Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology
15 - 18 November 2007
Leonardo is pleased to partner on re:place: The Second International
Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology. Leonardo is publishing a book in
the Leonardo Book Series and a series of articles in the Leonardo
Journal that grew out of Refresh! the first conference which
was also co-sponsored by Leonardo.
We hope that this series of conferences will help build
historical scholarship in the field as well as a place where
pioneers and young practioners can meet.
re:place 2007, the Second International Conference on the Histories
of Media, Art, Science and Technology, will take place in Berlin from
15 - 18 November 2007 as a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in
cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt. This conference is a
sequel to 'Refresh!', the first in this series, chaired by Oliver
Grau and produced by the Database of Virtual Art, Leonardo, and Banff
New Media Institute, and held at the Banff Center in Canada in
September 2005, which brought together several hundred artists,
scientists, researchers, curators and theoreticians of different
re:place 2007 will be an international forum for the presentation and
the discussion of exemplary approaches to the rapport between art,
media, science and technology. With the title, 're:place', we propose
a thematic focus on locatedness and the migration of knowledge and
knowledge production in the interdisciplinary contexts of art,
historiography, science and technology.
The re:place 2007 conference will be devoted to examining the
manifold connections between art, science and technology, connections
which have come into view more sharply through the growing attention
to media art and its histories over the past years. It will address
historical contexts and artistic explorations of new technologies as
well as the historical and contemporary research into the mutual
influences between artistic work, scientific research and
technological developments. This research concerns such diverse
fields as cybernetics, artificial intelligence, robotics,
nano-technology, and bio-technology, as well as investigations in the
humanities including art history, visual culture, musicology,
comparative literature, media archaeology, media theory, science
studies, and sociology.
The conference program will include competitively selected,
peer-reviewed individual papers, panel presentations, poster
sessions, as well as a small number of invited speakers. Several
Keynote Lectures, by internationally renowned, outstanding
theoreticians and artists, will deliberate on the central themes of
The conference will also include dedicated forum sessions for
participants to engage in more open-ended discussion and debate on
relevant issues and questions.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
re:place 2007 welcomes contributions from established as well as from
emerging researchers in diverse fields. The conference will be of
interest to those working in, but not limited to, the following
areas: art history and theory, literary studies, cultural studies,
film and media studies, theatre, dance and performance studies,
philosophy, history, gender studies, human-computer interaction,
contemporary art, musicology, sound studies, anthropology, sociology,
geography, science, technology and society studies, history of
science, and history of technology.
We are especially keen on empirical, conceptual, and historical
contributions that exemplify and expand the diverse methodological
and thematic concerns of this extended interdisciplinary area. These
might include contributions to:
- institutional histories of centers, sites, or events that have
helped to concretize and engender the intersections between media,
art, science and technology. Some broad areas could be: experimental
arts spaces, collaborative research labs, significant exhibitions,
- 'place studies' that highlight significant locations or situations
where such interdisciplinary intersections or significant historical
episodes have occurred. A few examples might be: 'Tesla in Budapest',
'Flusser in Brazil', USSR in the 1920s, 'Japan between 1950s-1970s,'
- historiographical issues, methods, and debates that pose critical
questions in the formulation of the histories of the 'media arts'.
These might include: archaeology, genealogy or variantology as
methodological tools, bridging the divide between art and media
history, sociologies of interactivity, etc.
- theoretical frameworks from various philosophical and disciplinary
positions. Topics might include the exemplary role of film studies or
musicology for the study of media arts, or the significance of
cultural specificities and location in media and technologies, etc.
- the migration of knowledges and practices from different contexts,
whether disciplinary, institutional, geographical or cultural. Topics
might include: the role of migrant artists in the development of new
discourses and practices; the movement and adoption of disciplinary
ideas from science into art contexts or vice versa, etc.
A dedicated website and online paper submission system will be ready
for submissions from 1st December 2006. Abstracts of proposals, panel
presentations and posters will have to be submitted in either Text,
RTF, Word or PDF formats.
The DEADLINE for submissions will be 15 January 2007.
INFORMATION about the submission process and general information can
be found at: http://tamtam.mi2.hr/replace
re:place 2007 is a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in
cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Funded by
Conference partners include Leonardo, Database of Virtual Art at
Danube University Krems' Center for Image Science, Ludwig Boltzmann
Institute Media.Art.Research, Forum Goethe Institut, and others.
Conference chairs: Andreas Broeckmann (D), Gunalan Nadarajan (SG/USA)