The call for papers for perthDAC 2007 is out. The theme of the 2007 Digital Arts and Culture Conference will be “The Future of Digital Media Culture.” The conference will be held from 15 – 18th September 2007, during the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth. There will be a double blind peer review process for papers. The deadline for 500 word abstracts is 14th August 2006, and the deadline for full papers is 4th December 2006.
The frAme: Online Journal of Culture & Technology which published new media writing, art, interviews and essays from 1995-2004, has stopped actively publishing new work, but it’s going out with a bang rather than a whimper. Simon Mills is editing a project, framed including retrospective interviews with many of the writers and artists whose works were published in frAme. The first installment of framed includes provacative interviews with Mark Amerika, Matthew Fuller, Christy Sheffield Sanford, and Alan Sondheim. More interviews are coming soon.
From A to <A>Keywords in HTML and Writing, a proposed collection edited by Bradley Dilger and Jeff Rice, seeks essays that consider the cultural, ideological, and rhetorical forces shaping the relationships between writing and the mark-up and scripting languages that make up the web, such as HTML and CSS.
Markup tags will be used as keywords. Following the keywords genre, essays should focus on a single tag or unit of markup, and break down that tag’s etymological, historical, social, and cultural meanings.
For further details on the kinds of essays sought, as well as submission instructions, contact
Deadline for abstracts is August 1, 2006.
The Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association (IDMAa) seeks submissions for a special issue on history and digital media. The journal is looking for “work that considers how digital media and arts have been contributing to changes in the ways that people see their world, both literally, and conceptually, with a particular emphasis on the ‘idea’ of History.”
The journal is published online as a PDF document, with an annual print version. Contributors are encouraged to consider formats that best suit the author’s goals:
–traditional peer-reviewed research article;
–commentary and criticism, including interviews, opinion pieces, editorials; reviews of books, articles and digital media artworks, etc.; as well as shorter academic and scholarly articles.
Jointly-authored submissions will be considered.
Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular seeks “richly multimedia submissions” on the themes of perception, difference, and memory. Accepted projects will be published over the next several years, depending on the topic. See Vectors for details and specifics on deadlines.
Also, Vectors Spring 2006, Ephemera, is now online. This issue features “a range of projects related to the theme of ephemera, from the perspectives of history, anthropology, cultural geography, film, media studies, video games, tourism, politics, art and literature. Contributors include Rick Prelinger, Judith Jackson Fossett, Amelie Hastie, Melanie Swalwell, Jeffrey Schnapp, Kim Christen, Chris Cooney, the Center for History and New Media and the Transcriptions Project at UC Santa Barbara.
NextMEDIA2006–The Future of Digital Content will feature Yahoo!’s Stuart Butterfield, founder of Flickr, as keynote speaker on social networking tools and virtual communities. The two-day conference will include panels, one-on-one “interactive exchange sessions” with industry leaders, and much more.
The newly-built new forms review, a net art and digital literature portal/future peer-reviewed journal founded by Jason Nelson, invites submissions to its first major initiative, the Where we Create Project.
The Where We Create Project “is designed,” says Nelson, “to connect digital artists and writers (and analog creators as well) through a website featuring photos and descriptions of where artists/writers create. Our geographies and external landscapes are instrumental in altering and forming the creatures we create.”
To contribute to the project, send the following to Where We Create:
1. An image or two, 300 pixels X 300 pixels jpg, of where you create. This could be your office, your backyard, some coffee shop–whatever image depicts the physical space(s) where you work;
2. Some text about the place and its meaning to you, your work, your life, or whatever you feel represents the world in which you create; five to seven sentences maximum;
3. Your name, any other brief biographical information, and where the places you are talking about are geographically located;
4. A few urls so people can see the work you create in that place.
—Basque Cyberculture: From Digital Euskadi to Cybereuskalherria (University of Nevada: Center for Basque Studies, 2006), Andoni Alonso and Inaki Arzoz, reviewed by Loykie Lomine, with a response from Andoni Alonso;
—Biomedia (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), Eugene Thacker, reviewed by Pramod K. Nayar, with a response from Eugene Thacker;
—Applied Ethics in Internet Research (Trondheim, Norway: NTNU University Press, 2003), May Thorseth, editor, reviewed by Ted M. Coopman.
On Friday, June 23rd, De Montfort University will host a free “Open Workshop on Creative Writing and New Media”, featuring presentations by Randy Adams, editor and visual consultant for “trAces: A Commemoration of Ten Years of Artistic Innovation at trAce”; and Sue Thomas, De Montfort University professor of New Media, on the future of digital writing in a changing media environment.
Workshops throughout the day will include:
–Jess Laccetti, DMU researcher in new media texts: “Encounters with Web Fiction”
–Helen Whitehead, Kids on the Net: “The Digital Playground: Writing with and for Children”
–Keith Jebb, University of Luton lecturer in Creative Writing: “Wikis and the Workshop”
–Kate Pullinger, print and new media author, and DMU research fellow: “Writing New Media Fiction”
To register, visit DMU’s Narrative Lab and enter your email address in the right-hand column. Attendance is free but space is limited.
In this issue of ebr, the “waves” thread features essays on “Feminisms: Post, Past, and Present,” introduced by Elizabeth Joyce.
The “critical ecologies” thread includes a review of Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture and Our Public Needs.
In “end construction,” another response to Lori Emerson’s November 2005 review of Walter Benn Michaels.
“electropoetics” offers Luc Herman and Bart Vervaeck on “Marie Laure-Ryan, Narrative as Virtual Reality”.
Plus reviews of new electronic fictions “Man in the Stretcher,” by Kenneth Bernard, and “Charlie P” by Dick Kalich.