The Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference at the intersections of art, science and culture seeks papers that explore the theme of the cloud and molecular aesthetics. Clouding occurs when information becomes veiled, foggy, fuzzy, obscure or secretive, or when it condenses, blooms and accretes into atmospheres of chaotic turbulence and pressure vectors, into tidal flows and storms. The cloud also is a new formation of data as a global and seemingly immaterial distribution of storage and means of retrieval. This data cloud exists everywhere and yet is nowhere in particular. As with the protocols of bit torrent files, the cloud provides a new concept of sound and image “assembly”, distinct from and beyond the materialist machinic diagrams and the practices of re-mixing or remediation that became characteristic of late twentieth-century and millennial aesthetics. The cloud is not an object but an experience and its particles are the very building blocks of a molecular aesthetic in which we live and act.

The Keynotes for the conference are:
Prof. Anne Balsamo (The New School) and Dr. Jussi Parikka (Winchester School of Art).

The third international conference on transdisciplinary imaging at the intersections of art, science and culture will focus on:

  • What is the new objectification of the imaged world around?
  • What are the aesthetic and artistic – the theoretical and the practical – implications of this new topography of data?
  • What alternative idioms exist to critically consider imagery and image making?
  • What is our contemporary understanding of clouding, assembly and camouflage in a post material age?
  • How does the cloud phenomenon precipitate thinking about new ways of curating, publishing and configuring modes of engagement?

The aim of the conference is to bring together artists, theorists, scholars, scientists, historians and curators.

The conference invites papers that respond to the above provocation in areas related to: Painting, Drawing, Curating, Installation, Film, Video, Photography, Computer Visualization, Real-time Imaging, Intelligent Systems and Image Science.

Proposals

You are invited to submit an abstract for an individual paper relevant to the conference theme as described above. The deadline for abstracts is extended to January 24, 2014. 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.

Please submit by email to conference organizer: transimageconf [at] gmail.com

Timing and Duration

Conference will be held from 26th to 28th June 2014.

Where

Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Conference Organizational Structure

Conference Chairs: Associate Professor Lanfranco Aceti, Dr. Edward Colless, and Associate Professor Paul Thomas.

Conference Organizers: Conference Directors – Laura Fisher, Ozden Sahin; Conference Manager – Jonathan Munro.

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Conference Partners

University of New South Wales, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Kasa Galery, Sabanci University, OCR and Goldsmiths – University of London.