The Art of Research V: Experience . Materiality. Articulation (Nov 2014, Helsinki Finland)

Dates: 26-27 November 2014
Location: Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Website: http://designresearch.aalto.fi/events/aor2014/
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2014

Over the past two decades, a continuous dialogue and fruitful convergence between art and design related practices and research has been explored in the academic institutions. Involved in the contemporary discourse of practice-led research, the Art of Research Conference 2014 brings out the interactive and dynamic relationship between experience, materiality and articulation. How are different fields and media shaping these in novel ways through various methods, tools, and skills? How do research and practices operate from these relationships? Through these questions the main aim of the event is to engage in a shared exploration of bold and visionary thinking across different entangling practices.

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A Thousand Platforms: Deep Teaching for Computational Media and Generalist Design (Aug 2014)

Website: http://rhizome.org/announce/opportunities/60235/view/
Deadline for abstracts: 1 Aug 2014

A Thousand Platforms: Deep Teaching for Computational Media and Generalist Design
Edited by Michael Filimowicz, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University

Today’s creators of interactive media “switch hardware and software tools like colors of paint.”[1] This edited collection focuses on undergraduate teaching and learning by bringing together essays addressing pedagogies that produce the fabled “unicorns” – graduates who can  Program, Design and Create. Curricula in computational media are faced with various challenges, such as (1) maintaining a balance between breadth and depth of specialist knowledge; (2) developing fluency in coding despite otherwise advanced technological creativity; or (3) the role of numeracy in visually-dominated media.

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Materiality and Aesthetics, Enhancing the Object and Democratising Technology (July 2014, Cornwall UK)

Dates: 10-11 July 2014
Location: Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK
Website: http://www.autonomatic.org.uk/allmakersnow/conference.html
Deadline for extended abstracts: 31 March 2014

The digital crafters in the Autonomatic Research Group at Falmouth University invite you to join them in critical debate about a radically transformed vision of 21st century production. In this brave new world of Makerspaces and Fablabs anyone can be a digital craftpreneur, harnessing the power of digital technologies to create, co-create, collaborate, make and sell.

Aimed at makers and researchers of all shapes and codes including hackers, crafters, inventors, designers, economists, curators and critical theorists, this two day conference will explore craft values, traditional making processes and novel forms of engagement, participation and interaction in digital and material cultures.

There are three broad themes we wish to explore: Materiality and Aesthetics, Enhancing the Object and Democratising Technology. More information on these and the conference exhibition and workshop opportunities can be found on the conference website.

We welcome contributions from both within and beyond the field of craft.

For queries, expressions of interest and early bird registration contact the conference team at:info@autonomatic.org.uk.

Debating Visual Knowledge (Oct 2014, Pittsburgh USA)

Dates: 3-5 October 2014: Debating Visual Knowledge
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, University of Pittsburgh
Contact: debatingvisualknowledge@gmail.com
Deadline for submissions: 11 April 2014

A symposium organized by graduate students in Information Science and History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

Visual knowledge and visual literacy have become pressing concerns across a variety of academic disciplines and areas of creative production. These concerns are shaped by the fluid definitions of “visual knowledge” and the multiple ways in which it manifests. Many forms of visual knowledge have capabilities that are not shared by language. This knowledge is produced, mediated, and distributed by a number of different objects, tools, media, and technologies. This symposium seeks to broaden understandings of intellectual and creative work by interrogating the theorization, production, use, and historicization of visual knowledge. We envision the event as an exploratory lab, comprising scholarly and creative projects that engage with these questions.

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Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3 (Oct 2014, Oslo Norway)

Dates: 15-17 October 2014
Location: Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Website: http://systemic-design.net/rsd3-2014/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED 16 April 2014

The emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design responds to the increasing complexity in all challenges faced by designers, strategists, and transdisciplinary innovators. We are facing deeply entangled problematics in natural, social, economic, and political systems. Our professional and organizational worlds have become too complex for linear goal-driven management, and the solution of conventional design thinking is insufficient to address complexity across domains, scales, and networks. New thinking, new knowledge, and new forms of intervention are required to take on this web of interconnected challenges.

The theme for Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3, to be held in Oslo in October 2014, is: Knowledge of Forms and Forms of Knowledge.

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IN-TECH 2014: Intl Conf on Innovative Technologies (Sep 2014, Portugal)

Dates: 10-13 September 2014
Location: Leiria, Portugal
Website: http://www.in-tech.info
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 May 2014

The special excursion on 13.09.2014. will be organized, more information will be specified soon.
The conference fee is only 340 EUR (240 EUR for students). It is included in the price: lunch, gala dinner, book of proceedings, conference materials, briefcase.
Also, selected papers will be considered for publication in issues of CC, SCI and CSA journals.

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Call for Papers & Artist/Lab Talks- Crossing the Line 2: Drawing in the Middle East

Crossing the Line 2: Drawing in the Middle East – intersections of transdisciplinary practice and understanding will bring together specialists from various fields of research and practices to examine the role of drawing in the contemporary Middle East and its wider international interactions. It is hosted by the Department of Visual Communication, in the School of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University in Dubai, and partners with the Global Centre for Drawing, Melbourne Australia.

Friday-Sunday, September 12-14th 2014
With accompanying exhibitions and events.
Optional excursions on September 11th  and 15th
http://crossingthelineconference2.blogspot.ae for updates

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Special Issue of craft+design enquiry: “Landscape, Place and Identity in Craft and Design” (April 2014)

Website: http://craftdesignenquiry.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page_13.html
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 April 2014

About Landscape, Place and Identity in Craft and Design, Kay writes “… These words posit different relationships to the environment; landscapes encompassed by the gaze or places known through the intimacy of bodily sensation. Both words are culturally inflected. Our understanding of both landscapes and places is shaped by sensory experience as well as by memory and myth, and are thus bound up with complex questions about human identity. 
Full Call for Papers #7 can be found on the craft+design enquiry   http://craftdesignenquiry.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page_13.html
Submit abstracts now until 30 April 2014, if invited, full papers are due 30 June 2014.

Cumulus Johannesburg: Design with the Other 90%: Changing the World by Design (Sep 2014, South Africa)

Dates: 22-24 September 2014
Location: Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg; and Greenside Design Center (GDC)
Website: www.cumulusassociation.org
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 April 2014

In 2007, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum hosted an exhibition entitled ‘Design for the other 90%’ which focused on design solutions that addressed the most basic needs of the 90% of the world’s population not traditionally served by professional designers. In 2008, Cumulus members signed the Kyoto Declaration, wherein they committed themselves to the ideals of sustainable development. The Cumulus Conference to be hosted by GDC and FADA seeks to bring discussions around the role art and design can and should play in sustainable social advancement, particularly in the context of the African Continent. Focusing on notions of respect, responsibility and sustainability, this conference seeks to explore the vital role that design, visual culture and design education plays in addressing pressing problems of our planet, particularly for under-served communities that are rarely benefactors of the work of artists and designers. It is envisaged that Africa’s distinctive capacity to respond to such problems will be highlighted.

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Special Issue of Studies in Material Thinking: Documenting the realities of research through design practice (Aug 2014)

Website: http://www.materialthinking.org/calls
Deadline for full papers: 31 August 2014

A special issues volume in Studies in Material Thinking on the theme of Visual/Textual: documenting the realities of research through design practice.

Studies in Material Thinking (SMT) in collaboration with the organisers of the Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design conference (http://www.praxisandpoetics.org/researchthroughdesign/) is calling for submissions to a special volume of research articles to be published in February 2015. This special issue aims to open up the debate to a wider audience and enable deeper engagement with the issues and challenges associated with the communication of research through design.

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