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Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) 30th Annual Conference
*** CALL FOR PAPERS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ***
Final Extended Deadline: Tuesday, 28th April 2015
The Fabrication of Art and Beyond: Making and Inventing in Digital Culture
CHArt Conference 2015, part of FABRICATION
Arts & Humanities Festival, King’s College London, Strand
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Art intersects with fabrication. Art as a site of making has been drastically affected by digital and network technologies. The border between being online and offline, if one still exists, has become blurred. This has implications for the ways in which diverse elements are combined to create art. Yet, fabrication also means to devise or construct something new and – more troublingly – to fake and to forge. Does art involve simply the innovation of changes in what is already established by introducing new methods, ideas, or products? Perhaps more radically it should be understood as that which disrupts what previously was or could be known and invites the arrival of what was unforeseen? What are the implications for art of digital technologies, which enhance the possibilities for it to operate through illusion, manipulation, subversion, and falsification? Or is art is an event where truth is displaced by invention?
The CHArt 2015 conference wishes to explore what digital and network technologies mean for the intersection of art and fabrication. CHArt invites theoretical papers and demonstrations of academic and artistic work addressing – metaphorically or literally – questions of the fabrication, meaning and value of art as viewed through the various lenses of digital practices and technologies across a variety of genres.
Themes might include:
• The making of art and the use of digital technologies in its fabrication.
• Artifice: art as trickery or deception.
• Art as experimentation and innovation: creating new methods, ideas, or products.
• The value of art and its falsification: originality, authenticity and authentication.
• Art and falsity: can art be false?
• Art and fabrication: legal and ethical constraints, implications and consequences.
• Art as innovation or invention?
• Wearable art: digitally and network enabled fabrics.
• Art and the arrival of the unforeseeable.
• Art and the skill of fabrication in digital culture.
Contributions are welcome from all sections of the CHArt community: art historians, artists, archaeologists, architects and architectural theorists and historians, philosophers, archivists, museum professionals, curators, conservators, educators, scientists, cultural and media theorists, content providers, technical developers, users and critics.
Submissions should be in the form of a 300-400 word synopsis of the proposed paper or demonstration, with brief biographical information (no more than 200 words) of presenter/s, and should be emailed to [log in to unmask] by Tuesday, 28th April 2015.
Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal. CHArt can offer assistance with the conference fees for up to four student delegates. Priority will be given to postgraduate students whose proposals are accepted for presentation. An application form and proof of university enrolment will be required. For further details about the Helene Roberts Bursary please email [log in to unmask]
Submissions exceeding the stated word count will not be considered.
Speakers are not exempt from the conference registration fee (but are eligible for the reduced rate - £100 or £50 for students)
Final publishable versions of papers must be submitted prior to the conference
CHArt | Computers and the History of Art (www.chart.ac.uk) was established in 1985. CHArt’s mission is to examine and raise awareness of innovative digital techniques that support the study, administration, curation and display of all forms of art and design. CHArt acts as an independent forum for new discussion. The scope of CHArt is necessarily broad to encompass all aspects of the history of art and design, but is also constrained by a focus on how technology supports engagement with this field. Membership of CHArt is open to anyone, but CHArt particularly welcomes those who devise, use, support, research or teach relevant digital processes.
CHArt is hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College, University of London
26–29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL
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The Arts & Humanities Festival at King’s College London is an annual event which brings together academic practices across the College with external partners. It showcases the research going on throughout the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with an emphasis on practical applications and public engagement.
A range of events take place across the Festival, including exhibitions, performances, lectures, readings, roundtables, debates, film screenings, Q&A sessions and guided walks/ tours. More information at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahfest/index.aspx
28 April 2015 Submission of abstracts
12 May 2015 Acceptance notification
15 May 2015 Speakers to confirm attendance, strictly with payment. All successful proposers will be eligible for the reduced registration fee of £100 (£50 for postgraduate student speakers).
1 July 2015 Copy-ready paper submission. Papers submitted strictly by this date will be peer-reviewed and considered for publication.