Syneme Summer Institute On Telematic Art, July 4 - 23

Syneme Announces Telearts Summer Institute II in Calgary

TeleArts: Artists Collaborating Over High Speed Networks

3 Week Summer Workshop Intensive

July 4-22, 2011

Syneme: (external link)
Wiki: (external link)
University of Calgary

Instructor: Dr. Kenneth Fields
Canada Research Chair in Telemedia Arts; Associate Professor of Music
Syneme Projects

  • Univ of Calgary Credit offered for remote participation (registration info below).

Syneme will hold a ground breaking summer workshop on telearts from July 4-22, 2011, at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The workshop explores the collaborative potential of mixed media/reality and live performance over high-speed networks using the power of 1 gigabit research networks. Real-time distance collaboration and performance will be the focus of our exploration. Syneme’s Telearts summer workshop aims to attract professional artists and musicians without year-round access to high-speed networks. Attendees will implement projects utilizing Syneme's (and those of our partner's) robust network infrastructure that carries HD video and uncompressed multichannel audio. A major focus of the course is to share ideas/methodologies in progress as related to telearts projects. The workshop will conclude with an international networked, real-time collaborative performance.

Syneme’s partners include the Banff Centre, McGill? and Concordia Montreal, IDC Emily Carr, CEMC and Peking Univ Beijing, NUS Singapore, SARC Belfast, University of Waikato NZ, Hong Kong PolyU, Videotage HK, Bournemouth UK, and Stanford and Indiana Purdue US.

Workshop Schedule:
April: Announcement
April - May: Registration
May: Project proposals
June: Remote pre-collaboration (discussion, brainstorming)
July 4th, 6th, 8th: First Week Classes
July 11, 13, 15: Second Week Classes
July 18, 20, 22: Third Week Courses
July 22nd (CA/UK) and 23rd (Beijing/HK/NZ) - Final Performance
August: Documenting and Online Summaries

The Syneme tele-performance lab includes the use of a 1Gig fiber optic research network link, Apple computers, Sony and Canon HD Cams, Lifesize Express Teleconference system, Lemur OSC controller, photographic lights, Neuman and AKG microphones, 2 Panasonic HD projectors, Blackmagic Multibridge pro video card, RME audio interfaces and state of the art performance spaces.

For initial inquiries, please contact Ellen Pearlman ( or Ken Fields (

We encourage you to register and make plans for travel and accommodation (if attending on-site) as soon as possible especially if you have to attain a visa.

First Step: Send an Email to Syneme

Please email the following information to This information is informal and just for the Syneme Summer Institute staff so we can know who you are and what you are thinking of working on.

Attending Onsite or Remotely:
Proposed Title of Project:
Brief Description of Project:
Your area of expertise:

If attending as a distance participant, please provide the name of the institution and your contact supervisor. Include a description of the studio/lab you will be working in including technical specifications for distance connectivity. Alternatively, contact us so that we may find a potential university partner in your region.

If you have further questions, please contact Ellen Pearlman ( or Ken Fields (

Second Step: Registration Information

The course number is FINA507/607 (SUMMER TERM, 2011)

FINA 507 Section B50 is taught on-campus
FINA 507 Section B51 is taught on-line and is for those not in Calgary, taking the course as an Open Studies or Visiting Student
FINA 607 Section 50 is taught on-campus and is for students in graduate level programs.

For University of Calgary undergraduate and graduate students, please register as usual for the on campus section (B50 or 50 respectively)

For visiting students who want credit for this course to transfer to their home institution, please fill out this form indicating if you are taking the course in person or by distance: (external link)

For all other students:

Apply through the Open Studies Application Program (external link)

This is where you find the Open Studies Enrollment .PDF form to download: (external link)

Application Form Tips:

You do need an unofficial transcript from your post secondary school or university, a non-refundable $35.00 application fee and the application/registration form.

For the FINA 507/607 course only you do NOT need: English language proficiency, high school transcripts, or a letter of permission from your home institution. If you are taking other courses as well, these may be required.

Costs are:

FINA 507: $526 (tuition), approx $125 in general fees
FINA 607: $698 (Tuition), general fees will assessed consistent with a students program
Those taking the course for audit (ungraded, no credit) pay half the tuition

You can drop-off, FAX or mail (no email please) the enrollment form to:

MLB 117
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Telephone: (403) 210-7625
Fax: (403) 289-1253

Information Sheet

Questions for International Students about visas, expenses, logistics and any other issues, please contact: Ricky Ramdhaney, Manager, International Student Programs.
Tel: 403-220-7865 Fax: 403-289-4409
Web: (external link)

For information about accommodation for on-site campus housing at the University of Calgary, contact: the Hotel Alma. (external link) . See the "Summer Housing" link on the left hand side of the page.

Do you need a visa to study/visit in Canada? Information is here: (external link)

We look forward to seeing you in Calgary!

Syneme: (external link)
Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts
Craigie Hall Room F217
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 1N4

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