[artinfo] Re at ct! - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

neon at northeastofnorth.com neon at northeastofnorth.com
Thu May 30 12:25:56 CEST 2019

We are delighted to announce our call to be part of the Re at ct! Social 
Change Art Technology Symposium

Digital Arts Festival - REACT 2019 in Dundee, Scotland, exploring how 
artists use digital systems to effect change within our social and 
political realities. NEoN was founded in 2009, and with every annual 
edition of the festival has hosted an artist-led symposium. This 
year, we are very pleased to be organising an expanded 3-day 
symposium and interconnected activities entitled, Re at ct: Social 
Change Art Technology (from the 6th to the 8th November 2019), 
chaired by Professor Joseph DeLappe (Abertay University, Dundee), 
Professor Sarah Cook (University of Glasgow) and Dr Laura Leuzzi 
(DJCAD, University of Dundee).

We are looking for for papers, panels, presentations, actions 
and workshops - Deadline for submissions June 30th, 2019, 5pm GMT

Many artists involved in digital arts have historically been prompted 
to react and respond to local, national, global, social and political 
crises (i.e. around issues of environmentalism, gender equality, 
exploitation, colonialism, militarism, emancipation). Re at ct will be a 
platform to critically examine the relevance and impact of past and 
present practices, theories and strategies - to engage an uncertain 
future through an exploration of the creative potential of digital 

Re at ct aims to provide a forum to explore how activist artists develop 
critical approaches to utilise, champion and pioneer the creative use 
of new technologies. To investigate experimental research 
methodologies - both theoretical and practice-based. To retrace early 
experiments by digital artists involved at different levels in forms 
of activism. To reconstruct histories at present 'lost' to 
international scholarship. To question how to preserve these 
artworks, with their context and narratives and how to represent and 
re-mediate them to future generations.

Re at ct aims to present contemporary strategies and forms of protest, 
resistance, resilience and reaction enacted by artists. To debate the 
status and role of the artists, curators, art historians, 
collectives, producers and institutions involved in digital art and 
activism. To reconsider the role and the dynamics of activists' 
artists' communities and collectives today. To investigate the impact 
of digital art and activism upon society on a larger scale, on the 
government and on economies - does it work?

Re at ct aims to imagine and speculate as to how best to move forward 
into the 21st century utilising emerging digital technologies 
(virtual reality, augmented reality, blockchain, etc). To stimulate 
the production and dissemination of written and practice-based 
methodologies for the ongoing engagement of social and political 
digital art production and scholarship.

Rather than a typical academic symposium this is instead an 
opportunity to engage with a broadened context of action - each day 
will involve multiple venues, talks, panels, walks, actions and 
performances spanning the city of Dundee, and in context of NEoN's 
Festival format. 

For all information and submission details visit - 

NEoN (North East of North)
Unit 5, Vision Building
20 Greenmarket
Dundee, DD1 4QB


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