[artinfo] Fwd: [CAS] Leonardo Electronic Almanac - CFP: Dispersive Anatomies Special

Oliver Grau oliver.grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Sat Apr 7 03:19:19 CEST 2007

Nisar Keshvani <nisarh at KESHVANI.COM> 02.04.2007 11:52:55 >>>
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*Dispersive Anatomies*
*Guest Editors:* Sandy Baldwin, Alan Sondheim and Mez Breeze
leadispersive at astn.net
*Editorial Guidelines:* http://leoalmanac.org/cfp/submit/index.asp
*Discussion Group: *leadispersive-subscribe at googlegroups.com
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*Deadline: *31 May 2007

*Call for papers - LEA Dispersive Anatomies*

*The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (ISSN No: 1071-4391) is inviting
papers and artworks that address dispersion - dispersion of bodies, objects,
landscapes, networks, virtual and real worlds.

A fundamental shift in the way we view the world is underway: the
abandonment of discrete objects, and objecthood itself. The world is
now plural, and the distinction between real and virtual is becoming
increasingly blurred, with troubling consequences within the geopolitical
register. This shift is related to a cultural change that emphasizes
digital deconstruction over analog construction: a photograph for example can
be accessed and transformed, pixel by pixel, cities can be taken apart by
gerrymandering or eminent domain, and our social networks are replete
with names and images that problematize friendship, sexuality, and culture
itself. One issue that emerges here: Are we networking or are we
Are we networks ourselves?

LEA is interested in texts and works that deal with this fundamental
shift in new and illuminating ways. Specifically, anything from essays
through multimedia through networks themselves may be considered. We're
particularly interested in submissions that deal with the incoherency 
of the world,
and how to address it.
*Key topics of interest

*Topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):
- Networked warfare in real and virtual worlds.
- The wounded/altered body in real and virtual worlds.
- Transgressive sexualities across borders, sexualities among
body-parts, dismemberments and groups, both real and virtual.

- Critical texts on the transformation of classical narrative - from
its emphasis on an omniscient narrator and coherent plots/characters, to
literatures of incoherency, dispersed narrations, and the jump-cut
exigencies of everyday life.

- Deleuze/Guattari, TAZ, and other phenomena at the border of
- Internet visions and their abandonment or fulfillment.
- The haunting of the world by ghosts, virtual beings, dreams and
nightmares that never resolve.

- The geopolitical collapse of geopolitics.
- Military empires as scattershot entrepreneurial corporations.

Dispersion has two vectors: the breakup or breakdown of coherent
objects; and the subsequent attempt to corral, curtail, or recuperate from this
breakdown. How do we deal with networks that are constantly coalescing
and disappearing? Where are we in the midst of this? In an era of
pre-emptive culture, is guerilla warfare to be accompanied by 
guerilla culture as
the order of the day?
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*Publishing Opportunities
As part of this special, LEA is looking to publish:

- Critical Essays
- Artist Statement/works in the LEA Gallery
- Bibliographies (a peer reviewed bibliography with key
texts/references in Dispersive Anatomies)
- Academic Curriculum (LEA encourages academics conducting course
programmes in this area to contact us)

LEA encourages international artists / academics / researchers /
students / practitioners / theorists to submit their proposals for 
We particularly encourage authors outside North America and Europe to
submit essays / artists statements.

Proposals should include:

- A brief description of proposed text (200-300 words)
- A brief author biography
- Any related URLs
- Contact details

In the subject heading of the email message, please use *Name of
Artist/Project Title: LEA Dispersive Anatomies Special - Date
Please cut and paste all text into body of email (without
Editorial Guidelines: http://leoalmanac.org/cfp/submit/index.asp
Deadline for proposals: May 31, 2007

Please send proposals or queries to:
Sandy Baldwin, Alan Sondheim, Mez Breeze
leadispersive at astn.net

Nisar Keshvani
LEA Editor-in-Chief
lea at mitpress.mit.edu

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