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"Thaw 00"
2000-04-12 until 2000-04-15
Institute for Cinema and Culture
Iowa City, IA, USA United States of America

Thaw 00 is an international festival of video, film and digital media that features new work by emerging media artists. This years festival will take place on April 12-15 in Iowa City, Iowa. Thaw is open to all artists who challenge the conventional standards of video, film, or digital media.

Why ThawNULL The name was chosen for its implications of emergence, movement, transition and change. Appropriately, the festival occurs at the time of Iowas seasonal thaw, when students are preparing to graduate and residents of Iowa City are once again reminded of their locations dynamic intellectual, social and artistic fluxion.

History: The Thaw festival of video, film and digital media began in 1996, in an effort to promote emerging, independent productions which challenge the conventional language of their media through innovation in both form and content. The festival was organized by Rene Seuppel, then a student in the Intermedia department in the School of Art and Art History, and by Lloyd Dunn (also a founder of the seminal experimental recording group the Tape-Beatles), a graduate of the same program. Thaws organizers hoped to enrich both the university and the local community by providing a venue for work which would otherwise not be available in the area. The festival gave Iowas student producers a chance to have their work shown and judged along side exciting new productions from around the world. After the first year, the organizing committee expanded to include students of film and interactive multimedia. Every member of the Thaw committee is a volunteer.

Since its beginning, Thaw has maintained three principles which set it apart from other festivals. First, it is organized by media artists and students. Second, there are no restrictions based on content. Finally, Thaw celebrates what we call the impermeability of media -- the idea that artistic expression is never bound to a single format. Accordingly, Thaw presents film, video art, websites, and CD-Roms in the context of one festival. Each year we invite a panel of media artists and critics to attend the screenings, share their work, and to select work from each category to receive awards.

Thaw 00 benefit concert

Thursday, April 6th, 10 pm,
Gabes Oasis
330 E. Washington St
Iowa City

Liberty Leg, Drums of Death will rock the house, and verb (Ty Cobb and Thaw 00 director Kent Lambert) will round out the night with their improvised symphonies of sampled sound, accompanied by video work created and projected by Brittany Parks.


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