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Publications, News Media, Conferences and other Publicity mentioning George Aguilar and C. Hirvi

PUBLICATION
2012
- Italian Academic Journal
mentions "Warriors of Aliveness
"


Excerpt from "Between Man and Place"

"Another intriguing example for discussions is the Second Life Machinima Film Warriors of Aliveness (2011) by Cecil Hirvi. The eight-minute film, which was shot in Second Life and produced for a machinima contest organized by the University of Western Australia in 2011, clearly draws on Moby-Dick on an intertextual level. It transfers the hunt for Moby Dick onto Second Life, in order to unleash a critique on today’s media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, by quoting, adapting and appropriating both parts of the novel in the form of written intertitles, as well as in an audiovisual narrative that provides a poetic critique of technological determinism at the expense of “human contact and a well-rounded education”
-Dr. Martina Pfeiler, TU Dortmund

CONFERENCE
2012 - George Aguilar has been invited to speak and give a workshop on
'Machinima/Mash-ups and the New Storytelling Frontier'

MIX: A Conference Exploring Transmedia Writing & Digital Creativity, July 2012 @ Bath/Spa University, England

"The aim of the conference is to bring together theorists and practitioners and your proven excellence in creating electronic poetry would be an asset to this conference and introduce a necessary 'hands on' experience for our delegates."
- Lucy English, School Humanites and Cultural Industries
MACHINIMA
WARRIORS OF ALIVENESS:
Machinima by G. Aguilar aka C. Hirvi
Poetry by Martina Pfeiler, Title inspiration courtesy of Adam Shames

Awards 2011
-Official Selection MaMachinima Festival 2011
-Grand Prize Winner: Berkeley Video and Film Festival 2011
-Open This End' Award of Excellence in Film 2011
- MachinimUWA III Special Award for
INTERPRETATION AND DELIVERY 2011

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
International Society forTechnology in Educatio
n
CONFERENCE
2012 - George Aguilar has been invited to speak at the:
I International Symposion of Videopoetry
(Dialogs between image, sound and verbal language)

Nov-Dec 2012, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Dear George,
You are very important tor us as one of the first artists in videopoetry. It will be great if you can come to Argentina.
-Javier Robledo, Conference Organizer




E-PUBLICATION
VIDEOPOETRY: A MANIFESTO BY TOM KONYVES

"Thank you George for all your support, the time you spent with me, your ideas, encouragement, resources, references etc".
-T. Konyves
2011

MACHINIMA
A PLACID OCEAN OF UNCERTAIN LIBERTIES:
Machinima by G. Aguilar aka C. Hirvi
Words by G. Aguilar aka C. Hirvi


Awards 2011
-MachinimUWA IV ANTON MESMER Special Award
-OPEN THIS END AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR FILM NARRATIVE

2010-2009
BOOK
2010- "Perhaps no one has done more to fuel the interaction of poetry and film than digital artist and filmmaker George Aguilar." -Kevin Stein, Poetry’s Afterlife:  Verse in the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press, 2010).  This volume surveys the current state of American poetry, traces how we arrived at this point, and suggests where we’re going given technological innovations in the ways poetry is written as well as distributed.
Kevin Stein is former poet laureate of Illinois,, National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellow and Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Program at Bradley University .
BOOK
2010- Featuring several Cin(E)-Poems by the American Filmmaker and Artist George Aguilar. Poetry Goes Intermedia is a new German publication by Dr. Martina Pfeiler and encompass intersections of American Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Studies. It also presents how U.S. literary works have been (co-) emerging in and with all kinds of print and electronic media throughout the 19th, 20th  and 21st centuries.
"A must read for any educator/student!" -G. Aguilar

Cin(E)-Poetry:
Engaging the Digital Generation in 21st-Century Response
E-PUBLICATION
2010- "It was the work of Cin(E)-Poet George Aguilar and teacher David Bengston, co-presenters of a session at NCTE's annual convention in 2001, that inspired the project I report here." - D. Stuart. Cin(E)-Poetry: Engaging the Digital Generation in 21st-Century Response is a journal article by Prof. Denise Stuart and published by the National Council of Teachers of English.
Leo Baeck Institute 2010 -The Library of the Leo Baeck Institute of New York adds film Diary of Niclas Gheiler to its permanent collection for future generations to study.
"I Am Evolution" 2010- "A hauntingly beautiful primordial poem of evolution....and visually well done!!!!" "I Am Evolution", is a NOVA/WGBH Lab favorite created by George Aguilar in collaboration w/ poet M. Ricciardi.

BERKELEY FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL 2009

"Aguilar continues his series of virtual films, unleashing his avatar alter ego Cecil Hirvi in Second Life for another installment of “Machinima Poetry.” This episode finds Hirvi finding himself as he gazes into the media mirror, watching old Hollywood footage of young soldier’s uncertain return from the battlefield to the open fields of Wyoming."

Berkeley, CA
"The SunFisher"
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
ANIMATION-MACHINIMA
BERKELEY FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL 2009
DEC09: Elegantly Forbidden, The Sunfisher, Future O, The Biggest Grief of All, To My Beloved has been shortlisted as one of the Singapore Shooot Awards Finalists! SHOOOT.COM
OCT09"Elegantly Forbidden," has been selected for screening @ the 2009 Machinima Expo in Second Life

Winners of SHOOOT Awards 2009 would be announced on 6 Dec 2009 at the Awards Ceremony at *SCAPE Youth Centre, Singapore, and SHOOOT.COM
NOV09 Diary of Niclas Gheiler has been selected for screening at the next UKJFF, which will take place 10th of November 2009 OCT09 THE SUNFISHER has been selected by the VAD International Video and Digital Arts
Festival 2009 competition.

The Festival will be celebrated from Oct. 15-25th in
Girona (Spain). http://www.vadfestival.net/
OCT09: "Diary of Niclas Gheiler" accepted to the 6th World Jewish Film Festival in Ashkelon, Israel 2009

JUN09: "Blending Media:"Defining Film in the Modernist Period June 9-10 - Innsbruck , Austria. Major Conference includes Aguilar's work for "Panel 6: American Cinematic Modernism". Presented by M. Pfeiler Phd.
APRIL09: "Elegantly Forbidden" to Screen in U.K FEB09: MaMachinima International Festival
JAN09: Social Networking, Virtual spaces and Art Synthetic Masquerade:
Mixed Reality Exhibition Curated by G. Aguilar

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