AIM was founded in 1999 by Janet Owen and
Jim Keller, and originated in response to the phenomenon of
communications, technology, and distribution innovations merging
together to create global networks and tools, including the
Internet. As a result of this phenomenon, there developed
a need to support digital media artists with an infrastructure
- from physical spaces in which to create and exhibit, to
public education programs, to forums for maintaining theoretical
discourse within the time-based media community.
This need was made apparent by the overwhelming number of
diverse projects being created by artists, media-makers and
technologists as they explored the potential of the many new
communications technologies and digital tools at their disposal.
Now entering its fourth year, AIM continues its success in
fostering the cross-fertilization within this dynamic field
by encouraging innovative projects and positioning them within
a specific critical frame, thus amplifying the level of our
digital cultural discourse.
Unlike traditional film festivals, galleries and media venues
that organize around a specific media or genre, AIM is organized
around a theme, which changes annually. The only criteria
for submission to the festival is that works be 'time-based'.
AIM broadly defines time-based media to include film, video,
digital video, hand-drawn and digital animation, interactive
computer games, sound pieces, CD-ROMs, DVDs, websites, Internet
projects, installations and performances as well as various
emerging hybrids that elude such categorization.
Representing a genuine outreach to encourage participation
from all artistic quarters, the festival maintains a no submission
fee policy and all AIM events are free and open to the public.
AIM I, II and III
AIM has grown exponentially since the inaugural festival in
January 2000. A one-day event held on the USC campus featuring
a screening and an exhibition, AIM I received over 200 submissions
from around the world.
AIM IV: 'Interference Patterns', presented by the USC School
of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Armory Center for the
Arts, Pasadena, takes place February 15 - April 13, 2003.