Markus S. Schulz, chair of the Joint Session of RC07 Research Committee on Futures Research and RC14 Research Committee on Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture, at the 2006 World Congress of the International Sociological Association, invites submissions of papers on “The Futures of New Mediascapes: Communication, Knowledge, and Culture in a Globalizing World”. The session’s purpose is to provide a forum for scholars working on communication, knowledge, and culture to discuss the processes by which the new global mediascapes are being shaped, and their future implications and social consequences. The deadline for paper proposals is October 15, 2005. The World Congress of ISA will take place in Durban, South Africa, July 23-29, 2006. For more information on the ISA World Congress and this session, visit RC07on the web. Contact Markus S. Schulz with inquiries.
Bill Mitchell, professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, will give a talk on “The Interactive City” at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Room 362, on Thursday, June 9, at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP appreciated, but not required: call 310.794.5358. This event is part of UCLA’s EXP lecture series. For more information, visit EXPLectures.
ACM Multimedia 2005 is an annual conference, covering all aspects of multimedia computing. This year it will be held in Singapore. The ACM MM Interactive Art Program seeks to bring together the arts and multimedia communities to create the stage to explore, discuss, and push the limits for the advancement of both multimedia technology through the arts, and the arts through multimedia technology.
The Interactive Art Program will consist of a conference track and an art exhibition. We invite artists working with digital media and researchers in technical areas to submit their original contributions to the following tracks:
Conference track: we solicit papers describing interactive multimedia art works, tools, applications, and technical approaches for creative uses of multimedia content and technology. Emphasis will be given to novel works that use a rich variety of media and those that are interactive, particularly works that exploit non-conventional human-computer interfaces or sensors in new and emerging areas. We strongly encourage papers with a strong technical content written by artists.
Multimedia art exhibition: “Presence/Absence.” We seek art works that use multimedia to explore issues of location, relocation and dislocation, particularly where multimedia technology overcomes or reinforces physical presence or separation. The emphasis for the exhibition is on interactive art works that realize powerful artistic concepts using multimedia content and technologies.
Lexia to Perplexia brings together the modes of fiction, criticism, and parable within an elegantly-designed “nervous interface” that pushes web conventions of the mouseover and click to their limits. It has been described as “a theory/fiction look at human attachment to the network.” See the Directory entry for more information about this piece.
A staggeringly diverse and rich program is in place for the 6th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association, set f or June 22-26 at Fordham University in New York City. Featured speakers will include Paul Levinson, Eric McLuhan, Frank E. X. Dance, Sara van den Berg, Robert White, and James Carey. Visit the MEA website to download the convention program and get details on registration and location.
June’s moderated discussion on -empyre- hosts four artists whose work engages the medium of the weblog as a new area for artistic practice:
—jimpunk uses tools of dataculture to create cinematic, yet linguistically-based work that asserts computer control over the browser.
—Chris Ashley is an artist, writer and educator living and working in Oakland, California. His weblog includes html drawings as well as posts on art.
—Tom Moody is a visual artist based in New York. Documentation of his studio practice, as well as his digital animation, music, and writing appear regularly on his weblog, which was recently recommended along with 11 others in the Art in America article “Art in the Blogosphere”.
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June’s discussion topic on Writing and the Digital Life, Sue Thomas’ latest project in digital communities, is “The Darker Side of Human/Computer Interaction”. Join the conversation or just read the archived postings by visiting the Writing and the Digital Life home page.
Guest editors Cheryl E. Ball and Byron Hawk invite contributions to a special issue of the journal Computers and Compostion on the topic of “Sound in/as Compositional Space: A Next Step in Multiliteracies”. The editors are particularly interested in articles that address how sound is composed in/as new media texts, and also invite written and electronic submissions from a wide range of topics and perspectives, including a variety of classroom, scholarly, and corporate settings. Articles with digital elements will be cross-published in Computers and Composition Online. For the full call, contact Cheryl Ball or Byron Hawk. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2005.