[artinfo] (fwd)Information Aesthetics: Paranoia or Paradigm?

Janos Sugar sj@c3.hu
Fri, 7 Dec 2001 08:59:19 +0100

Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:07:36 -0700
=46rom: carolyn guertin <cguertin@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca>
Subject: CFP: Information Aesthetics [Toronto; 15/12]

Information Aesthetics: Paranoia or Paradigm?

Thomas Pynchon defined paranoia as "the realization that _everything is=
 connected_, everything in the Creation..." For celebrants of chaos theory,=
 massive quantities of data pose the joyous possibility of achieving a state=
 of 'maximum information' or reveal the potentialities of 'pattern=
 recognition' as an organizational structure. The new media arts, hypertext=
 and the World Wide Web often toy with information overload and the=
 exuberant wealth of database systems to unite information with an aesthetic=
 dimension. Is there an aesthetics of information? If so, what forms does it=
 take and how does it function? What are the implications for the artforms=
 of the new media? Does it produce paranoia, nested networks, new modes of=
 organization, or...?

Your investigation might consider:
spatial and/or temporal navigation
search engines, databases and/or archives
sequence, randomness, repetition, lists, series
narrative, anti-narrative, games
transparency, interactivity and/or control
speed, delay, friction
shape, colour, sound and/or noise
spacetime, depth, surface, interface
waves and particles
fractals, quantum computation, geometry
memory and/or forgetting
architecture, photography, cartography

Submissions of a 500 word abstract and a short bio or weblink by e-mail by=
 December 15th to:
Carolyn Guertin    cguertin@ualberta.ca

Carolyn Guertin
Dept of English
University of Alberta
3-5 Humanities Centre
Edmonton AB T6G 2E5

Inter/Disciplinary Models, Disciplinary Boundaries:
Humanities Computing and Emerging Mind Technologies
Consortium for Computers in the Humanities / Consortium pour Ordinateurs en=
 Sciences Humaines (COCH/COSH)
2002 Meeting at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities
May 26-8, 2002
U Toronto / Ryerson Polytechnic U


Carolyn Guertin, Department of English, University of Alberta
E-Mail: cguertin@ualberta.ca; Tel/FAX: 780-438-3125
Website: http://www.ualberta.ca/~cguertin/