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Congrats to ViCA graduate Tatiana Doroshenko whose interactive CD-ROM, SHOT (with Marcus Dineen as DOP & featuring Katrina Mathers in the title role), won First Prize at the Rencontres International Henri Langlois (RIHL) Film Festival in France; & Matthew Riley, who was invited to exhibit Memo at the prestigious Milia 2001 event in Cannes. An international jury selected 15 projects for the new talent pavilion & Matthew was the only Australian represented. The New Talent Competition is the world’s premiere competition for interactive entertainment & new media projects developed by students.

Addicted to computer games? A new website Game Culture has been developed as a central information resource for researchers, game developers, gamers & others interested in the significance of computer games as a cultural phenomenon. The site hopes to explore & pull together the significant body of research & critical writing emerging in academia & the mainstream media & is encouraging submissions. or to join mailing list, send a blank email to game-culture-

CTHEORY Multimedia is a new site for electronic art projects & new media theory, published & hosted by the Cornell University Library’s Electronic Publishing Program. CTHEORY will feature collections of electronic art & theory organized around conceptual themes. The first issue “TECH FLESH: The Promise & Perils of the Human Genome Project” will examine the simultaneously ethical, social & ideological issues raised by the Project,

Australia’s digital artists continue to gain international recognition. hybrid life forms, curated by Josephine Grieve & Linda Wallace, profiles the work of 19 leading artists (including Justine Cooper, Michele Barker, Anita Kocsis, Brenda L Croft, David Rosetzky) & is currently exhibiting at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, until May 21. Works selected include digital photographs, installations, internet projects & computer animation. The curators commented, “we wanted to bring out some of the less publicised aspects of sunny Australia including the troubled reconciliation process, the identity crisis embodied in the Republican debate & the anti-intellectual climate...the exhibition aims to show some of the strategies different artists have adopted in response to such circumstances.”

How would you go about uploading your soul? From Manila comes Gimokud The Melting Soul, an online exhibition of collaborative artworks (which are the visualisation of an ancient Phillipines myth) where participants were invited to upload their souls & have them artistically interpreted. 52 digital works by 32 artists rendering the souls of 23 participants from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Estonia, France, Greece, Slovenia, UK & the US, were presented at the Asian Arts Fest 2001.

OK, here’s the ultimate gift for someone who spends so long at their computer they never see family or friends. A Lovbyte. A one off CD which features edited interviews with loved ones, a collage of memories and metaphors mixed with sound design & original music. Sound designers Solange Kershaw & Damian Castaldi have come up with the idea, a perfect marriage of art & ego.

RealTime issue #42 April-May 2001 pg.

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