CFP: ParaFiction and ParaFact: The Space Between
Southeastern College Art Conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
October 30 to November 2, 2013
This session addresses the complex intersection of artistic practice and parafiction—a term offered by Carrie Lambert-Beatty to discuss projects that call attention to, play with, and function in the gray area between fact and fiction. Much recent work has explored and problematized this unstable binary whereby inserting a particular falsehood points to versions of the 'truth’. Projects enacted by Ai Weiwei, The Atlas Project, Pierre Huyghe, Michael Blum, The Yes Men, etc. have used strategies of pranks, lies, humor, deception, and impersonation to examine instances of ‘truthiness’, to use Stephen Colbert’s term. Such projects build on mimicry, détournement and encourage shades of plausibility with which to implicate contemporaneous issues. We invite papers that investigate aspects of parafiction, the functionality of such projects, the facets of dissemination, and the implications of its practice. Simultaneously, this panel will provide a forum for discussing the vocabulary that informs the discourse surrounding parafiction.
Information about SECAC, abstract guidelines and submission procedures is available at: http://www.secollegeart.org/conference
Please use SECAC's online form and submit your abstract and CV no later than midnight on April 20, 2013.
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