Venue & Date: University of Edinburgh, 4-5 September 2014, Proposals due 16 June 2014
In recent years, information overload has become a popular term to describe the psychological, emotional and physical consequences of living in a culture defined by the increasing density of data and reach of communication technologies. We invite contributions for a two-day conference exploring the reverberations of this bloom of data in cultural, artistic and academic practice. Aiming to trace an aesthetics of information overload, this event seeks to analyse how different environments and their consequent effects, both real and projected, public and personal, have engendered artistic forms. We encourage participants to experiment with a range of presentational formats, testing new ways of sharing information as well as discussing its conceptual ramifications.
The conference aims to prompt conversations between new and perhaps unexpected perspectives on contemporary art, literature, media and culture, opening discussion to a wide range of disciplines, approaches and theoretical frameworks. How have authors and artists interrogated information overload, diagnosed its symptoms and hypothesised its cure? Are there benefits to conceptual overload? What aesthetic forms have been developed to represent or counteract the effects of overload?
We will be integrating themed worksops and group discussion sessions into the conference programme. In addition to conference presenters, we are looking for people interested in developing and leading these forums. For a complete call for papers and call for workshop facilitators, please visit our website: http://infoload.co.uk/cfp/.
If you are interested in contributing a paper or presentation to the conference, please email a 300-word proposal detailing your topic, along with a brief bio, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective workshop leaders should submit a proposal (max 500 words) describing the theme or topic of the session, a brief outline of any necessary equipment/resources, and a biography indicating relevant expertise to email@example.com. Proposals should be submitted by 16 June 2014.
Dorothy Butchard, Andrew Campbell, and Rob Lederer
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