Maura Jasper is a conceptual multimedia artist whose work investigates how pop cultures and histories shape and inform identity. She has exhibited and screened work widely in the United States and overseas, including at Artist’s Space, Threadwaxing Space, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Centre for Contemporary Images in Geneva. She is probably best known for her work as a co-founder of Punk Rock Aerobics, the DIY workout. Currently she is a resident in the Artist in Research Program at the Berwick Research Institute and a graduate student at Massachusetts College of Art's Studio for Interrelated Media.

Video Sharing: screening of Upgrade! Scotland and Upgrade! Vancouver reels

The goal of Upgrade! International's Video Sharing in Physical Space project is to create low-tech video-sharing communities in physical spaces. Videos are circulated between cities so that programs can be screened locally and internationally, preferably in the built environment. Flyers with individual contact information for the artists whose work is shown are handed out to encourage people who are seeing the work in each of the cities to develop individual connections and relationships. This is essentially a "social software" aspect that picks up on digital social networking strategies--such as YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, etc.--and attempts to extend them into new spaces in order to reach new communities.

Participating nodes are Amsterdam, Belgrade, Boston, Chicago, Istanbul, Montreal, Paris, Scotland, Seattle, Skopje and Vancouver.

Upgrade! Scotland's B-Sides Programme: B-SIDES is a short programme of artists’ film and video works that highlights one-liners, by-products of larger creative outputs, outtakes, and radical experiments. Artists all produce works which allow them to test out new techniques and ideas, and digital video is the sketch pad for many contemporary new media artists. However, these artefacts do not often make it to a public exhibition. New Media Scotland is celebrating the rough beauty in these video remnants by presenting this programme. We had an open call inviting practitioners based in Scotland (and elsewhere in the UK), to create or submit shorts which represent the “B-side” of their practice. We received a wide range of submissions, and our favourites are presented in this programme. The ideal format for a light-hearted programme like B-SIDES is an outdoor screening, inspired by the Drive-in cinema model, strictly BYOP (Bring Your Own Popcorn), of course! Alternatively the programme can also be screened in a gallery setting.

Upgrade! Vancouver Outdoor P2P: Among other things, Vancouver is interested in short experiments, radical outtakes, and fabulous standalone detritus of creative practice that may not fit other places. "We like the short and the very short. Give us small beauty, provocative fragments, and contemporary ideas."

WANT TO PARTICIPATE? See Upgrade! Boston's Call for Work

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