Haptic Narratives | Textural exploration in film (London, UK)

Dates: 14th, 21st and 28th May 2015 (over 3 weeks on Thursday evenings)
Location: University of Greenwich, UK
Website: http://timadi.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/haptic_narratives_call.pdf
Deadline for submission of abstracts/descriptions: 17 April 2015

‘In haptic seeing, all our self rushes up to the surface to interact with another surface…’ L. U. Marks, Haptic Visuality: Touching with the Eyes

Call for Participation
films / short papers / view & talk sessions
This series of events will focus on exploring and engaging with haptic sensations through tactile cues on film and the environments associated with moving images. What the eye sees in a frame can encourage the viewer to feel sensations on the skin through filmic texture, contour, angle, lighting, saturation, sound, vibrations etc. In some cases, an image can urge the viewer to touch a surface through their mind’s eye or allow an embodied reaction to characters or actions seen on screen.

We are interested in submissions around the areas of:

  • sensations that can be felt on/via skin, other body parts and mind as part of filmic experiences.
  • other representations of the tactual, where vision becomes touch / touch becomes vision.
  • how senses are manipulated in various genres and styles of film through material engagement.
  • the body in motion; eating, sex, sweating, violence etc.
  • materiality and texture of sound / sound-image relationships
  • a multisensory approach to synesthesia and kinesthesia
  • material fetishism
  • real, unreal and the surreal

In the first instance, we would like to receive 300 word abstracts or descriptions, attaching any visual material necessary by Friday 17th April 2015. Please don’t attach files over 10 MB; instead include links to online material, or use file transfer websites.

Submissions should be sent to: calls@timadi.org with ‘Haptic Narratives’ in the subject line.

Accepted submissions will be divided into separate themes that will be explored over the three events.

This event series 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.

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.

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