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Call for Papers and Projects

 

 

The University for the Creative Arts and the University of Greenwich are working in partnership to host the first Extended Senses & Embodying Technology Symposium, chaired by Camille Baker and Ghislaine Boddington, and taking place September 8th-9th 2022 at the University of Greenwich. Selected artworks will be exhibited at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery September 7th-10th. The event will also feature a postgraduate student and early stage artist research workshop as an opportunity for those individuals to present their research and share work in progress in an informal and supportive setting. Proposals may be for a paper, artist talk, demonstration, panel discussion, performance, or installation artwork. We specifically encourage the submission of projects as collaborations between artists, academics, and creative industry professionals. The deadline for proposals for presentation and/or exhibition in the symposium is April 25th, 2022.

 

This cross-disciplinary symposium brings together research and practice which explore ways to extend and expand the body through new and emerging modalities and technologies. The event is comprised of a programme of presentations, discussion and exhibition investigating the intersection of technology and the arts, and the diverse landscape of specialities which emerge in the wake of this crossover. It focuses primarily on the body as a site of knowledge production within this field, especially work on immersion, haptic engagement and interfacing with technology as key methodologies for understanding the bridge between the analogue and the digital. This includes, but is not limited to, electronic or smart textiles, research exploring multimodal interfaces and human-technology interaction, dance, theatre, music and other performance modes, as well all artistic and design work that engage with technology to translate different embodied senses and experiential sensations.

 

We are conscious of the myriad of social, economic and environmental crises which coincide with the expansion of technological industry. Therefore, we encourage artists, designers, researchers and industry professionals to propose socially responsible work that engages with these impacts, with a view to disentangle them for concerned actors. Such issues include:

 

  • The climate crisis and environmental sustainability

  • Data ethics

  • Personal data ownership

  • Surveillance and privacy

  • Women’s health and equality, and other urgent issues that affect the body 

 

Considering how critical practice can inform solutions to current worldly dilemma, such as those outlined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we are interested in research and industry work which touches on policy-related aspects, including ethical business design and management. 

 

Detailed below, we have provided a list of topics which relate to the symposium’s overarching theme of extending the senses through engagement with technology. Details of chairs and selected themes for the symposium programme will be made available following the participant selection.

Symposium Topics:

 

  • Bodily Interaction: Movement, Gesture and Touch 

  • Embodying & Expanding Beyond the Skin: Bodies and Consciousness

  • Interfaces: Multimodal, Haptic, Textiles and Sensing

  • Human-Machine: Ecologies, Cognition and Collaboration 

  • Real to Virtual: Immersion and the Metaverse 

  • Human Responsibility and Design Ethics 

  • Sustainability: Social, Ethical and Environmental 

 


Proposals should relate to at least one of the key words from each of the below categories:

 

  1. Design, architecture, performance (dance, theatre, music), fashion, smart textiles, wearables and haptic interfaces, game design, electronics, interaction design, animation, spatial design, software design, XR, installation

  2. Embodiment, liveness, presence, affect, interactive, immersive, embodied senses, experiential sensations beyond the surface of the skin, physical senses and materials to translate to digital interfaces, analogue to digital, hybrid, virtual, physical, post-humanism/trans-humanism, new materialism

  3. Creative industries, social technology, social responsibility, climate crisis, the Anthropocene, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, policy (data ownership, data privacy, data ethics, surveillance), women’s health and equality, digital business models, co-creation

 

 

 

Please refer to the following links for details regarding submissions and author guidelines:

[Papers, artist talks & panels]

[Installation artworks, performances & demonstrations]

[Postgraduate students & early career artist research workshop]

[Guidelines & deadlines]

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