Accepting submissions of contemporary artwork involving technology in any
manifestation exploring issues of the paranormal or occult.
Haunted Media: Contemporary Art, Technology and the Paranormal (working
Curators: Mark Alice Durant and Jane D. Marsching
The Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore
Haunted Media will present contemporary artists whose work employs modern
communication technologies (photography, film, video, radio, internet,
computers) to explore culturally inbred questions/superstitions concerning
parallel worlds to our own. Since the invention of the first communication
technologies in the late nineteenth century, we have always suspected or
been afraid that there is something lurking within the electronic devices
that surround us. Whether it is conspiracy theories of alien invasion or
age-old tales of haunted houses, believers and skeptics alike have employed
technology to prove or debunk stories of these visitations.
Haunted Media is a project that includes an exhibition, a publication and
public programming organized by Mark Alice Durant, Associate Professor in
the Department of Visual Arts (UMBC), the Center for Art and Visual Culture
(UMBC), and Jane D. Marsching, faculty of the Art Institute of Boston. The
exhibition and programming will be presented at the Center for Art and
Visual Culture from September to December 2005 and will then travel to other
venues. The exhibition catalog will feature essays by Durant, Marsching,
The idea for Haunted Media germinated with the panel "The Truth is Out
There: Photography and the Paranormal" that Mark Alice Durant and Jane
Marsching co-moderated at the 2001 College Art Association conference. This
panel explored historical and contemporary uses of photographic technologies
to prove the existence of hidden and/or parallel worlds. This panel was so
well received that Durant and Marsching were commissioned to guest edit the
Fall 2003 issue of the College Art Association's Art Journal on the topic.
This Call For Participation is issued to all who currently work in any field
of technology based art, including 2D, 3D, interactive
techniques, installations, virtual reality, multimedia,
telecommunications, web art, and animation.
We will consider proposals for new works, works in progress and completed
Submissions should include:
- brief project description
- documentation (slides, dvd, vhs, website)
- contact information
Please contact Jane D. Marsching and Mark Alice Durant at
[log in to unmask] to submit a proposal. There is no deadline for
submissions at this time.