2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival unites worlds of art + technology with 70 exhibitions and events.

Ideas in Motion conference & event series explores the latest in dance + technology.

Notable artists Feng Mengbo, Scott Snibbe, Bill Seaman, John Klima are among featured artists.

Festival kicks off April 21 with festive party at the Hotel @ MIT

Boston, MA – The creative connection between two of Boston’s most vital forces – the arts community and the high-tech industry – is once again in the spotlight at the fourth Boston Cyberarts Festival, featuring more than 70 exhibitions and events in and around Boston and Cambridge from April 22 through May 8. A complete listing of events is enclosed, and is also available on the Festival’s website.

The Boston Cyberarts Festival, a biennial event founded by Director George Fifield and launched in 1999, is the first and largest collaboration of artists working in new technologies in all media in North America. It encompasses exhibitions, performances, and conversations featuring visual art, dance, music, electronic literature, web art, and public art. Among the highlights of the 2005 Festival are:

  • Ideas in Motion: Innovations in Dance, Movement & Technology – This conference and series of performances, workshops, and symposia explores the use of new technologies in dance, featuring both historical context and exciting new works.
  • Boston Cyberarts at Kendall Square – " The Thoughtbody Environment," an installation by artist Bill Seaman and scientist Otto Rössler, is the centerpiece of a series of exhibitions taking place in the Genzyme and Vertex buildings at Kendall Square in Cambridge.
  • GPS and Satellite Imagery Programs – Artists working with global positioning (GPS) and satellite imagery technology are featured at exhibitions and events at the Photographic Resource Center, 119 Gallery, Emerson College, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, and the Back Bay Fens.
  • Body Language – Art Interactive, the popular Central Square gallery that also serves as the headquarters for the Festival, exhibits Scott Snibbe’s " Body Language," four interactive wall projections selected from his Screen Series and from a new series based on experimental film.
Other Festival events include exhibitions at major museums such as the DeCordova, Danforth, and MIT Museums; perform-ances at locations including Berklee, Green Street Studios, BU Dance Theatre, and the Cyclorama at the BCA; and exhibitions at galleries including Howard Yezerski, Judi Rotenberg, and the Mills Gallery at the BCA. Many local educational institutions are involved, including MassArt, Boston University, Emerson College, and MIT.

The Hotel @ MIT, a major sponsor of Boston Cyberarts and official hotel of the Festival, is the site of the Opening Night Party on Thursday, April 21, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The party gives artists, spon-sors, and patrons of the arts an opportunity to meet, mingle, and view the works of some of the Festival artists. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased through the Festival office.

Festival-goers can obtain printed and CD-ROM catalogs, chat with Festival staffers, and purchase the CyberPass discount card or Festival merchandise at CyberArtCentral, located at Art Interactive, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge (near Central Square). Special Festival hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00 pm. Festival-goers can also obtain a catalog of all the exhibi-tions and events in the April 21 issue of The Phoenix and at participating venues.