Gary Handman (
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 15:28:28 -0800 (PST)

>**Programs for 2000**
>Dear friend,
>The Banff New Media Institute is a vital kernel of the creative and economic
>infrastructure for new media research, learning, and production.  As an
>acclaimed international leader, we provide leading-edge seminars, think
>tanks, summits and workshops for producers, designers, artists, writers,
>directors, software developers, new media content specialists, curators,
>scientists, teachers and visionaries. 
>Our series of workshops cater to, national and international, mid-career and
>senior professionals in creation, production, distribution, and financing of
>new media content and products.  BNMI offers an unparalleled experience
>through which the creative, technical and business sectors come together in
>an atmosphere based on peer learning and research. 
>In the year 2000, we will focus on science, art, culture and the fictions of
>the next millennium. Our program content is listed below, but if you would
>like more information: telephone: 403- 762-6180 or toll free: 800-565-9989;
>fax: 403-762-6345; email: ; our web site will be
>updated soon, to visit it now, visit
>2000 Programs...
>Women In The Director's Chair (already filled)
>Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 29, 2000
>An intensive boot camp for mid-career Canadian women directors that takes
>the participant through all the stages of a professional production, from
>prep through production to post-production. Participants, working on
>original material, and supported by a team of senior mentors, break down
>scripts, direct professional actors and crews, and work with editors in
>post-production. Following the workshop, each graduate is assisted with a
>specific next step of her project or career goal.
>Writing for Series Television (already filled)
>Sunday, February 7 - Saturday, February 18, 2000
>Working with a story editor from a current Canadian TV series, participants
>pitch and develop a sample script, apply story editing techniques, learn
>about working in Canadian TV. Series writing.
>Emotional Computing: Performing Arts, Performance and Interactive Experience
>Saturday, February 19 - Monday, February 21, 2000
>Performing arts provide an invaluable resource with which to examine next
>generation new media. They combine physical discipline with improvisation,
>narrative and provoke emotional experience for the participant. The human
>body reminds us of our humanness and vulnerability. This summit searches
>for meaningful as well as abstract strategies that bring together our
>understandings of presence. New media opens new possibilities for
>performers. They might work with cellular technology, colleagues who are
>linked by network, or data coming in from satellite or other sources. They
>can work the magic between the worlds of the live event studio and the
>network. They might play with responsive (smart) costumes or props or
>manipulate sound scapes and sets. The audience presence and activity can be
>an instrument an interactive work. This event will explore and identify
>research issues in cross-disciplinary performing arts and new media. We
>will look at methods of collaboration, production planning and analysis.
>Participants will discuss educational applications and the development of an
>ongoing research network into performance practice and new media. This
>event will kick off an international Performance Theory Network in new
>media. We encourage making use of performance as an element of your
>presentation form. Artists of all disciplines, scientists, theorists and
>audience analysts are welcome.
>The Art and Fiction of Science Media: Television and Interactive Media
>Saturday, April 29 - Sunday, April 30, 2000
>This seminar will explore creative issues, technology innovation and
>emerging forms and audiences for science content. We will consider fiction,
>documentary and research forms, including recent initiatives by artists in
>the use of scientific data. The process of discovery, investigation and
>mystery that is part of the excitement of science works well in interactive
>form. Science broadcasting has led television in adapting broadcast content
>and context to interactive television and web delivery. Broadcasters,
>interactive designers and those interested in entering the world of science
>broadcasting are encouraged to attend.
>New Media for Visual Artists
>Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21, 2000
>This introductory workshop explores technologies, software and development
>strategies appropriate for visual artists. Faculty will focus on ways that
>visual art practices can transfer to new media technologies and software.
>Installation forms, metaphors appropriate to visual arts, basic software and
>design processes will be explored.
>Growing Things: The Cultures of Nano Tech, Bio Tech, and Eco Tech Meat Art
>Friday, June 2 - Sunday, June 4, 2000
>Many artists are fascinated with the imminent possibilities of designing
>life forms, but are we damaging or growing things? How can we open the
>lines of communication between Human/Nature/Technology? After all, our
>species have intervened into Nature ways for a long, long time. Can we turn
>devastation into art? From agriculture, to medical intervention, to
>forestry, this millennial summit cultivates collaborations amongst artists,
>scientists, ecologists and developers from various industries who have
>interests in the accelerated growth of bio and nano tech. Participants are
>encouraged to start their experience at the Zero Degree Monstrosities
>Festival in Vancouver, the weeks and weekend prior to the event. Join us in
>an investigative bus tour through BC and Alberta's forestry, agri and
>tourism businesses. In particular Banff, we will share our work, and
>together develop analyses, strategies and alliances. Partners are Digital
>Earth, Vancouver and the Autonomous University, Mexico.
>Banff Television Festival Events
>Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11, 2000
>Special event on the future of public broadcasting with Banff Centre,
>University of Alberta. BTVF.
>Sunday, June 11 - Saturday, June 17, 2000
>Banff Television Festival
>The Banff Centre will present the new media events, television with an
>attitude, Cyber Pitch and premiere our new Canadian Cultural Innovation
>Initiative works in exhibition at the Walter Philips Gallery. Sessions
>consider many topics, including science and science fiction programs in
>interactive and linear media.
>Interactive Media Design
>Saturday, June 24 - Wednesday, June 28, 2000
>This intensive seminar will provide an overview of design and art direction
>in interactive media, develop artistic, project development, financing
>skills. Outputs include the web, DVD and DVD ROM, location based
>experiences. Participants will have access to hands on laboratory as well
>as classroom instruction.
>Writing for Interactive Media
>Saturday, July 8 - Monday, July 10, 2000
>This seminar with a lead writer of entertainment and creative interactive
>media provides a deep plunge into developing treatments, scripts, design
>documents for interactive media. The workshop includes tips on working with
>producers, directors and technical teams. The workshop includes case
>studies as well as theory and project brainstorming. Participants are
>encouraged to bring treatments, concepts or scripts if these are in
>Producing New Media: Money and Law
>Thursday, July 20 - Saturday, July 22, 2000
>Producing New Media: Money and Law makes available and develops Canadian,
>American and international financing and legal strategies for new media
>creative, software and technology development and production. Presenters'
>case studies include networked new media, authoring tools, games, artwork,
>convergence media. Interim funding to research support is included in the
>strategy sessions. Legal discussion includes copyright debates, cyber
>tortes, localization and other relevant issues. Stay over for:
>Interactive Screen 0.0
>Monday, July 24 - Sunday, July 30, 2000
>This is an intensive development laboratory in new media project creation
>and development. Bring us your hungry scripts, treatments and project and
>we will help you take them to a coherent package and build an appropriate
>funding strategy for them. This year, like last, we will delve into the
>creative and practical challenges of convergent media, including interactive
>television, web projects, platform games, DVD and location based forms.
>This is an international development laboratory.
>Collaborations: Convergent Services, New Alliances, Creating Assets,
>Creating Access, Tactical Media, Filling for Fat Pipes
>Friday, August 18 - Monday, August 21, 2000
>It's a twenty-first century mantra: the pipes are hungry for content. At
>this strategy session, you will meet multimedia producers, communications
>industries, formal and informal networks, researchers, funding agencies,
>broadcasters, artists' production networks. We will explore new creative
>and production alliances, with the hopes of developing concrete strategies
>for the creation of rich networked content, with a special focus on learning
>and creativity. How can we build for different delivery platforms? How can
>we work with synchronous and asynchronous experiences? How can we
>re-purpose linear media into interactive? What services, interfaces and
>navigation tools do users need? How can we promote web literacy? Building
>on the 1999 Educational Multimedia Strategy and Navigating Intelligence tool
>session, this session looks at using creative models to communicate with
>larger publics. The purpose is to build national and international
>alliances of educational and cultural producers. Our hope is to promote
>educational and cultural access to larger communities.
>Cutting Truths: Essaying the Real
>Saturday, September 16 - Monday, September 18, 2000
>The classical documentary makes use of the essay form, adopting personal or
>collective voices of interpretation. Passionate documentary is challenging
>to finance and to produce, but powerful to view. How many directors make
>use of interactive design to pursue point of view documentary? This seminar
>brings together leading directors of documentary, producers, broadcasters,
>funding agencies, theatres. Peter Winntonick and Oliver Hockenhall will
>work as co-organizers with The Banff Centre. Partners are Canadian
>Independent Film Caucus.
>Living Architectures: Designing for Immersion and Interaction
>Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 2000
>This research summit will develop approaches to designing highly responsive
>spaces, contexts and their contents, including surfaces, network
>capabilities, cellular technologies, motion sensing systems, projection and
>neural networks. How can we create environments that can link together,
>support creative projects and learning and are affordable? What are the
>applications for these environments? How can artists, designers,
>architects, software creators build a closer alliance? Where do these
>design projects fit in the world of public and private art? Should spaces
>create context or be content laden? What are the production teams required
>for these configurable, changeable environments? We will consider case
>studies of projects and their needs as well as existing design protocols.
>User involvement in the experience is of key important; we will consider
>ways that spaces can be responsive and multi-purpose, a site for town forums
>or environmental planning as well as live events. A think tanks for
>designers, artists, architects, computer scientists, cultural theorists, and
>In the Fall of 2000 and Winter 2001:
>- Seminars on The Human Voice: Sound and Technology;
>- Aboriginal Multimedia, a Seminar on Streamed Media;
>- Writing for Aboriginal Broadcast;
>- Project Development for Aboriginal Broadcast
Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley 94720-6000

"Everything wants to become television" (James Ulmer -- Teletheory)