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Uncertain Spaces: Virtual Configurations in Contemporary Art and Museums. Lisbon, 30 October-1 November 2014
full name / name of organization:
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, IST-ID, IHA-UNL
International Conference - CALL FOR PAPERS
"UNCERTAIN SPACES: Virtual Configurations in Contemporary Art and Museums"
31 October | 1 November 2014, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
Over the past decades, and especially since the generalization of the Internet, artists have been actively exploring the potentialities of new media languages and communities, often blurring artistic categories. Movements like Digital Art or Internet Art clearly demonstrate how these technological means came to shape challenging new territories for contemporary art, not only in terms of creation, reception and participation, but also regarding its preservation, collection, curatorship or exhibition.
Yet, interestingly enough, while many of these virtual projects successfully embrace immateriality as a prolific category, many others fail to propose utterly innovative environments, as they merely seek to reproduce conventional museum models: uncritically digitizing existing collections, following the same classification and display criteria or duplicating, online, real exhibition spaces.
To what extent is the permanence of the ‘physical’ determining the shape of virtual art works and environments? What are the differences between digital representations of an existing museum building and a purely virtual, web-based exhibition space? How are we to study, classify, preserve and exhibit Internet art works and collections? How is the emergence of the ‘intangible’ affecting heritage, exhibitions design, art practices and public participation? Is ‘intangible museography’ a new field of specialization for scholars, museum professionals and independent curators?
- Digital and Internet Art
Please send 300-word abstracts, in English, no later than 15th July 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions should include the following details (in English):
Full title of your paper;
For more information, please check the website: unplace.org