Next TXHATS November 18 in Bryan
Fourth Annual Fresh Minds Festival
Texas A&M University
Submissions due: August 1, 2015. Online submission
Performance: September or October 2016 (the following school year). Watch http://freshminds.tamu.edu for the finalized date.
Texas A&M University invites fixed media works of visual music or other non-narrative fine art animation, video, or film in which the sound/music and visuals play equally important roles in the work, for a presentation on the Texas A&M University campus called the Fresh Minds Festival. The event will be mass curated by hundreds of TAMU students learning the elements of visual and musical design with the goal of presenting a program of works that are engaging and rewarding to curious newcomer audiences. This is an event filling the gap between “for experts only” and “people’s choice” type events. Each year, several hundred students co-curate the festival. Each year’s evaluation cycle is launched with the screening of the previous year’s finalists.
A faculty panel will use the students’ evaluations of submitted works to shape a program. Creators of selected works are encouraged but not required to attend the event. Multiple entries will be accepted. There is no entry fee.
Due to the large number of students participating in the selection process, works will reviewed in stereo on student-owned equipment, delivered via internet links for evaluation. Works selected for the event will be presented in full quality in surround sound, spatialized live by TAMU students.
Submissions due August 1, 2015. Finalists will be notified by June 1, 2016 (the evaluation period includes the fall and spring semesters to maximize student participation). The concert presentation will be in fall 2016 to kick off the next evaluation cycle. Watch http://freshminds.tamu.edu for the finalized date.
Eligibility: All artists are encouraged to submit work, including professionals and students, except for artists currently employed or enrolled at TAMU, works created while employed or enrolled at TAMU, or works screened in previous Fresh Minds events. Resubmissions of works that were submitted and even screened in previous years but were not awarded prizes are encouraged. Live works and installations that can also stand on their own as fixed audiovisual media are welcome; they will be evaluated on their merit as fixed media concert works, but we will present the live or installation version if feasible. The faculty panel reserves the right not to give an award if no submissions are deemed suitable.
Duration: 4–12 minutes
Prizes and funding for visiting artist travel: TBA
Online submissions. Complete the form linked below to submit a URL to your video work accessible via the world wide web. You must fully own or have explicit permission to use all materials (sounds, images, text, etc.) in the work you submit in order for your work to be considered. Content deemed inappropriate for this venue will be declined. The video player at the URL you provide must be immediately visible at this link, without requiring logins or searching a list of videos. We recommend that you use a standardized video site like YouTube or Vimeo. You may make your video “unlisted” or protect it with a passcode if desired. Avoid less common formats, as technical issues may impede our curators’ ability to evaluate your submission. If your work is selected for performance, you must deliver a full quality video file by August 1, 2016.
Direct inquiries to: freshminds at tamu.edu
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Subject: ABSTRACT EDTX 2015
If you're in Dallas during April 24-26th, I highly recommend attending EarthDay TX 2015. My friend Ron Blake, the "Greymaker",
is going to be giving a historical/philosophical talk about the Maker Movement.
Ron is a great storyteller and historian, and he has experienced firsthand some of the early days not only of the Maker Movement
but also the PC revolution (he was in the room when Steve Jobs introduced the Apple II and when Gates first showed off MS DOS).
Spread the word to interested parties.
Ron has a wry/spry sense of humor .. it'll be fun!
Ron Blake, The Greymaker, will take you on a magical, mystical and fact filled tour of the creation and growth of the Maker Movement from the beginning of time through the historic and recent past into the present and future. Even if you are already deeply involved as a Maker, you may gain some insights and perspective from this thought provoking introduction and overview. If you’re new to the Maker Movement, you’ll be fast tracked into how we have grown from loosely organized hobbyists and geeks into what The Economist magazine has termed the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ perhaps transcending in importance the Second, also known as the Computer Revolution.
We will also examine the rapid growth of Makerspaces and envision what the future may hold particularly as it applies to environmental applications ranging from Eco-friendly entertainment to someone in his garage developing a carbon mining device extracting and converting greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere potentially foreshortening the demise of life as we know it or even saving our planet.
With recent experience visiting the Bay Area Maker Faire and regional Maker Faires, Ron will also relate how the energy and excitement he first experienced as one of 7,000 attendees at the First West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco in 1977 is alive and growing at Maker Faires around the world. In 1977, when Steve Jobs rolled out the first Apple II and Bill Gates privately discussed how he envisioned developing an operating system to support his popular BASIC interpreter, it was as if two Pied Pipers lead us into the future. Having written his first FORTRAN program in 1965 and experiencing the birth of the Personal Computer Revolution, The Greymaker will provide a rich context of the background and history of where we are today. But be forewarned, when asked what does The Greymaker make? He replies, “I make makers. Have you been made?”
However, the past is but prologue. In the second third of his presentation, Ron will further describe what he metaphorically calls Maker Algebra, a generalization of how individuals and small groups have come together from the ground up to create today’s impressive and rapidly growing infrastructure of interconnected Maker and Hackerspaces. Numerous case studies will focus on Earth Day and environmental Maker related activities currently accomplished or underway around the world. Additionally, handouts and websites with valuable links to those activities and ways to be involved will be provided.
The final third of the talk will be very forward looking and interactive with ample opportunity for Q&A and audience participation. Come prepared to be entertained as well as informed. With the assistance of the Earth Day Technical Support staff, you can expect some innovative and exciting audio and visual presentations.
STEM and the Humanities | Baylor Arts & Sciences at the intersection of STEM & Humanities
Free and Open to the Public Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences April 9, 2015 Cashion 5th floor 12:00–5:00 p.m.
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