Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Consciousness Reframed-Extended call


SUBMISSION July 15, 2011

In cooperation with the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth,
England, Fábrica das Artes, CCB, Lisbon and Artshare, Aveiro, Portugal
are hosting the 12th Consciousness Reframed International Research
Conference, entitled "PRESENCE IN THE MINDFIELD: Art, Identity and the
Technology of Transformation". The conference is part of the Skilled Art
Project, a consortium involving Artshare, The University of Oporto and
The University of Aveiro, all in Portugal, and will take place at Centro
Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal, from November 30 to December 2,

The Consciousness Reframed conference series was founded by Roy Ascott
at the University of Wales in 1997. Consciousness Reframed is a forum
for trans-disciplinary inquiry into art, science, technology, design and
consciousness, drawing upon the expertise and insights of artists,
designers, architects, performers, musicians, writers, scientists, and
scholars, usually from at least 20 countries.

PRESENCE IN THE MINDFIELD: Art, Identity and the Technology of

The conference will look at art as behaviour of mind, embedded in the
physical world, but articulating its immateriality. Just as
institutionalized art, with its tired orthodoxies of instruction,
production and distribution, is challenged by the new technologies of
knowing and perception, so our sense of self - its singularity and
authenticity - is open to reconstruction and reinterpretation. In his
assault on identity and authorship, the great Portuguese poet Fernando
Pessoa created over 70 heteronyms. “His jostling aliases,” as John Gray
has put it, “expressing his belief that the individual subject - the
core of European thought - is an illusion.” This exploration of the
plurality of self finds is contemporary expression in the proliferation
of personas and avatars through which we navigate the actual and virtual
universes of our making. Transdisciplinary discourse, the adoption of
new technologies, the invisible forces and fields of the sciences, the
recuperation of abandoned metaphysical and spiritual models of being,
can all find expression within the context of this conference.

Presentations and papers are invited from artists, and theorists in all

Important dates:

* Deadline for Abstracts (no more than 500 words): July 15, 2011. *
Notification of Acceptance: July 17, 2011. * Deadline for Full papers(no
more than 2500 words): September 4 , 2011. * Date of Publication
release: November 30, 2011. * Conference date: November 30 – December 2

The conference will be accompanied by a publication of full papers
published in colaboration with Direcção Geral das Artes - Portuguese
Ministry of Culture. Submissions

Abstracts should be submitted as an attached document in Word (docx) or
Rich Text (rtf) by e-mail to: The subject line
should be tagged 'CR12 Conference'.


Include in your submission the title of the proposed paper, full name(s)
of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and your mailing address,
including email/mobile/phone and URL as applicable. Five key words, and
a short biography of 100 words maximum are also required. Your Abstract
must be accompanied by a declaration of intention to attend the
conference. We encourage submissions to include relevant images.
However, the total file size of the abstract submission should not
exceed 2 MB.


Abstracts will be acknowledged on receipt, and authors will be notified
of acceptance by July 17, 2011.

Submission of Full Papers

Your paper (no more than 2500 words) will be required by September 4,
2011. Papers received after this date will not be published. Full
details of copy-ready requirements will be supplied at the time of

Presenters Fee

In order to be included in the Abstracts publication, Conference
Programme, publicity and announcements, the registration fee for
presenters will be 125€ and includes the Book of Abstracts along with a
copy of the Conference Proceedings. Details of how to pay the
registration fee will be given on the registration form available at the
time of acceptance.

More Info

For more information about to the conference please visit our website at or email us through

Monday, 27 June 2011

TD Group Stroll 28 June 2011

The last TD Group meeting this academic year will take the form of a conversational stroll along the river bank and back through the park this Tuesday 28th . At 2pm we will leave the Campus Centre steps on the corner of Gateway Street and Mill Lane, and walk down Mill Lane to the canal. We'll return to the Campus Centre along Gateway St, The walk takes roughly half an hour depending on rate of dawdling. I’ve made a map to explain (please excuse my poor map-drawing skills)

If the weather is bad, we will meet in Queens 0.17. We look forward to seeing you and hopefully the sun will shine!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Transmediale: Vilém Flusser Residency Programme

Vilém Flusser Residency Programme

transmediale Award RIP! For the 2012 festival there will be no general transmediale Award and also no Open Web Award. Instead, we are opting for tight curatorial coherence in the programming as well as more community engagement outside of the festival. Related to these changes we are transforming the Vilém Flusser Theory Award into a Residency Programme for artistic research.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2011

For Vilém Flusser theory and praxis are intrinsically tied to each other. His nomadic thinking was shaped by a philosophy of positions, experimental testing of different ways of thinking and the  linking of different disciplines and methodologies played a significant role for him. Not the search for the truth but rather the playing around with the aesthetic constitution of truth characterised his thinking, often developed in dialogue with others. A fundamental principle of his philosophy is the dialogue between the disciplines, points of view and methodologies. Knowledge production as a dialogue between different standpoints, such as between science and art, laboratory and applied research, old and new media, local and global forms of organisation, is therefore the guiding principle for the concept of artistic research, which the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme supports.

In the current times of the crisis of revolutionary movements, artistic research is not only a dialogue between theory and praxis. The work within in-between spaces and moments of transitions is necessary in order to make the complex structures of today's networked culture comprehensible.

We are calling upon artistic research to actively explore the capabilities and limitations of transdisciplinary and transmedial situations in contemporary culture and thus to understand artistic research as exploring the links between aesthetics, materiality and politics.

The newly organised Vilém Flusser Residency Programme supports projects and activities which are simultaneously conceptual and practice-based. The programme is geared towards the initiation of new research or to the further development of existing projects. This is not a production grant and while a public presentation/event will be expected, there is no pressure to present finished works. Where applicable, the support of publications, exhibitions, interventions and other results of the residency may be negotiated on a project to project basis. Special priority will be given to young and/or emerging artist-researchers.