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 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.

Interference Patterns

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