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matthew fuller on Tue, 16 Dec 2003 15:26:56 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] call for papers: Software Art and Cultures conference


                         READ_ME 2004
                    software art festival
                           /        \
                          /          \
     Software Art and Cultures      Runme-Dorkbot
            conference               city camp


The third edition of the Read_Me software art festival will be held 
at the end of August 2004 in
Aarhus, Denmark. Read_me 2004 will consist of the conference at 
Aarhus University and the city camp
organized by two friendly entities: Runme.org and Dorkbot. The 
conference and the city camp will be
held consecutively.


This is an announcement concerning the Software Art and Cultures 
conference. The information on the
Runme-Dorkbot city camp will follow later.


Software Art and Cultures conference aims to provide an opportunity 
for people researching
software art and culture to share their findings.
The art movement known by the name "software art" has been active for 
a few years, and similar
phenomena under different names have been developed and researched 
for a few decades. It is our
belief that there is a sufficient body of thinking in this and 
related areas taking place that
there should be a platform for aiding further discovery and enrichment.

Software art is a practice that regards software as a cultural 
phenomenon that defines one of the
significant aspects of our lives today. Thus, software is not 
regarded as an invisible layer, but
rather as a significant entity contributing to reproduction or change 
of certain orders, whether
aesthetic, cultural, social or political.  Software art creatively 
questions and redefines software
and its ways of functioning.

Software art embraces a wide range of practices: from formalist 
experiments with code and its
execution to software manipulation that does not require any specific 
knowledge, from alternative
tools built from scratch to add-ons and deconstructions, from real 
software to projects not written
in programming languages at all, but which deal with issues relevant 
to software criticism or
culture. Software art deals with a wide range of topics, including 
social, political, and aesthetic
issues. In many cases, it addresses and becomes part of software 
culture itself.

Software cultures - cultures generated by programmers, designers and 
software users - are generous
sources of thinking on digital culture and society. Software cultures 
define the way software is
created and functions, thus influencing the composition and function 
of the basic infrastructures
of digital society. In this way, software cultures become inseparable 
(though largely
underestimated) from the forms digital work, social institutions and 
cultural manifestations take
today. Software cultures initiate social change, act in political 
spheres, create and discover new
artistic realms and methodologies.

The conference encourages participation of specialists in various 
disciplines: multi-disciplinary
researchers including non-academics, art theorists, and other 
thinkers and learners interested in
the effects of software and software cultures on art, culture, and 
society - and in ways to analyze
them and challenge existing patterns.


This is a call for submissions of abstracts (up to 2500 characters). 
Authors of accepted abstracts
will be asked to submit the full paper before 1 of June, 2004 (up to 
25000 characters) and present
it during the conference. The papers will be published prior to the 
conference. We aim to provide
grants for travel and lodging for speakers without institutional backing.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 of March, 2004
Deadline for notification of acceptance: 1 of April, 2004

Abstracts may be submitted to: Olga Goriunova  <og {AT} dxlab.org> and Soeren Pold
<pold {AT} multimedia.au.dk>


Organized by: Read_Me, Digital Aesthetics Research Centre 
(www.digital-aestetik.dk) (Aarhus
University), Det Jyske Kunstakademi (The Jutland Academy of Fine 
Arts), Runme.org, Dorkbot.

Supported by: IT-Vest, Aarhus Kommune
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