[artinfo] CFP: "Art in the Age of Technological Seduction"

Legier Biederman bieder at humnet.ucla.edu
Sat Jul 8 11:14:46 CEST 2006

MEDIA-N CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Deadline July 30, 2006

"Art in the Age of Technological Seduction"
Fall '06 issue of NMC Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus
Guest editors: Legier Biederman & Joshua Callaghan

The fall 2006 issue of Media-N, "Art in the Age of Technological 
Seduction," is a collaborative platform, a diverse questioning, 
re-considering and re-imaging of what, when and how new media arts 
practice is viewed by artists, practitioners, theorists, critics and 
historians working in the field today. We seek a broad range of 
contributions discussing the scope, values, and definitions of 
diverse new media arts practices and hope that this issue of Media-N 
will be a departure as much as much as an arrival. Four general 
questions have been posed by the members of the new media caucus as 
points of entry for an engaging, vibrant discussion. The issue will 
be divided into two sections: The first section invites brief 
personal accounts and anecdotal responses addressing and/or expanding 
one of the four questions, and we encourage everyone to respond to 
this section, as we'd like to include as many responses as possible. 
The second section invites papers that address these questions in a 
more lengthy and detailed form.

Four Questions:
1. Defining and Re-imagining: What are new media arts? Is it 
necessary that we define new media arts? How do we begin to discuss 
or teach new media arts?  What sets new media arts apart from other 
disciplines or practices, or what connects them? What's (still) new 
about new media or what was, if anything ever was?  What defines your 
work as new media art and why?  How do you explain new media arts to 
your students and colleagues?  What did or currently does attract you 
to new media arts practices?

2. Discourses on New Media Arts: What do the discourses do to the 
practice? How might one describe or define the discourse/s on new 
media arts? How does new media arts discourse relate to new media 
practices? In other words, what does the discourse/s do or attempt to 
do to new media arts? Are theory and practice being brought together 
in new media arts discourse, and if not, how might we begin to do so? 
What do you find interesting or problematic about new media arts 
discourses? Do you think there is a disjuncture between new media 
arts practice and the discourses on it? As a new media artist, do new 
media arts discourses affect your practice?

3. Authorship, Relationships & Relationality: Does your work maintain 
a traditional relationship between the artist/author/producer and the 
spectator/viewer?  If not, how does it transgress these boundaries?
Do you feel it necessary to challenge these boundaries? Do you 
consider relationality, the non-hierarchical intertwining of data, 
artwork, artists, and viewers etc., an important aspect of your work? 
In what context/s is your work shown and how does effect it.  How do 
recombinatory practices commonly found in new media such as sampling, 
appropriation, and mash-ups, challenge traditional author/viewer 
conventions? While autonomy and relationality have long lineages in 
art history, how do they function within new media arts practices and 

4. E-litism: Technospheres and the Everyday: How do notions of 
location, language, identity, and cultural understandings of 
communication inform or effect new media practices? Who is left out 
of, disproportionately under-represented, in the world of new media 
art practices? Is, as some have argued, the openness often associated 
with information technologies and new media practices, paradoxically, 
replacing the national politics of a past with the global 
connectivity of cosmopolitan tourism?  How does your particular 
specificity (sexual, gender, ethnic, racial, class) affect your 
practice, your work or its reception?

Event reviews: The editorial board also invites proposals for reviews 
of exhibitions/events/ festivals/conferences, etc.

For more information: http://www.newmediacaucus.org/media-n/call.htm
[] Send manuscripts via email to: Legier Biederman 
(lbiederm at ucla.edu) by July 30, 2006
[] For format information see the  'Submission Guidelines' link
[] For Media-N author's agreement see 'Copyright Statement' link
[] [] Questions: contact guest editors Legier Biederman 
(lbiederm at ucla.edu) and Joshua Callaghan (joshua at joshuacallaghan.com) 

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