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The @rte Movement 2006

UP Cursor is once again hosting the @rte Movement at the University of the Philippines Diliman. It’s all about the synergy between art and technology – and it’s a definite step in the direction of developing the next generation of artists’ appreciation and the public’s appreciation for digital art.

Last year I gave them a demonstration on Digital Painting – sponsored my Wacom (ATI). This year, I am a judge for The @rte Movement: Art & Technology United @rte Attack! contest.

The shortlisted entries show extremely varying degrees of creativity & competency, and it was not difficult to single out the few exceptional pieces.

I was given these as guidelines for judging:

Creativity and Originality: 40%
Relevance to the Theme: 30%
Visual Appeal: 20%
Overall Presentation: 10%

The fact that the theme is Art & Technology: “Boot-up. Connect. Converge” or “No Boundary. New Technology” doesn’t just mean the artist should make an artwork about technology. That’s 30% !!

I think there was either a mixup or something when one of the works looked like it belonged in The @rte Movement’s Digital Photography contest.

For those who made the shortlist, you may want to know that I only read the written explanations of the works after I gave my scores. I wanted to comprehend the artworks for myself based on the work I see, and I’m sure the public will too. Besides, I wanted to avoid being influenced by how good you the artist (or your writer friends) wrote the concept and instead focus on the theme and treatment.

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