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New Imaging Transdisciplinary Strategies for Art Beyond the New Media

New Imaging: Transdisciplinary Strategies for Art Beyond the New Media

The first International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture

WHEN & WHERE November 5-6, 2010 at Artspace, 43/51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Sydney, NSW 2011

A profound shift is occurring in our understanding of postmodern media culture. Since the turn of the millennium the emphasis on mediation as technology and as aesthetic idiom, as opportunity for creative initiatives and for critique, has become increasingly normative and doctrinaire. Mediation and the new media arts have in fact become the new medium of critical and pedagogical discourse: like water is for fish, like culture is for cultural studies, mediation is a concept that is taken for granted now because it is itself the medium in which we think and act, in which we swim.

We need a concept that is amphibian, and that can leave its medium. The concept we propose is a remediated apprehension of the image: an active image and activity of imaging beyond the boundaries of disciplinary definition, but also altering the relations of intermedia aesthetics and interdisciplinary pedagogy. This concept will need to incorporate a vibrant materialism of the image’s sensory and cognitive strata and an evanescent immaterialism of its affective qualities. Rather than locate our conference in the space of negotiation between disciplines or media (the “inter-“), we propose the opposition, transit and surpassing of the interdisciplinary by a “transdisciplinary aesthetics”, and its conceptual and physical practice of a “transdisciplinary imaging.”

Participants are asked to address at least one the following areas in their abstract:
• remediated image
• hypermediacy and the iconic character of the image
• politics of the image and/or image making in a transdisciplinary context
• life sciences and bioart in relation to the living image
• distributed and networked image
• table top scale to nano
• machines and computer vision
• perspectival image
• image as speculative research and critique
• illusion, process and immediacy
• aesthetics and the proliferation of imaging

You are invited to submit an abstract for an individual paper relevant to a conference theme as described above. The deadline for abstracts is June 25, 2010. Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words. Please provide full contact details with your abstract.
Refereeing of papers will be done by members of an expert review panel (to Australian DEST refereed conference paper standards). All selected peer reviewed papers will be published in the online conference proceedings.

Important date
The deadline for applications is June 25, 2010.

Please submit by email to conference organizer Julian Stadon.

Conference chairs: Associate Professor Su Baker and Associate Professor Paul Thomas

Conference Committee: Brad Buckley, Brogan Bunt, Ted Colless, Ernst Edmonds, Gemeinboeck, Julian Goddard, Ross Harley, Martyn Jolly, Daniel Mafe, David Thomas

March 31 call for abstracts; June 25 deadline for call; July 31 peer reviewed abstracts notified; November 5 –  6 Final papers for conference 3000 words; January 6 Final Papers for refereeing;
1 March refereed papers returned to be published.


Conference Sponsors
Australian National University, Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong.

Posted by:  Lanfranco Aceti