Interactive Futures 07: Call for papers, panels, performances and screenings – deadline 18 June 2007

Interactive Futures: The New Screen
Nov. 15-19, 2007 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Part of the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival (VIFVF)
Co-sponsored by Open Space Artist-Run Centre –

IF07 Director: Steve Gibson –
VIFVF Director: Kathy Kay –

Open Space Director: Helen Marzolf –

Julie Andreyev –
Randy Adams –
Steve Gibson –


2007 Theme: The New Screen

INTERACTIVE FUTURES is a forum for showing recent tendencies in new media as well as a conference for exploring issues related to technology. The theme of this year’s event is The New Screen. IF07 will explore new forms of screen-based media from a diverse body of artists, theorists, writers, filmmakers, developers, and educators. Interactive visual environments, screen-based performances (with or without sound), new forms of narrative experiences, web-based environments, and innovative educational models will all be explored in The New Screen.

The development of tools and strategies for the presentation of screen-based environments has radically accelerated in the past few years. Artists and writers are exploring new ways of controlling narrative flow, formal structures, and ways of viewing. Immersive tools for experiencing visual environments have allowed artists to provide radically subjective experiences of visual surroundings and forms. With the introduction of interactivity, multi-screen environments, and media-rich web-based applications, a new era of performed, live, streaming and/or improvised media art is contributing to the creation of new modes for the screen that are distinct from older forms such as print, film or video art.

The New Screen will include installations, screenings and performances by visual artists, writers and performers. These practitioners are critiquing usual modes of visual interface, such as rectangular screens and determined techniques of interactivity. Interventionist strategies, public participation, experimental projection methods, and destabilizing interactive interfaces are some of the approaches that are used in their work. For IF07, leading Canadian and international artists, researchers, and educators working with screen-based media have been invited to present their work and to participate in the installation, performance, and panel events.

IF07 is seeking further papers, artists’ presentations, performances and screenings related to the theme described above. Screenings may include demonstrations and/or documentation of screen-based, interactive and installation projects. Successful submissions will be selected for their critical, innovative and aesthetic tendencies.

Note: We are not currently soliciting proposals for installations as these have been filled by the invited artists listed below.


Kate Pullinger is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, Leicester. Her most recent novel, A Little Stranger, was published in January 2006. Other books include the novels Weird Sister, The Last Time I Saw Jane, and Where Does Kissing End? She co-wrote the novel of the film The Piano with director Jane Campion. She also writes for digital media; her multimedia online novel, Inanimate Alice, created with digital artist babel, won the first prize for Digital Art 2005, sponsored by MAXXI, the Museum of the Twenty-First Century in Rome, and Fondazione Rosselli ( ). Kate Pullinger grew up outside Victoria, BC, but currently lives in London.

Peter Horvath works in video, sound, photo and new media. He immersed himself in digital technologies at the birth of the Web, co founded, a site for, and adopted techniques of photomontage which he uses in his net- and print-based works. Exhibitions include the Whitney Museum Of American Art‘s Artport, the 18th Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Stuttgart, Germany), the Musée national des beaux- arts du Québec (Québec City, Canada), as well as venues in New York, Tokyo, London, and numerous showings. A founding member of the collective, he likes to consider a future when high bandwidth will be free. For IF07, Peter will present his work in the form of a performance lecture/artist talk.

David Hoffos received a BFA with great distinction from the University of Lethbridge. Since 1992 Hoffos has maintained an active exhibition schedule – with over 30 solo exhibitions, including Catastrophe, 1998 (Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Or Gallery, Vancouver; and Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga) and Another City, 1999-2002 (Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Trépanier Baer, Calgary; Joao Graça, Lisbon; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and Museé des Beaux-Arts, Montréal). In 2003 Hoffos launched the first phase of Scenes from the House Dream, a five-year series of linked installations. His single-channel work has been shown in festivals in over twenty countries. David Hoffos lives and works in Lethbridge. He is represented by Trépanier Baer, Calgary.

Other invited artists/speakers include:
Fiona Bowie, New media artist, Assistant Professor Emily Carr Institute.
Kate Armstrong, New media artist, Director of The Upgrade!
Chris Joseph (aka babel) Digital Writer in Residence at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
Maria Lantin. Computer Scientist, Director of Intersections Digital Studios at Emily Carr.
Lilia Perez Romero, Digital artist and multimedia author, Centro Multimedia (Mexico City)


INTERACTIVE FUTURES is interested in artistic and theoretical work that relates to screen-based new media art.

• Papers, Panels, and Presentations can include DVDs, audio CDs, video tapes, games, web-sites, etc. and should be 45-minutes in length.
• Proposed artwork for exhibition may take the form of performances or screenings.
• Applications should not exceed 500 words. Please include a 200 word max bio.
• All proposals must be submitted in text only format either as an attachment or within the body of the email message.
• Please present examples of your work as a URL to a web-site.
• If your presentation requires specific technologies please describe your needs in detail.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to ONE of the following persons:

• Paper panel series – Randy Adams
• Performance series – Steve Gibson
• Screenings – Julie Andreyev

For information on last year’s programming please see the IF06 website:

Note: Papers may be published by Springer Verlag in a joint volume with papers from Digital Art Weeks – – Information forthcoming.


INTERACTIVE FUTURES does not have funding for travel or accommodation for paper presenters. Paper and panel presenters are expected to apply for travel funding from their home institutions and/or granting bodies. INTERACTIVE FUTURES has obtained modest funding to pay for travel, hotel and artist fees for performance and screen-based artists exhibiting at Open Space. Performance and screen-based artists will receive an artist fee according to CARFAC ( regulations.

All presenters and artists will be eligible for the conference rate at Festival Hotels (between $40-125 per night). Passes for Interactive Futures will be priced at $75 for all artists and paper presenters.


Notification of acceptance of proposals will be sent out on or around Monday July 2, 2007.


Papers, Panels, Presentations

The following equipment will be made available for all presenters:

• Mac computer with Monitor, keyboard, DVD/CD-ROM drive.
• Data/Video Projector.
• Sound system with amp and two speakers.
• Wireless high-speed internet access.
Open Space – Performances and Screenings

The following equipment is available for artists at Open Space. Artists should be aware that equipment may have to be shared and therefore should not propose to use all of the below devices simultaneously. Performances should be easy to set-up and take down. Wherever possible artists should supply their own technology.

• 2 Data/Video Projectors.
• VHS Player.
• DVD Player.
• 3-4 Macintosh computers.
• Sound system with amp, 16-channel mixing board, mics, and four speakers.
• Cable modem and wireless internet connections.
For a full list of resources available at Open Space go to: