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Rasa Smite on Fri, 4 Apr 2008 12:21:24 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> CALL for papers: acoustic space nr.7: spectropia


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CALL FOR PAPERS:

Acoustic.Space. Issue nr. 7: SPECTROPIA - on spectral ecology and art


We are seeking manuscripts for the upcoming Acoustic Space journal 
(nr.7) to be published for the next  Art+Communication festival 
(http://rixc.lv/08). Entitled SPECTROPIA, this year festival edition 
will take place in Riga, October 16 - 19, 2008.

The print journal, Acoustic Space is a forum for net.radio, sound art 
and creative explorations in the networked electro-acoustic 
environments. Now in its 7th edition, Acoustic Space - SPECTROPIA 
issue investigates the rapid transformation of the usage of the radio 
frequency spectrum that we are witnessing in the 21st century. It 
doesn't refer only to a quantitative increase in mobile, satellite 
and wireless networks, locative and pervasive media, but also to a 
qualitative shift in the way people communicate and the way spectrum 
is used in arts, education, science and commerce. The recent 
scientific research and artistic explorations of electromagnetic (EM) 
spectrum will be published in this issue, in order to introduce which 
chances and risks this tranformation process bears for artists and 
the populations at large.

For the first time, Acoustic Space journal will come out as 'peer 
review' (refereeing) publication. It will be published by the MPLab 
(Art Research Lab) of Liepaja University in collaboration with the 
RIXC, The Center for New Media Culture in Riga, Latvia.

Therefore, the publication will contain 2 main sections:
Section 1 - RESEARCH texts ('academic style' writings with references, etc.)
Section 2 - ARTISTIC abstracts: ideas, concepts, pictures (this part 
will include mainly artists' proposals for upcoming Spectropia 
festival exhibition - "open-call" is announced, deadline: April 21, 
2008, http://rixc.lv/08)


DEADLINES:

Deadline for submissions: May 19, 2008 - for completed research texts.
(For abstracts - April 21, 2007)

We encourage you to submit abstracts first. Proposals and inquiries 
regarding submissions should be made to Rasa Smite <rasa {AT} rixc.lv>

The RESEARCH texts should consist of 12000 - 15000 characters (i.e. 8 
pages A4, 12 pt) + references.
(the ARTISTIC abstracts/texts - 2000-4000 characters)

Language: English (all texts will be also translated in to Latvian).


TOPICS:

The publication will cover wide range of topics under 4 main sections:

ELECTROMAGNETIC COSMOLOGY, SPECTRAL ECOLOGY AND EMF (ELECTRO-MAGNETIC 
FIELDS) RESEARCH
Modern cosmology constitutes the world we live in and our 
understanding about it by reducing " the physical reality - galaxies, 
starts, planets, atoms - to electrical or electromagnetic 
configurations" - as stated by Bureau d'etudes (in their "Industrial 
dogma"). Could it be that "understanding the electromagnetic field is 
the only way to understand ourselves and our surroundings"? In such 
context the issue of "spectral ecology" will be investigated in the 
broadest sense possible. This section provides a critique of the 
industrial dogma and propaganda of electromagnetism, health and 
'green' issues stemming from electrosmog and meriting more research, 
as well as sustainability and energy usage and other aspects in 
relation to communication and information technologies.

CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE: FROM IDEOLOGY AND CULTURE OF SPYING (AND 
SECURITY) TO CONVERSION OF MILITARY TECHNOLOGIES
This topic studies secret past of communication technologies of 
military origin. Espionage phenomenon is explored, tracing back to 
its origins in military history of ancient culture. This part also 
brings up an issue of "cultural intelligence" - contemporary 
conversion and culturalisation process of military technologies by 
exploring how former military facilities have been conversed to 
become important social and cultural centers and objects.

FREE SPECTRUM: WAVES AND ELECTROMAGNETIC POLITICS
This field looks at electromagnetic spectrum as a socio-political 
space, investigating political practices in spectrum and bringing up 
debate on "free waves" and "open spectrum". The spectrum is regulated 
and divided: for commercial use, military, radio amateurs, etc., yet 
wireless community networks continue to explore the  exempt part of 
the spectrum, making small parts of the spectrum available for all.

TECHNOLOGY MYTH, ARTISTIC INTERPRETATIONS AND CONTEMPORARY GHOST STORIES
Electromagnetic fields have become the ghosts of today - invisible 
and surrounding us, opening up the boundaries of our imagination and 
bringing technology myths to life. This topic explores the place of 
those myths and stories in the life of modern society.



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* Scientific editorial board:

Armin Medosch - PhD., Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Rasa Smite - PhD., Riga Stradina University; researcher at MPLab of 
Liepaja University; director of the RIXC, The Center for New Media 
Culture, Riga, Latvia.
Inke Arns - Dr. phil., artistic director of the Hartware 
MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund, Germany.
Douglas Kahn - Prof. and Head of Technocultural Studies at University 
of California at Davis, USA.
Andrey Smirnov - Head of the Theremin Center for Electroacoustic 
Music at Moscow State Conservatory, Russia.
Florian Dombois - Prof. and Head of the Institute for 
Transdisciplinarity (Y) at Berne University of the Arts, Switzerland.
Atau Tanaka - Prof., Culture Lab of Newcastle University, UK.


* Editorial team:

Editors: Rasa Smite <rasa {AT} rixc.lv>, Armin Medosch 
<armin {AT} easynet.co.uk>, Daina Silina <daina {AT} rixc.lv>, Linda Vebere 
<linda {AT} rixc.lv>, Inta Rozenvalde


* Contact: rixc {AT} rixc.lv

Address:
The RIXC, The Center for New Media Culture
11. Novembra Krastmala 35 - 201, Riga, LV 1050, Latvia.
Tel. +371-67228478, +371-26546776 (mob.),
Fax: +371-67228477
URL: http://rixc.lv

http://rixc.lv/


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