21 - 25 APRIL 2009

Caldas University will be hosting the Eighth Image International Festival in Manizales, Colombia, April 21-25, 2009. The festival is focusing on the role that art has on the development of the information society at a time when new technologies are essential for economic development and knowledge transfer. 

The Image International Festival has been held since 1997 and is considered an event of international significance. It is the only one in Latin America proposing an open forum for discussion in areas of digital creation, integrating art, science and technology through different activities and projects, such as: art and science conferences, seminars and workshops, calls for national and international events including new music concerts, analysis sessions, exhibitions, publications and webcast initiatives. This year, the Festival will be receiving 30 guests from 10 countries and is expecting an average attendance of 1,000 people for each of the programmed activities.

The Image International Festival is open to the multiple possibilities of contemporary audiovisual expressions and it includes a variety of arts practices in its programming. Leonardo’s 40 Years celebration will be one of the core events of Eighth Image International Festival 2009.

Leonardo Journal 40 years Celebration

Leonardo journal was founded in 1968 in Paris by kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina. Malina saw the need for a magazine that would work as a channel of communication between international artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists using science and new technologies in their work. After the death of Frank Malina in 1981, his son Roger F. Malina, an astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley, Leonardo moved to California. With the support of the founding members Frank Oppenheimer and Robert Maxwell, in 1982 was created the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo / ISAST), a network which brings together over 2,000 artists, scientists, engineers and academics. Leonardo is one of the most important reference resources in the field of technological art, with a network of websites and print magazines as a whole Leonardo Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac and Leonardo Music Journal. It also publishes books that are Leonardo Book Series published by MIT Press.

Lectures about Leonardo and Frank Malina.

Roger Malina. 
Laboratory of Astrophysics of Marseille in France CNRS. Executive Editor of Leonardo published by The MIT Press. USA.

Meredith Tromble. 
Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Director, Contemporary Practices, First Year Program. San Francisco Art Institute. USA.

Young Leonardos Workshop: Urban Sensoria.

Alex Jaimes
Alejandro. Jaimes-Larrarte born in Bogotá, Colombia, is an artist and scientist (multimedia, artificial vision). Alejandro uses multiple media (photography, film, video, and writing) to explore issues related to cultural differences, similarities, and cultural identity. His work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. (and Monique Goldstrom In Focus Gallery in New York, among others), Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum), Colombia (Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota) and Chile (INCA-CEA, Santiago). Jaimes holds a PhD from Columbia University (New York) and he studied photography at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and Columbia Unviersity. He has lived in Bogota (Colombia), New York (USA), Santiago (Chile), Tokio (Japan). He currently lives and works in Spain.

Andrés Burbano. 
University of California-Santa Barbara Media Arts and Technology. PhD Candidate. LEF Student Cochair.

LEF Latin America Meeting.

Claudio Rivera-Seguel. 
Executive Director of Corporación Cultural Arte & Tecnología. Santiago (Chile) / Vancouver (Canada)

Diana Domingues. 
Laboratory Coordinator: NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS NAS ARTES Visuais. Caxias do Sul – RS Brazil.

Yeregui Mariela. 
Electronic artist, creator and director of the Masters in Electronic Arts from the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina.

The Valley. Area Director of Telefonica in Lima, Peru.

Ricardo Dal Farra, PhD. 
Chair, Music Department, Concordia University, Canada. Director of the Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas, Univ. Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Argentina

Nina Czegledy. 
Artist and independent curator. Co-director of the Leonardo Education Forum. Canada.

Felipe C. Londoño
PhD Multimedia Engineering. Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Universidad de Caldas. Director International Imagen Festival. Colombia.

Focus Issues

-Curriculum Mapping Initiative

Media art education is currently challenged by a variety of opportunities opening up due to the pace of technological developments in contemporary media. How can we support a culture of reflecting and shaping such media and technologies for innovative future education. The need for a comprehensive gathering of fundamental information about the variety of approaches to curriculum design across jurisdictions and levels was identified. An international mapping project was recommended. One possible approach would be a “hybrid model” in which information on international variations in the sequence from foundational training to doctoral research is gathered on one “axis” and then juxtaposed (or “crossed”) with information on the way technical skills are balanced with critical, theoretical and historical content in these same contexts.

-Institutional / Organizational Standards and Benchmarks

An international platform for intelligence gathering on benchmarks and standards for new media art education is also needed. This will support international and regional advocacy for teaching and degree quality standards, as well as provide guidelines for the promotion and professional development of teaching staff.  It will also enable inter-institutional flexibility for student exchange and mobility.

-Network-centric and Intercultural Learning Methods and Processes.

We urgently need to clarify the processes and goals of new media learning, particularly between very different technological and/or cultural situations. The integration of organized networks that use self-directed, or peer-to-peer, learning -with academic knowledge production is a key challenge in the field. As well, linguistic and cultural dominance in new media theory and across platforms is a barrier to truly global participation in the art/science/technology communities.

-Media Art Science and Technology Research Methods Platform

The urgent need for improved comparative knowledge and information resources about media arts research methodologies was stressed. It is important to identify, describe, collect and share existing and emerging media art research methods, including their context of implementation.  A platform, consisting of an online database of case studies and proven methods, would provide the framework needed to further acknowledge, validate and legitimize media art research methods by peers, partners, educators, funding bodies and other stakeholders. There is likewise a need to consolidate recent efforts to classify and evaluate methodologies, which includes articulating the meaning of the concepts like “practice based” and “practice led” research.

Other events in the Festival.

The event program involves too:

–    Design, Art, Science, Technology. International Seminar.
–    Electronic music concerts
–    Expositions and worktables
–    Foro Académico de Diseño
–    Digital Settings and Exhibitions 
–    Cinema Presentation

Other guests are: 

Antoni Abad ((Spain)
Mario Piazza (Italy)
Luciano Perondi (Italy)
Claudia Robles (Germany)
Patxi Araujo (Spain) 
Consuelo Rozo (Spain)
Vanina Hoffman (Spain)
Paul Halliday (UK)
Santiago Escobar (UK)
Marjem Lubbers (UK)
Arlindo Machado (Brasil)
Jorge La Ferla (Argentina)
Elias Levin (México)
Marta Vélez (Colombia)
Karla Jasso (México)
Sergi Jordá (España) 
Jorge Haro (Argentina)
Colectivo PLUG. FOTOSYNTESIS (Colombia): Enrique Franco, Ximena Franco, Franklin Valencia.
Mur_mur. bogotá-manizales (Colombia):  Mauricio Bejarano, Nelson Vergara, Roberto García Piedrahita, Andrés Ñáñez, Mario Salazar.
Juan Reyes (Colombia)
cARRASCo – zEa. G gUITAr – eLECTRONICs (Colombia)
Jaime Vallecilla (Colombia)
Andrés Jaramillo (Colombia)
Germán Rey (Colombia)