[artinfo] switch media: first call for papers

switchmedia switchmedia at inter.net
Tue Jan 6 16:13:27 CET 2004

switch media: first call for papers
switch media: first call for papers – conference: “the impact of digital
media in southeast asia” – Chiang Mai; 23rd-25th April 2004

“The impact of digital media in Southeast Asia” is an art and technology
conference which aims to look for an alternative perspective of technology
in Asia, by bringing together artists, cultural & media activists and
academics from different fields from Asian Pacific and the world to discuss
and explore digital media, their impact and models for cultural expression
in Southeast Asia.

The conference shall serve as a focus for theoretical and interdisciplinary
approach. The goal of the conference is to create a meeting point for
interested parties in Southeast Asian region and the international community
to enjoy and cultivate dialogue about new media, mainly (but not
exclusively!) from the SEA region to evaluate the contemporary situation –
with its own artistic approach and expression, its own theoretical and
practical difficulties and options for future development.

The conference is conceptualized & initiated by the Media Art & Design
Center, College of Graduate Study, Chiang Mai University in cooperation with
the switch media_ art festival “pathiharn electron [supernatural]”,
organized by switch media, Chiang Mai.  

The concepts for the new media art festival Pathiharn Electron
[Supernatural] were developed from discussions regarding the impact of new
media on the contemporary cultures of Thailand, overall Southeast Asia, and
other countries in the world. Although the festival will examine how
practical, technological aspects of new media contribute to various levels
of human survival, it will also extend beyond the material and address the
humanizing and spiritual perspectives of the field. In relation to how new
media affects contemporary reality, the festival will explore levels of
physical space as opposed to or in juxtaposition with virtual space. By
engaging artists from the Southeast Asian region as well as the rest of the
world, the festival will present the fluid exchange among cultures regarding
the use of technology and new media. Through new media art, it will address
the similarities, differences, and the points of hybridization among
cultures.  At the crucial juncture when the field of new media is
accelerating Thai society and the rest of the Southeast Asian region into
the 21st Century, the festival Pathiharn Electron [Supernatural] offers a
creative outlet to reflect on new media’s influence on current condition and
explore the field’s limitations and possibilities. 



Date: 23rd-25th April 2004
Venue: Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Deadline for papers/abstracts (English or Thai; 500 words): 15th February

Abstracts _can_ be send by email to: switchmedia at inter.net
Or by REGISTERED mail to:
switch media chiang mai
c/o Chiang Mai University Art Museum
239 Nimanhemin Road 
Chiang Mai 50200

Acknowledgements for Conference participation will be send out in late
February 2004. A documentation of the selected papers will be provided after
the conference.


Enjoy !
Chiang Mai, 6th January 2004

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