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Alan Bigelow writes digital stories for the web. These stories are created in Flash and use images, text, audio, video, and other components. These stories are created for viewing on the web, although they can be (and have been) shown as gallery installations.

In 2010, Alan Bigelow was a World Technology Network Award nominee and a finalist for the International New Media Competition of the 24th Stuttgart Filmwinter (Germany). He was also a 2010 finalist for the New Media Writing Prize at the Poole Literary Festival (UK) and the Screengrab New Media Art Award (Australia).

His work, installations, and conversations concerning digital fiction and poetry have appeared in Turbulence.org, Rhizome.org, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, 14th Japan Media Arts Festival (The National Art Center, Tokyo), FreeWaves.org, The Museum of New Art (MONA, Detroit), Art Tech Media 2010, FILE 2007-2010, Blackbird, Drunken Boat, Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus, E-Poetry 2007/2009, IDEAS, the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum (Turkey), Electrofringe 2008, New River Journal, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and

Recently, in addition to teaching full-time at Medaille College, he was a visiting online lecturer in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, UK.

You can see Alan Bigelow’s work at http://www.webyarns.com.

Bigelow will be speaking through Skype to APSU on October 13 at 1 pm. Come by Trahern 212 to listen in.


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Upgrade! Tennessee, The Coop, and Vanderbilt University’s Department of Art are pleased to present a lecture by Josh Penrose. He will be speaking “live” at Vanderbilt University on May 6 at 3 pm CST. The lecture will broadcast live on the internet on ustream. Josh will be showing recent work at The Coop Gallery during May.

Joshua Penrose, a native of Columbus, Ohio, began studying piano at
the age of 5. He has studied percussion performance, music
composition, and electronic music. After serving as a Russian linguist
in the United States Navy, he has continued making interactive sonic
art and sound-based installations. He currently teaches digital art,
and approaches to new media as a lecturer at The Ohio State

Street Crossings is a sound installation - a duet. The work performs
alongside an existing gesture of municipal aesthetics in the urban
soundscape of downtown Nashville. Electronic bleeps and blips
punctuate the urban traffic drone when it is time cross the street.
This work fills and extends that moment with a superimposed sonic
layer. A multi-channel soundtrack activates the power dynamic of this
auditory relationship, and momentarily surprises and delights.

The opening will be on Saturday, May 7th and run throughout the month,
ending May 28.

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This year’s festival includes videos by:

Tahir Un
Nestor Armando Gil
Heejoo Kim
Charmaine Ortiz-Rountrey
Riccardo Banfi
Ellen Mueller
Ebenezer Sunder Singh
Alexander Mendelevich
Alexei Dmitriev
Matthew de Leon
Mary Jo McGonagle
Ryan Murray
Patrick R. Moser


Terminal’s Third Annual Short Video Festival

Terminal, the Department of Art, and The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University invite artists to submit short videos for consideration for inclusion in Terminal’s Third Annual Short Video Festival.

Submission Guidelines:
In an e-mail send:

a short resume
a short statement

a link to the video on the web (no more than 5 minutes in length)

Selected artists will be asked to submit their videos as NTSC formatted Hi-Resolution Quicktime and MPEG files.

E-mail submissions to jonesb@apsu.edu


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April 7, 2011



TERMINAL is pleased to announce the launch of “Infinite Glitch” by Ben Baker-Smith. It is the fourth TERMINAL Award project to launch this academic year.

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Every day an incomprehensible number of new digital media files are uploaded to hosting sites across the internet. Far too many for any one person to consume. Infinite Glitch is a stream-of-conciousness representation of this overwhelming flood of media, its fractured and degraded sounds and images reflecting how little we as an audience are able to retain from this daily barrage.

Infinite Glitch is an automated system that generates an ever-changing audio/video stream from the constantly increasing mass of media files freely available on the web. Source audio and video files are ripped from a variety of popular media hosting sites, torn apart, and recombined using collage and glitch techniques to create an organic, chaotic flood of sensory input.

Benjamin Baker-Smith is currently employed as a video editor, streaming media expert, and web developer at Backstar Creative Media in Chicago, IL. He maintains a website and active blog at bitsynthesis.com, and is a contributing writer for vagueterrain.net and the Backstar company blog (backstar.com/blog). He has done freelance web design for Statewide Software (statewidesoftware.com) and lectured on basic website creation to students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the creator and maintainer of Upflickr (Rubygems.org/gems/upflickr/), a Ruby gem that makes it easier to upload and organize images on flickr using the Ruby programming language.

terminal is a space sponsored by the department of art and the center of excellence for the creative arts at austin peay state university to showcase and examine internet and new media art.

The site is directed and maintained by barry jones, associate professor of art at austin peay state university


During the 2011 – 2012 academic year, Terminal http://www.terminalapsu.org will award four - $500 stipends to assist in the creation of new internet based art works.

The submission deadline is January 30, 2011

Submissions are open to anyone.

Terminal can provide webspace for completed projects, or the artists may elect to host the project themselves (with Terminal retaining a copy for archiving). We simply ask that Terminal be acknowledged with a link from the project.

In an e-mail to: jonesb@apsu.edu include
1. Artist or Artists full name
2. Address
3. E-mail address
4. Short bio ( 100 words max )
5. Links to on-line projects ( 5 urls max )
6. Proposed project title and description ( 500 words max )
This information may be included in the text of the e-mail or as an attachment


Eduardo Navas
Eduardo Navas researches the crossover of art, culture, and media. His production includes art & media projects, critical texts, and curatorial projects. He has presented and lectured about his work and research internationally. Navas collaborates with artists and institutions in various countries to organize events and develop new forms of publication. He has lectured on art and media theory at various colleges and universities in the United States, including Otis College of Art and Design, Penn State University, as well as Eugene Lang College and the Media Studies Graduate Program at the New School, among others.  He is a  Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Navas received his Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Media History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California in San Diego. He researches the history of Remix in order to understand the principles of remix culture. Selected texts and research projects are available on Remix Theory: http://remixtheory.net.

main site: http://navasse.net

Jody Zellen
Jody Zellen is an artist, writer, curator, and educator living in Los Angeles, California. She curated the netart projects for Fringe Exhibitions a new media gallery in Los Angeles from 2006-2008 and has presented hernetart works in exhibitions and festivals worldwide since 1997. She has received commissions from Terminals (2010) and Turbulence (2009)
to create online works. To view her projects visit




The new media artist Yael Kanarek spent much of her childhood in Israel, where she witnessed first hand the challenges and conflicts that arise from a multicultural and multi-lingual society. In that ancient land, ambiguous and contradictory narratives violently divided and sometimes bond people together.

Her experiences in Israel went on to inform her works of art, which, according to her website, “nurse the philosophical boundaries of the political and spiritual; artistic and scientific, private and universal; horizontal and vertical.” She has exhibited her work internationally, including at the prestigious 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York City.
At 7 p.m. on Nov. 22, Kanarek will visit Austin Peay State University to talk about New Media art as part of the Center of Excellence for Creative Arts’ Lecture Series. The talk, in room 401 of the Trahern Building, is free and open to the public.

Kanarek has received widespread acclaim for her pieces that incorporate her childhood memories of Israel with her observations of the Internet as “a network made of language – natural and computer.” Her most recent projects - the Internet art work “Object of Desire” and the series “Textwork” – continue those observations while engaging multiple languages to highlight connection and rejection.

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Michael Demers
The Sky is Falling (A Day in the Life…)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion / 12:00am to 11:59pm,
Heartfire 11, 3E433
Digital video, 24 two-minute segments
This work consists of captured Sony PlayStation3 video from Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, edited to reflect the seamless passing of game time and “real” time. One minute of “real” time equals approximately 30 minutes of game time. The resulting 24 two-minute videos record the passing of one game day.

References to playable characters, AI characters, and accompanying sound effects have been edited from the video in an effort to focus on the notion of a virtual space with the possibility of non-virtual habitation, defined in part by the passing of game time during the observers “real” time. The health meter, magic meter, stamina meter, weapon and magic selections and the game compass have been unedited as a digital referent in the hyperreal environment of the game engine.

The footage was captured using the Haupauge HD PVR, and edited on a MacBook Pro using Final Cut Pro. The 24 html pages were built in Adobe Dreamweaver, and use javascript to call a specific page (and the embedded video) based upon the users local time (ex: If someone is viewing the page at 3:40pm local time, video15, containing footage from 3:00 to 3:59pm game time, will be played). An additional piece of javascript tells the browser to refresh itself every two minutes, to ensure that subsequent videos will load appropriately.

Michael Demers has taught college level Digital Art and New Media courses since 2007. His own work incorporates culture and cultural identity in a synthesis of critical investigation and his own adolescent preoccupation with toys and other weird ephemera. He has exhibited internationally, most recently at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Artists Space (New York), and the Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), and is a member of the White Columns Artist Registry (New York), the Rhizome Curated ArtBase (New Museum, New York), BitStream New Media, and is a core commentator for TINT Arts Lab (London, UK). He received his BFA from Florida Atlantic University, an MFA from Ohio University, and a Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Diplom from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, Germany.

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In the physical world of art galleries and studios, Jody Zellen’s groundbreaking new exhibit “Lines of Life” doesn’t exist. There’s no building a person can enter to experience the Los Angeles based artist’s commentary on the perils of war and its domination of the media over the years.

Much of that imagery has floated through the cyber world, monopolizing the thousands of news websites that populate the web. So what better place for Zellen, a net artist, to exhibit her work than in the online world. On Oct. 25, “Lines of Life” will open to the world on the website TERMINALapsu.org, a space sponsored by Austin Peay State University’s Department of Art and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts to showcase and examine internet and new media art.

“I am interested in drawing and how a computer algorithm traces an image turning it into a line drawing,” Zellen said. “In the ‘Lines of Life’ I will begin with a grid of images that are computer traces of news imagery, that when rolled over display the source image.”

The piece will feature 72 different clickable squares, with each square taking viewers down a different “life line.” The relatively new medium of internet art often allows viewers to take part or interact with a given work, and that’s the type of experience Zellen’s piece offers.

“An integral part of this project will be a series of Flash animations that utilize clips of soldier’s videos of the Iraq war uploaded to You Tube,” she said. “The film footage is not credited as it is meant to fill in the background becoming the live action behind the line drawings and be the motivation for the movements within.”
“Lines of Life” is the first of four new Internet based artworks that will be displayed on the website this year as part of the inaugural “Terminal Project Awards.” Barry Jones, associate professor of art and director of the site, said TERMINALapsu.org received scores of entries for the new award, which resulted in four artists receiving a small stipend to create a new work. In addition to Zellen, the recipients include Michael Demers of Los Angeles, Benjamin Baker-Smith of Chicago and Scott Kildall of Chicago.

Visit http://www.TERMINALapsu.org to view “Lines of Life”.



Upgrade! Tennessee presents a lecture by Stephen Slappe, Assistant Professor of Art at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Inspired by our friends at Upgrade! Johannesburg, Upgrade! Tennessee is beginning a series of remote lectures. In this lecture series, artists from across the globe will video stream their lectures to Tennessee from their studios.

Stephen Slappe will be sitting comfortably in his studio in Portland, OR.

Check back soon to find a link for streaming the event.

Contact jonesb@apsu.edu if you have any questions.

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