Conformity, Process and Deviation: Digital Arts as ‘Outsider’ - CHArt 2014
CHArt - Computers and the History of Art Group
Saturday, 18 October 2014 from 09:00 to 19:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
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Digital engagement with art is thriving. Much of it is actively subversive of the traditional frameworks that enable art to be created and responded to – whether casually or professionally. This subversion takes various forms, including notions of value, uniqueness, fixity and location. The CHArt 2014 Conference wishes to explore the role of digital technologies in the underground creation, display, consumption and study of art. The online Urban Dictionary defines underground as follows: "A genre in music and other forms of media intended for an elite audience, that is often characterized by its high levels of originality and experimentation, and does not conform to typical standards, trends, or hypes as set by the popular mainstream media.” If emerging conformity and new processes must be disrupted; then what is mainstream; and what is not? – and who can tell?
Participation is sought from all sections of the CHArt community: art historians, artists, archaeologists, architects and architectural theorists and historians, philosophers, archivists, curators, conservators, educators, scientists, cultural and media theorists, content providers, technical developers, users and critics. CHArt will feature theoretical papers and demonstrations of academic and artistic work addressing – metaphorically or literally – questions of subversive content, design and communication, including:
Subversive engagement with digital arts and culture;
Originality and experimentation v. standards, trends and hypes;
Disruptions of the commonplace or the mainstream;
Visual digital subcultures;
Visualising the underground;
Elite audiences v. multi-peer connectivity;
Working in partnership with or against diverse organisations;
Cross-disciplinary subversive interventions (art/science; big data/visualisation; design/interaction).
Conference fees can be refunded up to Friday, 19 September 2014. To request a refund please write to Neil Grindley, CHArt Treasurer, at [log in to unmask] With regret, requests received after 19 September 2014 will not be considered.