Digi-Mediated Culture

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Swansea College of Art - University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Call for contributions for Digi-Mediated-Culture; a one-day symposium that will consider the social, cultural and political space between human consciousness and digital technology. Digi-Mediated-Culture will examine the intersection between humans and machines as a generative space for creative production. Digi-Mediated-Culture invites proposals from academics, artists, designers, philosophers, linguists, artificial intelligence (AI) researchers, programmers, et.al. The symposium will be held on 10th May 2019 in Swansea College of Art’s Reading Room, ALEX, Alexandra Road, Swansea - 1.30pm – 6.00pm

Creativity is commonly considered to be the vestige of non-automatable human cognition; however, with the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) systems and their capacity to compose, design and make, this assumption is less certain. A new paradigm may be said to exist whereby humans are relinquishing their role as individual heroic authors and engaging in creative dialogues with technology. This social and cultural transition transforms both the perception and practice of creativity.

PROPOSALS: Digi-Mediated-Culture invites traditional academic proposals, performative contributions and artworks with a connection to the subject area covered by the symposium.


  • How is the relationship between knowledge and human autonomy being redefined?
  • How is the materiality of knowledge changing in a digital age?
  • How has the materiality of making changed in the digital era?
  • How do we ascribe agency and interpret meaning in human-AI collaborations?
  • How have artists, designers, poets and other creative fields responded to questions surrounding making and technology?
  • Do we listen and view phenomena differently in the digital era?
  • How do voice-driven digital assistants (Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Siri) effect perceptions of human language and communication?
  • What are the effects of computer-generated imagery (CGI - techniques for fragmenting, transforming and enhancing the human body) on contemporary perceptions of the human body?
  • What is lost or gained in the transition from embodied experience to simulated experience?
  • What is the impact of digital technologies upon human health and wellbeing?

Proposals should take the form of a 300word abstract with images and audio files where applicable. Please send your proposals to Dr Marilyn Allen – marilyn.allen1@uwtsd.ac.uk by 15 March 2019.

Presentations should be no more than 15 minutes in duration.