The Surface Tensions research network is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the research of issues of surface and finish in material culture, design, creative practice, design history and museology. The network held its first event, a one-day symposium, at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK in June 2009. A second symposium will be held on the 4th and 5th of February 2010 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The network’s conveners invite proposals for papers on the following themes (which emerged from the first symposium), or on other related themes pertinent to the study of surface and finish:
- Temporality (the material effects of time on surfaces)
- Substance and surface (are they simply opposed, or do they produce one another in ways specific to technique?)
- Power (sublimated in surfaces; politics hides in plain sight)
- Mobility of effect (surfaces as transitory, ephemeral, context-dependent)
- Anthropomorphism (reading the surface as a ‘skin’)
- Projection (the surface as a screen)
If you would like to propose a paper, please send a 500-700 word abstract and a brief CV to both Victoria Kelley (email@example.com) and Glenn Adamson (firstname.lastname@example.org), by Monday October 5th 2009.
It is planned that a selection of papers presented at both events will be published in an edited volume.
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