Call for abstracts: Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics (deadline Jan. 24, 2014)

cloudlogo1The Third Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference at the intersections of art, science and culture seeks papers that explore the theme of the cloud and molecular aesthetics. Clouding occurs when information becomes veiled, foggy, fuzzy, obscure or secretive, or when it condenses, blooms and accretes into atmospheres of chaotic turbulence and pressure vectors, into tidal flows and storms. The cloud also is a new formation of data as a global and seemingly immaterial distribution of storage and means of retrieval. This data cloud exists everywhere and yet is nowhere in particular. As with the protocols of bit torrent files, the cloud provides a new concept of sound and image “assembly”, distinct from and beyond the materialist machinic diagrams and the practices of re-mixing or remediation that became characteristic of late twentieth-century and millennial aesthetics. The cloud is not an object but an experience and its particles are the very building blocks of a molecular aesthetic in which we live and act. Relevant questions include:

  • What is the new objectification of the imaged world based around?
  • What are the aesthetic and artistic – the theoretical and the practical – implications of this new topography of data?
  • What alternative idioms exist to critically consider imagery and image making?
  • What is our contemporary understanding of clouding, assembly and camouflage in a post material age?
  • How does the cloud phenomenon precipitate thinking about new ways of curating, publishing and configuring modes of engagement?

The conference, which will be held 26-28 June 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey, aims to bring together artists, theorists, scholars, scientists, historians, and curators to reflect on the topic. The organizers invite papers that respond to the above provocation in areas related to: Media Arts, Painting, Drawing, Curating  Installation, Film, Video, Photography, Computer Visualization, Real-time Imaging, Intelligent Systems and Image Science. Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words. Please provide full contact details with your abstract.

Refereeing of papers will be done by members of an expert review panel (to Australian DEST refereed conference paper standards). All selected peer reviewed papers will be published in the online conference proceedings.

Please submit abstracts by email to conference organizer Laura Fisher by January 24, 2014. For more information, visit the conference website at blogs.unsw.edu.au/tiic/.

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