Sunday, June 1, 2008

Re:live CFP

Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and
Melbourne 26-29 November 2009

Call For Papers – Deadline 19th December 2008

Sponsored by Leonardo and the Victorian College of the Arts (University of

Following the success of Media Art History 05 Re:fresh in Banff and Media
Art History 07 Re:place in Berlin, Media Art History 09 Re:llve in Melbourne
will host three days of keynotes, panels and poster sessions Media Art
History 09 - Re:live, a refereed conference, is calling for papers, panels
and posters on the histories of digital, electronic and technological media
arts. With the theme of Re:live we are especially interested in expanding
the range of topics to include sustainability, live arts and the
technological arts of life, both organic and nonorganic.

How do the media arts change? Through innovation, accident, discovery,
mutation or crisis? How did contemporary media arts come to look and sound
like they do? What options and potentialities and eccentricities in the
history of media have been lost or overlooked or suppressed? What hopes have
been realised and which dashed? What is the history of speculation on
alternate histories, and how have they altered the course of media art

Participants are asked to address at least one the following areas in their
- histories of the art-science-technology connection in particular works,
careers, exhibitions and institutions, especially in national and regional
- histories of biology, the life sciences and bioart in relation to media
- histories of the environment, environmental sciences, ideas of
sustainability and ecology in the discourses and practices of media arts
- histories of liveness and performance in relation to media arts theory and
practice, including network performance, multimedia performance and the
relation of media to the histories of theatre
- histories of the life of machines, cyborgs, virtual communities and the
arts of transmission
- histories of the liveness of real-time arts and art-science-technology
collaborations in such areas as earth sciences, meteorology and astronomy
- histories of innovation, accident, discovery, and speculation on
alternative futures in media arts

We particularly wish to encourage presentations from and about these
histories in the Asia-Pacific region. Proposals are welcomed from artists,
curators, arts organisers and researchers in media, art history, performance
studies, literature, film, and science and technology studies.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Leonardo (MIT
Press). We are negotiating with academic presses for one or two anthologies
from the conference.

Submissions: A dedicated website with updates and online paper submission
system is available at Abstracts of
proposals, panel presentations and posters should be submitted in either
text, RTF, PDF or Word formats

Deadline for 200 word abstracts: 19th December 2008.
Please submit proposals at:

Sean Cubitt and Paul Thomas, conference co-chairs.

Prof Sean Cubitt
Director, Media and Communications Program
Faculty of Arts
Room 127 John Medley East
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010

Tel: + 61 3 8344 3667
Fax:+ 61 3 8344 5494
M: 0448 304 004
Skype: seancubitt

Editor-in-Chief Leonardo Book Series

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