HorizonZero: a unique online space for digital art, ideas, and culture.
The HorizonZero project was a creative collaboration between The Banff
New Media Institute (BNMI) and the Culture.ca Gateway. Begun in early
2002, the project concluded its live production cycle in December 2004.
As an interactive Web production, HorizonZero developed eighteen thematic
issues in total, launching monthly updates on a regular basis between
August 2002 and December 2004. Dual Web sites (a high-broadband, media-rich
Flash site and an accessible, text-based site) were published in Canada's
two official languages, French and English.
Throughout its three-year lifespan, the HorizonZero
project dedicated itself to opening the developing field of new media
to the larger realm of Canadian culture, by building new audiences, engaging
cultural and ethnic diversity, and fostering dialogues between new media
practitioners and their audiences. The objective: to commission fresh
Canadian new media content; to promote and disseminate Canadian talent
in digital arts and culture, both nationally and worldwide; and to facilitate
dialogue and innovation in the converging fields of science, technology,
media arts, and research. Combining a strong Canadian focus, a critical
perspective, and a sense of humour, the project regularly published digital
art and interactives, essays, fiction and poetry, interviews and reviews,
photography, video, animation, and other original work. Issue themes evolved
from the wide spectrum of Canadian activity in digital art and culture,
and focused upon the presentation, interpretation, analysis, and oeuvre
of individual artists, artistic movements, and related events and discourses.