Intermediality in the Digital Arts Graduate Conference March 2nd, 2013

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Rutgers University
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A Graduate Student Conference

The Graduate Student Organization of the French Department at Rutgers University seeks paper proposals for a Conference to be held at Rutgers on March 2nd, 2013.

The ongoing digitization of channels, information, and expression tends to erase the differences between formerly distinct media, such as movies, music and texts, and fosters the birth of hybrid genres, such as video games, electronic literature and digital archives. Lovers of the book form, museum-goers, theater buffs often criticize the digital medium for reducing the sensory impact of traditional media to the surface effects of sleek interfaces. We would like to examine whether and how contemporary digital arts refute this judgment, and may in fact help save us from the software industry's general Disneyization of culture, instead of being complicitous in it. Can digital arts mobilize our senses and wits in ways that feel as engrossing as those of traditional art forms? It could be said that this very distinction is being challenged by digital artists : for they often invite us, by referring to, mixing or (mis)using non-digital media, to explore and question the many ways in which we enjoy established art forms, past and present. At the same time, there is no doubt that the art of the past increasingly comes to us through digital channels, which may or may not transform our understanding and appreciation of it.

Accordingly, the Conference will focus on the various artistic uses and effects of "intermediality" (interconnectedness among different media) in digital arts, and invites applications for abstracts on the following topics :

• The reference to, use, misuse, or mixing of traditional art forms in the digital arts (electronic literature, video games, digital installation art, computer music, or other related digital creations) ;

• The place of traditional art forms in the history of the digital arts, and the role of art history and theory in our reception and analysis of digital creations ;

• The ongoing digital archiving and remediation of traditional art forms by research institutes, libraries, and museums.

Paper proposals should be sent to Jonathan Baillehache ( by January 31, 2013, and should include a title; and abstract of the proposed paper (500 words maximum); and the name, email address, and institutional affiliation of the presenter.