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4490Call for papers: "Places and Spaces" by digicult.it

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  • Franz Nahrada
    Jul 7, 2012
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      This is a call from Italy that I found. I think its astounding that even here, the main and central question is not asked, namely how the media can change the physical qualities of places and spaces. Its amazing that creativity is still so much associated witrh arts. I am afraid that originally the following proposal was limited to "cultural spaces" and not to "living spaces".

      anybody feels like intervening?

      Since 2005, Digicult has been a cultural platform that examines the impact of digital technologies and sciences on the arts, design, culture and contemporary society. Marco Mancuso, critic, teacher and curator, founded and currently directs Digicult, based on the active participation of over 50 professionals that represent an national and international wide Network of journalists, critics, curators, artists, theorists, and professionals.

      Digicult is currently inviting proposals for an issue addressing the following call topics, especially from individuals such as: curators, critics, hackers, fabbers, creative producers, lab managers, activists, designers, theorists, independent and academic writers, scholars, artists, etc.

      Call for papers: “Places and Spaces”

      The birth, growth and development of spaces open to the creative and experimental use of Media and Digital technologies have affected the production and dissemination of contents, have enriched the art system and its boundaries, have provided new methodologies of production, modes of art display and creative practices (and the daily work of individuals engaged in the field).

      These groundbreaking practices span visual art and design, science and technology innovation, social studies and politics, ecology and economy, music and architecture. The context where they take place is hybrid: hacklabs and bureau of research; mailing lists; virtual and physical exhibition spaces; media centers and museums.

      This call for contributions wishes to assess these emergent places of innovations and this rich proliferation of research, critical thinking and radical praxis based on horizontal cooperation, by addressing the history, present and future, of projects developed to contribute, support, search, create and spread creativity and innovation using Media and digital technologies.

      The call considers, but is not limited to, the following questions:

      - How have the reciprocal relationship between spaces, research and creative/artistic processes been transformed? Is it possible to map the historical contexts that gave rise to spaces involved in creative practices based on Media?

      - How to describe, from a critical perspective, the tension between public and private, institutional and independent space?

      - What kind of economies have emerged from these spaces working with new media creative practices? What are the links (if any) between these spaces and contemporary art, culture markets and immaterial culture and the city? The institutionalization of independent spaces and their long term development has been in most cases supported by public fundings. Given the recent cuts, what new strategies of survival are available?

      - How has Media culture affected mainstream culture and its spaces? And in turn, how have spaces been affected by issues of production and dissemination of art and knowledge? Are there new objectives and strategies to be followed by spaces and institutions involved in these fields? 

      - What spaces could (and can today) be considered most relevant to the development of production, exhibition, research and archiving of Media Art? How are methodologies and practices of archiving, preserving and disseminating Media Art evolved? What displaying techniques created by institutional and independent spaces can be considered the most significant and experimental? ?

      Digicult is inviting proposals for an issue addressing these and related topics, especially from individuals active in the fields: curators, critics, hackers, fabbers, creative producers, lab managers, activists, designers, theorists, independent and academic writers, scholars, artists, etc.

      Please, send full manuscripts (Max. 5000 words + 200 words for the abstract), books and events reviews and interviews (1000 to 2000 words) to:

      a) Deadline for submission of full article for consideration: July 31 2012

      b) 5 to 10 images at 72 dpi resolution, 700pixels width

      c) correct captions for images

      d) please follow the guidlines