[rohrpost] Wtrlt: [NEW-MEDIA-CURATING] CFP: New Media, Art-Science, and Mainstream Contemporary Art: Toward a Hybrid Discourse?

Oliver Grau Oliver.Grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Mit Apr 7 21:16:03 CEST 2010

>>> Edward Shanken <rotorelief at GMAIL.COM> 4/7/2010 4:27 PM >>> 
2011 Call for Participation
CAA 99th Annual Conference
New York, NY, February 9*12, 2011


New Media, Art-Science, and Mainstream Contemporary Art: Toward a
Hybrid Discourse?
Edward A. Shanken, Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF),
eshanken at artexetra.com

(Open to members of the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) or
College Art Association)

Since the mid-1990s, new media has become an important force for
economic and cultural development, establishing its own institutions,
such as the ZKM, Ars Electronic Center, and Eyebeam.  Research at the
intersections of art, science, and technology also has gained esteem
and institutional support, as demonstrated by the Artists in Labs
program (Switzerland) and the proliferation of interdisciplinary Ph.D.
programs around the world.  During the same period, mainstream
contemporary art experienced dramatic growth in its market and
popularity, propelled by economic prosperity and the proliferation of
international museums, art fairs and exhibitions from the Tate Modern
to Art Basel Miami to the Shanghai Biennial.  This dynamic environment
has nurtured tremendous creativity and invention by artists, curators,
theorists and pedagogues in all branches.  Yet rarely does the
mainstream artworld converge with the new media and art-sci artworlds.
 As a result, their discourses have become increasingly divergent.

Contemporary art practice and writing are remarkably rich but often
lack understanding of science or technology and the interdisciplinary
artistic practices and critical discourses that are co-extensive with
them.  Art-science and new media art offer valuable insights into the
implications of science and technology and expand the possibilities of
art. However, these discourses often display an impoverished
understanding of aesthetic and theoretical developments in
contemporary art, resulting in work that fails to resonate in that

This LEAF-sponsored session at CAA shall interrogate the extent to
which the discourses of art-science, new media art and mainstream
contemporary art are commensurable.  Is it possible to construct a
hybrid discourse that offers nuanced insights into each, while laying
a foundation for greater mixing between them?  What role have
educational programs played in fostering these divides and how can
they contribute to dissolving them?  What insights into larger
questions of emerging art and cultural forms might be gleaned by such
a rapprochement?

Every proposal should include the following six items:
1. Completed session participation proposal form, located at the end
of attachment.
2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.
3. Letter explaining speaker*s interest, expertise in the topic, and
CAA/LEAF membership status.
4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address,and phone
and fax numbers. Include summer address and
telephone number, if applicable.
5. Documentation of work when appropriate, especially for sessions in
which artists might discuss their own work.
6. If mailing internationally, it is recommended that proposals be
sent via certified mail or via email.

Follow this link to .pdf of CAA CFP for more details:

Edward Shanken
Universitair Docent, New Media
Turfdraagsterpad 9
University of Amsterdam
1012XT Amsterdam, NL