[artinfo] Call for Submissions: 5TH INTERNATIONAL MOBILE MUSIC WORKSHOP 2008

Adele Eisenstein adele at c3.hu
Mon Dec 17 23:17:42 CET 2007

Apologies for Cross-postings

13-15 May 2008, Vienna, Austria
Call for Submissions: Deadline 10 February 2008

The Mobile Music Workshop 2008 is the 5th in a series of annual  
international gatherings that explore the creative, critical and  
commercial potential of mobile music. They are inspired by the ever- changing
social, geographic, ecological, emotional context of using  
mobile technology for creative ends. We are looking for new ideas and  
ground-breaking projects on sound in mobile contexts. What new forms  
of interaction with music and audio lie ahead as locative media,  
ubiquitous networks, and music access merge into new forms of  
experiences that shape the everyday? Can they change the way we think  
about our mobile devices and about walking through the city?

The emerging field of Mobile Music sits at the intersection of  
ubiquitous computing, portable audio technology and New Interfaces  
for Musical Expression (NIME). It goes beyond today’s personal music  
players to include creative practices of mobile music making, sharing  
and mixing. The mobile setting challenges existing notions of  
interfaces and interaction, stretching music to new creative limits.  
The workshop has been at the forefront of this innovative area since  
2004. Past editions of the event have taken place in Amsterdam,  
Brighton, Vancouver and Göteborg in collaboration with the Viktoria  
Institute, STEIM, Waag Society, Futuresonic, NIME and others.

The 2008 edition of the workshop will be held in Vienna, one of the  
hotspots in the European for laptop, glitch, and electronic music.  
Hosted by the University of Applied Arts, it will feature three  
evenings of performances and installations, an exhibition in the  
heart of the city, invited speakers, paper presentations, posters and  
demo sessions as well as hands-on tutorials. Besides the workshop  
proceedings, we will publish a catalogue that will gather key  
contributions from the last 5 years. We invite artists, designers,  
academic researchers, hackers, industry professionals and  
practitioners from all areas, including music, technology  
development, new media, sound-art, music distribution, cultural/media  
studies and locative media and more to present and discuss projects,  
prototypes, applications, devices, performances, installations,  
theoretical and historical considerations.


Submission deadline: 10 February 2008
Notification of acceptance: 14 March 2008
Submission deadline for final papers: 14 April 2008
Registration deadline: 14 April 2008


Please upload your submission in any of the three following  
categories at http://ocs.waag.org/.  Submissions will be peer- reviewed by a
committee of international specialists in the field.


We invite submissions of workshop papers presenting new projects,  
approaches or reflections exploring the topic of mobile music.  
Potential submissions could include but are not limited to mobile  
music systems or enabling technologies, interface design, legal  
issues, user studies, ethnographic fieldwork, social implications,  
art pieces and other areas relevant to mobile music. Accepted paper  
authors will be given a time slot during the workshop for  
presentation and discussion of their work. They are encouraged to  
bring a demo of their work if possible.

Format: 4 pages in ACM SIG publications format (for templates, see  
http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). More artistic  
submissions are free to pay less attention to the academic or  
technical detail of the format, and to include more media instead.

Posters and Demos

We also invite the contribution of posters and demos that document  
work-in-progress projects or ideas in similar areas of mobile music  
technology as the papers. There will be a poster and demo  
presentation session where attendees will be able to discuss work  
with the authors. The most robust of the demos will be offered the  
opportunity to exhibit to the general public during the open sessions  
(although this is not mandatory). Posters will be on display for the  
duration of the conference.

Format: 2 pages in ACM SIG publications format (for templates, see  
http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). More artistic  
submissions are free to pay less attention to the academic or  
technical detail of the format, and to include more media instead.

Installations and Performances

We invite mobile art installations and performances in the genres of  
mobile music and locative audio. There will be an exhibition space in  
central Vienna, and the possibility to show work in the city. There  
will also be a series of evening performances/concerts/parties.

Format: Please follow loosely the ACM SIG publications format (for  
templates, see http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html)  
without too much academic or technical detail and include more media  
instead. Please indicate if your project would be suitable for indoor  
or outdoor, installation or performance.


The workshop will have both closed sessions for registered  
participants and sessions open to the general public. The number of  
participants for the closed sessions of the workshop is limited to 50  
places. Accepted submitters are given priority, other participants  
are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Registered  
participants will have automatic access to all sessions of the  

Registrations fees for the closed sessions of the workshop have yet  
to be confirmed.  However this will be in the region of 75 € at full  
rate and 45€ for concessions.

Deadline for Registration: 14th April 2007.


The 2008 edition is hosted and co-organised by the University of  
Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria (Nicolaj Kirisits). The Steering  
Committee is formed by Lalya Gaye (Dånk! Collective and IT-University  
of Göteborg, Sweden), Atau Tanaka (Culture Lab Newcastle, UK), Frauke  
Behrendt (University of Sussex, UK), Kristina Andersen (STEIM, The  
Contact: info at mobilemusicworkshop.org
More information: http://www.mobilemusicworkshop.org

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