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CFP: Merging Media: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Study of Hybrid Arts, 1st February 2014, University of Kent

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Merging Media: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Study of Hybrid Arts

Call for Papers
 
 
Saturday 1st 
February 2014
University of Kent, Canterbury

 
Although we
 naturally recognise different artistic media as distinct forms – music,
 painting, sculpture, film, dance, theatre, architecture, animation, and
 so on – we also understand that these mediums
 can nevertheless have a meaningful dialogue in the creation of new 
artworks. Over the course of art history there have been numerous 
occasions when different media forms have merged or been juxtaposed for 
artistic purposes. These intermedial examples have
 seen word and image intertwined on the page in the illuminated books of
 William Blake; experimentation with the partnership between painting 
and music in Modest Mussorgsky's
Pictures at an Exhibition; performance and music 
mixed in Variations by John Cage; the deconstruction of 
paintings through digital visual manipulation in Peter Greenaway’s 
lectures; and the recent National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House 
theatrical performances being broadcast onto cinema
 screens. These instances – and many more – demonstrate a long tradition
 of medium boundaries being crossed, media being combined to accentuate 
one another, or the creation of a new medium altogether.
 
It is 
particularly relevant to consider the subject of merging media at a time
 when discussions of media archaeologies, media convergence and the 
transmedia phenomena permeate contemporary academic
 debates. This conference seeks to engage with these topics by exploring
 the theories and histories of hybrid art, as well as the effect new 
technologies have upon our understanding of this concept. The emergence 
of digital technologies is an important strand
 in this investigation because it has both facilitated the creation of 
new art forms (such as 3D digital animation) and generated the 
remediation of older forms (for example, the digitisation of literature 
for consumption on computerised devices,
and new forms of interaction with fine art online through virtual galleries).
 
This 
one-day conference is for postgraduate students and early career 
researchers whose work incorporates the interdisciplinary topic of 
artistic hybridity and intermediality. We invite proposals
 for 20-minute presentations (individual papers or pre-formed 3-paper 
panels) or performance pieces from candidates across arts and 
humanities. We welcome papers, panels and performances that investigate 
“merging media” through a variety of interpretations.
 Possible research topics for submission can include, but are not 
limited to:
 
·        
Hybridity of forms: case studies 
which explore instances where two or more established art forms are 
combined. What is the effect of this hybridisation? 






·        
Hybridity and technology: the impact of new technologies upon intermedial art forms, both past and present. 
Does technology facilitate the “merging” of media for artistic 
purposes, or is this an inevitable side-effect of – and an unavoidable 
trajectory towards – a larger media convergence culture?



·        
Hybridity and history: specific case studies of merged media from the past, from Wagner's conception of
gesamtkunstwerk – where all art-forms are united as one total art
 – to the revolutionary intermedial 'decadence' of Warhol's Exploding 
Plastic Inevitable, and others.



·        
Hybridity of performance: how 
performance is incorporated with various art media, from architecture in
 site-specific performances, to video in multi-media productions. How do
 we engage with performance through technology?
 How does the notion of “intermedial” relate to the performance of art?



·        
Hybridity and the audience: what 
effect does a “hybrid art” form have upon its audience? How does merging
 media provide new opportunities for engaging with artworks?



·        
Hybridity and remix culture: how 
various art forms are recycled and reused in the establishment of new 
works of art (e.g. the reprocessing of “found footage” for the purposes 
of art; fan-made hybrid products).



·        
Hybridity and modes of production: 
ways in which hybridisation impacts upon the production or creation of 
an artwork. What relationship does this production have with the 
development and influence of new technologies? What
 implications do intermedial modes have upon the idea of a singular 
artist? Which organisations or institutions inspire or enable the 
creation of hybrid art?    






·        
Hybridity and sites of exhibition: 
what is the relationship between the intermedial art and how it is 
exhibited? Is there a convergence between performance and exhibition? 
How is the exhibition of such work impacted by technology?
 Or is it technological itself (such as the internet)?



·        
Hybridity and theory: work on the 
historical or future discourse of intermediality. What implication does 
contemporary “merging media” hold for theory? How should hybrid arts be 
theorised and which elements – such as production,
 exhibition or audience interaction – should be centralised in this 
scholarly debate?  

 
Please send abstracts (300 words) for proposed papers, panels or performances and a short biographical note to
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Deadline for submissions is
13th December 2013. Should you have any queries, please contact us at the e-mail address above.

 
 
Conference Organisation Committee
Emre Caglayan, Frances Kamm, Keeley Saunders, Pete Sillett

 
 
Website: http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/mergingmedia/
Twitter: @mergingmedia14




 		 	   		  

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