New Forms Festival is coming to GNWC: Sept 13-16, 2012
eatART is excited to be a partnering organization in this years New Forms Festival. Two of our sponsored projects will be exhibited – Jonathan Tippett’s work in progress ‘Prosthesis’ will be on display along with the Black Ghost by the gBikes team, which will be on the move during the event. The eatART lab will also be hosting visual and musical artists for performances on Friday September 14th & Saturday September 15th.
New Forms Media Society is a non-profit society and media arts organization founded in 2000 that nurtures and connects local and international arts, science and grassroots communities through the annual New Forms Festival.
By promoting Canadian Artists in collaboration with the international arts and technology world, the NFF facilitates multimodal art works and engages in discussion on their role in our cultural environment. Since its inception, an integral element of the NFF is the recognition of independent and groundbreaking artists; the NFF aims to showcase and increase awareness of these artists and their work within our community and beyond by promoting them within a larger milieu.
The NFF is part of a larger, international, multi-media festival movement, which explores the ever changing and evolving world of art and creates a platform for artistic growth. The society wishes to make new media art, music, film, technology based installation and performance accessible to a wider audience.
2012 marks the twelfth year of New Forms Festival. From Sept 13-16, NFF12 will be taking over the Masters of Digital Media building at the Centre for Digital Media campus on 577 Great Northern Way, as well as the Waldorf Hotel and New Brighton Special at New Brighton Park. This year, as part of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) initiative, exhibition artists will address the theme of ‘Living Labs’
eatART cordially invites you to the 4th annual eatART: Power the VAG on Saturday July 28th from 11am to 5pm.
The Annual Energy Awareness Art Party takes place in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery and includes a pedal powered sound system and an unforgettable outdoor dance party!
The event will showcase our giant zero emissions kinetic sculptures.
Pedal power will be generated by teams of “watt-riders” who will power the event by pedalling with their back wheels resting on a spinning mini generator that is connected to the sound system. The riders will collect “energy pledges” that coincide with the amount of “watts raised,” with all proceeds going to the eatART Foundation. In tandem with this pedal-powered energy source, an array of solar panels will be powering the tents and info booth.
For more information and to become a Watt Rider, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The gBikes team newest creation, “Black Ghost” the energy generating bike-car, has been popping up at all of the other eatART Beakerhead deployments here in Calgary. They zoom in and zoom out, bringing the “creature investigators” to the scenes of Titanoboa, Daisy and Mondospider sightings.
They’re nimble, speedy and most important of all, zero-emissions.
live from Calgary Beakerhead kickoff 2012: we’re coming for you.
The Giant Snake lives! Titanoboa was first sighted today by Jay Ingram and the Black Ghost (by gBike team) team at the Glenmore reservoir in Calgary. As a part of the Beakerhead kickoff year, a number of the eatART projects have been rumoured to make appearances across the Calgary area in the week leading to the 2012 Calgary Stempede.
Today Titanoboa made 2 sightings at the Canoe Club and at Heritage Park, both along side a killer street percussion group and to the awe of the unsuspecting public.
Who knows what the following days will bring?
After six months of designing, fabricating, and tinkering we finally have the Black Ghost Bike Car up and rolling! On Friday night we decided to get the Black Ghost out of the shop and onto the streets at the 2nd Annual Vancouver Bike Rave. At 14 kilometers, it was a fairly brave endeavor considering this was really only the second time we have ridden the bike car. We are still in the process of getting the electrical/battery systems working, so we did the journey under full pedal power! The trip took us from the eatART lab on Great Northern Way to Crab Park, where the over 1,500 bike ravers met up. We synchronized the music mix that participants pre-downloaded prior to the event and began the journey. From Crab Park we circumnavigated the entirety of downtown Vancouver and made it back to the eatART lab with only a couple of minor technical difficulties. We brought along a strobe light, black lights, and a giant speaker to make sure that there was sufficient bass for all to enjoy. Few were disappointed.
Next stop for the Black Ghost Electric Bike Car will be at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, SEE YOU THERE!
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For a second year running, Daisy (our giant, solar powered tricycle) was invited to join the Whistler Street Entertainment activities in Whistler Village for the 2012 May long weekend. Escorted by a crack team of eatART vollunteers (Jon, Cole, Chelsea, Chris, Andrea and Brandon) Daisy rolled up and down the main Village Stroll for five days: a long deployment by any measure. Faced with weather conditions all over the spectrum, the gentle giant always managed to push on through and brought smiles to faces of the young and old. We gave rides to tons of kids, families and excited adults as well as managed to team up with some of the other street entertainment teams for some sweet photo ops (The Alice in Wonderland team loved riding on Daisy).
The Cooper Bros captured some of the many people who made Titanoboa possible in a 360° group panorama. Prints of this shot were sent out to some of our generous Kickstarter contributors. To see a larger version of the panorama, click over to The Cooper Bros’ site here.
In order of appearance, Charlie Brinson, Polly Tan, Kelly Metzger, Gavin Hartnett, Jonathan Faille, Mark Eijsermans, Hugh Patterson, Jordan Cowan, John Blake, Michelle La Haye, Markus Hager, James Simard, Julian Fong, and Dillard Brinson. To find out about more of the team and what they did on the project, visit the Titanoboa website here.
On March 31st, 2012 (Earth Hour) Vancity bank hired the gBikes to provide environmentally mindful entertainment during their staff appreciation party. The 1920s themed event was held at the Hyatt in downtown Vancouver. The gBikes team deployed all four of their stationary bike generators, two of which featured vintage frames installed specifically for the event. Party guests were invited to take the generator bikes for a spin and help power a film projector. The films shown included Metropolis (1927), The General (1926) and Sunrise A Song of Two Humans (1927)