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Futures of Digital Studies 2010
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Digital Assembly - University of Florida
As Wendy Chun has observed, the term "new media", unlike its predecessor "multi-media," is not accommodating: it proposes that prior media are "old" or even "dead". Similarly, in addressing the consequences of the media shift from the "mechanical" to the "electronic" to the "digital" of the last decades, Arthur and Marilouise Kroker claim for digital studies a new style of thought appropriate to an unprecedented complexity of critical practice. Such complexity is seen as "the essence" of digital technology and, as a consequence, as a specific feature of critical digital studies.
In response to the institutional need to frame such complexity, most anthologies conceive of their content as the nth collective scholarly effort to grasp at least a temporary snapshot of the ever-moving field. Characterized by a stroboscopic nomenclature (media, multimedia, new media, hypermedia, digital media, intermedia, transmedia, emerging media studies--with some scholars rejecting both the "digital" and "media" by identifying themselves with "cyberstudies"), this self-modifying academic field has taken repeated turns by defining the foundational issue at stake in each particular moment.
The conference will focus on the dialogue between forms of digital literacy connected with recent technological developments in networked and programmable media in relation to human expression and forms of representation. We seek to put in conversation digital artists and digital critics in order to examine the "state of the art" of digitally mediated practices and to envision possible futures for the current overlapping platforms, software, formats, hardware and artistic processes through which we experience digital culture. The two-day conference's thematic focus on the 'literary' in the digital age is integrated with a fundamental attention to visual art, music and sound, computer science, and other aspects of digital culture through an art exhibit and a concluding roundtable videoconference session with an international group of participants.
We encourage participation in terms of papers presentations and creative works exhibition/presentations.
Session 1: Beyond Literary
Session 2: Perspectives of Machinic Expression.
More speakers TBA.
John Cayley, Imposition (2009), real-time networked performance
More works TBA.
CALL FOR PAPERS
We invite papers submissions in the form of 300-word abstracts including (but not limited to) the following proposed sessions:
1. Machinic Subjects, Posthuman Objects
2. Writing Digital Art, Exhibiting Digital Literature
3. Re-freshing Virtual Reality, Re-processing A.I.
4. Institutional Connectionism
5. Digital Theory Reconfigurations
6. Coding the Futures
CALL FOR WORKS
We are seeking submissions for artworks that engage or address digital media and other emergent technologies. We are interested in all kinds of art including (but not limited to) work featuring image, sound, video, film, sculpture, networks, databases, code, games, performance, transmedia, and works that explore the hybrid intersections between digital and analogue forms.
Artists will be responsible for providing the materials necessary and for transporting their work. Please submit an artist statement, CV, and documentation/proof of concept by Tuesday, December 20th 2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists are encouraged to submit electronically via email. Links to online project proposals are preferred. Any email attachments should be less than 10MB. If necessary, hard copies can be sent to:
300-word abstracts must be received by Tuesday, December 20th, 2009. Please send your abstract as a word/rtf attachment to the following address: email@example.com.
Papers should highlight a specific innovative statement in your present research, or consider the wider implications of future innovations in digital arts and humanities research.
Notification of accepted abstracts for paper presentations will be sent by January 5th, 2010. Presentations should be between 15-20 minutes long.
Full papers must be received by February 20th and will be published in .pdf format on the Futures of Digital Studies 2010 website ( http://www.english.ufl.edu/da/ ).
Scholars interested in participating in the Videoconference Session 1 and 2 must submit full papers by the abstract deadline to qualify for admission to limited available seats in the REVE room at the Digital Worlds Institute ( http://www.digitalworlds.ufl.edu/ ). Please indicate session preference for the final round table discussion with your paper submission.
Mauro Carassai at: firstname.lastname@example.org