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"Call for Artists: AIM Festival"
2002-10-11 until 2002-11-30
University of Southern California School of Fine Arts
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

AIM (Art in Motion), the University of Southern California School of Fine Arts’ international festival of time-based media, in partnership with the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, is pleased to announce AIM IV: Interference Patterns. Focusing on the proliferating spaces in which humans and non-human technologies intersect, Interference Patterns addresses the ways in which our interface apparatus and metaphors transform the communications they mediate.

Considering the interface as the point of separation and connection where ‘machine’ and human are linked, AIM IV: Interference Patterns calls for entries that broach both the actual operations of media and communications technologies in contemporary society and explore the ways in which the hybrid networks developing between human and non-human may introduce an alterity or ‘otherness’ of which we have yet to conceive. AIM IV will take place February 15 – April 13, 2003 and comprise the Interference Patterns exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts, panel discussions on the USC campus, and satellite events throughout the Los Angeles area.


Works must be 'time-based' and address the festival theme (however obliquely). Works may be submitted by professionals and students of any age working in any discipline. AIM defines 'time-based' to include: Internet-based projects such as websites, collaborative networks, and technologies for spatializing information; hardware design; architectural and urban design projects which centralize the problematics of digital time, duration, and their multiple mediations, at the scale of habitable space; digital media such as CD-ROMs and DVDs; performative, installation, and augmented reality projects; video, digital video, hand-drawn and digital animation; interactive computer games; and sound pieces, - as well as various emerging hybrids that elude traditional categorization. All submitted works must be completed after September 1, 2000, and entries must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2002.

Submission to AIM is free. Submit proposals and/or copies of projects (no originals please) in the form of a DVD, VCD, VHS (NTSC), Macintosh CD-ROM, or a URL, as appropriate. Other formats can be accommodated by prior arrangement with AIM. Entry form located at: http://www.usc.edu/aim


All entries will be viewed by the AIM IV Screening Committee, including: AIM Director Lynzie Baldwin; theorist and author Benjamin Bratton; curator and gallery director Stephen Nowlin; and artist and AIM Co-founder Janet Owen. The jury will view all selected works and award the $500 AIM Student Award and the $1000 AIM Award which is open to both students and professionals.

The AIM IV Jurors include:

JULIE LAZAR: Director of International Contemporary Arts Network, Julie Lazar’s current independent curatorial and consultancy projects include: Pat O’Neill: Dynamic Pictures for the Santa Monica Museum of Art and program concept development for Art Center College of Design. Lazar previously served at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles as a founding curator.

LEV MANOVICH: World renowned author and theorist, Lev Manovich is an associate professor in the Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego where he teaches new media art and theory. He is the author of The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001), Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture (Chicago University Press, 1993) as well as over 50 articles published in over 20 countries.

CHRISTIAN MOELLER: Internationally recognized new media artist and architect Christian Moeller’s light and audio sculptures and interactive works have been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and Japan. Moeller is an associate professor in the Department of Design | Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Step 1: Read the official rules and regulations and submission information.
Step 2: Print and fill out an entry form.
Step 3: Send us your project, completed entry form and all accompanying materials. All entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2002.

Mail submissions to:

Art In Motion
USC School of Fine Arts
Watt Hall #104
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0292, USA


The following must be included with the entry:

- Official Entry Form
- Technical Requirements: a typed description of all technical requirements of the piece, including specific hard- and soft-ware.
- Operating Instructions: a typed description of exact instructions
- Synopsis: a typed description of the project.100 words maximum.*
- Still Image: preferably a jpeg or tiff file that best represents the project.*
- Artist’s Bio: a brief, typed biography of the project’s creator/s. 100 words maximum.*
- SASE: work will only be returned if a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope and adequate US postage are provided.
- Proof of Student Status (if applicable): proof can include photocopies of student ID cards, proof of current enrollment, or verification from a school administrator on school letterhead.

Items marked with (*) may be used and edited in festival publications and/or media releases for festival promotional purposes.

OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS 1. All entries must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2002.
2. All works submitted must be new works: completed after September 1, 2000. A pre-existing work which has undergone substantial alteration shall be considered a new work.
3. AIM will take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of materials in its care, but no original or irreplaceable materials should be submitted under any circumstances.
4. All works must be submitted by the artist principally responsible for them. For collaborative works one artist may represent the group, but said artist will remain the individual with whom AIM communicates.
5. All works must be complete enough for presentation at the time of submission.
6. Submit work in the form of a DVD, VCD, VHS (NTSC) copy, a Macintosh CD-ROM, or a URL, as appropriate. Other formats can be accommodated only by prior arrangement with AIM.
7. Final responsibility for a work’s presentability lies with the artist. Failure to deliver a presentable copy for exhibition shall render the work ineligible.
8. AIM will view all submitted works and select those to be exhibited. The jury will view all exhibited works, and select award winners.
9. Members of the AIM jury shall not be eligible to enter works for festival competition, but may have works on exhibition.
10. All rights to any given work remain with the artist. However, submission to the festival constitutes agreement on the part of the artist that Art in Motion has the right to publicly show his/her entered work as part of the festival and/or as part of on-going festival-related activities and promotions, without remuneration.
11. AIM is not responsible for lost, misdirected, or delayed entries. Materials will only be returned if the entry includes a U.S stamped, self-addressed envelope.
12. All legal responsibility for any work submitted remains with the artist. AIM assumes no liability for any exhibited work.
13. All jury decisions are final.

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