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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Future Film Festival, Bologna

Just came back from the beautiful Bologna, where 8 BIT was screened in the 10th Future Film Festival. The event, mainly focusing on contemporary animation, was wonderfully organized by Giulietta Fara and Oscar Cosulich.

The festival brought some of the best work made in the field of 2 and 3D animation, both independent, like Otto Guerra (Brasil), Makoto Shinkai (Japanese), Juan Antin (Argentina), Pablo Angeles (Mexico), and big industry artists like Bruce Sterling & Matt Aitken (Weta Digital), Vicki Dobbs Beck (IL&M), Mark Holmes (Pixar) and Mike Thurmeier (Blue Sky).

The food in Bologna deserves to be talked about in the arts context: above the typical
Bolognese tortelini with pork, permigiano reggano and ricotta, served in broth. In the background a fantastic bottle of Pino Nero from Trento.

The closing party: Random and NrGiga playing gameboy music on a very tiny sound system;)

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Talk by NO CARRIER in Philly

Date: Sunday, January 20th
Time: ** 3PM SHARP **
Location: University of the Arts, 333 S. Broad Street, Anderson Hall, 4th Floor [ MAP]
Cost: $5 donation suggested
RSVP: Required for this meeting (email first & last name to makephilly@gmail)

The next meeting of MakePhilly will feature guest speaker Don Miller (also known as NO CARRIER) who creates fast paced, colorful visuals for live music events and interactive art installations by hacking 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) consoles with custom programmed cartridges.

Don will share his DIY approach to programming the PPU (Picture Processing Unit) of NES consoles. He will demonstrate that you that you don't need to know much math or have prior programming experience to explore the graphics of old NES games, hack and edit NES ROM images, and even create simple graphics programs.

Don is an educator, programmer, and live visualist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He recently performed at Blip Festival 2007, an international gathering of forty musicians and visualists from around the world. In 2007 he designed and programmed the first NES album ever to be released on cartridges, for chiptune musicians Alex Mauer and Phlogiston. In 2008 his work will be displayed at Colgate University for their Creative Solutions for Sustainable Futures exhibition that explores environmental issues and sustainability across natural, built, and digital environments.

Don will be supported by Dino Lionetti (aka Cheap Dinosaurs) who is a synthesist living in Philadelphia with an affinity for portable sound gadgets. He will talk about the process of tracking, the hardware he uses, and the chiptune scene. Dino composes music using a Nintendo Gameboy and will join Don for a brief performance after the challenge.

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