CFP: media-N: Art in the Age of Technological Seduction (7/30/06; journal issue)

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"Art in the Age of Technological Seduction"
Fall 2006 issue of NMC media-N: journal of the new media caucus
Guest Editors: Legier Biederman and Joshua Callaghan

The fall 2006 issue of Media-N, "Art in the Age of Technological
Seduction," is a collaborative platform, a diverse questioning, re-
considering and re-imaging of what, when and how new media arts
practice is viewed by artists, practitioners, theorists, critics and
historians working in the field today. We seek a broad range of
contributions discussing the scope, values, and definitions of
diverse new media arts practices and hope that this issue of Media-N
will be a departure as much as much as an arrival. Four general
questions have been posed by the members of the new media caucus as
points of entry for an engaging, vibrant discussion.

The issue will be divided into two sections: The first section
invites brief personal accounts and anecdotal responses addressing
and/or expanding one of the four questions, and we encourage everyone
to respond to this section, as we'd like to include as many responses
as possible. The second section invites papers that address these
questions in a more lengthy and detailed form.

Four Questions:
1. Defining and Re-imagining
What are new media arts? Is it necessary that we define new media
arts? How do we begin to discuss or teach new media arts? What sets
new media arts apart from other disciplines or practices, or what
connects them? What's (still) new about new media or what was, if
anything ever was? What defines your work as new media art and why?
How do you explain new media arts to your students and colleagues?
What did or currently does attract you to new media arts practices?

2. Discourses on New Media Arts: What do the discourses do to the
practice? How might one describe or define the discourse/s on new
media arts? How does new media arts discourse relate to new media
practices? In other words, what does the discourse/s do or attempt to
do to new media arts? Are theory and practice being brought together
in new media arts discourse, and if not, how might we begin to do so?
What do you find interesting or problematic about new media arts
discourses? Do you think there is a disjuncture between new media
arts practice and the discourses on it? As a new media artist, do new
media arts discourses affect your practice?

3. Authorship, Relationships & Relationality
Does your work maintain a traditional relationship between the artist/
author/producer and the spectator/viewer? If not, how does it
transgress these boundaries? Do you feel it necessary to challenge
these boundaries? Do you consider relationality, the non-hierarchical
intertwining of data, artwork, artists, and viewers etc., an
important aspect of your work? In what context/s is your work shown
and how does effect it. How do recombinatory practices commonly
found in new media such as sampling, appropriation, and mash-ups,
challenge traditional author/viewer conventions? While autonomy and
relationality have long lineages in art history, how do they function
within new media arts practices and discourses?

4. E-litism: Technospheres and the Everyday
How do notions of location, language, identity, and cultural
understandings of communication inform or effect new media practices?
Who is left out of, disproportionately under-represented, in the
world of new media art practices? Is, as some have argued, the
openness often associated with information technologies and new media
practices, paradoxically, replacing the national politics of a past
with the global connectivity of cosmopolitan tourism? How does your
particular specificity (sexual, gender, ethnic, racial, class) affect
your practice, your work or its reception?

Event reviews:
The editorial board also invites proposals for reviews of exhibitions/
events/festivals/conferences, etc.

For more information:
[] Send manuscripts via email to: Legier Biederman
( by July 30, 2006
[] Paper format and media format are in the 'Submission Guidelines' link
[] Media-N author's agreement is available from the 'Copyright
Statement' link
[] [] Questions: contact guest editors Legier Biederman
( and Joshua Callaghan (
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