The first International meeting
September 23-24 at Eyebeam New York
540 w 21st, New York, NY

September 16-24, 2005
Documentation of works by 131 artists who participate at Upgrades! around the world. Representing:
Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Munich, New York, Oklahoma City, Scotland, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Vancouver.

Friday, September 23: 7:30-9:00 pm
Sala-Manca Group performs Elephants in the Nights of Metula and discusses their practice at our monthly gathering. The Sala-Manca Group is comprised of Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman, Argentine-Israeli
artists who have been creating work in performance, video, installation and new media since 2000. Sala-manca's works deal with the poetics of translation, the tensions between low-tech and high-tech aesthetics, as well as social and political issues.

Saturday, September 24: 12:00-7:00 pm
How does each Upgrade form its presence and community? What is the potential of the network?
Join artists, curators and organizers for two panels, lecture and party.

12:00 pm: Introduction and welcome.

12:10 pm: The New York Upgrade! story with media artist Yael Kanarek and director of education at Eyebeam Liz Slagus.

12:45 pm: Artist-Run Upgrades! with Tiffany Holmes, Chicago; Tamiko Thiel, Munich; Adam Brown, Oklahoma City; Mushon Zer-Aviv and Sala-Manca Group, Tel Aviv; Kate Armstrong, Vancouver. Moderated by Yael Kanarek.

2:45-3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm: Art + Tech Organizations Upgrades! with Jo-Anne Green and Catherine D'Ignazio, Boston; Cezanne Charles, Robb Mitchell and Michelle Kasprzak, Scotland; Suhjung Hur, Seoul; tobias c. van Veen, Montreal. Moderated by Liz Slagus.

5:15 pm: "NETWORKS, AGENCY, PROPERTY and POLICY: Practical thoughts on the emergence of new global cultural formations" — closing talk by leading scholar of media arts Michael Century.

6:00 pm: After-party with music by artist/DJ tobias c. van Veen.