deadline for submissions: 
March 10, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Discussion for Asias

Asia//Technics (

The Asia//Technics symposium will seek to re-imagine notions of nation, labour, and culture as they are transformed by the flows of techno-capital in a multiplicity of Asias. What is produced when information societies and tradition meet? What alternatives can a regional technics in Asia provide against the the prevalence of market-driven enframing of Western technology? How does ‘culture’ reimagine itself in an age of computation so pervasive and seamless it transforms the conditions of cultural (and economic) production itself? What does ‘Digital Asia’ look like and who are its citizens? We cast Asian futurity into relief against AI-assisted technologies that entertain and monitor, special economic zones that bring prosperity and displacement, and other sites responsible for creating Asia’s polymorphous technical cultures.

Asia//Technics is this year’s iteration of ‘Discussion for Asias’ at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and is sponsored by the Department of Visual and Critical Studies and Department of Art History at SAIC.

We are looking for panel participants and moderators for this symposium taking place on April 13, 2019. Panelists will be asked to give a 15-20 minute presentation before a moderated discussion and Q&A.

Panels and topics encompassed are (but not limited to):

  1. Nationalism and the Control Society - Topics could include but are not limited to: social media surveillance, social credit systems and biometricsdatabases, ‘troll armies’ around elections, smart cities, the folding of bank/credit functions into social media, and how this conditions art in these places.

  2. Culture/Technology/Labour - Topics could include but are not limited to: worker movements and automation in technology industries, the integration of artisan communities into special economic zones, the cultural effects of increased internet infrastructure, ‘art factories’, making/faking as it relates to contemporary notions of intellectual property and authenticity.

  3. Asian Futurity - representing the future as technological. Topics could include but are not limited to: cultural studies-style interrogation of ‘future’ in Asian popular media (past and present), discourse analysis, the speculative mode in art-making, the future as a site of othering through neo-orientalism and nationalism.


Panelists, please submit to  by March 10, 2019:

  • A 300-word abstract or summary of your presentation (including which panel, if applicable)

  • A 100-word brief bio

Moderators, please submit a 100-word brief bio and which panel you’d be interested in moderating to by March 10, 2019


Contact Info: - Diana Ryu - Alex Karsavin - Mara Iskander