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MONTHLY ISSUE NO. 39 NOV 2000
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28.11.00 Position offered at School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, in the College of the Liberal Arts, is pleased to invite applications and nominations for up to four new full-time, nine-month, tenure-track positions, beginning August 27, 2001. Rank will range from beginning to advanced Assistant Professor.

These positions are an integral part of a major New Media Initiative using legislative and private funds as well as college resources to further strengthen this highly respected school. The goal of the New Media Initiative is to build the nation's preeminent programme in communication education, research and practice that will provide students with the best possible academic and professional education for entry into diverse careers in the rapidly changing communications industry. The school's facilities have been completely remodeled with state-of-the-art equipment and an Institute for New Media Studies which opened in July.

All applicants are expected to have academic and/or professional interests and experience in new media. Representative examples of new media specialties include digital graphics and publication design; integrated communications management; digital editing; electronic journalism, and, digital photojournalism. The specific positions which the University is seeking to fill at this time are the following:

Professional Journalism: The University seeks individuals with the talent and commitment to develop a new generation of journalists who are confident in using and stretching the communication potential of new technologies.

Visual Communication: The University seeks individuals with the background and commitment to train students in digital message design across multiple media. Experience in videography is preferred.

Public Relations: The University seeks individuals with a background and commitment to train students in creating written messages across multiple media and to become skilled at integrated communications management.

Successful applicants will have a demonstrated promise of scholarly and/or professional distinction; evidence of teaching effectiveness or strong promise of excellence in teaching, and, a terminal degree or equivalent qualifications such as an established, national or international professional career. Holders of these positions will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate professional skills courses, to develop strong ties to the professional community, to conduct scholarly work and to serve on appropriate committees. Significant professional experience is a plus.

To apply, send a cover letter describing interest in the position, a current resumé or curriculum vitae, and letters of evaluation from three references, to be mailed directly to the search committee. Preference will be given to those applications postmarked by October 6, 2000. Nevertheless, there are six positions to fill and applications will be considered until these are filled.

Send applications to:
Scott Elton, Assistant to the Director
New Media Initiative Search Committee
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Minnesota
111 Murphy Hall, 206 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0418


21.11.00 Nominate an Artist for the FNB Vita Art Prize 2001!

FNB Vita and the Sandton Civic Art Gallery are once again inviting the public to nominate an artist/s who exhibited work between January and December 2000, to be commissioned for the prestigious FNB Vita Art Prize 2001, which takes place in July/August 2001.

The aim of the FNB Vita Art Prize is to promote interest and provoke debate around South African contemporary art. Any person, who thinks they have seen work that deserves acknowledgement, can nominate their choice, which will then come into the running. A panel of judges will, after reviewing and considering all nominations, draw up a short list of a maximum of six artists.

These artists will be commissioned to produce new work for the FNB Vita Art Prize and Exhibition 2001 to be held at the Sandton Civic Gallery in July/August 2001. The winner of the FNB Vita Contemporary Artist of the Year Award will receive a cheque to the value of R35,000.

If you would like to have a say in who should be a FNB Vita Art Prize 2001 nominee and want to find out where to collect a nomination form, contact FNB Vita Awards at 011 442 8435.

Closing date for nominations is January 31, 2001.

Issued by FNB Vita Awards : Telephone 011 442 8435/fax 011 442 8523/ email fnbvita@mweb.co.za


14.11.00 Photographs of South African Children

I am the picture editor of the German children's magazine GEOlino, which is part of the GEO group (the equivalent of National Geographic). The magazine is aimed at children from the ages of 7 to 15 years. GEOlino is now going to be published on a monthly basis. Therefore, we are always looking for good children's stories from all around the world and reportages by professional photographers about children or issues related to children. We would greatly appreciate any offers or proposals along these lines.

We are also always looking for individual pictures of children in Europe and other parts of the world for our section "Menschenskinder" (Children of the World). This introduces children who have done or experienced something special, or who live in surroundings/ cultures that children in Germany might know little about, in order to allow the readers to get an insight into the lives and realities of other kids. The pictures have to reveal something about the surroundings of the children and we (ideally) need the names and ages of the subjects, as well as a little story (really short) to accompany the picture. Having lived in South Africa last year, I found a lot to be said about the lives of children in South Africa and a lot of talented photographers whose work should be shown. Important for us is a professional standard and interesting stories. If you are interested in showing work, please contact me.

Tina Ahrens
Tel: Germany- 40 - 37032141
Fax: Germany - 40 - 37035649
Email: ahrens.tina@geo.de

GEOlino picture editor/ Tina Ahrens
Am Baumwall 11
20459 Hamburg/ Germany


14.11.00 Funded Three Month Residency at Greatmore Studios

Greatmore Studios has received full funding from the National Arts Council of South Africa Trust for two artists to participate in a three month residency next year. The funding will cover all expenses such as accommodation, studio rental, exhibition, administration, per diems. The only cost which is not covered is your travel to and from Cape Town and the only stipulation is that the applicant should be South African.

Applications close on January 8, 2001 and a decision will be made within the same week.

Contact Alex at Greatmore (021) 447-9699
Email: artmore@mweb.co.za
P.O. Box 250, Woodstock, 7915

Take note that the studio office will be closed during December 2000.


14.11.00 National Aids Billboard Initiative

The Artists for Human Rights Trust Projects Committee has launched a National Billboard Initiative, promoting an anti HIV/ Aids message. This has been made possible by the support of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Health. During July this year, three billboards were erected in the greater Durban area - in Kwa-Mashu, Claremont and Umlazi. More recently a billboard has been installed on Harrow Road in Johannesburg with assistance from the MTN Arts Institute. Others will be erected as soon as adequate funds are available.

The aims and intentions of the project are simple: We intend to use visual art as a medium to initiate a national campaign to intensify awareness of HIV/ Aids and more importantly to transform the stigma surrounding the disease. The Billboard Initiative involves the use of print images produced by both local and international artists on the theme of "Breaking the Silence".

The Artists for Human Rights Trust Projects Committee, in association with the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, the National Arts Council Trust and the Technikon Natal, invite you or your organisation to participate in the initiative. We see this as a unique and effective way to enhance a company's corporate image and to address corporate social responsibility. The same applies to participating artists. For further information contact the Project Administrator, Ms. Asiya Swaleh on 27 - 31 - 204-2866 or email fineart@umfolozi.ntech.ac.za

Deadline for artists' submissions is January 30, 2001.


14.11.00 International Digital Art Award (IDAA) in Australia seeks entries

The ArtistsOwnRegistry and Gallery (AOR) will host the world's first on-line International Digital Art Award and exhibition. It will be the first definitive collection of work presented by some of the hottest and most creative digital artists who have captivated an international audience from fine art museums to corporate advertising. There is no charge to enter and no limits in terms of content. Digital visual work from across the media scope of graphic design, digital illustration, computer generated fine art, digital photography, image manipulation, 3D, web graphics, editorial and corporate design, fonts and typography, logotypes are all welcome. Entry is via email only, and files must be jpegs no larger than 100 KB's. Maximum of five works per entrant only. Include you name, email & web address (if applicable), title, short description (no more than 25 words per work), category (include client name if applicable) and name of software.

One hundred images will be selected by a board of jurors to be exhibited on AOR for six months. The on-line exhibition will begin March 2001. Send entries to Steve Danzig IDAA Director. Successful short-list entrants will be notified. Deadline for entries is January 15, 2001 and the exhibition closes on September 15, 2001.

For more information, check out http://absolutearts.com/cgi-bin/news/elaborate.cgi?find=2237


14.11.00 Second Annual International Festival of Time-Based Media seeks entries

The 'Art in Motion' festival, presented by the University of Southern California School of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Santa Monica Museum of Art, takes place between February 15 - 17, 2001 on the university's campus and at the museum simultaneously. Unlike other media venues and film festivals which are often curated or organised around a central theme, the only criterion for work submitted to this festival is that it is time-based, although the event aims to critique the notion of individual authorship in the face of technological endeavour and possibility.

New media technologies have in one sense destabilised or even destroyed the notion of the individual artist-genius, while on the other hand, shifted focus back to this issue in a way that reinvents the arguments. It's not simply about deconstruction, but a sideways reconstruction. As the festival organisers state: "The consequent fluidity is forcing a rupture and reassessment of our perceptions of authority, self, meaning, value and originality that is radically impacting cultural, social, political, economic, and legal interactions."

Entries may address the festival theme directly or indirectly. Any work produced after October 1,1998, in time-based media (which includes film, video, digital video, animation, sound pieces, digital media, CD-ROMs, websites, installations and performances - and, as they say, "all hybrids are welcome") are eligible for submission. Entries are free - details and printable entry forms can be found on the AIM II website at www.usc.edu/aim or requested from aim@usc.edu.


14.11.00 Fourth Edition of the MEDIA SAVE ART Award

This award is an international press competition for articles dealing with the preservation of cultural heritage - a contentious and often agenda-inflected area in South Africa. Thus far, no South Africans have featured as award-winners, yet the raw material provided by the South African context is the stuff that writer's dreams are made of. Two prizes of US$ 4,000 will be made, to the author of the best article and the best series of articles respectively.

The biennial competition is administered by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), an intergovernmental organisation created by UNESCO in 1959. An international jury of professionals from the world of media, conservation and culture will select the winners in each category. Only five entries from each individual may be submitted and the criteria are as follows:

1. Deal with the theme of safeguarding cultural heritage (deterioration, preservation, conservation, and restoration). Cultural heritage is understood as comprising museums, archives, libraries, monuments, historic and archaeological sites;
2. Be published between June 1, 1999 and May 31, 2001 in a newspaper or a magazine on sale to the public;
3. Be intended for the general public. Articles published in the specialised press for professionals are not eligible;
4. Be submitted in one original copy with a summary of 200 words in English or in French, if not written in one of these languages. Photocopies are admitted only if the text, the name of the newspaper, of the author and the date of publication are readable. The entire translation is required only for articles admitted for the final selection;
5. Reach the address below no later than June 30, 2001

ICCROM - MEDIA SAVE ART
Attn. Monica Ardemagni
Via di San Michele, 13 - 00153 Rome, Italy
Tel. + 39 06 585531/58553324
Fax: +39 06 58553349
E-mail: ma@iccrom.org
Web Site: www.iccrom.org

Request the registration form to the above address.

For further info in South Africa please email bernfried@kingsley.co.za


07.11.00 Cape Town Studio Space

Working space is available in the newly renovated All Star Studio, a large communal space run as an artists' cooperative in Woodstock. Close to town, 24 hour security and access, kitchen, fax and photocopying facilities, and a congenial working atmosphere. From R325 per month. Phone 462 2095 o.h. or email suewill@iafrica.com.


07.11.00 Sundowners and Peepshows

The Baxter theatre invites proposals from both groups and individuals to participate in Sundowner Entertainment and Peepshow Performance Art from December 18 - 31. The former is to take place in the main foyer of the theatre between 6.30 p.m. and 7.45 p.m. each night. Performances by musicians, singers, choirs or dance groups will be ideal. Peepshows will comprise intimate late night performance art, to take place in the Baxter Gallery after the evening's main performances. Limited technical support will be available by prior arrangement. Proposals must be in by November 15. These may be emailed to ajohaardien@yahoo.com or faxed to 689-1880 for review.

Contact Neville on 082 593-6648 or Ashraf on 083 729-1589 for more info.


01.11.00 Stereoscopic Slides sought

We are developing a viewer to view stereoscopic slides and require a photographer who specialises in stereoscope panoramic photography. Photographic examples of our requirements are available.

If you can help, contact Rael Abramowitz raela@mweb.co.za


24.10.00 Youth International Internship Project Co-ordinator for South Africa

Open City Productions 2002 (OCP), a non-profit community arts organisation based in Montreal Canada, is inviting applications for the above position. A suitably qualified person will co-ordinate the international internship project for Canadian youth spending six month terms working with community organisations in South Africa, predominantly in the cultural non-profit milieu, run by OCP. Applicants will be South Africans with experience in the not-for-profit sector, will have a solid understanding of community organisations around the country, will be self-motivated, have strong administrative skills, and compassion for others.

Responsibilities of the co-ordinator will include: - Regular liaising between OCP, Host Organisation's (HO's) in South Africa, and Canadian interns living in country
- Maintaining relationships with existing HO's and developing new placements for interns
- Promoting the profile of OCP and Canada in SA
- Organising and overseeing housing for the interns in SA
- Dealing with issues as they arise from the interns and HO's specifically relating to their well- being, health (emotional and physical) and work responsibilities
- Ensuring regular reporting from interns, HO's, and yourself
- Overseeing monthly expenditures
- Developing fund-raising strategies to increase the scope of the programme and ultimately to include South African youth

Applicants will have a valid driver's license, will be living or willing to relocate to Johannesburg, and will be available to travel around the country. Basic Microsoft Office knowledge will be essential. The position requires someone who can work well on their own. The contract will commence mid-January and the salary is negotiable based upon experience. OCP is an affirmative action employer and accepts applications from all qualified parties.

Send CV's and a letter of intent to ocp2002africa@yahoo.com , Cc. to info@opencity.ca "attention- YIIP co-ordinator position". For more information, in SA, call Wolfgang Vachon at 082 535-0860 until October 26, after which queries can be made through email at the above addresses to Glenn Hilke. For an overview of OCP please visit our website at www.opencity.ca.


10.10.00 Submissions invited for 'Borders'

Trebor Schulz, from the Department of Art, University of Arizona, is curating a project entitled 'Borders'. It is to take place in New York, Weimar (Germany) and London (UK) in the third quarter of 2001. The programme entails an exhibition, a debate and film screenings.

'Borders' is meant in the broadest sense: International borders, class borders, borders in the urban framework, borders in institutions, borders between rich and poor or between the genders, as well as many others.

Submissions for the project in all media are welcome from scholars, artists and film or video makers.

Send your submissions to:

Trebor Scholz
The University of Arizona, Department of Art, PO BOX 210002, Tucson, AZ 85721-0002, USA

Or email Joanna Mahon, Administrative Associate, School of Art at jym@u.arizona.edu or call 621-7000.


10.10.00 Locally Made Photographic Chemicals

I make a range of photographic chemicals. These have been tried and tested over many years by the Technikon Pretoria Photography School, where I am a lecturer. They are available in the following shops:

ORMS Prophoto Warehouse, Cape Town
Kameraz, Johannesburg
Radiolens, Pretoria
Konica Photo Express, Brooklyn Centre, Pretoria.

You can also order directly from me.

Price List

Black and White fine grain film developer 11/76 (Identical to Ilford ID11/ Kodak D76). 1 litre - R16.50 (can be used concentrated 1-1 or 1-3). 5 litres - R44.00

Black and White paper developer for RC and fibre base paper 1 litre - R17.00. (Dilute 1-2 for use). 5 litres - R56.00

Sepia Toner for RC and fibre base paper. Special odourless formula, no rotten eggs smell! Gives a rich brown tone. Makes 1 litre Bleach and 1 litre Toning Bath - R35.00

Sepia / Selenium Toner for RC and fibre base paper. Contains selenium to give a purplish brown sepia tone. Can also be used to achieve a selenium tone similar to normal Selenium Toner. Makes 1 litre Bleach and 1 litre Sepia/SeleniumToning Bath - R45.00

Blue Toner for RC and fibre base paper. Single solution Blue Toner. Concentrate, Part A and B to make 4 litres working solution - R30.00

Brown Toner (copper toner) for RC and fibre base paper. This not sepia, it is a single bath toner that gives a chocolate brown to reddish tone if left in the toner for 10 minutes. Makes 2 litres working solution - R38.00

Selenium Toner for RC and fibre base paper. Gives cool black to purple tones depending on paper. Black areas of the print are intensified. Used to increase permanence of Black and White prints and prevent fading. Dilute 1-5 to 1-9. 1 litre concentrate makes 6 to 10 litres working solution - R88.00

Rapid Fixer for film and paper (concentrate). Same as above but must be diluted 1-4 for film and paper. Fix film for 1-1.5 minutes when fresh. Fix paper, RC and Fibre for 60 sec with constant agitation. 1 litre concentrate, makes 5 litres working solution - R27.00

Stop Bath with indicator. Dilute 1+19 to make Film and Paper Stop Bath. The solution is orange when fresh and turns purple when exhausted. 500 ml bottle, makes 10 litres working solution stop bath - R15.00

Wetting Agent. Immerse the film in wetting agent after the final wash to prevent drying marks. Also prevents static electricity. Dilute 1-200. 200ml bottle concentrate makes 40 litres working solution - R15.00

If you need any specialised photographic chemicals made up or have any problems with photographic chemicals, contact me.

Harold Carlsson, 73 Rietbok Avenue, Monument Park, 0181, South Africa
Tel: (012) 346-4925 (h) or 082 376-0840
Fax: (012) 318-6017 (w)
Email: Foto@TechPTA.AC.ZA


03.10.00 Studio space at the All Star Studio in Woodstock

Two adjoining small studio spaces have become available in the All Star Studio in Woodstock - an open plan studio on the top floor of an old factory with great views across the city. The All Star is run as an artists' cooperative, and there are kitchen, fax and photocopying facilities, and 24 hour security on the building. The working atmosphere is congenial and friendly. Take one space for R345 per month, or both for R690.
Phone 021- 462- 2095 office hours or email suewill@iafrica.com


03.10.00 Dark Matter II: Call for Submissions

Dark Matter II: Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora is an international literary anthology to be edited by Sheree R. Thomas, and for this, submissions are invited.

Guidelines for Submissions
Speculative fiction is the literature of ideas. It offers an opportunity to explore the magical question that engages all fiction writers: "What if...?" . What distinguishes these stories from others is their imaginative promise. While another genre might require writers to remain firmly rooted in "reality," the science fiction, fantasy, "magic realism," and horror genres allow writers to draw upon a potentially boundless realm of thought. All people speculate, and black writers dream no less than anyone else. The Afrodiasporic body of speculative work is rich and diverse, and reveals a positive engagement with the genre that spans as far back as the work of black nationalists in the mid-1800s. W.E.B. Du Bois in the 1920s, George S. Schuyler during the Harlem Renaissance, and the growing number of writers who are currently building upon the legacy of Samuel R. Delany and Octavia E. Butler.

The science fiction and fantasy genres have always offered readers bold, extraordinary ways to examine society. The results have often been visionary, with writers acting as unflinching voyeurs who deliver engaging, sometimes scathing critiques of our traditions, values, nightmares, and dreams. Through speculative fiction, writers posit alternative ways by which to measure our lives and offer fascinating prisms through which to consider our mortality. A well executed work of speculative fiction is at once a reflection and a distortion. It is an extrapolation where all that can be imagined is able to co-exist on the page: the past, the present, and the future -or, what may never be. In the past, it was thought that black writers had few speculative visions to offer the world, but as technology and rapidly changing demographics hurl us closer to tomorrow, more black writers are adding their voices, daring to engage themselves with the business of our future.

What if we can create, for ourselves and others, worlds crafted from the foundations of dreams we imagine, peopled by the souls of s/heroes who walk in our image, who live and love and evolve on our terms?

What if, indeed.

Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (Warner Aspect, hardcover, July 2000) was the result of these questions. As the first collection dedicated to speculative fiction by black writers, this landmark anthology united the works of established, emerging and new authors and received much critical acclaim. Dark Matter II will continue this groundbreaking work by introducing new writers from throughout the African Diaspora, including an additional selection of critical essays illuminating the contributions of black writers to speculative fiction and the role of black speculative visions in the Afrodiasporic literary canon.

Content (Fiction): Write what you will - whether it is humorous, erotic, horrific, political, or whatever you imagine. I am seeking original short stories, bold voices unafraid to imagine themselves and the many forms of blackness across the boundaries of time, space, and convention. Familiarity with the preceding book is recommended, although as with the first volume, there are no specific "thematic" requirements. Dark Matter II welcomes black writers from throughout the African Diaspora.

Content: (Essays): The first volume of Dark Matter concluded with several original essays and re-prints discussing black speculative fiction. For example, Samuel R. Delany wrote about "Racism and Science Fiction." Charles R. Saunders discussed "Why Blacks Should Read (and Write) Science Fiction." Walter Mosley discussed his long love of the genre and his hopes for an "explosion" of black speculative fictions in "Black to the Future." Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky offered a hypertext entitled "Yet Do I Wonder," discussing the intersection between science fiction and DJ culture. Octavia E. Butler had the last word in "The Monophobic Response," when she questioned society's age-old impulse to "create aliens." I would like to continue these discussions with other works that illuminate the contributions of black folk to the speculative fiction genre.

Length: I suggest approximately 1500-8500 words; however, I am flexible on this point. Outstanding work will not be returned simply because it exceeds or falls below this guideline. Do what you must to tell your story well.

Format: Two copies, double-spaced on white paper with standard 1" (2,5 cm) margins. Include a bio and a photo of yourself. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you would like confirmation of receipt, then please add a self-addressed postcard or send your material by certified mail. Please do not send your only copy, as I cannot be responsible for lost work. Multiple submissions are accepted. Incomplete submissions will be returned.

Don't: Send previously published work or poetry at this time.

Do: Send your best work(s).

Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2001. Warner Aspect Books will publish the anthology in hardcover in 2002. I strongly recommend that you submit your work early, rather than late, when most of the slots will be filled and there would be less time to work with you on revisions.

Terms: Monetary payment will be offered to those writers whose work is selected for publication. The fees to contributors begin at $250 US. Contributors will share royalties with the editor.

About the editor: Sheree R. Thomas is the editor of Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction of the African Diaspora (Warner Aspect, July 2000), the first collection of speculative fiction by black writers. She is also the co-publisher of the literary journal, Anansi: Fiction of the African Diaspora. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of literary publications, including Alicubi, Breathe, Drumvoices Revue, Ishmael Reed's KONCH magazine, mélange: journal of the written arts, Obsidian III: Literature of the African Diaspora, and Voices: The Wisconsin Review of African Literatures.

Contact Sheree Thomas at esmarth@banet.net or 765 Amsterdam Avenue 3C, NYC, 10025, USA


19.09.00 Call For Participation: 'The Spirit and Power of Water'

A study at the confluence of arts and sciences Olats/Virtual Africa (http://www.olats.org/africa/avva.shtml), in collaboration with the River Festival announce the launching of a multicultural and interdisciplinary three-year project focused on the cultural and scientific contexts of water entitled 'The Spirit and Power of Water'. Water has always held a privileged place in the history of humans' imagination and artistic creation. In Africa, like anywhere else in the world, water is very often seen as a living substance inhabited by spirits, by supernatural beings that humans have imagined to explain natural phenomena and some aspects of the human condition. Around this ambivalent and extraordinary world inherent in water, some myths, legends, fairytales and ritual religious practices have crystallized.

It's on the basis of these quasi-universal cultural representations, associating water with spirituality, wonder, and with imagination, that a series of art exhibitions and workshops will be organized on-line and eventually off-line. They will allow the examination of the various cultural and artistic representations linked to water, in Africa as well as on the other continents. Artists whose work is/has been inspired by the water theme are strongly encouraged to participate in this special event. All media and artistic trends will be represented. Most of all, 'The Spirit and Power of Water' should be considered as the starting point of an aesthetic study on water. For, water, as the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote, has its own aesthetic characteristics, its own imagination, just like fire, air and earth. A selection of artworks and articles will be equally published in the American arts and sciences journal 'Leonardo' (published by MIT Press).

For more information on the project, please, contact Jocelyne Rotily, Curator at jocelyne.Rotily@wanadoo.fr. Jocelyne Rotily, 174 Bis rue Jean Mermoz, 13008 Marseilles, France

For more information on Virtual Africa, please, visit our web site www.olats.org/africa/avva.shtml.


29.08.00 The 16th Annual ABSA Atelier Art Competition

Entries for the 16th annual Absa Atelier Art competition for 2001 are now officially welcome. Artists between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to start working on their pieces, which will be received at SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts) offices and other venues around the country from March 5 - 9, 2001.

Billed as the premier art competition in the country with the highest value in prize money, the Atelier consistently attracts the cream of young South African talent every year. The rewards are unquestionably worthwhile. The first prize consists of R60 000 in cash, a round trip to Paris, and accommodation for up to 6 months in the Cit´┐Ż Internationale des Arts. This gives the winner the opportunity to live and work with artists in the creative capital of the world. Each of four runners-up receives R10 000. Apart from the prizes, the Absa Atelier also provides a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work. Entrants in the competition also stand the chance of selling their work to ABSA, which has a large corporate collection. Further details of the competition and entry forms are available from branches of SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts), universities, technikons, galleries and museums nationwide or by calling Absa on (011) 350-5793 or (012) 328 7109.

More information can be obtained from Cecile Loedolff, Manager Arts & Functions (011) 350-5793


29.08.00 Thicker Than Water: Images and Issues of Blood in Contemporary Art

'Thicker Than Water: Images and Issues of Blood in Contemporary Art' is to be curated by New York-based Dominique Nahas and Koan Jeff Baysa, MD. They are looking for artists whose work explores these issues.

Send details to:
Koan Jeff Baysa, Physician/Curator macdeus@earthlink.net
P.O.Box #995, Canal Street Station, New York, NY USA 10013-0865
Or
Dominique Nahas dominiquenahas@hotmail.com


22.08.00 'Call for Papers: ichim2001, Milan' Archives & Museum Informatics Pittsburgh, PA USA United States of America

Paper proposals are invited for the Sixth International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting (ICHIM). Since its beginning in 1991 when it focussed on hypermedia and interactivity, ICHIM has broadened its scope to include the full range of technical, social, organizational, and content issues to do with Cultural Heritage Informatics. Recent ICHIM conferences in Paris and Washington DC attracted attendees from over 20 countries.

Proposals will be accepted until November 30, 2000. All papers are subject to critical peer review and will be judged on the basis of the quality of the abstract. Selected speakers will be notified by December 31, 2000. Full papers are required by June 15, 2001. Papers will be published. All speakers must register for the meeting. Proposals must address methods of access to cultural heritage information, with specific attention to the interaction between users, information resources and providers.

Topics of interest include:
. Social Impact of Information Technology on Existing Institutions
. Authenticity and Quality in Cultural Heritage Information
. Evaluation of New Modes of Communication
. Public Policy and International Issues Organizational
. Evolving Institutional Models and New Methods
. Economic and Political Impacts on Organizations
. Collaborations, Partnerships & Income Production
. Implications for Staffing, Organization and Administration Technical
. Designing for Converging Technologies
. Methods for Promoting Interactivity and Involvement
. Standards for Representation, Presentation and Display
. Methods for Dissemination, Access and Use

Proposals must include speaker's name, job title, institution, address, phone, fax and email, and explain the thesis of the proposed presentation in a full abstract.

ICHIM explores a full range of interactive multimedia issues, including technological, legal, economic, organizational and design concerns, that are discussed from the perspective of museums and cultural heritage applications.

The best projects worldwide are demonstrated, discussed and critiqued.

ICHIM includes Technical Papers, a Museum Project Demonstration Fair, a Commercial Exhibit, and Pre-Conference Workshops.

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