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ArtSlant announces Award in New Media.

11 April 2013

Contemporary art network ArtSlant has announced its first annual <ERROR 415> Award in New Media, with submissions open as of yesterday, April 10. The award exhibition will happen on Friday, May 17 in somewhere, where the best submissions will be projected on the wall of the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco and, for those of us on another continent, viewable online at

Named after the HTTP response status code for an unsupported media type, <ERROR 415> aims to support those new media practices still not fully accepted by the art world. The awards are looking for moving image and computer-generated new media art that is “representative of the experimental, critical and interrogative nature of this burgeoning medium”, while aqnb favourites Anthony Antonellis and Nick Briz are among the jurors for the event. See the ArtSlant website for more details.**

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oOoOO – ‘Stay Here (feat. M.L.)’.

oOoOO - 'Forlorn Dub'.
11 April 2013

San Francisco-based producer Chris Dexter doesn’t always like to make things easy for our search engines. That’s not least for calling his project oOoOO but now he’s released a hauntingly beautiful track, ‘Stay Here’, featuring vocals by the entirely unsearchable M.L. on his new label and autocorrect nightmare Nihjgt Feelings.

Since severing his long-time relationship with NYC based label Tri Angle, Dexter has been slowly moving away from his associations with the much-maligned ‘witchhouse’ tag, to develop a sound, mired in ambience and a gender-bending autotune, entirely his own. And that’s just in time for his full-length debut, Without Your Love, due June 24.**

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Independent Games Festival @ IGF Pavilion – San Francisco

28 February 2011

After more than 10 years showcasing some of the most original games in the industry, the Independent Games Festival is back for its 2011 edition next March. Some call it the “Sundance” for game developers, others see it as a the only way of catapulting their careers. And the big studios seek each edition for new talent to hire.

(Max & the magic marker winner of last year’s D2D division award @ IGF)

The festival has awarded hundred of thousands of dollars in cash prizes (and brought major exposure and a much higher profile) to a multitude of indie and student game developers who enter.

Spider: The Secret Of Bryce Manor, by Tiger Style (last year's IGF)

In total $50,000 in prizes are given out to independent developers in Main Competition and Student Competition categories at the IGF Awards Ceremony, which is one of the highlights of the Game Developers Conference. Last year for example Monaco won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize (20K).

(Heroes of Newerth, Spotlight on Moraxus, winner of the audience award)

As¬†Derek Yu, Bit-Blot says (winner of 2007’s Grand prize with Aquaria) the “IGF stands for a number of things: the celebration and recognition of the achievements of independent developers, the legitimacy of independent gaming, and a high mark that we can all aim for as creative people.”

(Limbo won this year’s Excellence In Visual Art prize after Machinarium last year)

So as we always say, if you happen to be in SF next March…. then find some time in your busy agenda… and have some fun.

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