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SEAFair 2002 - Cultural Transformation - Consciousness and New Technologies

Project investigating the transformation of culture, through the prism of consciousness, and new technologies.

Duration and dates: December 14 - 20, 2002

Location (full address): Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Samoilova bb, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, phone/fax : 389 2 117.734

Organizer (organization and contact person) and basic information about it:
Contemporary Art Center Skopje
Orce Nikolov 109, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, Tel/Fax: +389.2.133.541
e-mail: scca@scca.org.mk		http://www.scca.org.mk

SEAFair (Skopje Electronic Arts Fair), which was initiated in 1997, is the first media art manifestation in the 
Balkans, bringing together International multimedia artists, artists, critics, and theorists dealing in Internet, 
bio-technology, nano-technology, as well as the interested regional audience. SEAFair serves as an 
international and intercultural meeting point for arts and technologies. SEAFair urges discussions about the 
artistic, philosophic, educational and other aspects of the new processes in culture. 

The project SEAFair 2002 Cultural Transformation - Consciousness and New Technologies is envisioned to 
bring together culture theoreticians, practitioners of new media, philosophers, consciousness experts, neuroscientists, artists and sociologists, in a constructive dialogue. We expect the project to produce an open atmosphere for critical discourse, and an on-going debate regarding the raised issues. 
The idea of this sixth edition of SEAFair is to investigate the cultural transformation in the beginning of the 21st century by critically examining in an overall platform the evolution of consciousness, society, networks, and new media. The study of consciousness is now considered to be one of the top themes in artistic and cultural circles especially because current research of broad fields in a cultural and a social sense may assist us in the visualizing of our future.  
We expect participants from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, England, Germany, France, and the United States. The candidates will have to apply on the open call for the event, after which the Curator and the Board of CAC will decide upon the participants.  

Deadline for application: November 18, 2002 	
Selection of participants 	November 25, 2002.

	The exhibition will feature between 15-20 artworks by leading contemporary international and domestic artists. The artworks are in fact a collaboration of artists with scientists in the fields of: Culture, Consciousness, and New Technologies. The artworks will be displayed in the Skopje Museum of Contemporary Arts in the period  December 14 - January 8, 2002.

	Symposium. A two-day Symposium, by theoreticians in the field is planned. Around 10 international and 
domestic theoreticians will be invited to participate. The Key speaker will be Professor Roy Ascott, a leading 
expert in the theme of Consciousness. The main theme of the Symposium will be CULTURE AND 
CONSCIOUSNESS. Themes such as the influence of techno-scientific change upon society, the study of 
consciousness, the study of the mind, etc. will be examined.
The artists taking part in the exhibition and workshop will be invited to participate in the Symposium. 

	The workshop will be aimed at participants from Macedonia and the Balkan countries including some 
artists from Central&Eastern Europe who will take part in it. The artists will be provided lodging and food. The 
workshop will be divided in several venues: The CIX Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Macedonian
 Academy of Arts and Sciences. The workshop will concentrate on practical work and demonstration of 
individual concepts, as well as on assistance in the realization of their works and bringing the artists to a level
 from which the artists can continue to develop the projects on their own. 
The goals of the workshop are:	
	To enhance the knowledge of artists in the workshop about envisioning, preparation, and implementation
 of projects in the 21st century.
	To enable the artists to disseminate information and experiences gathered in this workshop to colleagues
 in their own surrounding.
	To produce the improved version of their projects. 
	To test their ideas. 
	To prepare their future work.

	The workshop participants will have a public presentation on the end of the workshop, in the framework of the EXHIBITION. 
The Contemporary Art Center will attempt to produce the initiated projects on the workshop. The aim of the new produced conceptual 
artwork is for it to be a part of major international art events and flows.

	Publishing. The main goal of publishing the proceedings in a form of a catalogue and book is to make available to the general audience of readers, sociologists, cultural theoreticians and practitioners, as well as specialists in the field of consciousness, and new technologies. The catalogue will be printed in English and Macedonian, with a possible translation to other East European languages. 500 copies are planned. Part of the catalogues will be disseminated to the audience, as well as to the artists, the remaining part will be sent to our partners in Europe or interested institutions or individuals. We believe that this will encourage a spontaneous cross-border exchange of ideas.

	All artists, theorists, curators, who feel that they would like to explore the idea of connecting cultural transformation, consciousness, and new technologies are invited to participate in the event. The criteria artists have to fulfill in order to become participants in the workshop are: 
	o The proposed art work, text, concept, or idea, must contain as a theme the issue of cultural transformation, consciousness, and new technologies, or contain in it issues concerning social, aesthetic, or ethic questions which these themes pose on today's society or contemporary art practice. All the proposals should include a short explanation about the proposed project and the development they would like to make while on the workshop.
o The idea of the proposals for art works, or for the Conference must have a content wise potential for further development in artistic way

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Melentie Pandilovski
Contemporary Arts Center  - Skopje
Orce Nikolov 109, 1000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia
Tel/Fax: +389.2.133.541
Tel/Fax: +389.2.214.495
Mobile: +389.70.217.075

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