02/10-02/13/2005, Thurs-Sun :: trans_canada. Trends in Acousmatics and Soundscapes:
Vast forests, roaring waterfalls, fertile farmland – Canada’s natural environment is rich and diverse and so is its musical landscape, especially electronic music, which is the focus of the four-day trans_canada Festival.
Together with France, Britain and the Scandinavian countries Canada is among the world leaders in electroacoustic music. Hugh LaCaine developed the predecessor of the modern synthesizer in Ottawa as far back as the 1940s. At the same time, Francis Dhomont was creating his own musique concrète independent of Henry and Schaeffer. In Dhomont the ZKM has succeeded in attracting to the festival one of the most prominent representatives of this music scene, who has exerted a major influence on the musical landscape in Canada and especially in Quebec. Among his students at the University of Montreal were Louis Dufort, Ned Bouhalassa, Gilles Gobeil and Robert Normandeau, all of whom have in the meantime become internationally renowned composers in their own right and will likewise be attending the festival. Representing the younger generation will be Nicolas Bernier, who has already won a number of international prizes. Vancouver and Toronto rank alongside Montreal when it comes to electroacoustic music. Their musical representatives will be Barry Truax and the German Canadian, Hildegard Westerkamp, from British Columbia, while Darren Copeland will be coming from Ontario. In addition to the concerts, trans_canada will provide a public forum for discussions and contributions that will reflect, illustrate and discuss the country-specific history of electroacoustic music, its present status and the prospects for composers, musicians and musicologists.
[02/10-02/13/2005 | Admission to single concerts €5 / €3 | festival ticket for all concerts €15 / €10 | Lectures: admission free | => Program]
\\international\media\award\2005 for science and art: »Mentalimages. From the pictures of our imagination to brain research: Call for Submissions:
New developments in brain research have ignited world wide debate on the question of free will. The source of contention: new imaging technologies, designed to render the process of human thought visible. The human brain is a fascinating cosmos, a highly complex organ and a subject that is explored in every field of science. The \\international\media\award\2005 for science and art is an interdisciplinary event and, as such, invites both artists and scientists alike to explore the questions: how do the images inside our heads work? And how do images of the insides of our heads work?
The power of the new technical images no longer lies in their autonomy or superiority, but rather, in the functions they serve: they help to increase both knowledge and insight. Images produced by Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Functional Magnetic Resonance Tomography (FMRT), real-time Electroencephalography (EEG) and other imaging technologies constitute the most important source of information available to scientists today. It is hoped that, with their help, such things as consciousness, intelligence, memory and feelings can be explained. These images facilitate the analysis of disease which, in turn, results in better therapy.
Images of the brain have become a focal point of attention. But, in contrast to images from the worlds of visual art and film, those from the realm of natural science have no history. To successfully produce an image and interpret it correctly is possible only after repeated attempts. The \\international\media\award\2005 for science and art is looking for images from the boundaries of art and science, images behind which the brain and its functions are concealed - the inner images.
Artists and scientists are invited to explore what these images mean for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge, and to present their findings for discussion in animations and moving mentalimages.
=> Entry form [deadline :: 03/31/2005].
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