The initiative is co-ordinated by the Technologie Zentrum Informatik der Universität Bremen and networks an important group of cultural institutions which have large collections of artworks and documentations at their disposal and important IT partner organisations. It aims at a technical, formal and content-oriented integrative solution that will allow for later inclusion of further collections and institutions from all over Europe
AdK: Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (AT)
ARGOS: Argos centre for art & media (BE)
AV-arkki: Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art
C3: C3 Center for Culture & Communication (HU)
FF: Filmform Foundation (SE)
HE: Heure Exquise ! International center for video arts (FR)
HfK: Hochschule für Künste Bremen – University of the Arts Bremen (DE)
HKU: Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht – Utrecht School of the Arts (NL)
INSTANTS: Les Instants Video Numériques et Poétiques (FR)
SCCA: SCCA–Ljubljana, Center for Contemporary Arts (SI)
TZI: Technologie-Zentrum Informatik und Informationstechnik – Center for Computing and Information Technologies, Universität Bremen (DE)
The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna was founded in 1692 by the court painter Peter Strudel and is thus the oldest academy in Central Europe. In 1998, the Academy finally obtained the legal status of a university but retained its traditional name. Today, the Academy regards itself as an international field for experiments in contemporary art and architecture and as a place where theory and practice, science and art meet. An adequate artistic education is aimed at bridging the division between studio and seminar room and at showing that any artistic creation, every object in space also contains a certain amount of »theory« in its production and reception. More information at http://www.akbild.ac.at
argos is a Brussels based centre for art and media that was founded in 1989. Over the years the organisation has developed from a distributor of artists’ video and film into a broader art centre incorporating also functions as exhibitions, screenings and events, production, conservation and preservation, publishing and the development of a public media library. argos has the largest Belgian collection of audio-visual works (mainly film and video works) made by artists, containing over 3,500 titles created by Belgian and international artists of different generations.
More information at http://www.argosarts.org
AV-arkki’s main purpose is to distribute Finnish media art to festivals, events, museums and galleries. AV-arkki offers individual works and curated compilations, and also expertise in media art through collaborating on projects. AV-arkki organizes screenings and exhibitions of Finnish and international media art with its partners. Av-arkki also has a digital distribution archive and an online archive open to curators, researchers, teachers, critics and artists. AV-arkki also promotes media art and media culture in general. AV-arkki has been a pioneering distributor of Finnish media art since 1989 and has opened up opportunities for artists to get their works recognized internationally. The activities of AV-arkki have contributed to the success that Finnish media art enjoys today. http://www.av-arkki.fi/
C3: Center for Culture & Communication Foundation is an NGO, a non-profit institution, its main focus being the fostering of meetings and co-operation among spheres of art, science and technology. C3 accomplishes research and developmental activities in the intermedial and interdisciplinary domains of media and visual culture: Production, presentation, dissemination and preservation of electronic media arts and culture (Interactive installations, experimental multimedia, net-art); Web content development – Contemporary (media) art collection, archive, documentation.
More information at http://www.c3.hu
Filmform is a foundation dedicated to promotion, distribution an preservation of Swedish art film and experimental video. Filmform is the oldest existing organization in Sweden devoted to film and video art, often engaged as consultants by museums, galleries, universities and festivals. The Filmform collection include titles from 1924 till today. Filmform is supported by the Ministry of education, research and culture via Arts Grants Committee. More information at http://www.filmform.com
Created in 1975, Heure Exquise ! is specialized in the promotion of video art and documentary film. Starting with an essentially creative project, Heure Exquise ! has progressively set up its activities of distribution, preservation, screenings and documentation in art video and electronic arts.
More information at http://www.heure-exquise.org
The academic pillars of the University of the Arts Bremen are music, art, design and theory. Within Germany, the special combination of the music and visual arts department beneath one roof can only be found at the University of the Arts Bremen and the College of Art Berlin. Recent developments in interplay in the fields of art and music (like video art, new media, digital media, auditory design) emphasised the good sense of this fecund affiliation of disciplines.
More information at http://www.hfk-bremen.de
Utrecht School of the Arts is the largest institute of postgraduate and professional education in the arts in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. The Faculty of Art, Media and Technology (Kunst Media en Technologie, KMT) specialises in the creative use of digital media technologies for audio-visual, interactive, sound and music design and production. Situated within KMT, the Utrecht Research Institute on Digital Cultures (URIDC) is dedicated to fundamental and applied research and development in the areas of eLearning, eResearch and eInclusion.
More information at http://www.hku.nl
The Instants Vidéo are a festival dedicated to electronic poetry. It is not a new form of art, in addition to video and multimedia art. We call electronic poetry all new innovative process of audiovisual and multimedia writing, what Deleuze used to say about poetry: a language almost foreign. It is here that we can find our definition of multimedia, an art that is impure, hybrid, in favour of all kind of crossings and changes. The Instants Vidéo are interested in new forms of writing and in sensitive works of art: video art, multimedia installations, performances, documentaries of creation. Every year in November, we organize an international festival. The Instants Vidéo do not organize any competition. We aim to be a space of encounters, of discoveries, of confrontations, of experimentations, of production of thought and friendship.
More information at http://www.instantsvideo.com (festival)
Mikołaj Leszczuk, PhD, started his professional career already in the period of study in COMARCH SA as the Manager of the Multimedia Technology Department, since 1999, an employee of the AGH Department of Telecommunications. His early responsibilities included design and implementation of digital video libraries. In 2000 he moved from Poland to a four-month scholarship at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), where he prepared a thesis (“Implementation of the Recognition Engine’s Search Module in Multimedia Application”). After returning to Poland he was employed in the Department of Telecommunications as a research and teaching assistant, and in 2006, past the defense of doctoral dissertation (“Analysis of the Possibilities of Building a Web Application Access Digital Video Libraries”), as a assistant professor. His current research interests are focused on broad processing systems and multimedia data analysis, with particular emphasis on Quality of Experience. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications, over 20 of which are published in the journals of the JCR database. He participated or participates in more than 20 major research projects of FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7, OPIE, Culture 2000, PHARE, eContent+, Eureka and others. He is a member of VQEG (Video Quality Experts Group, a member of the board), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art). He works with the VQiPS (Video Quality in Public Safety) organization. More information: http://www.linkedin.com/in/miklesz.
Major research areas of Mikołaj Leszczuk and his research team, matching the tasks in the proposal, include:
• Information processing techniques for computer networks and multimedia systems (including image/video/audio processing and analysis, watermarking and data mining)
• Services for information society (multimedia systems and applications, Quality of Experience)
Consequently, the Mikołaj Leszczuk team offers a set of technologies to augment media metadata with automatically extracted, additional information. On the basis of this extra metadata, the team can create search engines or filters, similarly as it were done for the GAMA project.
SCCA Center for Contemporary Arts Ljubljana is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation. Our objective is to produce, stimulate and mediate innovative artistic and interpretative practices and to encourage international links between them. We provide the participants and users of contemporary art with knowledge, tools and skills necessary for emancipated and reflected operation within the art system. Our activities trigger discursive and social practices, which are quite rare in our public space, showing that intellectual and social effects of artistic practices are a strategically essential element in the present situation. More information on http://www.scca-ljubljana.si/infoengl.htm
The Center for Computing and Information Technologies (TZI) is part of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University Bremen, Germany and is a competitive research and technology transfer unit that has participated during the last years in many European projects with partners both from the industrial and the university research sector. The personnel participating in this project are members of the Artificial Intelligence Research Group and work in the area of image processing. One of the TZI’s priorities is the research and development of tools for multimedia indexing and retrieval. TZI comprises “Centres of Excellence” as well as technology departments which complement each other on the basis of application-oriented research.
More information on http://www.tzi.de.
The University of Barcelona (UB) is a public institution that distributes training in several fields and areas in both undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes departments of continuous and professional education as well as distance education. The Laboratory of Interactive Media (LMI) is the multimedia support centre for the UB quality research group “VALL Comunication_Art_Education”. The relevant research is currently being carried out and planned by VALL. Our expertise as a research group, supported by the LMI covers roughly any field related to e-learning and digital media: web design for education, e-learning content providing, user and interface evaluation, usability and audio-visual elements on the web, and digital video for education.
More information at http://www.lmi.ub.es
The ZHdK was founded in 2007 combining the University of Theatre and Music (HMT) and the University of Art and Design (HGKZ). It is one of Europe’s biggest art schools and offers the following Bachelor degrees: Design, Film, Theatre, Media and Fine Arts, Music, Music Performance, Arts and Design Education and postgraduate studies including a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) and Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS). The concept of the ZHdK is regionally positioned but at the same time it lays its emphasis on international and high quality educational and scientific training and further multidisciplinary projects which are also open to the public.
More information at http://www.zhdk.ch