[spectre] CALL for papers: acoustic space nr.7: spectropia
rasa at rixc.lv
Mon Apr 7 13:12:00 CEST 2008
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CALL FOR PAPERS:
Acoustic.Space. Issue nr. 7: SPECTROPIA - on spectral ecology and art
We are seeking manuscripts for the upcoming Acoustic Space journal
(nr.7) to be published for the next Art+Communication festival
(http://rixc.lv/08). Entitled SPECTROPIA, this year festival edition
will take place in Riga, October 16 - 19, 2008.
The print journal, Acoustic Space is a forum for net.radio, sound art
and creative explorations in the networked electro-acoustic
environments. Now in its 7th edition, Acoustic Space - SPECTROPIA
issue investigates the rapid transformation of the usage of the radio
frequency spectrum that we are witnessing in the 21st century. It
doesn't refer only to a quantitative increase in mobile, satellite
and wireless networks, locative and pervasive media, but also to a
qualitative shift in the way people communicate and the way spectrum
is used in arts, education, science and commerce. The recent
scientific research and artistic explorations of electromagnetic (EM)
spectrum will be published in this issue, in order to introduce which
chances and risks this tranformation process bears for artists and
the populations at large.
For the first time, Acoustic Space journal will come out as 'peer
review' (refereeing) publication. It will be published by the MPLab
(Art Research Lab) of Liepaja University in collaboration with the
RIXC, The Center for New Media Culture in Riga, Latvia.
Therefore, the publication will contain 2 main sections:
Section 1 - RESEARCH texts ('academic style' writings with references, etc.)
Section 2 - ARTISTIC abstracts: ideas, concepts, pictures (this part
will include mainly artists' proposals for upcoming Spectropia
festival exhibition - "open-call" is announced, deadline: April 21,
Deadline for submissions: May 19, 2008 - for completed research texts.
(For abstracts - April 21, 2007)
We encourage you to submit abstracts first. Proposals and inquiries
regarding submissions should be made to Rasa Smite <rasa at rixc.lv>
The RESEARCH texts should consist of 12000 - 15000 characters (i.e. 8
pages A4, 12 pt) + references.
(the ARTISTIC abstracts/texts - 2000-4000 characters)
Language: English (all texts will be also translated in to Latvian).
The publication will cover wide range of topics under 4 main sections:
ELECTROMAGNETIC COSMOLOGY, SPECTRAL ECOLOGY AND EMF (ELECTRO-MAGNETIC
Modern cosmology constitutes the world we live in and our
understanding about it by reducing " the physical reality - galaxies,
starts, planets, atoms - to electrical or electromagnetic
configurations" - as stated by Bureau d'etudes (in their "Industrial
dogma"). Could it be that "understanding the electromagnetic field is
the only way to understand ourselves and our surroundings"? In such
context the issue of "spectral ecology" will be investigated in the
broadest sense possible. This section provides a critique of the
industrial dogma and propaganda of electromagnetism, health and
'green' issues stemming from electrosmog and meriting more research,
as well as sustainability and energy usage and other aspects in
relation to communication and information technologies.
CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE: FROM IDEOLOGY AND CULTURE OF SPYING (AND
SECURITY) TO CONVERSION OF MILITARY TECHNOLOGIES
This topic studies secret past of communication technologies of
military origin. Espionage phenomenon is explored, tracing back to
its origins in military history of ancient culture. This part also
brings up an issue of "cultural intelligence" - contemporary
conversion and culturalisation process of military technologies by
exploring how former military facilities have been conversed to
become important social and cultural centers and objects.
FREE SPECTRUM: WAVES AND ELECTROMAGNETIC POLITICS
This field looks at electromagnetic spectrum as a socio-political
space, investigating political practices in spectrum and bringing up
debate on "free waves" and "open spectrum". The spectrum is regulated
and divided: for commercial use, military, radio amateurs, etc., yet
wireless community networks continue to explore the exempt part of
the spectrum, making small parts of the spectrum available for all.
TECHNOLOGY MYTH, ARTISTIC INTERPRETATIONS AND CONTEMPORARY GHOST STORIES
Electromagnetic fields have become the ghosts of today - invisible
and surrounding us, opening up the boundaries of our imagination and
bringing technology myths to life. This topic explores the place of
those myths and stories in the life of modern society.
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* Scientific editorial board:
Armin Medosch - PhD., Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Rasa Smite - PhD., Riga Stradina University; researcher at MPLab of
Liepaja University; director of the RIXC, The Center for New Media
Culture, Riga, Latvia.
Inke Arns - Dr. phil., artistic director of the Hartware
MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund, Germany.
Douglas Kahn - Prof. and Head of Technocultural Studies at University
of California at Davis, USA.
Andrey Smirnov - Head of the Theremin Center for Electroacoustic
Music at Moscow State Conservatory, Russia.
Florian Dombois - Prof. and Head of the Institute for
Transdisciplinarity (Y) at Berne University of the Arts, Switzerland.
Atau Tanaka - Prof., Culture Lab of Newcastle University, UK.
* Editorial team:
Editors: Rasa Smite <rasa at rixc.lv>, Armin Medosch
<armin at easynet.co.uk>, Daina Silina <daina at rixc.lv>, Linda Vebere
<linda at rixc.lv>, Inta Rozenvalde
* Contact: rixc at rixc.lv
The RIXC, The Center for New Media Culture
11. Novembra Krastmala 35 - 201, Riga, LV 1050, Latvia.
Tel. +371-67228478, +371-26546776 (mob.),
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