitled (Pink Dot) by digital artist Takeshi Murata; a hand-drawn and cut-out animation titled How She Slept at Night by the Chicago-based comic artist Lilli Carre; and the poignant, sometimes shocking, line drawings of British artist David Shrigley in Who I Am and What I Want.

On Saturday, April 18, starting at 7 p.m., audiences will get an in-depth look at the work of four award-winning animators from New England, who will show short films and discuss excerpts from their work. The animators are Jo Dery, RIC film instructor and artist known for her expressive paper-cut style of animation; Dan Sousa, a RISD professor who uses a combination of drawing, etching, painting, and computer programs to animate dream-like fables; Lorelei Pepi, whose work includes experimental and traditional animation styles; and Nancy Andrews who combines drawn animation, live-action and puppetry.

The Festival of Contemporary Animation is organized by the Film Studies Program and curated by Maya Allison and Jo Dery. Allison is a curator of moving image-based art, and director of the 5 Traverse Gallery in Providence. Dery is an animation artist and curator of past Magic Lantern experimental film series at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence.

The Spring Celebration of the Arts is sponsored by the Performing and Fine Arts Commission at Rhode Island College

Free admission.

Upgrade! Boston

DATE: April 14, 2009
TIME: 7:00-9:00 pm
VENUE: North 181 - entrance on Evans Way [map],
Massachusetts College of Art + Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts.
Follow the signs posted on the outside of the Tower Building (black glass)
[Green Line "E"]

:: Joseph Farbrook + Joshua Rosenstock ::

Multi-media artist Joseph Farbrook focused on performance and narrative while studying at the University of Colorado, where he wrote electronic music, poetry, and fiction. As he became interested in a more immersive approach to narrative, he began using computers and the Internet as creative media. After graduating with a degree in creative writing, he pursued an MFA in digital art. Farbrook began creating electronic installations, interactive video, and virtual reality narratives. His latest work is in the emerging field of Machinima (machine animated cinema) where he shoots movies from within his custom-made 3D environments. More >>

Joshua Pablo Rosenstock is a multimedia artist, musician, and educator currently based in Boston. He employs an ever- expanding variety of traditional and electronic media techniques to create works incorporating moving images, sound, sculptural installation, and interactive performance. Rosenstock earned a BA in Visual Art & Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In between, he worked to launch ZEUM, an art and technology museum in San Francisco, creating interactive exhibits and developing digital art curricula for students and teachers. He has presented work in venues as diverse as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich, Switzerland, the Dislocate festival in Yokohama, Japan. More >>

Apr 1, 2009

The Women In Animation Phyllis Craig Scholarship Fund

The Women In Animation Phyllis Craig Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 29, 2009

This is a $1,000 scholarship
for a female student who demonstrates artistic talent and desires to make animation her career. Winner will also receive a one-year membership to Women In Animation. Applicants must be enrolled full or part-time in an accredited animation program, must be U.S. citizens, and must be in financial need. Submissions must include a portfolio or reel, a 500-word essay outlining education and career goals and explaining financial need, a written recommendation from a teacher or mentor, and copy of student I.D., in addition to an application form (available on website).

All materials must be submitted together and labeled with name and contact information.

Women In Animation

Phyllis Craig Scholarship
P.O. Box 17706, Encino, CA 91416
(818) 759-9596

http://womeninanimation.org/. Deadline: April 29, 2009

Boston CyberArts Festival 2009
Uniting the worlds of art + technology for
10 years! Celebrate the 2009 festival with us
April 24 - May 10.

Insights and Info
The 2009 Festival is just around the corner, and we know you're looking for some behind-the-scenes scoop about events and exhibitions. Our Cyber-correspondents have been busy interviewing some of the artists who are participating in this year's Festival, and you can read the results on our Artist Blog. This is a great way to get insights into the artistic process, and help you decide which of the dozens of events and exhibitions you want to see.

We'll be posting more interviews every couple of days from now through the Festival, so be sure to check back often.

Our local staff consists of exactly four people, so there's no earthly way we can pull this off without the assistance of our volunteers. If you'd like to help us out, please contact Jennifer at info@bostoncyberarts.org. In exchange for your time, you'll receive a fabulous t-shirt with this year's logo on it, PLUS ... well ... our undying gratitude, which must be worth something.

In addition to the articles and interviews being posted on our Artist Blog this month, you may also want to set yourself up now to follow us on Twitter -- we're not tweeting yet, but we're putting together a Twitter team of artists who will be tweeting from various events and exhibitions once the Festival gets going, and you don't want to miss anything. social network

And don't forget that you can start right now communicating with other fans of cyberart through our own conversational network. Or friend us on Facebook. In the coming weeks we're also planning to set up a Flickr center where you'll be able to upload your favorite photos from the Festival -- or the world of cyberart in general.

We'll be adding more ways to be in touch as the Festival gets closer, and we want to hear from YOU.