Material Environments: Sensing Time and Matter in Digital and Visual Culture (London, UK)

Dates: 24-25 July 2015
Location: University of Greenwich, UK
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18 April 2015

This conference seeks to explore the points of intersection at which the material and the digital, matter and the virtual, and embodiment and posthumanism push against each other in visual media. Through encounters with cinema, artist’s film and video, installations, and online archives, the aim of the conference is to conceive of new relationships between temporality, materiality and affectivity, tracing the ways in which matter becomes meaningful, or comes to resist meaning, in the digital age. We hope to illuminate the new ways in which digital experiences allow us to think and sense matter and materiality, while reassessing the role of non-digital media in this equation. The conference will trace the implications of the posthuman turn in the humanities, understood as encompassing a variety of non-anthropocentric approaches, on our understanding of matter and affect in visual culture.

The Conference particularly welcomes papers that explore the following:

•       the relationship between image and environment, the materiality of filmed nature, and the ‘ecological turn’ in theory and philosophy
•       non-anthropocentric and posthuman approaches to visual media, particularly as they affect our understanding of materiality, mortality, and ethics
•       the relationship between posthumanism, materiality and embodiment
•       the ways in which the digital has reconfigured our understanding of temporality, spatiality, memory and archiving
•       the impact of the digital on engagements with non-linear storytelling and locative narratives.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Joanna Zylinska, Goldsmiths, University of London
http://www.joannazylinska.net/
Professor David Martin-Jones, University of Glasgow
http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/staff/davidmartin-jones/
Dr Felicity Colman, Manchester School of Art
http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/profile/fcolman

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by 18th April 2015 to calls@timadi.org with ‘Material Environments’ in the subject line.

This Conference is sponsored by the ‘Time, Materiality and the Digital’ (TiMaDi) research group at the University of Greenwich, and organised by Matilda Mroz, Isil Onol, Stacey Pitsillides, and Rosamund Davies.

Digital Creativity: Special Issue on Design Fictions (March 2012)

Deadline for extended abstracts: 5 March 2012
Website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/NDCR

Digital Creativity is a major peer-reviewed journal at the intersection of the creative arts and digital technologies. It publishes articles of interest to those involved in the practical task and theoretical aspects of making or using digital media in creative contexts. By the term ‘creative arts’ we include such disciplines as fine art, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking, sculpture, 3D design, interaction design, product design, textile and fashiondesign, film making, animation, games design, music, dance, drama, creative writing, poetry, interior design, architecture, and urban design.

This special issue of the journal invites papers, projects and reviews exploring and developing the notion of Design Fictions. One of the early proponents ofDesign Fictions, the author Bruce Sterling, said that design: “seeks out ways to jump over its own conceptual walls – scenarios, user observation, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, critical design, speculative design” (Sterling, 2009). Despite the current burgeoning of this field and its various histories and antecedents, the coming together of design and fiction, as ‘design fictions’, remains relatively underexplored.

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V!rus 4: designing coexistence

The fourth issue of the academic journal V!RUS will focus on the relationship between cultural diversity and urban space, privileging the so called hybrid spatialities, which require the use of digital media.
August 16, 2010: deadline for receiving contributions.

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ADDW’10: Accessible Design in the Digital World (Sep 2010, Greece)

Dates: 27th-30th September 2010
Website: http://www.addw10.org/

Following the successful Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference in Dundee in August 2005, and in York in September 2008, we are pleased to announce that Accessible Design in the Digital World ’10 (ADDW’10), will be held at the University of the Aegean, in the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering from 27th – 30th September 2010. The department is located on the island of Syros in Cyclades, Greece.

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