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New Forms Festival showcases Vancouver’s vibrant media-art scene

Story published in the Vancouver Sun on September 9, 2010.


After a decade of promoting technology-inspired sights and sounds, Vancouver’s New Forms Festival plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary by highlighting some of the city’s pioneering media artists.

The theme for this year’s eight-day event is Traversing Electronic Narratives. According to exhibition curator Malcolm Levy, the heading is all about telling stories through multi-discipline art forms while illustrating how the media-arts community has become so closely connected.

“There is an incredible media-art scene in Vancouver,” Levy says via Skype, an applicable interview medium considering the nature of the festival.

“Vancouver artists have really embraced media arts over the years, and it’s one of the strongest scenes in North America. After 10 years, it’s not only a time to celebrate but also focus on what artists have done in Vancouver.

“One thing we wanted to be really clear about was creating a festival that really showed all the different types of media art, or a good amount of it. With New Forms, we’re looking at new technology, but also looking at really interesting, new ways of looking at art in general.”


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