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<nettime-ann> Final Call: Futuresonic Conference - The Social


18th December 2007, 5pm - Conference deadline


Futuresonic 2008
Urban Festival of Art, Music & Ideas
1-4 May, Manchester, UK

The Futuresonic international conference and the Social Technologies Summit invite proposals for talks, presentations, workshops and session themes. Submissions of innovative formats for social interaction are encouraged.

The conference theme is The Social - Online, Mobile and Unplugged Social Networking.

Deadline for conference submissions -- 5pm 18th December 2007


See also -- A GBP 5000 commission plus many other opportunities are available
in the Futuresonic 2008 Art, Music & EVNTS calls for submissions.


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Thurs 1 and Fri 2 May, plus linked events throughout the festival weekend

Futuresonic brings 500 opinion formers, futurologists, artists, technologists and scientists from the digital culture, music and art communities to Manchester for five days of seminars, workshops and events, with the internationally-acclaimed Futuresonic conference focused on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 May.

The Futuresonic conference has prefigured new trends and is a place where important international discussions take place.

Open and participatory sessions will be combined with keynotes and panel discussions, promising a fun and engaging number of days.

Alongside key people from the Social Software firmament will be Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software movement, plus leading figures representing different viewpoints on the Social theme, plugged and unplugged. Visit and explore a range of social spaces, including online worlds, software environments, and the contemporary city.


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40 years after people took to the streets of Paris in 1968 calling for society to be abolished, join us as we go in search of the social today.

Submissions are invited that explore the new social spaces and the social implications of technologies for the many different kinds of people who make, use and are affected by them. Presentations might look at the implications of specific technologies, or address broader themes.

Today we can occupy many different social spaces at once. Social software, online worlds, and the internet itself create an extension of social space, and new ways for people to find the stuff that interests them, link up with others, and share. Computers have become social interfaces for sharing digital media and collaborating to build online communities and folksonomies.

The conference will explore how we can rethink different social spaces, remake cities, or intervene in the forces, inequities and inequalities that shape society. In all parts of the globe people are seeking to open up or hold onto places to meet and communicate freely, online and offline. In India we see emergent kinds of community media, in South Korea new social uses of the mobile internet, and in Brazil the spread of 'cultural hotspots'.

Some technologies are more social than others. Social technologies are bottom up and many-to-many instead of one-to-one or one-to-many. They can include technologies created and maintained by social networks, such as communities of developers and users working collaboratively with open source tools.

But at the same time we see how electronic communication can isolate us, as more and more people drown in a deluge of email that generates stress, even reducing IQ. Additionally, 'online communities' are based upon an artificial equivalence between 'users' which obscures power relationships and issues of ownership.

The conference will bring together leading figures to broaden the debate on the Social today, and propose and explore a critical understanding of social technologies.

The theme of Futuresonic 2008's Art strand is Social Networking Unplugged. It will be "unplugged" in a number of ways. There will be artworks involving offline (or unplugged) collaborative social experience and face to face social interaction. Other projects will look at who is excluded and left out of the loop of Web 2.0, and so "unplugged" in another way. Also there is the sense of pulling out the plug in order to take the new social spaces apart, see how they work, and put them together in new ways.

Web 2.0...
I take part
you take part
he takes part
we take part
you all take part
they profit.
(Slogan from Paris '68, remixed)

Digital culture burns bright with a vision of being not in isolation but in groups, placing the relations between people first. Beyond the hype lies ever greater isolation and conformity. Join us as we go in search of the social.


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Futuresonic now invites submissions to the Futuresonic conference and the Social Technologies Summit.

Proposals for talks, presentations and workshops plus also session themes are invited. Submissions of innovative formats for social interaction are encouraged.

Deadline for conference submissions -- 5pm 18th December 2007

For details on submitting to the conference visit

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-- If you want to meet the creative thinkers, artists, programmers, digital media experts, scientists, industry specialists, hardware and software developers, marketers, political thinkers and activists

-- If you want to find out about new technologies and their impact on tomorrow's society

-- If you are looking for new and exciting ways to create, do business and interact

Then sign up early to the Futuresonic conference and the Social Technologies Summit.

A Delegate Registration Form can be downloaded from www.futuresonic.com/tickets/register.zip or by visiting www.futuresonic.com/tickets

Alternatively, email Your Name, Address and Contact Details to ideas2008@futuresonic.com to receive full conference details and priority booking options.


Early Bird Delegate Pass
GBP 60 (must be bought by February 1 2008)
Advance Delegate Pass
GBP 100
Delegate Pass (on the door)
GBP 150
GBP 30

Further discounts available for group bookings, for further details contact: ideas2008@futuresonic.com

A limited number of pay-what-you-can Day Passes will be available on each day of the conference, for further details contact: ideas2008@futuresonic.com

The Conference Pass includes access to all key festival events.

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Futuresonic has 4 strands: Art, Music, Ideas and EVNTS. Currently in its 12th year, the festival occupies the orbits of both music and digital culture.

A focus in recent years has been presenting artworks in unexpected city spaces, and on social art and social technologies.

Futuresonic now invites artists, thinkers and makers to get social and present new types of collaborative social experience at Futuresonic 2008.

The Futuresonic festival theme is Social Networking Unplugged.

Join us as we go in search of the social today.


Futuresonic is supported by Arts Council England North West and
presented in association with Imagination at Lancaster.

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