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Syndicate: Digitale 1997/Cologne/Germany

'97 - Digital Dialects
Crossing Borders - Art, Computer and Culture
Cologne: Cinemathek, October 1 - 3, 1997

Cologne in June of 1997. Digital technologies have been increasingly
dictating the conditions of producing art. Numerous partnerships between
computers and film have long been made. International filmmakers,
"artists/developers" and managers will be coming together in the Cinemathek
at the 4th DIGITALE on October 1 - 3, 1997 to discuss the changing
influences of art and economics, technique and aesthetics plus universality
and individuality.

The main focus of the DIGITALE '97 will assess the possible existence of
"Digital Dialects". What influences do regional characteristics have on the
production of moving pictures? Is more hidden behind digital technologies
than their universal applicability? The participants of the DIGITALE '97
will discuss if modern computer technology allows different cultures to
speak a uniquely jargonized audio-visual language. In order to explain this
phenomenon three global regions with large socio-cultural, economic and
political discrepancies were selected: Brazil (Sao Paulo), Japan (Tokyo)
and Russia (Moscow). Each day of the DIGITALE '97 will be dedicated to one
of these countries.

On the mornings at the DIGITALE '97 a forum will be established under the
title 'Operating Systems'. Between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., discussions
will focus on the connection between art and economics. Company managers
and employees from independent development firms will discuss relations of
power in the world of audio-visual production.

As in previous years, the "workshops" will take place in the afternoons
between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A selected panel of specialists will
present projects, hold lectures and support discussions.

Each day between 8:00 p.m. and approximately 11:00 p.m. a broader audience
will be invited to attend the "events" . Here presentations to the expanded
cinema will be held, which will be associated with the previous topics.

The DIGITALE '97 is organized by the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in
co-operation with Media Kultur Koeln and commissioned by the Ministry of
Economics, Technology and Transport of North-Rhine Westphalia. Responsible
for concept and realization are Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski and Nils

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Media Kultur Koeln, June 1997

Evelyn Mund
Kunsthochschule fŸr Medien
FG Medienkunst
Peter-Welter-Platz 2
50676 KÅ¡ln
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e-mail: evelyn@khm.de