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[Nettime-nl] Conference on computational semiotics in Amsterdam (10-12.9)


From: "Andy Clarke" <andy {AT} kinonet.com>

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     COSIGN 2001

     1st International Conference on
     COMPUTATIONAL SEMIOTICS IN GAMES
     AND NEW MEDIA

     http://www.kinonet.com/cosign2001

     CWI, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

     10th September - 12th September, 2001

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          REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

   http://www.cwi.nl/conferences/Cosign2001

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REGISTRATION DETAILS
====================

Registration is now open for COSIGN 2001: Computational Semiotics in Games
and New Media. There are discounts for early registration and special
student rates. Details can be found at:

http://www.cwi.nl/conferences/Cosign2001

Early registration is encouraged, and attendees are advised to book their
hotel rooms well in advance due to the limited amount of accommodation
available in Amsterdam. Links to hotel listings are available on the main
conference website:

http://www.kinonet.com/cosign2001


The programme for the conference will be posted to this website shortly.

CONFERENCE SCOPE
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This cross-disciplinary conference explores the ways in which semiotics
(and related theories such as structuralism and post-structuralism) can be
applied to creating and analysing computer-based media. It is intended for
anyone with an interest in areas of overlap (or potential overlap) between
semiotics and interactive digital media - including artists, designers,
critics, computer scientists, HCI, AI and VR practitioners, semioticians,
narratologists and new media practitioners.

Computational semiotics is understood here to be the application of
semiotic theories to interactive digital media and has three main areas
(which overlap). They are:

* The way in which meaning can be created by, encoded in, or understood by,
  the computer (using systems or techniques based upon semiotics).

* The way in which meaning in interactive digital media is understood by the
  viewer or user (again using systems or techniques based upon semiotics).

* The use of semiotics as the starting point for a system for looking
  critically at the content of interactive digital media - devising a
critical
  framework equivalent in status and depth to art theory or academic film
  criticism.

Media that make use of the unique capabilities of digital systems are of
particular interest to this conference. These include: computer games,
interactive narratives and other forms of interactive entertainment;
interactive video; virtual reality systems and virtual environments; and
hypermedia.

In addition to academic and theoretical papers, there will be presentations
by several digital artists of practice-based work relevant to the themes of
this conference. Selection of these artworks has been based upon their
relevance to the themes of the conference, their interest in demonstrating
or exploring the potential of new media, and their challenging of
perceptions, theoretical assumptions, or understanding in any areas related
to the conference.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
====================

The conference brings together academic papers and posters from as far
afield as the USA, Australia, Japan, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Italy,
Germany, Brazil, and the UK. Topics covered include: the aesthetics of
virtual environments; the production of place in role-playing games;
semiotic and non-semiotic MUD performance; literary theory and computer
games; the design of interactive narratives; the mapping of movement to
sound; web-based documentaries; the design of content management systems;
montage; the semiotics of interface design; etc.

In addition to academic and theoretical papers, there will be presentations
by several internationally-known digital artists of practice-based work.
Selection of these artworks has been based upon their relevance to the
themes of the conference, their interest in demonstrating or exploring the
potential of new media, and their challenging of perceptions, theoretical
assumptions, or understanding in any areas related to the conference.

A list of selected papers, posters and artworks can be found on the main
conference website at http://www.kinonet.com/cosign2001

The programme for the conference will be posted on this website shortly.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
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Andy Clarke - Kinonet  (UK)

Clive Fencott - University of Teeside (UK)

Craig Lindley - Starlab (Belgium)

Grethe Mitchell - University of East London and Kinonet  (UK)

Frank Nack - CWI (Netherlands)


ENQUIRIES
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For further information, please contact Dr Frank Nack.

Email:  Frank.Nack {AT} cwi.nl
Tel:    (+31) 20 592 4223
Fax:    (+31) 20 592 4312

http://www.kinonet.com/cosign2001    (main conference website)

http://www.cwi.nl/conferences/Cosign2001    (registration)




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