[artinfo] Call for Papers/ Acoustic Space Journal: Trans-Culture
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Wed Jul 7 18:36:13 CEST 2004
===============CALL FOR PAPERS===============
Acoustic Space, special issue of on "Trans-Culture Mapping"
The RIXC Centre for New Media Culture seeks manuscripts for its upcoming
Acoustic Space journal, to be published for the 7th international
Art+Communication festival in Riga Latvia, September 30th- October 3rd. Now
in its 5th edition, Acoustic Space is a forum for net-radio and new media
artists broadly interested in the idea of making visible the invisible.
This year's journal, Trans-Culture Mapping, will focus, in the context of
European expansion, on ideas of locality, cartography and the politics of
The ability to visualize a space relates to its domination where borders
are maintained by a legions of state cartographers, enforcing hierarchical
regimes of power from the level of the biological to the geopolitical.
Against the US-led 'coalition of the willing' of which Latvia counts itself
a part --informed, as it is, by the US Strategic Command's objective of
"Full Spectrum Dominance" (that seeks the unilateral total domination of
land, sea, air, cyberspace and outer space)- this publication is interested
in projects that re-appropriate mapping as a means cultural expression.
The publication seeks to offer a space of exchange for grassroots activists
and new media practitioners who are critically exploring ideas of locality,
in response to the continental European (and global) process of
Governments and corporations worldwide are constructing a geo-rectified
real-time digital-double of earth-systems, which, with the advent of the
mobile Internet and the ever increasing ubiquity of location-sensing
technologies, allow for urban space to become conceived of as a site for
digital media and, potentially, emergent social organization. Yet, beneath
the manifold promise of collaborative cartography, is the harsh reality of
'total information awareness'. Can locative media escape its own axiomatic
Advances in wireless internet technology are changing not only how people
connect to the internet but also how they approach the wireless spectrum
itself. This section seeks to map how ideas of use and ownership are being
analyzed and reconsidered in this environment.
Social softwares have become a means of mobilizing people without having to
go to the "Media" to convey a message. Problems, however, persist in making
the leap into more mainstream circuits of power. How can maps be used both
to help legitimize certain "fringe" Internet-debates and throw light on the
nature of multinational capitalism?
In the context of a "War on Terror", global borders are being mapped
_within_, in a battle for "hearts and minds". While we may celebrate
aspects of European integration, smaller States must also be cautious of
the wholesale adoption of various monoculturing techniques that threaten
their local diversities. How does "the local" assert itself while at the
same time avoiding becoming reactionary and fundamentalist.
We encourage you to submit documents of various lengths and forms, so long
as they related to one of the sub-themes, and display an internal consistence.
All inquiries regarding submissions should be made to Marc Tuters
<mt at x-i.net> and Rasa Smita <rasa at relab.net>
While we ask for documents in English, we actively encourages submissions
from non-Anglophones, especially Eastern Europeans.
Please submit documents as RTF's and any images separately in a high
Deadline for final submissions: August 1st
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