Video Vortex

Video Vortex is a network of video makers, geeks, activists, artists and researchers that are concerned with the politics and aesthetics of online video. The initiative was established in 2007 by the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam (NL). Video technology has radically altered the way in which we produce, consume and circulate images, influencing the aesthetics and possibilities of moving image cultures, as well as yielding a rich body of scholarship across various disciplines.Institute of Network Cultures

Institute of Network Cultures (INC)

The Institute of Network Cultures (INC) analyzes and shapes the terrain of network cultures through events, publications, and online dialogue. Our projects evolve around digital publishing,alternative revenue models, online video and design, digital counter culture and much more.The INC was founded in 2004 by Geert Lovink, following his appointment within the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. A key focus is the establishment of sustainable research networks.Emerging critical topics are identified and shaped in a practical sense. Interdisciplinary in character, the INC brings together researchers, artists, activists, programmers, designers, and students and teachers.

Research
The field of network cultures revolves around the interaction between new forms of media, and the users of such new forms. With a strong focus on the transdisciplinary nature of new media and its DIY and open source components, the INC gives equal attention to the artistic, political and technical aspects of the internet and other emergent media. As such, the INC’s area of research extends to design, activism, art, philosophy, political theory, and urban studies and is not confined to the internet alone. Indeed, the INC maintains that the internet can only be understood at the conjuncture of these various fields and lines of inquiry. ‘Network cultures’ is seen as a strategic instrument to diagnose political and aesthetic developments in user-driven communication. Network cultures rapidly assemble, and can just as quickly disappear, creating a sense of spontaneity, transience, even uncertainty. Yet these forms are here to stay. However self-evident it is, collaboration is a foundation of network cultures.The aim of the INC is to create sustainable research networks around emerging topics in which a critical contribution can be made. The formation of a small group of international people,both inside and outside of the academy, may result in a larger online discussion. Together with the researchers and a group of students, interns and volunteers, an event is organized to gather key questions and thinkers. Many of these events, such as a conference, seminar or workshop, culminate in a publication. Formats of publication may include a printed reader, a book, video interviews, wikis, blogs and special online magazine issues, along with conference documentation (photos, video files and podcasts). The publication functions as an important vehicle for the sustainability of the research network.

Department of Digital Arts, University of Malta

The Department of Digital Arts bridges contemporary artistic practice and digital technology.Its students are led to develop a refined, critical and unique voice through developing a practice founded on historical and theoretical grounding, contemporary conceptualization and aesthetics, and technical accomplishment in order to help them launch their careers in the Digital Arts.The Department offers courses at Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level:The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Honours in Digital Arts is a practise based degree which integrates practice and theory and covers the interdisciplinary areas of Graphic Design, Photography,Illustration, Animation and Moving Image. This three-year, full time, single honours degree is aimed at students who aspire to become image-making professionals within the Graphic Design and Illustration industries, the Digital Games industry, the Web Development industry,the Animation and Broadcast industries and Photography. The course provides students with a holistic artistic education, based in traditional studio practice combined with art and design history and theory, with the possibility of specialising in the following two main routes in the second and third years: a) Design (Graphic Design, Web and Screen Design, Photography and Illustration) and b) Animation (Animation for web, Television broadcast and Digital Games, and Digital Video Art). Local and foreign artists and academics together with industry practitioners deliver a practice-based Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Digital Arts with routes in digital fine art, lens- based media and visual communications. This award combines digital art practice with art and visual theory and focuses on conceptual articulation within a creative and experimental research environment. The course not only recognizes the potential of emerging technologies to give rise to new processes that pose new creative and conceptual challenges, but also present the same technologies as a cultural construct capable of being altered, enhanced or challenged by artists. The curriculum is grounded in a visual arts tradition and is enriched by opportunities to work in an interdisciplinary fashion with other departments on campus.The Department also offers a Master by Research degree (as full-time or part-time studies)and Ph.D. research in areas of Digital Art and Visual Communications.

Spazju Kreattiv

Spazju Kreattiv is a programme of creative arts and culture events that take place primarily across Malta and Gozo. Established by Fondazzjoni Kreattività in the year 2000, our home is in St James Cavalier, Valletta, a 16th century fort converted into the National Centre for Creativity. We host a range of exhibition spaces, a cinema, a theatre in-the-round, an artist in residence programme, and operate a number of festivals, including ŻiguŻajg and VIVA (Valletta International Visual Arts Festival). The Spazju Kreattiv Programme is led by artistic director Toni Sant and developed by ateam of programme, operations and technical staff. The Programme is composed through a combination of projects and events submitted through an open call and from others specifically created, commissioned or co-produced with us. For more information about collaborating with us, please drop in on one of our regular IKKREA sessions where you can meet one of our programmes coordinators.