The Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) announce

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** Alchemy **
International Masterclass for New Media Artists and Curators
in partnership with
Brisbane Powerhouse - Centre for the Live Arts, Queensland,
Australia, May/June 2000
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ANAT's International Masterclass for New Media Artists and Curators  is due to commence at the new Brisbane Powerhouse - Centre for the Live Arts on Monday 8 May, 2000.

For five intense weeks (from 8 May to 9 June 2000) artists, curators and theorists will come together to germinate and hothouse their ideas, test their hypotheses, develop new processes and create new works, within the context of an intensive learning environment.

Participants will be provided with 24 hour access to a lab., exhibition / installation, performance space and workrooms in the exciting new Brisbane Powerhouse - Centre for the Live Arts <http://www.brisbanepowerhouse.com>. Highly experienced curators and artists will provide training and lead workshops for participants, within the context of a critical production site. The makeup and composition of the Masterclass will constantly evolve, as tutors and participants undertake different aspects of the project.

The Masterclass will engage with a diverse range of topics: from science discourses to indigenous issues to curatorial practice. Of particular note will be the component of the masterclass dedicated to performance and hybrid practices being developed in collaboration with the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council. As the project is intended as a dynamic one, there will be continual opportunities for exchange of ideas.

Tutors for the project are:

* Alexei Shulgin, net artist, performer and curator, from Moscow

* Nina Czegledy, An independent media artist, curator and writer, Czegledy divides her time between Canada and Europe

* Mongrel, a mixed bunch of people and machines working to celebrate the methods of an 'ignorant' and 'filthy' London street culture. Mongrel  make socially engaged cultural product employing any and all technological advantage that they can lay their hands on

* Geert Lovink, lecturer and activist who has participated in many conferences on  independent media, the arts and new technologies internationally, and has presented at previous ANAT events, CODE RED and resistant media: NxT

* John Tonkin, animator, web artist who develops his own software in low level programming languages such as C++ and Java.  Tonkin has taught at many of the previous ANAT National Summer Schools and is currently in receipt of a fellowship from the Australia Council's New Media Fund

* Rea, (Gamileroi/ Wailwan), an internationally recognised artist who specialises in developing digital media, and who also participated in the 1999 ANAT National Summer School in Science and Art

* Mike Stubbs, artist and curator who works with sculptural installation, performance, film, video and installations. Until recently he was the Director of Hull Time Based Arts and has just started a Research Residency at the Department of Television Imaging, Dundee University, UK

* Sara Diamond, Director for the New Media and Visual Arts programs of the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada

* Tess de Quincy and Laura Jordan, respectively performance artist and new media artists.  Tess and Laura have collaborated on performance and research events including Triple Alice, an ongoing project over three years which seeks to provide a space for cross disciplinary research and development

* Marko Peljan, Ljubljana based performance and communication artist and writer, founder of the arts organisation Projekt Atol and Program Coordinator of Ljudmila (Ljubljana digital media lab). His most recent work Makrolab was part of Documenta X, and is currently installed at Rottnest Island as part of the Art Gallery of Western Australia's Homeproject;  <http://makrolab.ljudmila.org>

* Blast Theory, is a group of four artists (two of whom will be at Alchemy) based in London who make live events, installation and new media work

* Shuddhabrata Sengupta from Delhi, India is currently working towards the establishment of the Sarai new media initiative, participant of ANAT's Resistant Media project as part of the NxT Darwin Multimedia Symposium last year. Shuddha also works with the RAQS Media Collective in New Delhi on video and other media based projects <http://www.sarai.org>

Participants for this inaugural International Masterclass are:

Brook Andrews (NSW), Bruce Gladwin (Vic), Caroline Farmer (SA), Chris Dempsey (Qld), Christian Thompson (Vic), Christiawan (Indonesia), Deborah Lawler-Dormer (NZ), Dena Curtis (NT), Edwina Bartleme (Qld), Gongxin Wang (China), Grisha Coleman (NY), Hartanto (Indonesia), Jane Schneider (Qld), Jenny Fraser (Qld), Jernej Kozar (Slovenia), Jo Law (WA), Kamal Krishna (Qld), Keith Armstrong (Qld), Kelli Mccluskey (WA), Kim Machan (Qld), Lisa Anderson (Qld), Mae Adams (Vic), Mari Velonaki (NSW), Maryanne Lynch (Qld), Megan Rainey (SA), Mike Stubbs (UK), Monica Narula (India), Partha Pratim Sarker (Bangl.), Patricia Adams (Qld), Peter Toy (WA), Raewyn Turner (NZ), Raul  Ferrera (Mexico), Rebecca Youdell (Qld), Rolando Ramos (NSW), Sam James (NSW), Sarah Ryan(Tas), Sarah Neville (SA), Sheridan Kennedy (NSW), Shilpa Gupta (India), Sophea Lerner (NSW), Steve Bull (WA), Vanessa Mafe-Kean (Qld).
 

To culturally contextualise the project, satellite events - combining fora with open days - will be held, giving the public and media an opportunity to view the work-in-progress produced by participants. These events will be streamed live to the web.

For additional information, visit http://www.anat.org.au/projects/alchemy/ or contact Amanda McDonald Crowley on 0419 829 313.
 

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Alchemy is made possible with the generous financial assistance of the Daniel Langlois Foundation the Young and Emerging Artists Initiative (an initiative of the New Media Arts Fund of the Australia Council, the federal government's arts funding and advisory body) the Australian Film Commission, and has received further support from Arts Queensland, the South Australian Government through Arts SA, Arts Tasmania and the NSW Ministry for the Arts.  The event is being sponsored by Apple Computers (Australia) Choice Connections, Macromedia and Adobe.